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  • Eagle County Republicans Elected to State Party Offices

    Eagle County Republicans were elected to a wide variety of positions at the Colorado Republican Committee's winter organization meeting April 1, in Englewood.

    The primary purpose of the assembly was to elect officers of the Colorado Republican Central Committee, which includes the chair, vice chair and secretary of the state party as well officers of all of the districts, which include congressional, senate, house and judicial as well as representatives to the State Executive Committee. Additionally, changes to the state bylaws were considered.

    In the 3rd Congressional District, Jennifer Woolley was elected as vice chair. This district includes 29 counties, primarily on the Western Slope and southwestern Colorado. In terms of area, it is the largest congressional district in the country and includes the western portion of Eagle County. Eastern Eagle County is in the 2nd Congressional District.

    In House District 26, which includes Routt and Eagle counties, John Rosenfeld was elected as chair while Bill Douglas was elected vice chair. 

    Kaye Ferry, chair of the county Republican Party, was elected chair of Senate District 5, which includes Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake, and Pitkin counties. Ferry was also elected chair of Judicial District 5, with Michael Dunahay as vice chair representing Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

    Locals in leadership roles

    Perhaps one of the most influential roles was Ferry's election as one of two small-county representatives to the State Executive Committee. A small county is defined as any county with less than 100,000 population (53 of the state's 64 counties). As an aside, Eagle ranks as the 15th-largest county based on population.

    "This was a great day for Eagle County," Ferry said. "Never before have so many Eagle County residents been elected to serve in so many positions at the state level. This not only shows their serious commitment to solving the problems facing our state today but it also shows the degree of confidence the rest of the state has in the ability of Eagle County to serve and represent a large spectrum of the state's population. These elections validate the hard work that Eagle County Republicans have put into developing relationships with the various districts in the state and the impact they have had on their constituents. It puts Eagle County into some serious leadership roles around the state, which in the long run will benefit us locally.

    "Gone are the days when Eagle County was dismissed as too small and too removed to warrant attention," Ferry added. "I couldn't be more proud of the faith that has been placed in us and the energy we bring to these offices. We have made a mark on state politics that is quite significant and these newly elected officers look forward to representing the county in the year to come."

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    Eagle County Republican Executive and Central Committee members:

     

    from left, Max Schmidt, John Rosenfeld, Katherine Paison-Senn, Jennifer Woolley, Kaye Ferry,
    Michael Dunahay, Bill Douglas, and Dan Gumber

     

  • May 2017 Newsletter From County Party Chair

    Spring is here- or is it? In any event, it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening.

     

    COLORADO REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

    ORGANIZATION MEETING

    The Eagle County Republicans Executive Committee travelled to Englewood this spring for the state party Organization Meeting. Here is the copy of the press release that appeared in the Vail Daily.

    Eagle County Republicans were elected to a wide variety of positions at the Colorado Republican Committee’s Winter Organization meeting April 1, in Englewood Colorado.

    The primary purpose of Saturday’s assembly was to elect officers of the Colorado Republican Central Committee, which includes the chair, vice chair and secretary of the state party as well officers of all the districts, which include Congressional, Senate, House and Judicial as well as representatives to the state Executive Committee. Additionally, changes to the state bylaws were considered.

    In the third Congressional District, Jennifer Woolley was elected as vice chair. CD3 includes 29 counties primarily on the western slope and southwestern Colorado. In terms of area, it is the largest congressional district in the country and includes the western portion of Eagle County. Eastern Eagle County is in CD2.

    In House District 26, which includes Routt and Eagle counties, John Rosenfeld was elected as chair while Bill Douglas was elected vice chair.  

    Kaye Ferry was elected chair of Senate District 5, which includes Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Lake, and Pitkin.

    Ferry was also elected chair of Judicial District 5 with Michael Dunahay as vice chair representing Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

    Perhaps one of the most influential roles was Ferry’s election as one of two small county representatives to the State Executive Committee.  A small county is defined as any county with less than 100,000 population (53 0f 64 counties). As an aside, Eagle ranks as the 15th largest county based on population.

    “This was a great day for Eagle County. Never before have so many Eagle County residents been elected to serve in so many positions at the state level. This not only shows their serious commitment to solving the problems facing our state today but it also shows the degree of confidence the rest of the state has in the ability of Eagle County to serve and represent a large spectrum of the state’s population. These elections validate the hard work that Eagle County Republicans have put into developing relationships with the various districts in the state and the impact they have had on their constituents. It puts Eagle County into some serious leadership roles around the state, which in the long run will benefit us locally.

    Gone are the days when Eagle County was dismissed as too small and too removed to warrant attention. I couldn’t be more proud of the faith that has been placed in us and the energy we bring to these offices. We have made a mark on state politics that is quite significant and these newly elected officers look forward to representing the county in the year to come” said Kaye Ferry, chair of Eagle County Republicans.”

     

    APRIL 11, 2017 CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING

    The agenda covered several things and the minutes covering the meeting will be available at our next meeting. For the purpose of this newsletter, I will only address a few issues that were decided on which seem to be of interest to most of you who were not able to attend.

    A meeting and event schedule for 2017 year was finalized keeping in mind that this is not an election year and that we have already held some these meetings. This schedule will serve as a templat for next year as well with some changes due to the election cycle.

