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The Democratic Dispatch is a weekly newsletter produced by the Colorado State Democratic Party. It includes the latest updates, opportunities, and actions by & for Colorado Democrats.

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Recall Opposition: Four Failed Attempts

Attempted recalls of Democratic state senators have failed after proponents decide
not to turn in signatures

The campaigns to recall Democratic state Sens. Pete Lee and Brittany Pettersen told the Colorado Secretary of State's office on Tuesday that they will not be turning in the signatures they collected

The Colorado Sun / by Jesse Paul / September 10, 2019

For the second time in a week, efforts to boot elected Democrats from office in Colorado...Read More

...and from Carole Partin's Facebook page...Read Here

Colorado Young Democrats: Youth Roundtable

Young Democrats from around Colorado, including our own Jack McFadyen Ray, gathered for a Youth Roundtable on September 5. It was attended by special guest, DNC Chair Tom Perez and hosted by
Morgan Carroll, Chair of the Colorado State Party.

Presidential race: Representative Seth Moulton Withdraws Seth MoultonSeth Moulton

Seth Moulton dropping out of
Democratic presidential primary race

Boston Globe / By Michael Levenson / August 23, 2019

Representative Seth Moulton, a Marine combat veteran who rocketed to national attention when he defeated an entrenched incumbent five years ago, ended his long-shot presidential campaign on Friday, a decision that sends him back to his North Shore district, where he faces a contested path to reelection...Read More

Presidential race: Governor Inslee Withdraws Jay InsleeJay Inslee

Jay Inslee Drops Out of the
2020 Presidential Race

The climate change-focused candidate told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he had "never been so confident" of America's ability to tackle the issue.

NBC News / Aug. 21, 2019, 7:10 PM MDT / Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 9:53 PM MDT

By Dareh Gregorian and Ali Vitali

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, he announced Wednesday night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."...Read More

Senatorial race: Governor Hickenlooper John HickenlooperJohn Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper is running for
U.S. Senate: 
“I’m not done fighting
for the people of Colorado”

Former Colorado governor dropped his presidential bid last week

By / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / The Denver Post

PUBLISHED: August 21, 2019 at 9:48 pm | UPDATED: August 22, 2019 at 2:17 am

John Hickenlooper is launching a bid Thursday to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, exactly one week after pulling out of his run for the presidency...Read More

Coalition forming around push to recall Gov. Jared Polis

Colorado Springs Gazette | Marianne Goodland | Posted June 20, 2019

The effort to mount a recall against Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has entered a new phase, with several groups now coalescing around one petition effort...Read More

Bill for expanding opioid treatment program passes Colorado Senate

Pueblo Chieftain | Ryan Severance | Posted Mar 15, 2019

Senate President Leroy Garcia’s bill now headed to the House

Senate President Leroy Garcia’s bill to expand the medication-assisted treatment pilot program that’s currently offered in Pueblo and Routt counties was passed unanimously by the Senate this week...Read More.

Esgar targets high non-network medical bills

Pueblo Chieftain | Peter Roper | Posted Mar 6, 2019

A bipartisan bill to protect people from being hit with expensive “out-of-network” medical bills was approved unanimously by the House Health and Insurance Committee on Wednesday evening but it was clear doctors were opposed to its reimbursement rates...Read More.

BIll allowing sales tax for fire protection heads to Polis

Pueblo Chieftain | Peter Roper | Posted Mar 7, 2019

Metropolitan districts, such as Pueblo West or Fowler, soon would be able to ask voters for a dedicated sales tax for fire protection.

House Bill 1047 is going to Gov. Jared Polis for final consideration, though he’s expected to sign the legislation sponsored by freshman Rep. Bri Buentello, D-Pueblo, whose House District 47 seat includes Fremont and Otero counties...Read More.

State Officers Elected 

On March 9, Colorado Democrats from all across the state came together for our state Democratic Party re-organization (“re-org”) that takes place every two years. The purpose? To elect party officers for the state Democratic Party for the next two year term. In addition to the original five positions of Chair, 1st Vice-Chair, 2nd Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, the Central Committee voted to allow the state party to create four new officers positions. They are two Vice Chairs of Outreach, one Vice Chair of Rural Outreach, and one Vice Chair of Communications.

These ten officers for the state Democratic Party will be tasked with working with our county and local parties to help register and turn out voters, and will be vital in our mission to defeat Donald Trump and Cory Gardner in 2020. Please say hello to the CDP’s officers!

