Congratulations to the following candidates from our meeting last night. Our board wants to “lead by example” . . and that means being where the action is and honoring commitments to making a difference. We are honored to be able to support the real leaders of our movement . . . the candidates with the right values and honest commitment.
Our third place winner was Adams County District 4 Commissioner candidate Joe Domenico, who won 10 hours of volunteer help.
Our second place winner was Adams County Assessor candidate Patsy Melonakis, who won 20 hours of volunteer help.
Our first place winner was HD-30 candidate JoAnn Windholz, who won 50 hours of volunteer help!
This documentary reveals the truth behind the “Gang of Four” – a secretive group of Leftist millionaires and billionaires who hijacked Colorado politics. The result was a restructuring of the once-reliable Red state. Now, homelessness is at an all-time high, marijuana is smoked in once family-friendly parks, gun control is rampant and the state’s energy industry is under constant assault. Unfortunately, the State of Colorado is now a perfect example of President Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform America.”
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Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.
An Adams County resident (a registered Democrat who is open-minded and looks at qualifications) sent the following email to me:
“Brigitte Grimm is worth re-electing. Being Treasurer in a big County we need a person who can run the office and Brigitte Grimm has proven that she can. Brigitte is passionate about what she does and helping people. She took over an office in disarray due to horrible management by the previous, terribly unqualified Treasurer, and has implemented many changes that have improved efficiency, customer service as well as employee morale. I assure you we do not want to get into the situation of Dems voting straight party line and putting another unqualified individual into an office that has control over how County money is invested. Before you vote, do your research on the candidates as well as what each office is responsible for. I know the Treasurer has received a lot of grief over things like the storm water tax. What most people don’t understand is that the treasurer doesn’t make up these taxes, only collects what they are told to collect.”
Thank you for the vote of confidence!
This year is arguably one of the most critical elections at virtually every level of government we have seen in a very long time. At the county level, an expansion of the Board of County Commissioners and the occupants of those new seats are going to be critical to the county’s future. Residents need to ensure the people they vote for will continue the much-needed reforms that have been started.
County Commissioner District 3
Incumbent Erik Hansen was first elected four years ago and came in with a plan to clean up the corruption that had permeated county government. That plan has shined a light on the dark corners of the government center in Brighton and resulted in increased accountability, streamlined and improved services, and help put the county back on the path of credibility. His has often been the lone voice of reason on the board as he fights an uphill battle against the other two members. The Aurora Sentinel said Hansen is, “the best thing to happen to the Adams County commission in decades.” That is high praise coming from a left-leaning paper and it recognizes Hansen’s good stewardship of the county.
On the other side you have Manny Solano, local lawyer, and far left activist. Solano is the husband of former state representative and current state senate candidate Judy Solano. Both are well-known for their support of causes and candidates outside the mainstream. Manny acted as the defense attorney for Heath Russo, a man charged with 33 felony counts for his role in the Quality Paving scandal. Clearly, as Adams County tries to get itself back on the right path, the last thing we need is someone who apparently thinks those who ripped off taxpayers for millions of dollars did nothing wrong. Solano has virtually no support from anyone of note and for good reason. A vote for him would be a tremendous step back and essentially hand a seat back to those who spent decades fleecing and damaging the county.
If ever there was a no brainer when it comes to making a choice in an election, this is it. Vote for Erik Hansen.
County Commissioner District 4
One of two new seats on the board that was created when voters agreed to expand the number of members to five, Joseph Domenico faces off against Steve O’Dorisio.
O’Dorisio worked as a prosecutor in the Adams County DA’s office, one of the many county offices that has seen more than its fair share of troubles. With strong ties to the old Adams Family that brought many of the scandals that have embarrassed the county, it is hard to see how this is a man that would work toward restoring the public trust.
The name Domenico is one you may recognize as there is a good chance your family has enjoyed food on your table provided by his family run farm. If ever there was a salt-of-the-earth candidate in Adams County, Joseph Domenico is it. He knows what it takes to run a successful small business and more importantly he sees all that is wrong in the county. The county needs reform-minded candidates like Domenico.
Vote for Joe Domenico.
County Commissioner District 5
Jan Pawlowski and Wilma Rose are vying to take this second new seat on the board of commissioners. Both are names that many residents will like recognize.
