Saturday, August 30, 2014

Race for the Fallen

Beautiful morning for the 6th annual 5K for the fallen. Pictures: Jim and Michale look at the wall. Ashley and Jay Luna first place woman and man, Susanne Foster, Michale crosses the finish line, Cadence Walkers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

Recognizes 25 years of advocacy for the victims of child abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict. Their motto: "Lift up a child's voice. A child's life". Congratulations on 25 years of service to the Pikes Peak community. God bless the wonderful volunteers who take on this daunting task.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

9pm in anchorage

Beautiful, sunny night. Hard to get used to.Sent from my iPhone

Senator Baumgardner

Gives us the facts about the MJ industry, not the fairy tale. The $40 million in tax revenue meant to go to education? Colorado only received $3 million in the first year, "it's borrowing trouble", says Senator Baumgardner

CSG conference session on marijuana

Thank goodness they added Senator Baumgardner for an opposing view. Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Off to Alaska tomorrow

Looking forward to seeing some of the great people I met last year at the CSG West Legislative Academy.


Constituent Christine Sullivan and her kids are participating in the GHISWHES (scavenger hunt). One of the items was to find a politician to do some yard work for an hour for less than minimum wage. I had the pleasure of working at her Mom, Marilyn Henaut's house. I got the better deal. I traded my $5 for a jar of homemade sweet cherry jam. They have 1week to complete 185 tasks. They have three items they haven't been able to complete: If anyone knows someone who works in or has control of a 30 story building let me know. Or a contact with the international space station or a newspaper. They need the letters GHISWHES the side of a 30 story building (can be in any city, any state), the name of their team on the space station ( Chezzatz loves ghostfacers jr) and the name of their team in a newspaper---this week. The prize? Trip to Croatia and a cruise on a pirate ship.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Spice Bill, HB14-1037, becomes law tomorrow!

Two Republican public safety laws to go into effect this week

Denver – On Wednesday, two Republican sponsored public safety bills, House Bill 1037 and Senate Bill 176, both signed into law earlier this year, will go into effect in Colorado. House Bill 1037, sponsored by Representative Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain) will subject vendors selling synthetic cannabinoids, frequently referred to as Spice, to fines and civil liability regardless of warnings on the packaging and Senate Bill 176, sponsored in the House by Representative Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock), will make operating a vehicle chop shop a class 4 felony.

House Bill 1037 and Senate Bill 176, which both received wide bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate, address two growing problems in Colorado. Earlier this year, a Denver store owner was charged with selling the synthetic drug, and had reportedly 1,320 packages of"Spice”, estimated to have a street value of $120,000, seized from the store.
"Despite their growing popularity, synthetic drugs are incredibly dangerous and this new law is a crucial step in taking action against these harmful substances,” said Landgraf."I’m comforted knowing this law is now in place to help keep synthetic drugs out of Colorado children’s hands.”

Senate Bill 176 addressed the increasing number of automobile thefts in Colorado, which has spiked in recent years. In 2012, there were over 3,000 unrecovered stolen cars and 11 organized chops shops discovered in Colorado.
"Though stealing a vehicle can already be prosecuted, this new law will give prosecutors the tools they need to go after the criminals running the chop shops in Colorado,” said Murray."Organized chop shops are responsible for a significant amount of automobile theft and I am confident this law will help put this criminal enterprise out of business in Colorado.”

Senate Bill 176 is nearly identical to House Bill 1084 that Murray had introduced earlier in the session. House Democrats shockingly killed HB 1084 on a party-line vote in House Appropriations after it passed unanimously out of House Judiciary. Even more shocking was that each of the House Democrats who voted to kill HB 1084 later voted in favor of the nearly identical SB 176 on third reading in the House; unbelievably, two of those same House Democrats even co-sponsored SB 176.

Sunrise on Pikes Peak