    January          Executive Committee prep for Organization Meeting

    February 15    Eagle County Organization Meeting

    March 31         District Organization Meetings-Englewood

    April 1            State Organization Meeting-Englewood

    April 11          Eagle County Central Committee Meeting

    May 8            Bylaws Committee Meeting

    June 15          Lincoln Day Dinner

    July 3             Float prep and dinner

    July 4             4th of July parade, Vail

    July 19-22      Eagle County Fair and Rodeo

    August           Annual Picnic TBD

    September 21  Eagle County Central Committee Meeting

    December       Christmas Cocktails

     

    We also formed several committees whose function will be to help create vitality and participation in the community.

     Michael Dunahay will chair Volunteers which will include mobilizing District Captains to fulfill their commitments.

     Scott Prall will chair Outreach and Voter Registration.

     Nancy Reed will start the process of re-starting Eagle County Republican Women.

     Special Events chairs will be appointed as necessary.

     Bylaws Committee will fall under the Executive Committee.

     Fundraisers and Speakers will fall to Kaye Ferry and the Executive Committee.

     Young Republicans is still in search of a group of “under 40s” to establish Eagle County Young Republicans.

    We are still in need of a chair for Candidate Search and Development as well as tracking elected positions in Eagle County’s 84 taxing authorities. We can also divide this in to 2 positions if necessary.

    All of these committees need the participation of interested parties. Anyone who would like to step up and help with any of these areas can contact the Exec Committee or the various chairs.

     

    MEETINGS AROUND THE STATE

    January 25      Capitol Club Luncheon, Denver

    I attended the Capitol Club Luncheon with Michael Dunahay which was Steve House’s last CC. Featured presenters were several state legislators who gave an update on the issues before them during this session which include 107 and 108, open primary regulations, roads and bridges and health care to name a few.

    March 22        Lincoln Club, Denver

    Michael Dunahay attended Walker Stapleton’s address to the LC. He gave an update on the various activities being conducted by the treasurer’s office.

    April 22          Lincoln Club Luncheon, Denver

    Once again, Michael joined me for this event which feature Jeff Hays, our newly elected state party chair. Jeff outlined his plans for the Colorado Republican party in this very important election cycle. With state offices on the ballot, it’s extremely important to win the Governor’s office in the years leading up to the census and redistricting.

    April 27          Independence Institute 32nd Annual Founder’s Night Dinner, Denver

    This is Jon Caldera’s annual Fund raiser and brings out most of Colorado’s Republican elite. This year’s speakers were Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation  and John Fund of National Review. They reviewed their predictions from pre-election days and it seems as though Steve, Scott Prall and I were the only ones who always believed DT would win. A great night all around. Ran in to a lot of old friends, made some new ones and had fun meeting Steve Moore as I’m a huge fan! And he LOVES Vail!

    STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

    Although I have previously served on the State Executive Committee, this was my first meeting since being re-elected at the State Organization Meeting in April. Here is a re-cap that was sent to the 53 County Chairs whose districts I was elected to represent with Greg Carlson. It was a marathon 4 hour meeting. The recap does not refer to subjects covered under Executive Session which primarily dealt with salaries for office personnel.

     “May 9, 2017

     Dear Small County Chairs,

     We are both excited to represent you and appreciate the important responsibility that you have elected us to serve. We were elected at the state Organization Meeting in April to represent the interests of small counties which include 53 of Colorado’s 64 counties as defined by those with populations of less than 100,000. 

     The first Executive Committee Meeting was May 5th.  During the meeting, Jeff Hays, our State Party Chair, outlined his vision for the next two years underscoring the importance of building the party in anticipation of the critical races across our state, including the all important governor’s race.

     Replacing the monthly conference call with county party chairs, Jeff will instead be scheduling a monthly one on one conversation with the chair of each county. Many of you have already been contacted to set up a convenient time but if you haven’t, expect the call soon.

     We also discussed technological development, state party staffing possibilities, and the importance of primary neutrality for all Colorado GOP officials.  New programs for improving our communications with voters, the state party and each other are under review and will be rolled out when they are finalized.

     Additionally, the Leadership Program held in Denver in April was so successful that it is being offered again on September 9 in Grand Junction. Anyone interested can visit http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/school.cfm?schoollD=35675 or call the office at 303-758-3333 for more information.

     Chairman Hays told us that he believes a main role of the state party is to serve the county parties, and we are excited to see his budget in June, as required by the bylaws, and how we can prepare for 2018.

     Our next meeting is June 9th.  Please contact us at any time that you would like to know what the State Executive Committee is doing or if you have a concern that you would like us to raise on your behalf at the state level.

     Thanks again for your support and we hope you have a very happy summer!

     Sincerely,

     Gregory Carlson, Chair,  Fremont County Republicans, 719-371-5079

     Kaye Ferry, Chair, Eagle County Republicans, 970-376-5100

     Small County Representatives, Colorado Republican Executive Committee

    WHAT’S NEXT

    The schedule of events have already been outlined so I won’t go through them again- except for the Lincoln Day Dinner.

    This is the only fundraiser of the year. It’s being held at Cafe Milano on June 15th and the notices have been sent out with more to follow. Already I have started receiving requests for speaking time from candidates for the 2018 elections. I will update our notices as these are confirmed but the keynote speaker for this event is Jeff Hays, the newly elected State Party Chair.

