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commented 2019-02-06 10:13:15 -0700 · Flag
What can we do to stop the state from passing a law that eliminates the Electoral College? We must stop this law now!!!
commented 2019-02-03 06:53:58 -0700 · Flag
I am absolutely disgusted that our electoral college for the state of Colorado has been done away with. This was a brilliant structure made by our founding fathers. They foresaw current events with lawmakers and representatives who would ignore the will of the people. Who would crush them and take away their rights. The electoral college keeps us from being a pure democracy which leads to socialist regimes, see Venezuela. Thank you to the representatives who did vote no on this apalling act.
commented 2019-02-02 10:23:20 -0700 · Flag
Dear Mr. Baumgardner,
I want you to know that, as one of your constituents, I am very much IN FAVOR of comprehensive sex education in the public schools. Knowledge beats abstinence for pregnancy prevention any day, because abstinence relies on perfect practice. Comprehensive sex-ex acknowledges heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality as normal parts of the human sexual range, which is true, but does not endorse any of them. Colorado has been a leader in reducing abortions, a 42% reduction (!), by giving women of any age access to long-acting birth control. This is the next step in eliminating the need for abortion, partner violence and sexual harassment. Misinformation about it is the only reason to oppose it.
David R. Miller
Dinosaur, CO
commented 2019-01-29 17:35:25 -0700 · Flag
How is it considered to be ok to give away our electoral votes? How is that even legal?That is a violation of our Constitutional rights!
commented 2019-01-26 13:00:44 -0700 · Flag
Have my Local Union Reps reach out to any Republicans on behalf of the current 2 person crew bill HB19-1034 (minimum two person crew on freight trains.) This bill directly effects my ability to earn an income. Without its passage I may be unemployed. Also, I want to ensure my reps are reaching out to every State Law Maker.
commented 2019-01-23 12:42:51 -0700 · Flag
David Wuinlan,

I am confused as to how you came to the conclusion that I am a Democrat and that I must feel that other countries are not great. It is not my place to determine how other countries citizens feel about their birth country. I find your comments rude and disrespectful. I would hope that our STATE representatives don’t truly feel this way!

Rosemarie Sanchez
commented 2019-01-23 12:30:06 -0700 · Flag
Thank you for correyme. I will address further comments according to your suggestions. FYI, I have been sending my comments to Mr. Gardner!
commented 2019-01-23 11:06:40 -0700 · Flag
First of all, this forum is for Colorado STATE Senators, who have nothing to do with the FEDERAL Government shutdown.
For that issue, you need to contact Bennet, Gardner and your US Rep.

However, since you brought it up…

In what many would agree is the first recorded lie of history (Gen 3:1) the Serpent created a set of false choices by intentionally editing out essential pieces of context.
It said, “did God really say you can’t eat from ANY trees in the garden?”
The Serpent was very calculating in it’s approach and posed this falsehood to literally the youngest person on Earth, probably because she had the least experience and was the most susceptible to being confused by this intentional distortion of the context.

How does that relate to your post to “end the shutdown?”
When you try to separate “Sanctuary Cities” from “Partial Government Shutdown” YOU are distorting the context by intentionally editing essential pieces of context.
Yes, furloughed government employees are being used as pawns…yes, that is a horrible way to treat them.
But Democrats are confusing ‘great’ with ‘superior.’

Democrats position seems to be,
“America is so superior to all other countries, people should be allowed to abandon their birth citizenship and evolve into ‘real humans’ by re-identifying as American citizens on demand.”

In contrast, Trump is holding firm for the great American bedrock ideas of Equality and Justice.
Citizens of each country are honor bound to make their birth countries great.
We should see other countries as equals to America.
Their citizens should want to make their own countries great, the same way that we want to make our country great.
This is the defenition of EQUALITY.

But Democrats don’t see it that way. Instead, they are convinced that America is Superior and every other country is Inferior.

JUSTICE is recognizing and contributing to law abiding society, which makes lawful countries a GREAT place to live.
We understand the hardship that lawlessness creates in every society. America is not immune.
We should encourage and help others reform their own societies to make them more law abiding, less corrupt and criminal, a.k.a. “GREAT!”
But Democrats think those other countries are incapable of being Great … that’s what makes them so Inferior.

Furloughed government employees are being hurt because Democrats are hell-bent on fostering the idea of American-superiority and the inability of other countries to be ‘Great’ too.

