It seems that politicians are always anxious to talk. Not me. I am not a politician. I am anxious to LISTEN. I believe we were given one mouth and two ears for a reason.
If you are in Colorado House District 37, and vote for me as your representative, know that I will be voting for YOU. If you are not in the district, but support me in becoming a voice in the Legislature, know that I will be voting on YOUR behalf as well.
To do so, I need to hear what you have to say. Please take the time to Tweet me or post on my Facebook page. I want to hear what your issues are, and how you believe we can move forward to a better place in Colorado. Working together, we can do it
February 26, 2014
Jay moderates blue-ribbon panel on voter rights and voter fraud.
As part of a joint presentation of the Colorado Bar Association Civil Rights Committee, and the American Constitution Society, a blue-ribbon panel presented a lively program on voter rights and voter fraud.
The panel consisted of (from right to left in the photo) Ms. Denise Maes (Public Policy Director for ACLU of Colorado), Ms. Amber McReynolds (Director of Elections for the City of Denver), Mr. Matt Crane (County Clerk of Arapahoe County), and Suzanne Staiert (Colorado Deputy Secretary of State).
Jay was honored to be one of the team organizing this event, and was pleased to serve as the event Moderator.
The panel offered the conference attendees a balanced presentation of the various benefits and potential pitfalls of each of these laws, and the various remedies (or in some cases the lack thereof) for identifying, remedying, or stopping voter disenfranchisement or voter fraud.
February 13, 2014
Today I made a report to the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s club about the dangerous directions of SB 1164. Sen. Brophy was in attendance, and he echoed my warning and agreed with my assessment of that bill. If we speak together, we might be able to influence our representatives in the Legislature. The Dems are trying to ram-through as much as they can in this session, because they are expecting to lose the legislature this fall. I am going to do all that I can to help that fear become reality.
I was also asked to go into the public schools to talk to the students there about the Constitution, and its importance. I agreed to do so, and await the opportunity that comes to do precisely that.
February 12, 2014
Yesterday I spent most of the day at the Colorado Legislature. My day began by being interviewed by an influential pro-family group. I was very encouraged that my pro-family values lined-up quite well with this group’s pro-family stance. She asked me what my first five bills might be. I told her they would likely be “repeal bills”, but I would coordinate that with the other legislators. She and I laughed together, as she agreed that this was probably the best answer to that question. I had to leave early to meet with a prominent Republican Senator on the floor of the Senate.
That Senator had invited me to join him for the day. There, I saw the second day of debates regarding SB 1164. This bill is sponsored by Sen Ulibarri, a far-left-leaning Democrat. Do you remember the mess that same-day registration, voting centers, all-mail ballot voting, and utility bill ID did to general elections last year? SB 1164 does the same to municipal and special district elections. But this bill does two further things. First, it allows the entity to choose what law it wants to follow for any election. Secondly, it decriminalizes voter fraud. In my opinion, it paves the way for “stealing an election” in real terms, and erases any transparency and accountability for fraud. The debate was strong and well-reasoned on the part of Republican Senators, but went right over the heads of disinterested Dems on the other side of the aisle, who didn’t even stop their side conversations to listen politely.
While at the Senate, I had an in-depth conversation with a number of Senators on this, and other pressing issues. The Senate leadership decided to cut-off debate on this bill (the day before there had been eight hours of debate, showing the dangerous problems with this bill) so that the Senators could adjourn to committee. Then I was invited to sit-in in committee, where I watched progress on another bill.