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What Does Building a Better Future Look Like to You?

What Does It Look Like to Your Community?

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For us here in Colorado, we’re fighting not only for the soul of this nation alongside Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but we’re fighting to build a better future. But, the reality is that this could mean so many different things to different people.

What does building a better future mean to you? To your community? Come join in one of our new “Colorado Communities Connect” virtual series and be part of the discussion!

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Updates and Fast Facts from the Biden-Harris Campaign!

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Biden Team Crafts 2021 Vaccine Logistics Amid Distrust of Trump

From Bloomberg

Joe Biden’s advisers are developing plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine if he were to win the election as the Democratic nominee’s campaign monitors the Trump administration’s effort to deliver a drug for signs of political interference, according to two Biden advisers.

Biden’s health team, many of whom worked in the administration of President Barack Obama, are leveraging decades-long relationships with U.S. government officials to keep tabs on President Donald Trump’s initiative to deliver a vaccine in record time, the people said.

The group includes some of the officials who oversaw pandemics and preparedness in the Obama administration, many of whom still have contacts within the U.S. government. Among them are Nicole Lurie, the former assistant secretary for preparedness and response under Obama; Vivek Murthy, the former U.S. surgeon general and David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Click here to read more.

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Scientific American has endorsed a Presidential candidate for the first time in their 175-year history of publication — Joe Biden! Click here to read more.
PICK HICK!

Updates and Fast Facts from John Hickenlooper for Senate

THIS WEEK ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL:

Hickenlooper & Coloradans Call on Gardner to “Get to Work”

The Senate finally returned to Washington after their month-long recess so John united with teachers, veterans, small business owners, and La Junta Mayor Jeffri Pruyn to call on Senator Gardner to act immediately to deliver long-delayed COVID relief.

More than 100 days ago, Senator Gardner said it was “unfathomable” to go on recess without passing COVID relief, yet that’s exactly what they’ve done — multiple times. Months later, Senator Gardner has still failed to pass *any* additional COVID relief.

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Hick Visits Minority-Owned Small Businesses in Aurora

Earlier this week, John visited several minority-owned small businesses in Aurora and heard about the impacts of COVID-19 and the frustration towards the Senate’s inaction. The Senate still doesn’t have any real plan to get relief to the millions of Americans who are struggling to pay the bills, put food on the table, and make their rent and mortgages.

Small businesses told John “they got nothing from the past relief package” as Senator Gardner offered only empty words. John called out Gardner for leaving minority-owned small businesses behind.

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Denver’s Fox 31 and Aurora’s Sentinel Colorado reported on John’s small business stops and you can read the coverage HERE and HERE.

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Our Future Is On The Ballot — Are You Ready?
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Voter Registration

You can Register to Vote, Update your Registration, and Add your cell # or email to receive alerts when your ballot has been sent, received & counted — all at http://www.govotecolorado.gov or at the buttons below!

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See a Preview of your Ballot at Ballot Ready!
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Ballot Ready allows voters to plug in their address and see the whole ticket of Democratic candidates running where they live. The tool pulls up the voter’s slate card of candidates, and includes photos of the candidates and links to their websites and social media channels so voters can learn about them. Go to http://www.coloradodems.org/ballot or click on the below to try it out!
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Judicial Performance Commission

Find out more about the judges who will be on your ballot before your ballot arrives either at the button below or this link: http://www.coloradojudicialperformance.gov/review.cfm?year=2020

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Voterfied — Make YOUR Voice Heard
Voterfied is a tool that allows voters to directly cut through the noise, and make their voices and opinions heard by their elected officials and to the Colorado Democratic Party, without the vitriol or spam-like nature of social media and email. During this time of COVID-19, voters are not able to attend town hall meetings without fearing for their safety — Voterfied allows voters to make their voices heard while maintaining social distancing. Try Voterfied at https://codems.voterfied.us or at the button below!
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Download the Vote Joe App

Text “Vote” to 30330 or click the buttons below, depending on your device.

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Become an Election Judge

These are PAID positions that ensure elections are being conducted fairly and in accordance with the law! You must be 16 years or older to apply — visit your county clerk’s website and find out more!

Volunteer with Your Local Coordinated Field Organizer

Visit https://www.mobilize.us/coloradovictory2020/ or click the button below to connect with your local field organizer and get involved with electing Democrats up and down the ticket!

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Did you Fill Out Your Census?

Don’t let your community be left behind. Click the button below or visit this website to fill out your census today and be counted: http://www.2020census.gov

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Redistricting / Reapportionment Commissions

Don’t let politicians choose who they want to vote for with unfair gerrymandering! Sign up today to apply join the independent redistricting commission by click the button below or going to this web address: https://redistricting.colorado.gov

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Fund our 2020 Win Plan

Whether you can give $5, $10, $50, $500, whatever you can manage to donate can go so far to help fund our 2020 Win Plan and help us launch a blue tsunami in November! And, if you can, please make it monthly 🙂

Click the button below or go to this link: https://coloradodems.org/donate/

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What’s the Elbow Bumpers Club (formerly known as the High Fivers Club), you ask? It started with a simple idea: There are nearly 1.2 million registered Democrats in Colorado — what if every single one of them gave just $5 a month to the Colorado Democratic Party (CDP)?

