TOM AND DEB’S PICKS

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TOM and DEB’S PICKS

General Election, Nov. 8, 2016



        President                            Trump, barely, but what dismal choices on both sides!  We’ll give grace to all who differ.  Trump

                                                    seems solid on one important matter, judge nominations (there will be several hundred in all

                                                    federal courts) and these will reverberate for a generation.


        U.S. Senate                         Darryl Glenn. A morally consistent candidate of diversity.


        Congress District 5              Doug Lamborn


        State Board of

        Education                            Steve Durham


        UC Regent                           Heidi Ganahl


        NOTE: NOT ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES WILL BE ON YOUR BALLOT


        STATE SENATE CANDIDATES;


        District 10                            Owen Hill


        District 12                            Bob Gardner


       STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES:


        District 14                            Dan Nordberg


        District 15                           Dave Williams. Good potential if he develops better political skills.


        District 16                            Larry Liston


        District 17                            Kit Roupe


        District 18                           Cameron Forth


        District 19                            Paul Lundeen. Accomplished in the private sector, a rising star in state politics.


        District 20                            Terri Carver. Industrious and dedicated


        District 21                            Lois Landgraf


       

        DISTRICT ATTORNEY        Dan May. Tough on crime.



        COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:


        District 2                              Mark Waller


        District 3                              Stan VanderWerf  


        District 4                              Longinos Gonzalez



        Note: the following judge recommendations come from conservative attorneys and prosecutors who practice in these courts



        COLORADO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RETENTIONS:


        NO                                        WILLIAM HOOD. Sided against vouchers for Douglas County school kids to attend public

                                                      or private schools.  Big disappointment.


        COLORADO COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE RETENTIONS:


        NO                                         KAREN ASHBY


        NO                                         MICHAEL BERGER. Emphatic No. Sided against Denver cake baker who denied a same-sex

                                                       wedding job on religious grounds. Berger joined a very poorly written opinion.


        NO                                         STEPHEN L. BERNARD. Voted to restore state funding to Planned Parenhood.


        NO                                         STEPHANIE E. DUNN


        YES                                       DAVID FURMAN. Morally consistent, respects religion


        NO                                         ROBERT HAWTHORNE  


        NO                                         JERRY JONES


        NO                                         ANTHONY NAVARRO


        NO                                         GILBERT ROMAN       


        NO                                         DIANA TERRY


        FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGES


        NO                                        ROBIN CHITTUM. Weak on sentencing.


        YES                                      DAVID GILBERT


        NO                                        DEBORAH GROHS. Too wide-ranging in interpreting law


        YES                                      GILBERT MARTINEZ


        YES                                      DAVID MILLER. Follows the law as written


        YES                                      MARIA PRUDEK



        EL PASO COUNTY COURT JUDGES


        YES                                      LAURA FINDORFF. Strong judge, follows the law closely


        YES                                      KARLA HANSEN


        NO                                        DANIEL WILSON. Indecisive, doesn’t run his docket efficiently.


        REFERENDUMS:


        YES                                     AMENDMENT T. Some opponents would say this would prohibit even prison work gangs.

                                                     not persuasive.


        YES                                     AMENDMENT U.  It costs more to collect this miniscule amount than it brings in. Less

                                                    paperwork for ranchers.


        INITIATIVES;


        NO                                      AMENDMENT 69. Government-run healthcare.  Here we go again. Nearly doubles the state

                                                    budget ($27 billion now to $40 billion) by adding a new 10 percent income tax.  No guarantee

                                                    this system would work since the fed government must allow significant and future Medicaid

                                                    changes for Colorado, not likely in the Obamacare nosedive.  Nonpartisan professional analysis

                                                    concludes this scheme CANNOT work.


        NO                                       AMENDMENT 70. Increase hourly minimum wage from $8.31 to $12. Other states found that

                                                    businesses cut low-wage jobs as mandated minimum wages rise, denying teens a first job

                                                    experience. This is why restaurants are replacing waiters with kiosks and apps for ordering.


        YES                                     AMENDMENT 71.  Requires more dispersed statewide signature gathering for amendment

                                                    petitions.  Goodbye to petitions gathered only from Denver and Boulder.


        NO                                       AMENDMENT 72. Triple the tax on cigarettes (84 cents to $2.59 per pack). The state

                                                    constitution is no place for this. The legislature should act if the idea makes sense. Only a                                                                                                                      

                                                    small percentage of revenues would actually be used to discourage smoking.


        NO                                       PROP 106. Physician-assisted suicide. Bad morally because the right to die eventually

                                                    becomes the duty to die, at the expense of human dignity and compassion. Also bad on the

                                                    details: non-experienced physicians involved, poor record keeping, leading even the Denver

                                                    Post to oppose.


        NO                                       PROP 107. Establish a presidential primary and allow unaffiliated voters to participate. Voters

                                                    should join parties to make them better, not sit on the sidelines. Too much chance of mischief 

                                                    by purposely voting for weak candidates to undermine a party. 


        NO                                       PROP 108.  Allow unaffiliated voters access to party primaries for lower offices. Same reason

                                                    as above.  Join the party! Make it better. Engage!


        COUNTY QUESTION


        YES                                    1A. Allows the county to work with cable and internet providers to serve remote areas. No

                                                    spending involved.


        SCHOOL DISTRICT ISSUES


        YES                                    3A. Academy District 20. Extend a tax increase passed in 1999 (that would have expired)

                                                   for new buildings and rehabbing present schools.  TCA charter parents seem happy with

                                                   TCA’s allotment and that’s important to us.


        YOUR CHOICE                  3C or 3D.  District 11 tax increase, for building repair, higher teacher pay, and  “emotional

                                                    and social needs” of students.