    Jeff brings a new perspective to this very important job and he will share his plans with us as well as take questions. One statement that was made at last State Executive Committee meeting really stood out.

    Chairman Hays told us that he believes a main role of the state party is to serve the county parties. I don’t remember ever hearing a statement like that before and I intend to hold him to it. He also has huge experience in fund raising, having raised $700,000 as chair of El Paso County.

    I think you will enjoy getting to know Jeff and hear his views on the future of the Colorado Republican Party. Please join us and bring your friends!

    FROM THE CHAIR

    As you can see, we’ve been busy even if you can’t always see it.

    We look forward to your continued participation as we need your help since there’s always a lot to do. To volunteer or if you have anything you want to share, please feel free to call or email me.

    Once again, thanks for all you do and we look forward to seeing you at the Lincoln Day Dinner!

    Kaye Ferry

    kaye@kayeferry.com

    970-376-5100

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • January 2017 Newsletter from the Eagle County Chair

     

    As We Begin a Republican Administration

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve never been so glad to see something be over as I was with this election. But I can also reassure you that the end, in this case, justified the means- something that the nuns who provided 14 years of my education would be aghast over.

    And something that is abundantly clear is that winning is definitely better than loosing.

    The horror of our last 4 cycles- 2 presidential and 2 gubernatorial- sent most of us in a spin of disbelief. The reality of this top of the ticket win made all the effort worth it.

     

    ELECTION RE-CAP

    Well, we all know we won the big one. Unfortunately, that did not help us on the local level or even some of the state and national races.

    Probably most disappointing are the ones that got away when they shouldn’t have, the most glaring being the race for the US Senate. Bennett’s seat was one the top 2 in the entire country that was deemed to be easy to flip. Our loss of that seat should provide us with a simple teachable moment. If you’re going for one of the big rings, you better be prepared. And that means more than being able to give a fiery speech.

    Darryl Glen rose to the top of the primary heap when he gave a rousing speech at the State Convention that had everyone on their feet and cheering. He also had a compelling life story. But what was ignored during that deciding vote was that he had no organization and he had no money. You simply cannot challenge someone like Bennett without everything in place.

    We simply must make it our focus when selecting candidates to choose wisely, affirming only those who have the possibility of winning.

    The absolutely great news, however, is what happened nationwide.

    During the last 2 election cycles, the Republican Party made major inroads into increasing control of state governments and this election pushed that control even further. But first some background.

    When Obama took office, the Democrats held 257 House seats, 60 Senate seats, 28 Governorships, and total control of 27 state legislatures.

    In 2010 that party lost 63 House seats, 6 seats in the Senate as well as 6 Governorships and total control of state legislatures fell to 16.

    Things improved for the Ds with O’s re-election in 2012 when they gained 8 seats in the House, 2 Senate and total control of 3 more state legislatures while losing a Governorship.

    2014 was a banner year for Republicans, which meant it was a disaster for Dems. We held 247 House seats, 54 Senate, 31 Governorships, and total control of 30 state legislatures. Not bad for a party that many felt was about to go the way of the dinosaurs.

    And the reason for this lies squarely at the feet of our out-going president.  And may I add, he can’t go fast enough. At this point it seems his greatest legacy may be that he lost more seats for his party than any president in history.

    As for this election- Rs have the trifecta in 25 states while for the first time in what seems forever, the trifecta at the national level. But even more importantly, and maybe even the best news yet, is that we will very shortly have the ability to assure sanity on the Supreme Court. And that’s cause for a major Hallelujah!

    But just one final side note of interest- at least to me who loves these numbers- with 3141 counties in the US, Trump won

    2654 while Hillary won 487. So if you analyze it, the popular vote numbers that the Ds are so vigilantly hanging on to as a source of consolation is concentrated in just over 15% of the  counties. Remind me never to go to any of them!

     

    KUDOS TO CANDIDATES

    We need to give special kudos to our many candidates who worked so hard during this election cycle.

    Running for public office is one of the most serious commitments a citizen can make and anyone who takes that step should receive our highest respect and thanks. Unfortunately success was not in the cards but there’s always next time.

     

    SOME WORDS OF THANKS

    We can never give enough thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, which starts with the unfailing commitment of our Executive Committee. I can’t list what they do but suffice it to say they provide the structure that makes everything happen. And I mean everything.

    And we get help from so many other volunteers. They worked in the office.  But the list of things they do beyond that is endless and not always obvious. Set up tents which of course means also taking them down (which means multiple trips to the storage facility to haul chairs, tables, coolers, posters, campaign paraphernalia refreshments (which means Costco runs for supplies, snacks, water etc- to say nothing of City Market runs for other miscellaneous stuff). They work on the floats- which means up and down. They put up signs-and take them down. They wave signs on cold street corners. They march in parades, sit in booths, make calls, write letters, drive to campaign events, serve as poll watchers, election judges and canvas board members, represent us at various meetings around the county, in Denver and around the state. You get the picture. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes to keep things running and most of it goes un-noticed but it’s endless. So any time you see any of them, high fives are not enough but it’s a start because NOTHING would get done without them. And I mean nothing.

     

    TIME TO REST? NOT SO FAST

    Many think that with the election over, we get to rest. Wrong.

