• 2020 County Assembly: A Letter to Democrats

    Dear Democrats:

    Thank you to all who participated in the virtual assembly on March 25th.  A special thank you to Josh Blanchard, Pam Bradley, Ryne Scholl, Emily Tracy and Dave Rossi for the many hours they spent getting ready for and conducting the assembly. Congratulations to Elisabeth Lawrence, Josh Blanchard, Julie Sutor and Tamara Pogue for each getting over 30% of the votes from delegates and receiving certification from the assembly for the June 30th primary.

    Now that we have a primary election in District 2 between Julie Sutor and Tamara Pogue, I want to remind everyone that a primary can be a positive experience so long as it is conducted professionally and with respect.

    In the words of our beloved former first lady, as Democrats “…..we go high”. I am confident that this will be the mantra for Democrats in Summit County as we lead up to the June 30th primary. Good luck to all candidates and may we win in November.

    In solidarity,

    Patti McLaughlin, chair

  • Promises Made. Promises Kept: A Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up

    The following is from the Colorado Democrats Democratic Dispatch Newsletter. Learn more about your state party here.

    The 2019 legislative session came to a close at midnight on Friday, May 3. With a historical class of 41 House Democrats, 19 Senate Democrats, and our country’s first openly gay Governor making up a Democratic trifecta, your Colorado Democrats delivered boldchanges in policy that will produce real results for Colorado families. Despite facing historical obstruction from Republicans, your history-making majorities in the Colorado House and Senate passed a number of bills that will increase access to and save you money on healthcare, improve educational investment for you and your kids, and result in greater economic opportunities for hardworking folks like you.

    Remember — this is YOUR majority, and these are YOUR victories. Without all the hard work that you and other dedicated volunteers put in last year, this historic session would never have become reality. Take a look at these bills, and remember that when the grassroots come together in elections, we can create real, positive change for our homes and our communities.Making Healthcare More Accessible and More Affordable

    • HB19-1001, Transparency in Hospital Pricing (Rep. Chris Kennedy, HD-23, and Sen. Dominick Moreno, SD-21) — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1004, Proposal for Public Health Insurance Option (Rep. Dylan Roberts, HD-26, and Sen. Kerry Donovan, SD-5) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1077, Help Coloradans Get Prescription Medication in Emergency Situations (Rep. Dylan Roberts, HD-26, and Sen. Brittany Pettersen, SD-22) — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1168, The Colorado Reinsurance Program (Rep. Julie McCluskie, HD-61, and Sen. Kerry Donovan, SD-5) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1174, Stop Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Billing (Rep. Daneya Esgar, HD-46, and Sen. Brittany Pettersen, SD-22) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1216, Reduce Insulin Prices (Rep. Dylan Roberts, HD-26, and Sen. Kerry Donovan, SD-5) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-001, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (Rep. Bri Buentello, HD-47, and President Leroy Garcia, SD-3) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-005, Import Prescription Drugs from Canada (Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, HD-11, Sen. Joann Ginal, SD-14, and Sen. Robert Rodriguez, SD-32) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS

    Improving Safety and Opportunity for Coloradans and their Families

    • HB19-1013, Expand the Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses (Rep. Tony Exum, HD-, and Sen. Brittany Pettersen, SD-22) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1118, Increase Notice of Eviction (Rep. Dominique Jackson, HD-42, Rep. Rochelle Galdino, HD-50, and Sen. Angela Williams, SD-33) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1170, Increase Renters’ and Tenants’ Health and Safety Rights (Rep. Dominique Jackson, HD-42, Rep. Mike Weissman, HD-36, Sen. Jeff Bridges, SD-26, and Sen. Angela Williams, SD-33) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1177, Extreme Risk Protection Orders (Red Flag Law) (Rep. Alec Garnett, HD-2, Rep. Tom Sullivan, HD-37, Sen. Brittany Pettersen, SD-22, and Sen. Lois Court, SD-31) — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1210, Local Control for Local Minimum Wage Increase (Rep. Jovan Melton, HD-41, Rep. Rochelle Galdino, HD-50, Sen. Jessie Danielson, SD-20, and Sen. Dominick Moreno, SD-21) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1267, Protection from Wage Theft (Rep. Meg Froelich, HD-3, Rep. Jonathan Singer, HD-11, Sen. Jessie Danielson, SD-20, and Sen. Robert Rodriguez, SD-32) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-085, The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, HD-4, Rep. Janet Buckner, HD-40, Sen. Jessie Danielson, SD-20, and Sen. Brittany Pettersen, SD-22) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-170, Ban the Box on College Applications (Rep. Leslie Herod, HD-8 and Sen. Robert Rodriguez, SD-32) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS

    Protecting the Colorado Way of Life

    • HB19-1261, Taking Action on Climate Change (Speaker K.C. Becker, HD-13, Rep. Dominique Jackson, HD-42, Sen. Faith Winter, SD-24, and Sen. Angela Williams, SD-33) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-181, Protect Public Welfare re: Oil and Gas Operations (Speaker K.C. Becker, HD-13, Rep. Yadira Caraveo, HD-31, Sen. Mike Foote, SD-17, and Sen. Steve Fenberg, SD-18) — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS

    Getting Cleaner and Fairer Elections

    • SB19-068, Increase Disclosure on Election Materials (Rep. Lisa Cutter, HD-25, Rep. Mike Weissman, HD-36, and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, SD-19) — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-232, Campaign Finance Law Enforcement (Rep. Mike Weissman, HD-36, and Sen. Mike Foote, SD-17) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • SB19-235, Automatic Voter Registration (Rep. Daneya Esgar, HD-46, Rep. Kyle Mullica, HD-34, Sen. Steve Fenberg, SD-18, and Sen. Jessie Danielson, SD-20) — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1248, The Lobbyist Transparency Act (Rep. Lisa Cutter, HD-25, Rep. Mike Weissman, HD-36, and Sen. Mike Foote, SD-17) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS
    • HB19-1318, The Clean Campaign Act of 2019 (Rep. Mike Weissman, HD-36, Sen. Mike Foote, SD-17, and Sen. Jeff Bridges, SD-26) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS

    Fixing Colorado’s Roads and Bridges

    • This year’s state budget passed with bipartisan support and an additional $300 million for transportation funding.
    • HB19-1257, Ask Voters to Approve Measure to Better Fund Public Schools, Transportation, and Higher Education (Speaker KC Becker, HD-13, Rep. Julie McCluskie, HD-61, and Sen. Lois Court, SD-31) — READY TO BE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR POLIS

    These bills are proof of why majorities matter. When you compare them to bills being passed in Georgia that criminalize a woman for her healthcare choices, it’s clear to see why it’s important we continue working hard to protect our Democratic majority from sham recalls that are being launched, and ensure we protect these victories in 2020.

2020 Summit County Assembly March 25th, 2020: Moved Online

The Summit Democrats will be conducting their 2020 Assembly entirely online due to the COVID-19 outbreak and closures in Summit County. Read more details about these changes here.