A blue Colorado doesn’t happen by accident! It comes from a LOT of HARD WORK! In the midst of a generational public health crisis, we as Democrats had to adjust our strategy and plans to complete the democratic process and reach out to voters! That took thousands of hours of work completed by tens of thousands of volunteers!
Curious about how a blue Colorado happened by the numbers? Here’s a few to take a look at:
Remembering Two Great Democrats
Former State Representative Peggy Kerns (L), Former Broomfield County Dems Chair Rachel Olivarez-Sellers (R)
We are heartbroken to inform you that two great Democrats, trailblazers, and wonderful human beings have passed away.
A former member of the Aurora City Council, Peggy Kerns would be elected to the Colorado State House, where she would serve for years as a rank and file member, until rising to becoming the House Democratic minority leader in her final term. Peggy would go on to head the National Council of State Legislatures’ Center for Ethics in Government.
Rachel Olivarez-Sellers was a proud, 35 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #68. When the state voted to allow Broomfield to become a city and county, Rachel knew Broomfield needed to form a county Democratic party. When she stepped up to help establish it, the chairs of the counties Broomfield were made up of at the time knew she was the right candidate to be the Broomfield County Dems’ first chair.
Our hearts go out to Peggy’s and Rachel’s families, and we mourn their loss.
All Eyes on Georgia
Georgia Senate run-off candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff
While not as many states flipped GOP Senate seats like we did here in Colorado, the contest for the majority in the U.S. Senate isn’t over! Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are headed to January 5, 2021 run-off elections!
How can we help??
It’s all hands on deck, and the entire country will be watching Georgia! Here’s immediate ways you can get involved to help Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win!
Whoever wins these two seats could determine the course of Joe Biden’s presidency. If the GOP wins, Mitch McConnell keeps his majority, and he’ll have the power he needs to obstruct every policy idea Dems want to pass.
But, if Dems win these seats in Georgia? Legislation like a health care public option, voting rights protections, combating climate change, raising the minimum wage to $15, and so much more are possible!
But we have to win these two seats. What do you say?
Gov. Jared Polis and legislative leaders Tuesday announced a special session of the Colorado General Assembly, likely to be held at some point after Thanksgiving, with the intent of passing a state stimulus package.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions,” said Polis, during a press conference at the governor’s mansion in Denver. “I’ll be asking the General Assembly to take up critical legislation that will help Colorado families and Colorado businesses survive these challenging winter months ahead to bridge us to the vaccine.”
Lawmakers expect to have roughly $220 million to allocate as part of the special session’s stimulus package, with areas of focus including housing, child care, small business relief, education and broadband access.
That isn’t a large sum in the grand scheme; it’s a fraction of the roughly $2 billion in federal stimulus money the state received through the CARES Act in the spring. The state previously announced a new program to provide $375 one-time checks to about 435,000 Coloradans, a modest stimulus effort that will cost $168 million.
The governor was joined by state House Speaker-designate Alec Garnett, D-Denver, who said the state’s approach will be more targeted: “We know it’s not the same amount (of money), but I do think it will make a big difference.”
Colorado leaders have been waiting on a new federal stimulus to help individuals and businesses, but it hasn’t come and there’s no indication of a new round in the offing.
“Congressional inaction and partisan bickering has left millions stranded and completely abandoned at a time when there is the greatest need,” said state Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, who also attended the news conference.
Though the legislature’s regular annual session is just eight weeks away, Capitol leaders feel they must act now to get money out the door — especially given that new COVID regulations are likely to stiffen soon in many counties, if not the entire state.