    We now roll right into our Organization Meeting that will be held 2/15/17 in the Avon Town Council Chambers at 6:00pm.

    The sole purpose of this meeting is to elect the Executive Committee of the Eagle County Republican Central Committee while the current EC appoints District Captains.  This is required by our State Bylaws and happens every 2 years. All members of the Central Committee are eligible to vote and details will be sent out soon.

    After our Eagle County Organization meeting, those elected will travel to the State Party Organization Meeting on the Front Range to elect officers at the state level. Those details have not been set yet but will be provided as we get them.

    At that time, elections will also be held for the various Districts. Currently many of those elected positions are held by Eagle County Republicans including CD3 secretary Jennifer Woolley; Senate District 5 chair Kaye Ferry, and vice chair Max Schmidt; HD26 chair John Rosenfeld, vice chair Kaye Ferry, secretary Bill Douglas; Judicial District 5 chair Kaye Ferry.

    The domination by Eagle County of these state elected District positions is a reflection of not only our commitment to the Republican Party but also a reflection of the respect with which our peers view our leadership.

     

    WHAT’S AFTER THAT?

    Then we get down to work. Because in no time, we’ll be up against the next series of elections 

    Lest we forget, I’ll remind you, because 2018 is just around the corner. Here are the races that will appear on the Eagle County ballot: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, United States Congressional Districts 2 & 3, State Senate 5, State House District 26, County Commissioner District 3, Sheriff, Clerk and Recorder, Assessor and Surveyor.

    Add to that is the fact that we will need to find candidates for these races and many of them will start campaigning next summer. If you are interested yourself or know someone who is interested in running, please contact the EC so we can help get the ball rolling.

    Of course, we will have openings in many of the 84 taxing authority boards, which should also be a priority for us. The majority of these elections happens in May and are definitely worth our involvement as Republicans. Keep in mind that most are bi-partisan but a conservative viewpoint on these regulatory boards provides many benefits for the community at large. The good news is that they generally meet once a month, sometimes quarterly, and are not long meetings but their decisions have wide reaching effects.

     

    OTHER EVENTS

    Hopefully we will be able to organize a big money fundraiser like we did 2 years ago with Ann Coulter. If you have any ideas, let us know 

    We will also schedule our Lincoln Day Dinner in May and then right in to our summer events including the Annual 4th of July parade in Vail followed with our picnic in August.

     

    FROM MY PERSPECTIVE- comments from the chair

    What’s that song about “Happy Days “? I think it’s worth reviewing now so here it is:

    Happy days are here again
    The skies above are clear again
    So let's sing a song of cheer again
    Happy days are here again

    Altogether shout it now
    There's no one
    Who can doubt it now
    So let's tell the world about it now
    Happy days are here again

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    But now the real work begins.

    As I said earlier, it’s been forever since Republicans have held the National Trifecta. And it’s real simple. We have 2 years to prove that we can make the necessary changes to allow that domination to continue.  Which means we have to get to work solving our problems and providing the answers that Americans demanded when they went to the polls in November.

    And make no mistake, there will be plenty of challenges- some posed by the current environment both nationally and internationally- and some by our new administration who I hope does not become its own worst enemy.

    But having said that, I think this is definitely a time for great optimism. We took back one of our US Senate seats with the election of Cory Gardner. We currently have Rs in all of the State offices with the exception of Governor.  We also control the State Senate.

    Put this all together and as I said in my newsletter following the 2014 elections “We have every reason to think the pendulum has swung to a more conservative and realistic approach to solving our nation’s problems.

    It seems clear that the American public has had enough liberal solutions. They’ve had enough political correctness. They’ve had enough of the policies this current administration has perpetrated with the sole result of creating divisions.

    They know that taking personal responsibility for yourself is the only way to foster self esteem and create success.”

    But there’s also some uneasiness. Americans think we’ve been going the wrong way. They’re concerned about jobs, not global warming. They want to feel safe again and while we all want to protect the environment, it’s not any where near the top of the list. 

     Peggy Noonan once said that Americans are not ideologues.

    I will add that we are pragmatists. First things first. One foot in front of the other. We have to solve the big things first. Only then can we move on to the others.

    Regardless, we really have made gigantic strides from where we were a few years ago when cynics were predicting the total demise of the Republican Party. Funny how things have flipped.

    But now that we have control, we have to perform and that requires everyone pulling in the same direction. We need to put our differences aside, look at the big picture and follow the Reagan motto of 80%. Getting your way all of the time is not an option because we all need to remember, like it or not, this is a team sport.

    I have always thought that if you do the right thing for the right reason, good things will happen. I still believe that. Now’s the time to prove it.

    And I know I speak for the entire Executive Committee when I say that we are looking forward to working with all of you to achieve the successes that we as individuals and a nation so desperately need and that are within our reach if we all work together.

     

    Kaye Ferry, chair
    970-376-5100
     
    Eagle County Republicans
  • Notes from the Eagle County GOP Chair - 20160901

    NOTES FROM THE CHAIR

     

    EAGLE OFFICE GRAND OPENING

    For those of you who didn’t attend, we had a terrific Grand Opening of our new office in Eagle. The office, located at 56 Market Street in Eagle, hosted the opening on Friday, August 26.