Answer: The CDP would be the best-funded state party in the country — with zero dollars from corporate PACs and plenty for flipping red seats to blue!

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This Week In Making a Difference
SAVE THE DATE! DOWN BALLOT DAY 2!
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State Legislature – 10:00AM
County Commissioners – 12:00PM
RTD Board – 2:00PM
County Commissioners (Round 2) – 4:00PM
Suggested Reading of the Week
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Looking for some reading to help yourself stay woke this election cycle? Check out Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America. We’ve talked often about how Trump, the GOP, and foreign bad actors use social media to divide Dems and suppress our voter turnout.

Now, you can read about how Cambridge Analytica — the firm that used Colorado has a testing ground in 2014 to deliver a U.S. Senate win for Cory Gardner and the state Senate to the Republicans — did just that. By stealing data on every American, they created behavioral profiles for purposes of psychological warfare. The funded interests behind these campaign are aimed to divide us, circulate conspiracy theories and suppress the vote.

Work for the 2020 Wave Webinars
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SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming “Work for the Wave” webinars!
Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 6:00PM MST

GOTV and GOTV Messaging (Hosted by Morgan Carroll and Halisi Vinson)

How do we make sure that that we turn out the vote? How do we convince our voters to turn in their ballots, and make sure that they don’t leave their ballots on their kitchen counter until it’s too late? We go over strategies in this webinar! Click here to sign up!

Monday, October 12, 2020 @ 6:00PM MST

Ballot Chasing (Host TBA)

In a state like Colorado where every registered voter receives their ballot, it’s a fundamental campaign practice to follow up with voters and remind them to Get Their Ballots In! Learn how you can help in this webinar. Click here to sign up!

HELP WANTED:

New Positions to Apply For!

Help Wanted!
We’re staffing up in preparation for the 2020 General Election! Colorado is a battleground state, and we’re looking for scrappy, driven, politically savvy organizers to join our team!

Job Descriptions:

Click here to read more about or share our open jobs!

Join the Morgan County Dems for

Ballot Education Events!

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The races are heating up. Ballot issues are getting certified for the ballot. As such, the Morgan Dems have scheduled THREE educational Zoom sessions to start on Tuesday Sept. 8. followed every two weeks by another Zoom forum. Each date will address a different topic. There will be time for questions and answers. These are interactive events. Zoom allows access via PC, Mac or Smartphone. Your device does not have to have a camera to join.

Here are the remaining sessions:

Tuesday, September 22 @ 7 PM

Taxes, Taxes and More tax issues on the ballot.

Presented by Reeves Brown from Building a Better Colorado. Trust me, this is more interesting and easier to understand than you have been led to believe.

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Tuesday, October 6 @ 7 PM

National Popular Vote or NPV. Did you know you don’t actually vote for President? What is it, how does it work, and does it violate the constitution?

Presented by Colorado Senator Mike Foote

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Join the Denver Dems for

their *Virtual* Annual Gathering!

The Democratic Party of Denver
Virtual
Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Celebrating Women!
Celebrating the Vote!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

5pm to 7pm
Keynote Speaker to be Announced

Speakers

Congresswoman Diana DeGette
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
Karen Middleton, President of Cobalt Advocates
Congressman Jason Crow

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Organizer of the Week
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Meet: Maru Sefami

Field Organizer for R05

Turf: Routt, Jackson, Eagle, Lake Counties

Phone: 949-701-2228

Email: maru.sefami

Maru joins team Colorado after graduating from UC Berkeley this past May. She spent her college career interning in Sacramento and Washington D.C. to pursue her passion in the policy making process. Born and raised in Irvine, CA the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Maru is fighting to make this country and world a better place for her generation and those who come after.
DID YOU KNOW?

The Diane Mitsch Bush campaign has officially coordinated with our team, and our organizers on the Western Slope are so excited to make sure we flip this seat! Maru is a leader in-region and continues to be one of our most dedicated organizers!

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Local Candidates of the Week
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Candidate: Bobby Dishell

https://www.dishellforrtd.com/

Office Running for: RTD Board Director (District D)

Why this matters: Bobby is a longtime transit user and advocate with a history of fighting for transit equity. This has included making a late night bus route to help students get home safely. As a former public school teacher, Bobby developed his appreciation for the importance of accessible transit when he saw the impact it had on his students and families. He is now a daily transit user who uses evidence-based approaches and community input in his decision making process.

