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Colorado could decide the entire Presidential election.  There are even scenarios where the electoral college results in a tie.  Joe Biden drew just 900 people to a Colorado rally in the last week.  Contrast that with the Romney rally at Red Rocks:

Of course a Vice Presidential rally is not the measure of a campaign.  Democrats are relying on the same play book that defeated Ken Buck in 2010, a historic year for conservatives and Republicans.

Here in Estes Park, both campaigns have offices.  The sheer volume of robocalls into Larimer County has overwhelmed most voters.  I’ve never heard so many expressions of voter fatigue on the eve of an election.

That’s why voter shaming is the newest and most effective tactic.  Both sides study the demographics of potential voters and identify likely supporters.  They then mail a list of voter participation with your name and the names of several of your neighbors.  The letter promises that a second letter will arrive after the election, reporting which of your neighbors voted.

Last-minute personal appeals can still cut through the clutter.  Talking to friends and neighbors to ensure they’ve voted can make a difference.  Try to go easy on the shaming though.

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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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Tuesday, June 26 is primary Election Day in Estes Park.  Please vote as if your future depended on it.  Larimer County uses vote centers.  You should have received a mail ballot.  Anyone who is registered to vote can vote at a vote center, even if they are “inactive” and failed to request a mail ballot for the primary election.

The Larimer County Elections website maintains a full list of Vote Centers,  which will be open from 7 am to 7 pm to issue ballots, and receive mail ballots.  In Estes Park, there is a vote center in the Municipal Building, Room 202.  There is also a mail ballot drop-off location at the Larimer County office at 1601 Brodie Avenue (the same building as the Park R-3 School Administration).

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In 2010, Dr. Jill Vecchio founded the first state chapter of a national organization called Docs4 Patient Care.  Physicians are uniquely positioned to understand the implications of ObamaCare, as its provisions begin taking effect in the years ahead.

As part of their educational effort, Dr. Vecchio produced a series of videos explaining different aspects of the health care law.  Part One of the series explains who will be covered by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  Check out the discussion of comparative data on survival rates and first treatment rates toward the end of the video.

TeaLiberty.com will link to one installment of the seven-part series each Saturday going forward.  Schedule just ten minutes each week to check out an installment.  By the end of this series, you will know more about ObamaCare than Nancy Pelosi and her supporters did when they passed the law.

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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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The Loveland Reporter-Herald states that Mitt Romney will visit RV America in Johnstown, just south of Johnson’s Corner Truck stop on the Frontage Road by I-25.  As of Friday evening, this was still described as tentative.

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Update:
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

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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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