    Steve House, chair of Colorado Republican Party, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony and shared insights into the behind the scenes workings of this election cycle.  Steve recently spent time with Donald Trump while he was in Aspen and assured the group that this race is a long way from over, regardless of what the media and polls indicate.

    Also speaking were our 5 local candidates, Rick Beveridge and Michael Dunahay, candidates for county commissioner, Mari Renzelman, treasurer, Michael Cacioppo, state representative and Bruce Carey, for district attorney. They have all been busy meeting with voters and getting their messages out but will need your help to win these races.

    HELP THE CANDIDATES

    As candidates walk neighborhoods to meet their constituents, it is really helpful if they are accompanied by a resident of that community. It is also very valuable to have someone in a neighborhood sponsor a meet and greet where the candidates have the opportunity to casually interact with voters. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact the candidates directly or call the office at 328-7070.

    OFFICE STAFFING

    We also need people to help staff the office. The duties are very basic but mostly involve answering phones and being available to people who come in to the office. Having said that, you are welcome to bring your personal work if you have a job where you can work from home, you can bring your dogs, kids etc. It’s a very casual set up but requires staffing. Again call Nancy at the office to sign up to volunteer.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    We have a really busy schedule between now and Election Day so mark your calendars.  Here are some of the highlights: presidential debates 9/26, 10/4, 10/9, 10/19.  There are 4 listed on the website and I assume one of those will be between the 2 VP candidates.  We will sponsor debate watch parties complete with refreshments at the office on our 70” screen!

    We will also have a Town Hall meeting in the Roaring Fork Valley on 9/27 with all 5 local candidates - location tbd. We will also have a similar format on 9/22 with the candidates for District Attorney and House District 26 and on 9/28 for the County Commissioner and Treasurer races. Those will be held in Eagle in the County Commissioner chambers at 6:00.

    The Edwards Metro District will be holding their candidate forum on 10/3 at Colorado Mountain College.

    All events will be listed on our website, eaglegop.com, and the schedule will be updated as more information becomes available.

    VOTING

    Early in person voting will start in Eagle and Avon on 9/26 and in El Jebel on 10/10.  Mail in ballots will drop on 10/17.

    DONATIONS

    Naturally we need money to operate. We finance the operation of our office with funds that we raise locally. We get no help from the state or national committees. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. We will be sending out a request for donations that will outline the specific budget for those of you who would like to sponsor something specific.

    As an example, big thanks to Scott Prall who wrote a check to cover the first month’s rent. Another thanks goes to Katherine Paisen-Senn and Bill Douglas who have provided us with computers, printers, TVs etc.

    We could also use a few more tables and a lot more chairs. But cash is the key and we’ll send out the details of what we need right after Labor Day.

    THANKS

    I want to send out a special thanks to everyone who spent hours setting up the new office.  Without their help, we would not have been able to get things organized so quickly and have such a successful event last Friday.

    But this election requires help from everyone. Please find time to volunteer in the office, walk your neighborhood, sponsor a meet and greet, make phone calls, help with sign installation, write a check. If I’ve missed anything, feel free to be creative but make sure to do something to help us win in November.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The office is located at 56 Market Street, Eagle.

    The office phone number is 970-328-7070.

    The office manager is Nancy Reed.

    The website is eaglegop.com.

    The email address is info@eaglegop.com.

    My email is kaye@kayeferry.com.

    My phone is 970-376-5100 

     

  • Notes from the Eagle County GOP Chairperson

    CONVENTIONS
    With both conventions over- thank the lord!!- we at least know who the candidates are but probably not much more. I sincerely doubt that either event changed anyone’s mind but apparently Trump’s bump was higher than expected and Hillary’s a little lower. Now if someone would just take Donald’s phone away from him or at least disconnect his service, maybe he can stay out of his own way.
     
    EVENTS
    As for Eagle County Republicans, we have almost completed our summer events all over the county. We participated in Eagle Flight Days, Vail 4th of July Parade, Gypsum Daze and Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. We also had part of our team at the Western Conservative Summit and at the Trump rally in Denver.
     
    Our last official event of the summer is our annual picnic which is being held on Saturday, August 13th, from 12pm to 3pm in Minturn at the Little Beach Park. We have most of our candidates attending will continue to update the list as more confirm. The donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children and kids under 5 are free. We’ll have our typical grilled picnic fare with free beer and wine. Can’t beat that!  It’s also a great opportunity to meet fellow Republicans, enjoy an afternoon in this beautiful spot along the river, have a picnic with family and friends and meet the candidates. For more info, go to eaglegop.com or call 970-376-5100.
     
    GOP ELECTION HEADQUARTERS
    With all of that said, the real work for us starts now. The really good news is that we finalized a spot for the Eagle County Republican Headquarters. YEAH!
     
    This year we will be located in Eagle at 56 Market Street between Edward Jones and Treasures. The week of August 15th, furniture and supplies will be moved to the office from storage. On Saturday, August 20th, everyone is welcome to join us in setting up and decorating the office. We have received donations of a TV, computers and printers, but could use help with chairs and desks.
     
    VOLUNTEERING
    Additionally something that would be terrific and that we desperately need would be a volunteer willing to more or less manage the day to day operations of the office. Maybe even 2 people who could split it up. That would require organizing the schedule as well as other really basic functions. During the last election, we had a volunteer who typically worked from home but brought her computer to the office and worked from there just so we would have basic coverage every day. Our goal is to be open 11-6 Sunday - Friday and 9-6 on Saturday. Please contact Kaye at 970-376-5100 or reply to this email if you are interested in helping out.
     
