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ISSUE DATE: DECEMBER 2017      


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We have lots of events coming up – don’t miss any of them!

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CURRENT NEWS

La Plata County Commisioner Candidate Announcement Dec 14th


Clyde Church, well known in La Plata County for his extensive service record with Rotary Club as District Governor, the Southwest Colorado Workforce Board, and the Durango Planning Commission will announce his candidacy at noon, December 14, at the Rochester Hotel , 726 Second Avenue.


All Democrats are urged to turn out and show your support for Clyde and his platform of protecting the environment, expanding and diversifying the economy, wildfire mitigation, wise fiscal management, and finding partnerships to supplement lost oil and gas revenues.


From the Chair


YES, we still have caucuses. And Yes, we still have primaries in non-Presidential years.

All of us who love the grassroots participation of a precinct caucus, we still get to do that. Here is the schedule if you decide to participate:

  • March 6: Precinct Caucuses (your participation stops here unless you wish to try to get elected to further assemblies)
  • March 17: La Plata County Democratic Assembly (Fort Lewis College Noble Hall)
  • April 13: Third Congressional District Assembly, probably a hotel near the First Bank Center
  • Here is the crucial difference between caucuses and primaries:

  • To participate in your precinct caucus, you must affiliate no later than January 8, 2018.
  • To make sure you are at the correct Caucus location, your voting address must be up to date by February 6,2018
  • To participate in the Primary Election on June 26, you need not be affiliated.
  • To change your Party affiliation, or update your address:
    • Go the County Clerk’s Office in person.
    • To go online CLICK HERE


Unaffiliated voters will receive a voting packet with both a Democratic and a Republican ballot in it. However, they may vote only one ballot, or both will be thrown out. Everyone who is affiliated will receive only the ballot for the party she or he is registered for.


All La Plata County Democrats, please participate to the extent possible. This is the year for a sea change – we can’t tolerate the votes cast by Scott Tipton any longer. He consistently votes in favor of Donald Trump and his billionaire cronies, votes which harm the 98% of us who operate on a budget and try to live lives marked by respect for all, fiscal responsibility, sustainability, and environmental awareness.

Jean Walter, Chair
La Plata County Democratic Party
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1st Vice Chair


ALL PRECINT BOUNDARIES ARE BEING CHANGED.

This year it was necessary for the County Clerk to re-apportion the precincts due to population changes in many areas of the county. Because of that, all precinct boundaries of precincts have changed; some more than others. The County Clerk’s office will send precinct information to every registered voter after the first of the year. We will post precinct caucus information on the La Plata County Democratic website soon after that. Additionally, we want to note that all the County Commissioners will remain in their current districts.
Shauna Agnew

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2nd Vice Chair


It’s obvious to most of us, that America has never been so destabilized by decades of corporate greed and political deadlock. While the majority of our local politics is well managed, we Democrats need to get Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner out of Washington and insure that we don’t further foul our environment and burden our children with increased national debt.


Please contribute via our new secure donation page (on ActBlue)
CLICK HERE , and help us elect candidates who will represent the people and our environment. The needs have never been greater!

Dan Morgenstern

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Saving Capitalism Documentry is now on Netflix!


Saving Capitalism is now on Netflix! Saving Capitalism is a documentary based on the book by Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. The documentary describes how the economic system that made America strong is now failing us, and what steps we can take to fix it. After the Citizens United decision, Reich believes that economic change will only happen through a sweeping realignment of political power. See if you agree—watch the trailer and documentary on Netflix!

WATCH the TRAILER
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UPCOMING EVENTS NEWS


The Club, La Plata Democrats on the Move Lunch, Obamacare, Trumpcare & Healthcare: Facts & Fiction

  • WHEN: Monday   Jan. 9,   12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • WHERE: Durango Double Tree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio, Durango
  • CONTACT:
    TheClubDems@gmail.com
  • DETAILS:
    Keynote speaker Guinn Unger will discuss the facts about our health care system and the solutions available to fix it. The debate over healthcare is one of the most important issues that will be discussed in 2018—be prepared by attending our January event.
  • Flipping the Third: For four elections, progressives have fallen short of victory in the 3rd Congressional District. What would it take to win back our seat in Congress? Join D3 Indivisible Executive Director Joel Dyar for an insightful discussion of voter numbers and trends, the latest in campaign effectiveness research, and seven targeted strategies to turn back the tide in 2018.
  • Joel Dyar is Executive Director of D3 Indivisible and a principal with Bright Star Strategies, a progressive elections and organizing consulting firm. Joel has worked with 25 campaigns in Colorado, winning several elections in red counties.
  • TICKETS: $20.00 CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online
  • Please RSVP by: Jan.4,   via email to  
    TheClubDems@gmail.com
  • FACEBOOK:
    Obamacare, Trumpcare & Healthcare: Facts & Fiction


