Skyway Dems, Some of you may be interested in this update from Ken Gordon. I have to agree with him that Gigi Dennis, our current Sec. of State, is acting in
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, Sep 2, 2006
Some of you may be interested in this update from Ken Gordon. I have to agree with him that Gigi Dennis, our current Sec. of State, is acting in a very biased manner, and we need to replace her with someone of integrity -- that eliminates all the R's.....
I was blown away. We wanted to raise $15,000 on the website www.kengordon.com in the last week of the reporting period. Over $25,000 came in! We had over 500 individual contributors. It is extremely encouraging considering that we don't take special interest PAC contributions. I will send you all "Thank you" notes via snail mail, but I wanted to say "Thanks" here too. We still have a long way to go, and a lot more money to raise, but it is good to take pleasure in interim successes.
This reminds me of what I say when people complain about having to do thank you notes. "They aren't so hard," I say. "I had to do them for my Bar Mitzvah and I only have a few left."
Two Fabulous Events: Nina Storey: This Sunday, September 3rd, at 2:00 PM, we are having a fun get-together at the Oriental Theater, 44th and Tennyson St. Sept. 3rd is the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Colorado Walk in support of Referendum C. Nina Storey is going to sing for us. She sang on the Walk in Boulder, and she has an absolutely beautiful voice. She also did the satirical "$25 Dollars for Me," where John Andrews sings, "All I care about is $25 dollars for me."
After that, we will see a video from the Walk, featuring Doug Bruce, Andrew Romanoff, John Caldera, Mayor John Hickenlooper and others. Some of the scenes are funny; some are inspiring. So come. It is a fundraiser, but there is no set price, and no one will be turned away. You should stop by just to hear Nina. She is worth the price of admission. It will be a nice event for anyone who worked to pass Referendum C.
Governor Tom Vilsack: We are also having an event with a very special guest, Iowa's Governor Tom Vilsack. He is the Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council and is often mentioned as a potential 2008 Presidential Candidate.
The event is at Rutt and Annie Bridges' place, the historic Denver Dry Tea Room, on September 7th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. This event has a suggested $100 contribution. The Tea Room is located at 1555 California Street in Denver (on the 16th Street Mall). (The invitation said 5:30 as a start time but we have moved it up a half hour to accommodate plane schedules).
Gov. Vilsack is very down to earth, unpretentious, and thoughtful-this makes sense, since he is from Iowa. He understands the importance of Secretaries of State who will work for fair elections, so he has generously agreed to spend some of his valuable time here helping. I am very appreciative. Click HERE to see Governor Vilsack quoted in a USA Today story on the importance of SOS races. I hope that you will come to the Tea Room next Thursday at 5:00pm to meet him.
Gigi Dennis: You may have seen stories about the controversial new rules that our current Secretary of State has adopted. They make it more difficult for small donor committees to participate in elections by requiring that every member give written permission to use dues for political purposes, and requiring an employee of the organization to swear, under penalty of perjury, that all the funds came from permissible sources.
I knew Gigi when she was in the Senate. She was not particularly partisan, but I believe that in this case she bowed to pressure from Republican lawyers to do something partisan. Yesterday, I called on her to delay the effective date of the new rules until after the election. I pointed out that new rules that take effect in August of an election year are burdensome. I thought that asking her to extend the effective date, rather than revoke the rules, might be an easier pill for her to swallow, but she declined. (See newspaper stories here and here.)
September 10th Barbecue: This is a y'all come event at James A. Bible Park in Denver (Yale between Monaco and Quebec), from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, September 10th. We are starting a statewide tour, and this is our kick-off event in my home district. It is also a fundraiser, so we are asking for small contributions, or whatever you feel is appropriate. But mostly have a good time-we are buying the food and drink.
Come to one of these events, or all of them. They all will be fun.
Hope to see you soon. Please forward this email to those who you think might like to come to one of these events.
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