    Additionally, we need volunteers to act as coordinators for
    • Volunteer Recruitment
    • Voter Registration
    • Sign Waving
    • Sign Placement
    • Phone banks
    • Door knocking
     
    If I haven’t mentioned something that you think is important and/or would like to coordinate, let me know. If we all do a small part we will be able to tackle the big picture on the road to the November election.
     
    DONATIONS
    Of course, one of the main things we will need is money. We need money for rent, phones, ads, meet and greets, campaign signs, debate parties, office supplies, equipment rentals etc. So if you’ve got some cash you just don’t know what to do with, we would gladly be the recipient and we promise to put it to good use. No donation is too small as every little bit will help us in our goals of electing our local and state candidates along with beating Hillary in November.

     

  • 2016 Colorado Convention Delegate Vote

  • Colorado GOP Convention Notes

    To All Concerned Eagle County Republicans,

    If you're alive and breathing, you've undoubtedly heard about the hullabaloo surrounding the Colorado Convention which took place in Colorado Springs last weekend.
     
    I have heard from many of you and have responded to everyone that contacted either me directly or the Eagle County info email. But I'm sure that for everyone who contacted us, there are many more that haven't and for that reason I will try to address as many issues and concerns as I can in this newsletter. This will be long, so grab a coffee and settle in because this may be more information than you signed up for.  You may quit reading whenever you've had enough. But if you run out of interest, at least scroll to the bottom because I have scheduled a meeting to answer anything not covered here.
     
    The reality is that I don't know where to start so instead of starting with the details, I'll start with a general statement and summation and then fill in the gaps. But to set the record straight, since day1 I have been a Kasich only supporter. I have had no second choice, no third. So the Trump/Cruz battle has never been mine. I can't tolerate either one for different reasons but will vote for whoever the Republican candidate might be, albeit, probably holding my nose. As for last Sat., I voted for the 13 delegates on the Kasich slate plus 4 un-pledged that I know very well. I only voted for 17 delegates, not the 26 I was entitled to.
     
    Now back to the topic at hand. I have been attending Republican conventions at various levels for a long time. The caucus is the beginning of the process which is followed by the county and state assemblies and the final culmination, the RNC convention. I have attended them all at one time or another and many of them multiple times.  All I can say about this one is that it was, for all practical purposes, no different than any others. But I think one thing that confused a lot of people was the decision not to hold a straw poll.  While I voted against that decision, I understood why some had another opinion but what is important to remember and really key here is that even in the years when we did vote, the results were non- binding to our delegates once they were elected. So you might ask why. I don't really know the answer to that but I can at least provide the history.
     
    Rules governing how this process works go back to 1916 when the caucus system was established in Colorado. Of course at that time, the state was smaller and people enjoyed he prospect of gathering locally with their neighbors to influence the electoral process. They elected delegates to county and state the same way we do today and also required those delegates to be un- bound. So nothing new there.
     
    Once at the state convention, delegates were free to represent their constituents in whatever way they saw fit- again, same as today- and vote for whatever presidential candidate they chose. Binding was possible only if the delegate had indicated who they intended to support prior to getting elected as a delegate. For example, when I was a delegate to Tampa, I ran as a Romney delegate and once elected, I was bound on the first ballot to vote for Romney. At no time from 1916 until the 1992 election did that system change. So, you do the math. For 86 years the process remained unchanged.
     
    In 1990, a ballot question was put before the voters which proposed moving to a primary state.  By an overwhelming majority of more than 60% it was passed and for the elections in 1992, 1996 and 2000 Colorado became a primary state with bound delegates. For those 3 elections, a presidential only primary was held in March.
     
    After the 2000 election, because of budget issues, the state legislature decided that the cost of running primary elections was too high (best I could find is that the 2000 primary cost the state $2.5 mil). As a result they voted to return us to the caucus system. And because the 1990 ballot question was not a constitutional amendment, they could do it by their vote without going back to a public vote. At that point, Colorado returned to the system that had previously been in place for 86 years and has been in place ever since. So again, you can do the math. Add another 16 years and the caucus system has been the method used in Colorado for 102 years with only one small 8 year interlude.
     
    So why all the fuss this year? I have to say that I have honestly been stunned by the outcry which by the way has been fueled by the media who has reported mis-information over and over. And I'll repeat the 2 issues that have been misunderstood by most voters and which I personally think have caused the most frustration.
    1. Even though there was no straw poll this year- and I'll address why later, the reality is that only in the 3 years when we had presidential primaries did your vote count or bind our delegates. For 102 years that was not the case.
    2. The RNC, the Colorado Republican Party, and the Eagle County Republicans have no control over returning Colorado to a primary state. Only the state legislature can do that. And they still claim that it's too expensive. I have heard estimates of $5mil to conduct a primary today.
     
    While I'm sure there are a plethora of issues burning with many of you, I hope once you understand those 2 things, your frustration can at least be channeled in the right direction. Blame history. Blame our state legislators. Blame the press. But don't blame the RNC. Don't blame the Republican Party. And for all of our sakes, don't abandon the party because of these things. Now is the time when it is more important than ever to pull together in November.
     
