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FREE PIZZ PARTY

The Estes Park Tea Party Patriots invite you to a FREE PIZZA PARTY at Cheesy Lees in the Elkhorn lodge.  THE PARTY IS FREE AND SO IS THE PIZZA SO PLEASE COME.  The Party is this coming Saturday, November 2 at 12 noon. We will have two speakers plus entertainment!  Rudy Zitti from Americans for Prosperity will buy us pizza and speak on Amendment 66. This will help you understand all of the problems associated with this proposed new Constitutional Amendment.  Our current County Recorder, Angela Myers, will also be there to tell us about the new voting laws and how it will affect YOU.  She is a great Republican and you will be proud that she is working so hard for you!  As you arrive, J.T. and his guitar will entertain you.  So it is a wonderful chance to be informed, have some pizza, hear great speakers and see all of your friends.  No reservations are needed!  Please Come.  MORE LATER.

 

Thanks, Mack, Michelle, Bill, Judy, Mike, and Jon

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.
On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.
Update: The Daily Caller repeatedly contacted CGI Federal for comment. After publication of this article, the company responded that there would be “nothing coming out of CGI for the record or otherwise today.” The company did however insist that The Daily Caller include a reference to vice president Cheryl Campbell’s House testimony. This has been included as a courtesy to the company.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/michelle-obamas-princeton-classmate-is-executive-at-company-that-built-obamacare-website/#ixzz2isPPtmLu

 

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Who Wants To Pay More Taxes?

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By Kelly Maher

Posted:   10/11/2013 10:28:34 AM MDT12 comments | Updated:   10 days ago

 The billion dollar-a-year tax increase, Amendment 66, is like the latest “As Seen on TV” product. It’s full of promised innovation and life-changing outcomes, but post-purchase you realize you just spent a lot of money and nothing is actually better.

 

Coloradans are preparing to vote on the largest income tax increase in the state’s history, sold under the guise of school reform and promising innovation, yet it falls short on both fronts. This nearly $1 billion-a-year tax increase is poised to be another crushing disappointment to those who yearn for the genuine education reform that will actually improve student outcomes.

 

Too much of Colorado’s school funding goes to administration and special interests, and too little makes into our classrooms. Administrative bloat in Colorado’s public education system is very real. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, fewer than half of Colorado’s public school employees are actually teachers.

 

Even worse, over a 17-year period from 1992 through 2009, the number of Colorado education administrators increased an eye-popping 83 percent, while the number of students increased by just 38 percent. This explosion in administration has hurt Colorado’s teachers — the very people we entrust to help prepare our children for life. Without this bloat, teachers could be earning approximately $10,000 more per year.

 

Amendment 66 contains no assurances that the $950 million in taxes would ever make it into classrooms. Even proponents’ promotional materials say Amendment 66 “could reduce class size” (emphasis added). If the people of Colorado are expected to pay an additional $950 million a year, we deserve better than “could.”

 

This effort isn’t just unfair to teachers — it is unfair to students. Colorado’s children deserve a world-class education, but our public education system is broken. Currently, 40 percent of our state’s high school graduates need remedial classes once they enter college. While the proponents of this amendment talk about reform, it doesn’t contain genuine reform measures, such as success-based metrics, real school choice, and funding that directly benefits children and teachers in classrooms.

 

This amendment redistributes taxpayer dollars in a way that’s unfair to most school districts. Many districts will receive less per pupil than their residents pay into the system. For example, for every new tax dollar Jefferson County citizens pay, Jefferson County schools will receive just 56 cents in funding if Amendment 66 passes. Colorado school districts passed more than $1 billion in school bonds and mill-levy overrides just last year and Amendment 66 will require many districts across the state to go back to their residents for even more tax increases.

 

The concern over this bill doesn’t stop there. This amendment was offered to help fund some of the merit-based tenure reforms passed in 2010. Yet recently, Coloradans learned that special interests are waiting until after the Amendment 66 vote in November to sue to discontinue merit-based tenure, a key education reform. They don’t want the bad press from a lawsuit to cloud Coloradans’ vote on their tax increase. It’s dishonest, and Coloradans deserve to know the true intentions of those hoping to take more every year from each Colorado family’s budget.

 

This amendment is a nearly $1 billion tax increase on all Coloradans when they are still recovering from the recession. Colorado incomes, on average, remain 7 percent below pre-recession levels. The median Colorado family could see an increase in taxes of over $250 per year. According to the USDA, that’s nearly three weeks of groceries for a family of two.

 

Further, the U.S. Census recently revealed that Coloradans have never paid so much in taxes as they do today. Colorado currently has a more than $1 billion surplus sitting in our State Education Fund. Why hold hostage many of Amendment 66’s promised outcomes when they can be funded from the current surplus?

 

We all see the bumper stickers proclaiming Colorado to be 49th in education spending; however, even the National Education Association (aka the teachers union) cites Colorado as 26th in the nation — right in the middle of the pack.

 

We can all agree that Colorado needs to fix our school system. Great education isn’t a Republican or a Democratic issue — it’s a core American value. That’s why Coloradans for Real Education Reform has attracted a diverse, bipartisan coalition against this misguided tax scheme. We all want to see our children thrive and we want to give them the best education system we can. This amendment offers the illusion of reform with a hefty price tag. Our children deserve better than more broken promises.

 

Kelly Maher is a political strategist and a member of Coloradans for Real Education Reform. She also is executive director of Revealing Politics and Compass Colorado.

 

 

Read more: No on Amendment 66: It’s unfair to Colorado families, students and teachers – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_24284660/unfair-colorado-families-students-and-teachers#ixzz2idrOx68f

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No On Amendment 66

No On Amendment 66

I have 10 Yard Signs so if you want one e-mail me at lycanman0187@gmail.com

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http://www.eptrail.com/estes-park-news/ci_24315291/school-board-candidates-answer-questions

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http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2013/10/16/peakfeed-hick-admits-amendment-66-may-go-to-pera/

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