Connect with Bobby on Facebook and Instagram.

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Candidate: Karen McCormick

https://karenforco.com/

Office Running for: State Representative (House District 11)

Why this matters: Dr. Karen McCormick – Democrat – is a veterinarian, small business owner and mom. She is passionate about our state and working for policies that will strengthen our community. With the opportunity to advocate for families, health care, education, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, economic opportunity for all, the future of our planet and more – Karen is now running to represent Longmont, Lyons, Niwot and Allenspark as the next State Representative for Colorado’s House District 11 in 2020

Connect with Karen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Dems Leading the Way
Bennet, Neguse Push for Enhanced SNAP Benefits
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Guest opinion: Michael Bennet and Joe Neguse: Expand SNAP during this crisis

In the Daily Camera

In the worst economic and public health crisis in a century, one in three Colorado families does not have enough to eat. This is not only at war with our values, it undermines our response to the pandemic.

Under normal circumstances, proper nutrition is vital to help infants develop and give kids the energy to excel in and out of school. During a pandemic, it’s critical to ensure everyone has a healthy immune system to resist COVID-19. Put simply, strengthening nutrition and fighting the pandemic go hand in hand.

The same is true for supporting our economy. Every dollar spent to help a vulnerable child or family eat is a dollar for our farmers, local groceries, and the millions of workers they employ. As we help families eat, we help stabilize the economy.

Click here to read more.

Mitsch Bush Pens Op-Ed Defending Healthcare
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Health care is on the ballot this November

In the Grand Junction Sentinel

On Aug. 28, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial board challenged me to explain “how innovation would be retained” under my health-care plan and if I would use a bipartisan approach to solve problems in our health-care system.

First, I do not believe that the best path forward is the elimination of private insurance. Many Coloradans have private health insurance that they like, and some have good employer-provided insurance plans thanks to organizing by labor unions. I will never support a health-care plan that eliminates private insurance companies, and innovation in the health-care sector can continue among public and private entities under my plan.

Still, health-care premiums in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District are some of the highest in the country. Our current health-care system isn’t working for many people. We must provide Coloradans with more options so that they can access the critical care they need — especially in the middle of a global pandemic. That’s why I support allowing Coloradans to buy into a public option or Medicare.

Click here to read more.

Crow Goes to Bat for CD6 on COVID-19 Relief.

“Our Job is to Get this Done!”

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Rep. Crow: I’ll stay in D.C. ‘as long as necessary’ to pass COVID bill

From MSNBC

Congressman Jason Crow (D-CO) joins Hallie Jackson in the midst of tense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over a COVID-19 relief bill. Crow acknowledges that “not everybody’s gonna get what they want” and that a compromise is imperative.

Click here to watch.

Trump, Gardner, & GOP Watch
Freudian Slip? Trump Campaign Uses Photo of Russian Soldiers in “Support the Troops” Ad
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Trump ad asks people to support the troops. But it uses a picture of Russian jets.

From Politico

A digital ad released by a fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on Sept. 11 calling on people to “support our troops” uses a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets and Russian models dressed as soldiers.

The ad, which was made by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, features silhouettes of three soldiers walking as a fighter jet flies over them. The ad first appeared on Sept. 8 and ran until Sept. 12.

“That’s definitely a MiG-29,” said Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force. “I’m glad to see it’s supporting our troops.”

Click here to read more.

Gardner Straight Up Lies on Pre-Existing Conditions.
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(Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque)
Republican senators in tough races obscure their position on pre-existing conditions

From NBC News

Republican senators facing tough re-election fights this fall are expressing support for insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, running ads at odds with their own recent votes and policy positions.

The latest example came Tuesday when Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who has voted repeatedly to repeal the Obamacare law that established those federal protections, released an emotional ad in which he sits with his mother and discusses her successful battle with cancer.

“Cory wrote the bill to guarantee coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — forever,” she says, looking directly at the camera.

“No matter what happens to Obamacare,” the senator adds.

But experts say the bill he cites doesn’t do that.

Click here to read more.

Boebert Scared to Debate DMB?

Offers Staffer for Congressional Debate.

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Mitsch Bush and Boebert at Odds Over Scheduling Debates

From KREX

Aaro adds like the forum in June, this forum would be for all League of Women Voters chapters across the 3rd Congressional District. Aaro said the Mitsch Bush campaign did get back to her with a date of Oct. 8, and she pitched it to Boebert’s team.

“We went back to the Boebert campaign and said, ‘How’s Oct. 8?’ They responded by offering the campaign’s communication director as a substitute for the candidate,” Aaro said.”The league does not allow substitutes for candidates in our candidate forum.”

Because both candidates have not agreed to being at the League of Women Voters, the forum has no set date yet, but Aaro is still offering to hold the forum for Boebert and Mitsch Bush if both candidates agree.

Click here to read more.

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