    So now, for those of you have not participated in the process, I'm going to take a minute to run some numbers by you.
     
    The process started at the caucus. Of the 8240 registered Republicans in Eagle County who were eligible to attend, only 280 did so. At the caucus, we elected 120 to act as delegates and alternates to the County Assembly. At the County Assembly, we elected 29 delegates to state. Keep in mind, for every delegate slot, we can also elect an equal number of alternates if we have them.
     
    At each step of the way, I cautioned that you should only cast a vote for someone if you knew their positions; if you knew how they intended to vote and who they intended to support if they moved on to the next level. It seems that most times the decision is based on the fact that you can't go but your neighbor can. But crucial to the vote is how that person intends to represent you because that essentially is your vote in your absence. It has always been my philosophy that I personally would not support someone who is unwilling to verbalized their intentions before I voted them.
     
    So we moved on to the state. By 5:00pm Friday, all Congressional Districts were required to elect 3 delegates- and again, 3 alternates. CDs 1, 6, 7 had their assemblies earlier in the week to avoid some of the chaos and that is why you heard during the week that Cruz had tied up delegates before the convention[1] .  This is the same across the Country. Every Congressional District in the United States elects 3 delegates so go to the national convention and CDs 2, 3, 4, 5 did so on Friday.
     
    3948 delegates and 1700 alternates attended the state convention on Saturday as well as many guests. Normal business was conducted and then ballots were distributed for those who put their names in nomination for the national convention in Cleveland. Over 600(I think it was 649) people were on the ballot. They each got 10 sec to speak. Smart ones contacted delegates before the convention. Each delegates' name was in a booklet with a corresponding number and an indication as to who they would be supporting if elected. Then a computer generated ballot with corresponding numbers was distributed to each voting delegate by each county chair so there was absolute control over the ballots issued by the Colorado Republican Committee.  13 delegates and 13 alternates were elected in is manner. I had to sign as county chair in order to receive ballots for Eagle County. The ballots were then submitted and counted electronically.
     
    So to recap....
    • 280 Eagle County Republicans attended the caucus.
    • They elected 120 to the county assembly.
    • Those delegates elected 29 to represent them at the state.
    • And 3860 statewide delegates voted for 13 to go on to national convention.
    • Apparently 88 did not vote.
    • Another 21 were elected earlier at their respective CDs.
    • The 3 elected officials of the Colorado GOP were automatic delegates and they remain un-bound.
    • 13+21+3=37 delegates from Colorado will be going to Cleveland along with a corresponding number of alternates.
     
    So did Colorado take a vote?
    Sure seemed like it to me.
    Did all the candidates know the rules of the system we have used for 102 years?
    If they could read they did. All candidates were given complete summaries of each state's process on Oct.1, 2015. They had plenty of time to prepare and "work" the system. But not all did. And they were the ones that lost.
     
    So where do we go from here?
    Cleveland
    In addition to all of those elected by their state parties, there are 168 additional votes. 3 of those are our 3 state party officials who are un-bound. As there are 50 states and each gets 3, that means 150 state party elected officials will have a vote plus 18 votes from various territories for a total of 168. A far cry from the Democrats 712 super delegates who were put in place very specifically to control their nominations.
     
    Once the nominations start, it will require not a plurality but a majority vote to clinch the nomination. Again, a process that has been in place at the national convention forever. As the total number of delegates going to Cleveland will be 2472, a candidate must receive 1237 to receive the nomination. Half plus 1.Period. Pretty straight forward. Rules will not be changed to accommodate sore losers. And to keep things in perspective, at the 1924 Democratic convention it took 103 ballots to elect John W. Davis who went on to be defeated by Calvin Coolidge.
     
    Two questions remain.
    1. Why was the straw vote cancelled?
    2. Why did Cruz run away with the convention?
     
    I have answers to the first and opinions about the second. Quite frankly, any further response requires more typing than I'm capable of. So here's what you can do to get more info.
     
    I've reserved the Avon Town Council Chambers for Thursday, April 21 at 6:00pm.
    I would have scheduled it sooner but I had to leave town on family business and will get back that afternoon.
     
    Please join me as well as the rest of the Executive Committee.  I'll be the one in the rain gear.  Bring your rotten tomatoes and feel free to throw them if it makes you feel better.  I don't know how the Town of Avon will feel about that but we'll deal with that later.
     
    We want to listen to your concerns.
    We want to answer your questions.
    We want to neutralize the problem.
    We want to make sure we're on the same team.
    We want to encourage you to remain involved with the Republican Party.
    We want to win in November.
     
    Congratulations if you made it this far. That means you care enough to become informed.

     

    That means we're on the right track. That means there's hope.
     
    See you on the 21st.
     
    Kaye Ferry, chair
    Eagle County Republicans
    kaye@kayeferry.com
    (970) 376-5100
  • Chairperson Caucus Review

    To Our Concerned Eagle County Republicans,

    As a follow up to the Tuesday night caucuses, this my first response to all of you who were justifiably upset about your inability to cast a preference vote for the presidential race.

    The majority of you- 25 precincts- who attended the caucus did so at Battle Mountain High School. Four other precincts met in the Roaring Fork Valley while one gathered at a private home in Burns. I might add that we had a lower turnout than at the past caucus and my guess would be that many of you stayed home simply because of the lack of a voting option.