Morgan CarrollChairMorgan Carroll

Howard Chou1st Vice ChairHoward Chou
1st Vice Chair

Sandy Baca-Sandoval2nd Vice ChairSandy Baca-Sandoval
2nd Vice Chair

Xochitl 'Sochi' GaytanVice Chair, OutreachXochitl 'Sochi' Gaytan
Vice Chair, Outreach
Jeremy Van HooserVice Chair, OutreachJeremy Van Hooser
Vice Chair, Outreach

Halisi VinsonEquity OfficerHalisi Vinson
Equity Officer

Sheila Canfield-JonesVice Chair, Rural OutreachSheila Canfield-Jones
Vice Chair, Rural Outreach
Patricia Barela RiveraVice Chair, CommunicationsPatricia Barela Rivera
Vice Chair, Communications
Bob SeaySecretaryBob Seay

Susan ShepherdTreasurerSusan Shepherd

The Democratic Party is a big tent party, and we are so pleased to have this group of nine party officers who will help lead the way towards building on all the progress we made in 2018, and keeping Colorado a blue state in 2020.

Onward to victory!

–Team CDP

Senate President Garcia to introduce bill creating competitive utility market

 KOAA News 5 | Author: Kristen Aguirre | March 2, 2019

COLORADO-  The Colorado Senate’s top leader plans to introduce legislation taking away power from investor-owned utility companies such as Black Hills Energy and Xcel.

‘I think this is a conversation that is long overdue,’ said Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo)...Read More.

Gov. Hickenlooper's Presidential Campaign Kickoff

 Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is running for President, and he's kicking off his campaign in his home city of Denver this Thursday. We wanted to make sure you have the opportunity to join Gov. Hickenlooper's Presidential Campaign Kickoff. It is his first address as a Presidential candidate!

The event is free, and you don't need a ticket to attend — but RSVP now to save your spot and let John know you'll be there!

What: Hickenlooper 2020 Campaign Kickoff
Where: Greek Theater, Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7th
Time: Doors open at 5pm, program starts at 6pm

Bill named after Colorado transgender student moves closer to becoming state law

Jude's Law, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, (D-Pueblo) will allow transgender Coloradans the ability to get new birth certificates without having to undergo surgery or appear in front of a judge.

KOAA News 5 | Author: Kristen Aguirre | Published: 8:22 PM MST February 15, 2019 | Updated: 9:58 PM MST February 15, 2019

DENVER — A bill giving transgender Coloradans an easier route to changing the gender on their I.D. is one step closer to becoming law...Read More.

Colorado 2019 Awardees 

These are the award winners, honored for their contributions to the Democratic Party in the past year, at the Second Annual Obama Dinner in Denver.

Congressman Joe NeguseCongressman Joe NeguseThis award is given to an individual who has stood out as a champion for building and growing the Democratic Party in Colorado, advocating for values and causes we believe in.





Secretary of State Jena GriswoldSecretary of State Jena GriswoldThis award is given to an individual who demonstrates a true commitment to the future of the Colorado Democratic Party.





Tay AndersonTay AndersonThis award is given to a young individual under the age of 25 who has shown commitment and dedication to the values of the Colorado Democratic Party.





Sandy Baca-SandovalSandy Baca-Sandoval Maya WheelerMaya Wheeler

Portia PrescottPortia Prescott

These awards are given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the Democratic Party build and strengthen outreach relationships with diverse communities across Colorado.




Joy HarrisonJoy Harrison Howard WallachHoward WallachThese awards are given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the Democratic Party build and strengthen outreach relationships with diverse communities across Colorado, particularly outside of the Front Range.



Senator Polly BacaSenator Polly Baca Senator Irene AguilarSenator Irene AguilarThese awards are given to individuals who have shown a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the values of the Colorado Democratic Party.





Stephanie Brooke ChavezStephanie Brooke Chavez Candy KaneCandy Kane

Laura RichardsLaura Richards

Jessica ZenderJessica Zender

These awards are given to individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help elect Democrats in Colorado.




Mannie RodriguezMannie RodriguezThis award is given to an individual who has gone the extra mile to support the party and help elect Democrats in Colorado.





Henry StraussHenry StraussThis award is given to an individual who has achieved a legacy of turning Colorado into a bluer state.





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