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The national media insist that the Romney campaign and SuperPACs will outstrip the Obama campaign in spending and organization.  It looks different here on the ground in Northern Colorado.  Colorado is a swing state, and Larimer County is one of three key swing counties in Colorado.

Estes Park is only six precincts in a county with over 150 precincts.  It tends to vote like the rest of the county, making it a swing area in a swing county in–well, you get the idea.

Consider an e-mailed letter that has made the local rounds announcing that the Human Resource Director for the YMCA of the Rockies has resigned to set up an campaign office for the Obama campaign in Estes Park.  Sometime soon, Estes Park will have an Obama campaign office and a full-time paid organizer for our six little precincts.

What does Estes Park have to look forward to?  Here is a description of what a field organizer is expected to do from a 2008 organizer for the Obama campaign:

“I managed volunteers, created call lists, made calls, made packets for people to take with them when they were going to be going door-to-door, registered voters, decided where volunteers would go and tried to come up with more creative ways to communicate with people. When I started out a typical day was 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. We had Sundays off or we started at noon. When I became a field organizer, the day was 9 a.m. until midnight except for Fridays when it was 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. When the convention was getting closer in August, 9 a.m. to midnight was a good day. By the end of October, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. was a good day. The last week if you got to sleep at all it was a good day.”

According to the Obama campaign website, “Field Organizers (FOs) are the face of Organizing for America in communities across the country, working to advance President Obama’s and the Democrats’ agenda and grow the grassroots movement for electoral success in 2012.”  The Obama campaign is still taking applications, for those interested in the task as hand.  For those less inclined to join, the online interview questions are a lesson in community organizing.  The last line asks about work eligibility, and includes a choice for “non-citizen seeking work authorization.”  Hmm.  I believe there was an Executive Order concerning that. 

The Obama campaign has fifteen publicly identified field organizers for Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Boulder already and is obviously expanding earlier in the cycle this time.  In 2008, the Obama campaign opened a campaign office in Estes Park in late September or the beginning of October.  In terms of time, the effort will be tripled this time, at minimum.  Barack Obama won Estes Park by 4% in 2008 (less than his statewide margin).

The Obama campaign will rely even more on intensive, paid staff work in 2012, not just Hope and wishes.

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With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding health insurance mandates, now is the time to learn the facts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This episode of Dr. Jill Vecchio’s videos describes health care exchanges, employer health care insurance mandates, waivers from the law issued to various Obama cronies (including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s entire state!).

The factual overview starts at about 1:15.  Watch these videos and you will be well-equipped to discuss the problems in store for Americans due to the PPACA or Obamacare.

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Tuesday marks the kickoff of Estes Park’s Rodeo with the Rooftop Rodeo parade. Bring a blanket and head to Performance Park for the Freedom Rally from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.

The rally kicks off with music by Rick Starr and his magic guitar at 12:30 p.m.  Speakers begin at 1 pm.  Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party chairman Derrick Wilburn will be the master of ceremonies. The RMBTP website claims “black and conservative are not mutually exclusive” and he will speak on that topic during the rally.

Jeff Crank, state Director of Americans for Prosperity will speak about federal policies and the economy.  Solomon Martinez, chairman of Northern Colorado Hispanic Republicans, will speak about reaching out in Northern Colorado to get Hispanics to vote for the party that best aligns with their values of faith, family and freedom.  Local candidates running for office in the November 2012 election will also speak.

The patriotic event has been held the past two years, drawing upwards of 350 people. Also included in the rally is an invocation, flag ceremony, and a patriotic song fest with Larry Pierce.  Join in the music, speakers and patriotic fun in Performance Park after the Rooftop Rodeo Parade.

Many commenters claim people no longer care about the liberty movement.  Prove them wrong this week!

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Did you know that as many as 14% of people who THINK they are registered to vote actually ARE NOT? That may not sound like a large percentage, but it equates to roughly 33 MILLION US citizens.

Are you registered to vote?Are your friends and relatives registered to vote? Are you sure? Have you moved? Has your name changed? You may need to register again.

AreYouRegistered.org allows you to look up yourself, your relatives, and your friends, in your state or any other state’s voter registration database to confirm registration. If you are not registered for any reason, you can fill out a voter registration form right there! If you find that a friend or relative is not registered to vote, you can email a voter registration form directly from the web site, with a note encouraging them to register to vote.

Because so much is at stake in the upcoming November elections, we are asking that everyone make sure that their like-minded friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are registered to vote. You can help  out this year in two ways. You can invite a friend or relative to get involved, or you can email a voter registration form to a friend or relative that isn’t registered to vote.

Click here to check on voter registration.

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