    I gave a very detailed explanation as to why the decision was made to eliminate the voting option. And whether you agree or not, my personal opinion is that the correct decision was made given the very complicated circumstance that put the Colorado Republican Party at risk of losing their full delegate allocation to the RNC convention in Ohio.

    One element that figured in to the decision is the fact that even in the years that we did have a vote; it was not binding to our delegates. The risk of losing delegates to Ohio weighed heavily against taking a vote that for all practical purposes was just an exercise with no binding consequences.

    But that’s now behind us. For those of you who did not attend caucus or were not there when I offered the explanation, it is important to remember that the decision in 2000 to move Colorado from a primary state to a caucus state was made by the state legislature.  And it’s also important to note that it was a financial decision. Our elected officials decided that the cost or holding a primary was too great and abolished that practice.

    With that information in mind, it’s also critical to know that the state legislature is the ONLY entity that can reverse that decision. Not Eagle County Republicans. Not the Colorado Republican Party. Not the RNC. Nope. It’s your elected officials. And it’s to those legislators that you should address your frustrations.

    The good news is that, according to a Denver Post article, an organization called Let Colorado Vote has already proposed a ballot measure for this fall. Actually, two.

    The first one would restore the primary system which I fully agree with. The second is where I have a problem as it proposes allowing an open primary which means that unaffiliateds would be allowed to vote in a Republican primary.

    I personally find this 2nd proposal to be unacceptable. If people choose to be unaffiliated, that is certainly their choice. But by doing so they have also said that they really aren’t willing to be counted and do not want to be “bothered’ by becoming informed, participating in the full process, taking calls, volunteering to move the party forward etc.

    It implies to me at least that they just want to run in for a brief moment, tell us all what direction we should take and leave us to do the work. In my mind you are either in or you’re out and if you’re out you have no right to weigh in on how we do things. But that’s just me.

    Someone was quoted in the DP article saying: “it’s not fair to require voters who want to be independent to join a political party to have their voices heard”. Rubbish. The price you pay for the privilege of having a seat at the table is commitment- something missing from those who insist on being “independent”. But again, that’s just me.

    So the ball is rolling. If Let Colorado Vote has to petition on, they will need money and lots of signatures. The easiest things would be to pressure the state legislature to do the right thing and move us back to a primary state. At the very least, the caucus vote should be binding and not simply an exercise in making us feel better.

    In the absence of a preferential poll on Tuesday night, we took a hand count (which every one did not participate in)  with the following results: Rubio 48, Trump 39, Cruz  32, Kasich 23, Carson 2.

    By the way, I tried to find the web site for Let Colorado Vote but it is apparently still under construction. And if you want to start contacting your legislators, you can do so by going to www.leg.state.co.us. Good Luck!!!

     

    Kaye Ferry

    Chairperson

    Eagle County Republican Central Committee

  • Eagle County 2016 Republican Caucus

    What is a Caucus? More specifically, what is a Precinct Caucus because that's what we're about to experience in the State of Colorado. And for the record, both Republicans and Democrats follow the same process that is mandated and regulated by state law.

     

    I will be doing several articles on the selection of candidates for the November elections, on the series of events that starts with the Republican Caucus on March 1 and ends with the Republican National Convention on July 18-21.

     

    A Precinct Caucus is a meeting, held every general election year, of registered voters of a major political party. These meetings are generally held in neighborhoods and represent grass roots politics at its most basic level.

     

    In Colorado, the process of nominating candidates for elected office begins with the Caucus process. And since Colorado does not hold a Presidential primary election, the only opportunity for voters to directly influence the selection of the major party candidates for President of the United States is to elect delegates and alternates to the National Convention through a process that starts with the Caucus. So I’ll start there.

     

    First let’s review its history. Throughout the 19th century, the Caucus was the main election procedure for choosing a candidate. In 1904, Florida became the first state to adopt the primary system. Over the following years, other states began adopting the primary method as well and in 1969, the US Government reassessed the delegate selection process and this led to the primary being the dominant election.

     

    However, in Iowa in 1972, the Caucus system was started again as a way to expand the presidential nomination process and increase involvement in grassroots activities by volunteers and campaign workers. Over the years, the process became so popular that 16 states are now Caucus states. They include Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

     

    Voters come together at a designated meeting place and are grouped by the precinct in which they are registered to vote. A precinct is the smallest political unit in the state and serves as the basis for political activity and representation. Registered voters in each of Eagle County’s 30 precincts will elect two representatives to the Eagle County Central Committee as well as Delegates and Alternates to the County Assembly and finally present for consideration Resolutions to the State Party platform.

     

    And this is where we’ll pick up in the next article in this series. We’ll look at the details surrounding who can participate, where the caucus takes place, how you register and a whole lot more.

     

    For questions, contact kaye@kayeferry.com or call 970-376-5100.

     

     

     

     

  • Third GOP Debate Watch Party

    The Eagle County Republicans are hosting a gathering for the third GOP debate at e-town in Riverwalk in Edwards, CO.  We will be in the back meeting room starting at 6pm.  Join other interested people for another exciting GOP debate to learn about the candidates and issues important to the country.

    There is no charge for attending.  Food and drinks will be available. 

    Please RSVP for us to have an approximate number of attendees.

 
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