The only long lasting solution is for Democrats to have a change of heart and start supporting the GREAT ideals of Equal greatness and law abiding Justice.
commented 2019-01-23 09:38:25 -0700 · Flag
I didn’t write to Colorado senators about “sanctuary state”! My comment was about government workers, many of who are working without pay! How shameful!
It’s way past time to end the shutdown. The shutdown should never have happened. Remember the promise from Trump was that Mexico would pay for the wall. Now the American worker is paying for his ego wall.
In closing, DO YOUR JOB!

Rosemarie Sanchez
commented 2019-01-22 23:27:24 -0700 · Flag
How did Colorado become a ‘sanctuary state’ in general? Did I mess up royally and miss a vote on that option to become a sanctuary state, or was is legislated otherwise without any voting? Thanks for the assist!
commented 2019-01-22 18:04:03 -0700 · Flag
The shutdown has gone on too long. Don’t continue to ignore the suffering of the federal workers. These PEOPLE are working for America. How can we eat a meal, sit in our warm home, go to our jobs and cash our paycheck without feeling guilt? Shame on us! Shame on you! Trump has no idea of what it is to not know how you will take care of his family or pay financials obligations so, it is disgusting to hear him say that he can relate or they will adjust!

END the SHUTDOWN. Do your job!

Rosemarie Sanchez
commented 2019-01-18 20:22:26 -0700 · Flag
End the shutdown now. You all know how terrible this is for all Americans. I don’t need to repeat what you already know. Government employees are suffering.

Rosemarie Sanchez
commented 2019-01-13 14:54:41 -0700 · Flag
End the shutdown. It’s your job to work with all parties in the government. Trump stated that he didn’t mean Mexico would write a check! I listened to those rallies. I knew Mexico was not paying for America’s wall in any form. But, I sure don’t fell that Canada, who is part of that new pending agreement is going to pay. And I don’t want to pay for it in higher prices or taxes! We have a Hugh and growing national debit, this is the last additional cost Americans should accept!
So many other projects we should agree to first!
commented 2019-01-11 11:10:43 -0700 · Flag
End the shutdown now. People are suffering. It is your job to run the country, keep this country safe. It is the people of this country you work for, not TRUMP! Trump works for himself. Work for the people of America!
My grandson is an air traffic controller, working without pay. His bills still need to be paid, including student loans! Are those loans going to be forgiven? He lives in a different state, Kansas, so he can’t move home so he can cut out household expenses.
End the shutdown now!
commented 2018-04-05 17:59:57 -0600 · Flag
Dear Colorado Senate Republicans,

The CBS Money Watch report “The Nine States Where Teachers Have It Worst,” listed our fair Colorado as the fifth worst state for teachers. While this is no surprise to me, as I’ve taught in Colorado for sixteen years, I know my elected representatives are regrettably and dangerously unaware or in denial about the looming (if not current) education crisis resulting from a lack of teacher funding, respect, and autonomy.

With PERA under attack, a new (and unnecessary, if not humiliating) evaluation system in the works, and a refusal from our state to find ways to adequately (not even competitively) fund our school systems, we are now at a critical moment— not just we teachers— but all stakeholders who hope for safe, prosperous, and well-educated communities.

Please….fix TABOR. Raise taxes. My gosh— rent is skyrocketing, the home market is ablaze (and has been for years), our state is booming—- why in the world are we the FIFTH worst state for teachers? It’s not just embarrassing— It’s so much worse than that. It’s me putting sixteen years of work into our Colorado high schools and still not having enough at the end of the month to put into savings. This is real for your teachers. It is punishing to work in Colorado as a public servant. At least, as a public servant in education.

Please check out the now nationally-recognized shameful Colorado reality: “The 9 states where teachers have it worst” CBS News. Money Watch. Apr 3, 2018.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Dana Zilliox
1366 Garfield Street #508
Denver, CO
commented 2018-03-14 08:13:24 -0600 · Flag

If we can teach our kids how to “safe” a penis with the proper use of a condom…

why don’t we teach them how to properly safe & clear a firearm?