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Annual Soup and Soul Dinner: Celebrating Diversity

  • WHEN:Monday,   Jan. 15 ,  5:30 – 8:00 PM
  • WHERE:Manna Soup Kitchen, 1100 Avenida del Sol, Durango 81301
  • CONTACT: Dan Morgenstern or by phone at 970-759-1793
  • DETAILS:
    Please join us for our Annual Dinner to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring local diversity presentations by Katherine Smith, FLC Sociology Dept. & La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith.

    • PLEASE: Bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with:
    • A – M: Soups, Stews, Chilis,   N – S: Salads,   T – Z: Deserts
  • TICKETS: Adults $15, Students $5, Children under 15 Free.
    CLICK HERE to order online
  • Several volunteers are needed. To contact Dan Morgenstern via email CLICK HERE if you would like to help:

    • 4:30: Set up and decorate
    • 5:30: Greet guests and arrange the donated food dishes
    • 8:30 and 9: Cleanup


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The Club, La Plata Democrats on the Move, Luncheon: Toward Resilience: Valuing People, Place and Science in a Changing World

  • WHEN: Tuesday,   February 6,   12- 1 PM
  • WHERE: The DoubleTree Hotel, Durango, CO
  • CONTACT:
    CLICK HERE to email us.
    For more information,
    CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook page.
  • DETAILS: Join The Club – La Plata Dems on the Move for our February luncheon! Keynote speaker Heidi Steltzer will discuss “Toward Resilience: Valuing People, Place and Science in a Changing World” during the luncheon.
  • TICKETS:$20 CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online.
  • Please RSVP by:   February 2   via email to  
    TheClubDems@gmail.com
  • To view our Facebook event,
    CLICK HERE.

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ELECTION NEWS


STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 59: Barbara McLachlan

  • EMAIL: barbaraforcolorado@gmail.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE

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  • CURRENT NEWS
  • Merry Christmas to all! Thank you for your continued support. I’ve been working hard to meet with as many constituents as I can between sessions and am learning about their varied needs and issues. It’s a fascinating array.
  • I’m looking for people interested in some phone tree work in January. It’s not as horrible as you may believe; we’ll make it easy, and maybe even fun, for you. Let Holly know if you can help (970) 903-7113. I’m running again in 2018!! Many thanks.
  • I want to continue the work by being reelected! That takes money for ads, travel, and staff. Please help with whatever you can by visiting her webpage, using ActBlue online.
    CLICK HERE, or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 2341, Durango, CO 81302, made out to “The Committee to Elect Barbara McLachlan” . Your support is so appreciated.

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US CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT  3  (CD3)


Diane Mitsch Bush

  • EMAIL: diane@dianeforcolorado.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
  • TWITTER: @RepDMB
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE
  • Dianne Bush


  • Diane on Republican Tax Bill: Rush to a Political Win Spells Huge Loss for Americans:
  • CLICK HERE to read the Durango Herald article.
  • I am running for Congress because we need someone in Washington who:
  • Really listens to us. Understands our struggles and the issues we face every day. Actually reads a bill before voting on it,
  • Who knows how a bill will affect all of us.
  • As a two-term Routt County Commissioner and a three-term State Representative:
  • I have stood up for rural Colorado at the Colorado Capitol.
  • Now I want to bring my experience and proven legislative skills to our nation’s Capitol to fight for you.
  • I have won 5 elections with comfortable margins. I won reelection to the Colorado House by in 2016 by 60.9 %.
  • As a State Rep. for two rural Western Slope counties, I have:
  • Put policies on the ground that connect communities through expanding rural broadband, fixing roads, increasing access to bike paths and public transit, especially for seniors and people with disabilities, so that we all have reliable communication and transportation choices.Worked across the aisle and with businesses, non-profits, and local governments in an effort to make health insurance and health care affordable,
  • Earned the reputation for integrity and accountability. Been endorsed, recognized, and received a 100% score card by many human rights, environmental, workers’ rights, agricultural, public education, health & mental health, outdoor industry, community advocacy, and local business groups.
  • My vision is a more just, equitable, sustainable and prosperous Colorado and America for ALL of us and ALL our children, with a level playing field where everyone has the opportunity to reach their dreams.
  • Working together, we will strengthen public education, help create good paying jobs, protect our air, water, wildlife, public health and public lands, build and maintain 21st Century infrastructure, and make high quality healthcare available and affordable so that we can all thrive together. I will fight for you and everyone in CD3.
  • I would be honored to have your support!

