Saturday, June 26, 2004
What's the solution? First, stop corporate welfare. Government at all levels should stop giving tax-breaks and other incentives. Second, level the playing field by stopping unfair price breaks in advertising, lease rates, and intrest payments except where they are justified by actual costs. Where there is true economy of scale, these breaks should not be needed. We need a Teddy Roosevelt trust-busting approach to the government-corporate connection, the cancer that is destroying America. Protests against individual Wal-Mart stores doesn't get to the true root of the problem.
Friday, June 25, 2004
Socrates Cafe meets each Friday, 6 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1350 Grant St. here in Denver. Tonight we discussed the role of childhood awe and wonder. Kendall stopped by with her mom to pick up her dad.
Joe Morales, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety and CU Student Krista Poch, candidate for HD18 in Boulder discuss the CU College Republican Club (Krista is President.)
Rep. Lola Spradley, Speaker of the House, told me about the importance of her initiative to make sure providers of alternative power have a market for their product. http://www.coenergy.info/resources/briefingbook.pdf
Gov Bill Owens invited all GOP candidates to meet with he and his staff this afternoon for a policy briefing and BBQ at the Governor's Mansion. We each got a portrait taken for use in our campaign literature.
After encouraging Coors to drop out of the race, I went across the street to the Denver Press Club. Talked with Jean Toole, who with my old neighbor Lyle Lindesmith discovered and developed John Love as a candidate for Governor. Jean and I discussed putting together a recognition dinner for Lindesmith this fall, before he introduced me to Che' Rippinger, the new Administrative Assistant to Ed Otte at the Colorado Press Association. Check out her very funny writing and cartoons on www.datingandhandgrenades.com.
Pete Coors at Lincoln Club luncheon, Denver Athletic Club, says, "Look on the Senate's website, there are 50 tax bills pending right now, I don't know how anyone can go back to Washington and make sense out of it all." Coors criticized Bob Schaeffer for being a politician. I suggested that maybe it takes a politician to go back to Washington and actually get anything done. Coors said he'd have staff to help him. Wouldn't it make sense for Coors to unite with Schaffer now? Primary has been helpful, but it is clear to nearly everyone I talk with who is not on Coors paid staff that he is not going to win the primary election, and that Bob Schaeffer is the GOP's best hope against the Dems this fall.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Jon Caldara President of Independence Institutue, which hosted a candidates briefing I attended today. For more information see www.IndependenceInstitute.org.
Jessica Peck Corry explains restrictions on freedom at the University of Colorado, what students are doing to fight back.
Campaign Theme/ Prodigal Son
Randal O'toole explains why buses are better for riders than light rail-- faster, cheaper, more frequent service. Fast Track is being pushed by those who will benefit: construction companies, unions, bond companies, and downtown property owners.
Campaign Theme/ Prodigal Son
Speakers at Independence Institute Candidates Briefing Speakers: Penn Pfiffner, TABOR/ Amendment 23; Linda Gorman, Health Care; Pam Benigno, Education; Craig Green, Water. Other speakers not shown: Randal O'Toole, Smart Growth/ Transporation; Dave Kopel, Criminal Justice/ Prisons; Higher Education, Jessica Peck Corry; Scott Gessler, Tort Reform.
Campaign Theme/ Prodigal Son
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2004
Contact: John Wren cell (720)495-4949
WREN ANNOUNCES FOR DENVER HOUSE DISTRICT 5
John Wren announced today that he has accepted the Republican nomination for downtown Denver House District 5 for the primary election that will be held in August.
Making the announcement, Wren said, “This campaign is a test. Two years ago the candidates for this office spent about $250,000 or about $6 for each registered voter in the district. This extravagant spending on campaigns has eliminated running for elected office as a possibility in the minds of most common, everyday people like me.
"The theme of my campaign will be the prodigal son (photo attached) the fact that none of us is perfect, and that we are all are called to amend our lives. GK Chesterton once said that the reason we are commanded to love our neighbor and to love our enemy is that so often they are the same person. I challenge other candidates in this race to use this campaign as an opportunity for community building.
“My campaign will test the idea that it is still possible for a person of limited means to be elected. I'll be holding meetings to meet my neighbors frequently, those who would like to attend should contact me via email at JohnSWren@aol.com or (303)861-1447. A blog is under construction at http://wrensjournal.blogspot.com/."
Wren is a business consultant, adult educator, and long-time community activist. He helped organize Save the Caucus which defeated Amendment 29, which was intended to eliminate the process which gave Wren this nomination. He organizes and facilitates adult learning group, see www.orgsites.com/co/poorrichard. For more information contact him at JohnSWren@aol.com or (303)861-1447.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Bill Chrismer tells reporter from Denver Post that, "Schaffer clearly won the debate, and will win the primary election." Bill and Sen John Andrews are hosting a private lunch to benefit Schaffer with Congressman Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI) who will just be returning from Iraq. For an invitation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (720)373-9678.