Responsible gun ownership
Firearm Safety

…should receive as much attention in public school curriculum as “safe sex” does!
commented 2018-02-25 09:04:45 -0700 · Flag
I want to see meaningful gun control legislation passed this session. At the bare minimum, universal background checks and a ban on semi-automatic rifles. Anything less is callous. We will be watching the progress toward a safer culture.
commented 2018-02-22 11:22:47 -0700 · Flag
Why doesn’t Senator Owen Hill have a telephone number I can call?

Why is he asking I send official feedback to a gmail account?

What year is this?

Oh right, he is hiding form the public because he supports lifting the ban on extended clips.
commented 2018-01-28 15:21:12 -0700 · Flag
We know…..what about NO way, Moochers & Anchor Leeches
commented 2018-01-27 18:00:22 -0700 · Flag
How about requiring ALL immigrants, from any country, being required to have a natural born American citizen as a sponsor. This eliminates any question of racism. This sponsor would be responsible for getting the immigrant into the naturalization process, and also as an accompliss in crimes. No sponsor, no citizenship, no license, no free benefits.
commented 2017-05-04 08:19:31 -0600 · Flag
We just need a Republican Senator to propose a change in the sales tax bill to a fuel tax or propose a new bill. If it can pass the Senate it would pass the House and then citizens could vote on it this Fall or Fall 2018. The money needs to be spent effectively. We sure could use more maintenance and improvements on roads. Would need to spread the money out over State too.
commented 2017-05-03 12:26:11 -0600 · Flag
A fuel tax makes perfect sense. Our gas tax hasn’t been increased in 25 years. Do we think our roads have stayed in the same condition for that long, or that increased capacity hasn’t been needed?
commented 2017-05-02 20:37:51 -0600 · Flag
How about allowing us to vote on a fuel tax for Colorado roads and bridges?
commented 2017-05-02 13:39:50 -0600 · Flag
This non-sense has to stop. Get a roads deal done, period. There’s no money in the budget to make it work and it’s unbelievably irresponsible to borrow against the future expected revenue increases, and even leverage state buildings. How does that make any sense compared to allowing the voters to decide whether to raise taxes? That’s why TABOR is there to allow for votes on tax increases.

This all about a couple of people preening and looking tough on taxes, basically putting their self-interest above the state’s interests and just denying math. If you have the courage of your convictions in an alternate no-tax increase plan requiring budget items to be prioritized to pay for fixing roads without a tax hike, tell people exactly what is getting prioritized-out and how that money is going to pay for the roads loan being floated. Don’t talk tough, be tough and tell us how math works in your World.
commented 2017-04-21 06:23:55 -0600 · Flag
If not a sales tax increase for transportation, how about a fuel tax?
commented 2017-04-06 10:54:54 -0600 · Flag
Please pass HB1230 to protect Colorado law enforcers from federal overreach.
commented 2017-03-31 10:25:28 -0600 · Flag
People who live in the metro Denver area, or anywhere really up and down the I-25 corridor, have an obligation to the rural parts of Colorado to see that they thrive and are not relegated to second-class citizenship. I believe we have failed our rural communities in the past. It is shameful that we may cut funding to help rural hospitals survive, for both economic and health care reasons. It likewise is shameful that we may fund more pollution and congestion generating roads in the metro Denver area, but allow rural highways and roads to disintegrate due to lack of support. Please, when considering the 2018 budget, keep the needs of our rural communities in mind. As for the transportation sales tax, I will vote against it in the election unless at least 50% of the projected revenue is relegated to mass transit improvement rather than highway widening.
commented 2017-03-24 10:55:27 -0600 · Flag
Please voice your opposition to the senate Bill 17-188 removing the tax credit for electric vehicles. The fact the Americans for Prosperity (aka the Koch Petrochemical Empire) supports these kinds of tax “reforms” should make you run in the opposite direction. I want to buy an electric vehicle and the tax credit makes it possible. Without it, I will not purchase one.
commented 2017-03-10 15:28:37 -0700 · Flag
I am opposed to
Gender Identification On Birth Certificates
We do not need legislation to create unnecessary confusion in society.
commented 2017-03-09 07:56:40 -0700 · Flag
I am in favor of the proposed sales tax increase to improve transportation. However, I am not in favor of widening roads or building new ones, as this encourages people to drive their cars and only creates more pollution, congestion, and harm to the environment. I want the sales tax increase to be used to make public transportation more comprehensive and accessible, thereby encouraging people to abandon their cars for routine transportation needs.
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