Saturday, June 02, 2007

Gov Ritter has until Monday to veto the bills now on his desk. One of them would kill our wonderful neighborhood caucus-assembly system for nominating candidates to the primary ballot, in my opinion. Here is the email I just sent him:

Dear Gov. Ritter,

Please veto the misguided HB1376 that would allow the political parties to choose different dates for the neighborhood caucuses that are prescribed by law.$FILE/1376_enr.pdf

In the past I along with hundreds of thousands if not millions of other Colorado citizens worked to preserve our wonderful Colorado caucus-assembly system. Every two years it gives us a chance for a statewide civics lesson. This will be made much more difficult if the date is moved up to the beginning of February, and almost impossible if the two major political parties choose different dates, which the draft bill on your desk now would allow.

1376 was pushed through at the end of the session, and there was not adequate time to reflect on the consequences. In my opinion, it will be the final nail in the coffin of our wonderful Colorado neighborhood caucus-assembly system for nominating to the primary ballot. We'll have become like California where candidates just pass petitions, run ads, and never have to shake hands with the voter to get elected. This will have a dramatic negative effect on the health of our neighborhoods over time.

Your support of Colorado grassroots now will make a critical difference. Please veto HB1376.

John Wren
960 Grant Street #727
Denver, CO 80203
cell (720)495-4949


Bill W. & Dr. Bob, the play about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous that has been running in New York, will close June 10 after 100 performances. Reviews weren't great, but every performance gets a standing ovation from A.A. members in the audience. I'm investigating what it take to get the play to come to Denver? Would you want to help?

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