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Karl Hanlon

  • EMAIL: Karl@karlhanlon.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
  • TWITTER:
    @HanlonforCO
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE
  • INSTAGRAM: hanlonforcolorado
  • Karl Hanlon

  • CURRENT NEWS
  • GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Nov. 30, 2017 – Karl Hanlon, a water and municipal lawyer, rancher and family man from Carbondale, is launched his campaign for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District with a district tour Dec. 4, 5 and 6, 2017, beginning in Alamosa and ending in Glenwood Springs. He visited Durango on Monday, Dec. 4 at Carver Brewing Company and plans to be back again soon after the holidays.
  • CLICK HERE Durango Herald Article
  • CLICK HERE Craig Daily Press Article
  • CLICK HERE KDNK Article
  • CLICK HERE West Slope Now Article
  • CLICK HERE Alamosa News Article
  • CLICK HERE Chieftan Article
  • CLICK HERE Grand junction Sentinel Article
  • CLICK HERE Aspen Public Radio Article
  • CLICK HERE Denver Post Article
  • CLICK HERE Post Independent Article

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GOVERNOR

Noel Ginsburg

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ATTORNEY GENERAL


Michael Dougherty

  • EMAIL: mike@michaelforag.com  CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
  • TWITTER: @MichaelForAG
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE
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  • CURRENT NEWS
  • Dec 9 – Environmental Justice in the AG’s Office When a deadly combination of politics, favoritism, and hypocrisy are guiding our country’s environmental policy, we need the strongest, fairest, and most experienced advocate for Colorado at the helm of the Attorney General’s Office. The risks facing Colorado and the rest of the nation are too serious for anything less [READ MORE]
  • Dec 5: Reaction to the Masterpiece Cake Shop Oral Arguments   “This case will have a wide-ranging impact, as it determines whether a business owner is allowed to refuse service to customers by simply claiming a justification under the First Amendment,” Dougherty said. [READ MORE]
  • Dec 1: Colorado Sex Crimes Prosecutors Weigh In on #MeToo   The #MeToo movement has overwhelmingly swayed the court of public opinion and some of the state’s top sex crimes prosecutors say it could go a long way toward holding sexual predators accountable in the court of law. [WATCH VIDEO]
  • Nov 25: 5 Things I Will Do as AG to Combat Sexual Harassment and Assault   There is a movement taking hold where victims of these crimes are speaking out more than ever. Having prosecuted sex crimes for the past 20 years, I know this is a good thing. Victims should know they will be supported if they come forward. Their courage enables us to secure justice and to stop criminals before they can re-offend.
  • The Attorney General should take a leading role in addressing sexual harassment and assault in Colorado. Here are five things I will do as AG. [READ MORE]
  • Visit Michael’s new website and read about his priorities for office: MichaelforAG.com MichaelforAG.com

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Brad Levin

  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK:CLICK HERE
  • TWITTER: @LevinForAG
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    Joe Salazar

    • EMAIL:info@SalazarforCoAG.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
    • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
    • FACEBOOK:CLICK HERE
    • TWITTER: @Joe4COAG
    • DONATE: CLICK HERE
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    • CURRENT NEWS
    • October 3rd: “Welcome the 2018 Renewable Energies and Job Creation Act! The bill serves as a stimulus to achieve 100% renewable energy in Colorado before 2035 and, in the process, creates a Just and Equitable energy transition for massive job creation in the renewable energies industry.” – Joe Salazar
    • December 7: Joe Salazar introduces the Law Enforcement Truthfulness Act.   “Recognizing that a pillar of our judicial system is honest law enforcement, the bill will revoke POST certification of any law enforcement officer who lies on official reports or in administrative/judicial proceedings.” – Joe Salazar
    • December 10: Salazar picks up key progressive endorsements.   Joe Salazar has been endorsed by multiple progressive organizations. Progressive Democrats of America, Progressive Vote – Colorado, Our Revolution Metro Denver, Our Revolution Durango, and many others are standing with Joe as the progressive champion of the People for Colorado Attorney General.
    • December 12- Salazar calls for Medicare for All.   “It’s one thing to say that healtchare is a human right. It’s another thing entirely to fight for it every day.” – Joe Salazar [Watch here]

