Update: Our rsvps are at capacity! You can still stop by, but there’s no guarantee you will be able to get a seat or enter the building!
Courtesy Michelle Hurni, Fort Collins Republican Examiner.
A chance to hear TV and radio personality Jon Caldara presents itself in Estes Park. Hosted by the Estes Park Tea Party Patriots, Jon will speak on life, liberty and financial issues in the political world.
Twice named one of the top 10 most influential men in Denver (5280 Magazine) and Best Media Manipulator (Westword), Jon is President of the Independence Institute, a free market think tank in Denver.
Whichever way you lean politically, Monday, Feb. 18 will present an opportunity to learn more from a mesmerizing speaker whose business is to empower individuals and educate citizens about public policies. His goal: enhance personal and economic freedom through limited federal intrusion.
Where else can you have dinner with a local celebrity for $6? Join Jon Caldara on Monday, February 18th in Estes Park. $6.00 includes soup, salad and soda at Notchtop Café. Please let us know you are coming by emailing tealiberty “at” reagan “dot” com. This event is free to students under the age of 18 if you let us know you’ll attend ahead of time.
Catch Jon Caldara in person in Estes Park, and then: watch his show, Devil’s Advocate, on Friday nights at 8:30 pm on Colorado Public Television Channel 12; listen to his radio show on 630 KHOW every Sunday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm; read his blog: The Cauldron, by Caldara.
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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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The Estes Park Tea Party Patriots will be meeting this Saturday, February 18 from 1 to 3 pm at the Estes Valley Library in the Hondius room. Two candidates for Colorado’s Second Congressional District, State Senator Kevin Lundberg and businessman Eric Weissmann, will both speak. Lundberg and Weissmann are competing for the Republican nomination to challenge Representative Jared Polis (D-Boulder).
- Kevin Lundberg
State Senator Kevin Lundberg represents Estes Park and much of Larimer County in the Colorado legislature. Lundberg was first elected as a state Representative in 2002, was appointed to the state Senate to succeed County Commissioner Steve Johnson in 2009, and elected to a full four-year senate term in 2010. Lundberg has received numerous awards from the Colorado Union of Taxpayers as a Taxpayer Champion and a Taxpayer Guardian.
Lundberg sees taxes, spending and the national debt placing America on a bad trajectory. Lundberg contends that federal mandates and subsidies have to give way to consistent and predictable federal policies to enable the private sector to get back to the job of building America.
Eric Weissmann of Boulder is an entrepreneur who founded the software company Decisioneering at the age of 21. He started his first business at the age of 15. Weissman earned an external program undergraduate degree from the University of the State of New York, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. In the year 2000, turned over leadership of Decisioneering to others and began investing in other businesses.
- Eric Weissmann
Weissman has been a board member or advisor to numerous organizations, including The Wellness Initiative, Colorado Uplift and the Colorado State Treasurer’s Investment Advisory Council. Weissman and his wife Jennifer have three children.
Weissmann says he is concerned this might be the first generation in America to break its promise to the next generation of greater freedom and a better future for Americans. Weissmann is focused on issues that include ending deficit spending, promoting a limited federal government and promoting private sector job growth.
Saturday’s meeting is a unique opportunity for Estes Park residents to hear from both candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the newly redistricted Second Congressional District in Colorado.
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Colorado Republicans will hold their caucuses on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to register and start on time.
Pre-register: The Colorado GOP has established a statewide Preregistration Process that will verify you are eligible for caucus prior to the meeting: http://www.caucus.cologop.org/ All you need to do is enter your address and zip code. There are two benefits:
One, it will tell you your confirmed caucus location.
Two, you will be pre-registered. Simply print your confirmation form and bring it with your photo i.d. to caucus. This will save everyone time, as the precinct committee people will not need to find your name on the printed list.
Caucus Training for Republican Voters: Estes Park Tea Party Patriots held a caucus training meeting on Saturday, January 21, 1 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library. We reviewed information provided by the Larimer County Republican Party. We will also discuss the resolution process, which allows caucus attendees to submit proposed resolutions that will be voted on at the higher assemblies. This is the process that determines the state and national party platforms. The Larimer GOP sponsored two caucus training meetings. Hopefully these pre-meeting discussions help people run meetings more efficiently than in years past.
Please attend the Republican Caucus February 7, because this meeting will decide who represents your precinct, and who will be delegates to pick local candidates for the Colorado Republican primary ballot. Let’s ensure the Republican Party elects candidates who are committed to limited government, free enterprise and upholding the U.S. Constitution.
Democrat Caucuses: Democrats will be holding their caucuses on Tuesday, March 6. The Larimer County Democrats or the Colorado Democratic Party might provide more information as the date approaches.
This post will be updated as we approach caucus, so check back at this link before February 7. Also, please e-mail and share this post on Facebook and other social media because it will help us ensure greater citizen participation.
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Due to the overwhelming interest in seeing Rick Santorum, the venue has been changed. He will be at the First National Bank Exhibit Hall at the Ranch (next to the Budweiser Event Center) instead of the American Eagle Distribution Center. The times haven’t changed. Doors will open at 3:15. Please forward this notice
RICK SANTORUM Northern Colorado Rally Saturday, February 4
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm First National Bank Exhibit Hall at the Ranch, Loveland
Rick Santorum will appear Saturday, February 4, in Loveland. The rally will be at 4:30pm at American Eagle Distributing, 3800 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, CO 80538. Mitt Romney will appear Saturday in Colorado Springs.
A full list of candidate appearances in Colorado is available at ColoradoPeakPolitics.com.
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Larimer County’s application process is underway for the third annual Larimer County 101: A Journey Through Larimer County Services (LC101). This nine-week class meets Thursday evenings April 5-May 31, from 6-9pm in Fort Collins and introduces participants to County services and the people who provide them.
Applications are available online at http://larimer.org/news/larimer101.htm
and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 5, 2012. Information about the 2010 and 2011 classes is also available at the same web site link.
The class is free and limited to 30 participants. Those who can meet on all class dates will be given 1st priority. Larimer County will strive to choose participants based on a wide geographic scope representing all of Larimer County’s communities.
The LC101 classes will be as interactive as possible and will be held in several County facilities in and around Fort Collins. The concept was designed to provide participants with an inside look at the workings of Larimer County government and the services provided. Participants will be asked to role play County Planning scenarios, brain-storm Public Works resources issues, make decisions on challenging Human Service issues, and more. Participants will interact with each other, elected officials, and staff.
Topics covered include: the County’s budget; elections; how land use decisions are made; navigating the criminal justice system; building roads and bridges; understanding Human Services and public health; jobs and the Workforce Center; Larimer County’s history; the Virtual Courthouse, our web site; how property taxes are assessed; how the Coroner’s Office operates; a look at the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and more.
For more information contact Larimer County Community Information Manager, Deni La Rue at the Commissioners’ Office.
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Representative Ron Paul will be taking his campaign to Fort Collins next Tuesday, speaking at the Colorado State University Campus.
Paul will be the first Presidential candidate to speak in Larimer County since Barack Obama in 2008. Paul is the one GOP candidate who has enjoyed strong support from college-aged voters.
Update: Ron Paul is scheduled to speak at 10 am, with a caucus training meeting at 11 am. For current information, go to: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/198112560286948/
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