June 20, 2008
I am a strong believer in a populist democracy. I believe the charge of the the citizens of the United States is to recognize that American ideals require a commitment to a process of constantly and vigilantly improving and becoming a better version of ourselves. And I want Colorado to be the best example among the 50 states.
The preamble to our constitution says: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
In short, I think we can do better. I am a second generation Colorado native and I have watched Colorado lose standing in too many important respects. Reforms do not always come easily but we can and must continue to do everything we can to make Colorado a leader among the 50 states. We can and should lead the nation in: creating good jobs that pay a living wage; growing a strong economy; cherishing civil rights and liberties; achieving affordable access to high quality health care; making scientific discoveries, invention, innovation and renewable energies; providing a stellar education; designing accessible public transportation system; being the research capitol of the U.S.; creating thriving communities where families want to raise their children; reducing crime; preserving the environment and our water supply; providing government transparency and accountability.
Aurora is a wonderful and diverse community and deserves the very best of what life has to offer. We have some work to do and I would be honored to work for you to achieve these goals. I am running for office because I take to heart the responsibility we have to try to leave the world a better place than we found it.
June 13, 2008
We are beginning our annual Listening Tour into the community to meet citizens and find out their main priorities. This is grassroots democracy in action. Come help find out how we can best represent and serve the people of Senate District 29!
Sat. June 14, 2008
Arapahoe Dem Headquarters
15445 E. Iliff Ave, #C, Aurora
Shift A: Meet 9:30 AM
Walk 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Shift B: Meet 1:30 PM
Walk 2:00 – 5:00 PM
We will provide bagels, coffee and munchies. Bring your Carroll Apparel if you have a T-shirt. We'll provide you with a Senate T if you don't have one yet.
If you can join us please email Isaac at email@example.com.
June 03, 2008
Come Join Us
Lit Drop Event This Saturday!
We will be lit dropping personalized invitations to the Democrats in precinct 551 for the Carroll Campaign Kickoff.
Where: Arapahoe County Democratic Headquarters
15445 E. Iliff Ave, #C, Aurora, CO
When: Sat. June 7, 2008
10:00 AM (Depending on how many people show up we expect 1 – 2 hours total)
Bring your Carroll t-shirts, if you have one. T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers who do not yet have one.
**Join us for great company, wine, cheese and appetizers when we finish at Debi Holen's house at 573 Quentin Street, Aurora, CO 80011.**
In order to get a sense of how many goodies to prepare an RSVP would be great! If you can make it this Saturday for this lit drop, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 03, 2008
I was fortunate enough to be able to go hear Obama speak at the Thornton school last week. A few observations…
Obama's Style: It was refreshing to listen to a public figure who did not need a script or teleprompters. He is analytical, warm, and thoughtful. He is also very humble.
Obama's Education Policy: The venue and topic was primarily focused on education and he had the following policy suggestions:
*grant incentives for exceptional teachers
*proper pay for teachers
*customized, individualized teaching approaches
*data and evidence driven reforms, rather than ideological
*loan forgiveness for public service (teaching, military etc.)
*acknowledgment local control is primary
*need for "No Child Left Behind" reform
*wants streamlining of FAFSA fed financial aid for college
Obama's Principles: Barack indicated that he believes a first-rate education is the key to success, democracy, opportunity and ability to compete in a global market place.