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    Phil Weiser

    • EMAIL: phil@philforcolorado.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
    • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
    • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
    • TWITTER: @pweiser
    • INSTAGRAM: CLICK HERE
    • DONATE: CLICK HERE
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    • CURRENT NEWS
    • Dec 4: Phil launches series of videos and blog posts to explain plans to run AG’s office as a force for progress in Colorado. The first in this video series offers an Introduction to the Teaching Series. [Introduction to the Teaching Series]
    • In the series of videos and posts to follow, Phil will elaborate on how he plans as AG to defend our freedoms, fight for opportunity for all Coloradans, and protect our land, air, and water.
    • In the second video, Phil considers [What Does the AG’s Office Do?”]
    • Dec 4: Phil for Colorado campaign celebrates 200 days. To commemorate the milestone, the campaign released several benchmarks accomplished during this period, including:
    • 350+ volunteers, 2,200 unique donors
    • 100% endorsements from former CO Democratic AGs
    • Wrote 11,232 emails [see graphic]
    • Dec 3: Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) highlights Colorado AG race as “crucial”, citing Weiser campaign fundraising lead. According to DAGA, “we are paying attention to a number of key races that are crucial for us to compete in and win.”
    • DAGA describes an opportunity to flip the office from red to blue, noting “Phil Weiser, a former dean of the University of Colorado Law School and Obama administration official, leads the pack in fundraising.” [read more]
    • Nov 29 – Phil posts plan to protect net neutrality. Explains Phil, “I’ve spent the past fifteen years fighting for net neutrality. Right now, with the Trump FCC, it’s at risk. And the FCC is about to adopt an order that is going to undermine competition, protection of consumers, and threatens the future of the internet.”
    • He concludes, “We need an Attorney General who will stand up for us, and to take on this action. I’ll do that as your next Attorney General.” [watch video]
    • Nov 19 – Phil pens op-ed on “The make-or-break significance of broadband internet access,” arguing for “all hands on deck” approach. Explains Phil, “For all Coloradans to thrive in the 21st century, access to high-speed Internet connections is as critical as electricity was many years ago.”
    • Arguing for leadership and collaboration, he continues, “Given the significance of broadband internet access to economic development, education, and health care, we need an ‘all hands on deck’ approach, with leaders from the public and private sector working to enable all Colorado communities get access to broadband.” [read more]

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    TREASURER


    Steve Lebsock

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    Dave Young

    • EMAIL: dave@daveyoungforcolorado.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
    • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
    • FACEBOOK:CLICK HERE:
    • TWITTER: @RepDaveYoung
    • DONATE:CLICK HERE:
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    • CURRENT NEWS
    • My name is Dave Young, and I just announced my campaign for Colorado State Treasurer. As a Greeley resident and math teacher, I know the challenges Colorado families face. Our state is growing rapidly. But not everyone is sharing in our state’s prosperity. Places like Greeley and rural Colorado where I come from continue to struggle. I am running for Treasurer because I believe we need to put Colorado on better financial footing, where prosperity from our growth is shared.
    • I have been a state representative since July 2011, representing east Greeley, Evans and Garden City. Over the past three years, I’ve served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Joint Budget Committee focusing on solving Colorado’s budget crises.
    • Before my work as a legislator, I was a senior instructor for the Information and Learning Technologies program at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to that, I was an information architect for a large Web services company. I started my career as a junior high math, science and technology teacher. I’ve lived in Greeley for over 40 years and I’m a native Coloradan.
    • I earned my MA in instructional design from UC Denver in 2000, and my BS in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1975. I’m married to Dr. Mary Young, a school psychologist for Centennial BOCES. My sister, who is developmentally disabled, lives in Pueblo West.
    • I’m committed to public service and community involvement. In addition to being a member of the newly-formed Donor Alliance Foundation Board of Directors, I worked as a trail maintenance volunteer for the Poudre River Trail system.

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