Rose is a longtime resident and served on Brighton City Council until this past January. Rose’s campaign managerpenned a letter leading up to the primary saying she was a “lifelong Democrat and loyal Adams County Democrat who will work hard to contact as many Democrats in Adams County.” Clearly a partisan message and one that seems to leave the remaining 65% of Adams County voters out in the cold. Maybe she should try to be loyal to Adams County and all of its residents.
Pawlowski is the former mayor of Brighton and as such would certainly appear to be quite in tune with the needs of her constituents. She recognizes the folly of the stormwater tax and says she wants to continue pushing the reforms that are needed to restore residents’ faith in county government.
I will be coloring in the bubble for Jan Pawlowski.
Democrats, like Joe Salazar, say voter fraud doesn’t exist. How naive are you, Joe?
James O’Keefe Strikes Again
The guerilla filmmaker has exposed how voter fraud is both easy and condoned in Colorado.
Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. “It’s a big ass lie.”
James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.
The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing. He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”Colorado secretary of state Scott Gessler, along with several county election clerks, have raised warning flags that a new state law that automatically mails a ballot to everyone is an engraved invitation to commit fraud. “Sending ballots to people who did not even ask for them or have moved out of state is asking for trouble” he told me. For example, little can stop someone who collects discarded ballots from trash cans, fills out the ballots, and mails them in. Election workers are supposed to compare signatures on registration records with signed ballots. But if a person has a “witness” who signs the ballot on the witness line, then the signatures do not have to match and the vote is counted.
Secretary of State Gessler had futile arguments with Democratic state legislators last year who insisted on ramming a bill through that mandated Colorado become the only state in the nation with both all-mail balloting and same-day registration. Under same-day registration someone can register to vote online, have a mail ballot sent to them, and never physically show up to register or vote. Other places that use same-day registration treat the vote as a provisional ballot pending verification. Colorado immediately counts the vote and there is no way to separate it out if the person who votes is later found ineligible. “We know people in other states with better integrity safeguards have cheated using the cover of these methods,” Gessler told me. A decade ago, Melody Rose, then a liberal professor at Oregon State University, concluded that state’s vote-by-mail system “brings a perpetual risk of systemic fraud” in elections with razor-thin margins.
“Voter fraud is incredibly difficult to detect and prosecute, absent a direct confession,” Gessler says as he notes that in other areas of law-breaking, we do not judge how much of it there is merely by the number of related prosecutions. But he also notes there is evidence of just how easy voter fraud is to commit. Last December, New York City’s Department of Investigation detailed how its undercover agents claimed at 63 polling places to be individuals who were in fact dead, had moved out of town, or who were in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, they were allowed to vote. (To avoid skewing results, they voted only for nonexistent write-in candidates.) How did the city’s Board of Elections respond? Did it immediately probe and reform their sloppy procedures? Not at all. It instead demanded that the investigators be prosecuted. Most officials are loath to admit how vulnerable election systems are, but privately many express worry that close elections could be flipped by fraud.
Nor are such sad examples limited to New York. In 2008, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of voter-ID laws in a 6–3 opinion written by John Paul Stevens, then the most liberal member of the court. He noted that the record “demonstrates that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.” Stevens had witnessed the Daley machine up close manipulate local elections through fraud and chicanery during a distinguished legal career in Chicago that included serving both as a special counsel to a commission rooting out corruption and as a judge.
I understand that Donna Brazile devoutly wants to wish away the notion of voter fraud. But by overwhelming margins, the American people believe it is a real problem and support steps to combat it. Indeed, a Rasmussen survey in 2013 found that a greater percentage of African Americans viewed voter fraud as a serious problem than did whites. That is because, as former Democratic congressman Artur Davis of Alabama told me: “Minority voters are often the biggest victims of voter fraud as reform movements in cities and depressed rural areas are crushed by fraudulent machine voting. I have seen it with my own eyes in Alabama.”
As with his expose of ACORN, James O’Keefe deserves credit for once again uncovering the potential for corruption at the ballot box while too many journalists keep their noses buried in campaign-finance reports. Both kinds of reporting are valuable, but O’Keefe appears to be a rare bird interested in ballot integrity.
— John Fund is national affairs correspondent for NRO and co-author, with Hans Von Spakovsky, of Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk.
Don’t believe it? Just watch.
We deserve much much better than Joe….