We have submitted a request with the SoS (Secretary of State)
to form a committee to recall Colorado State House Representative of District 42,
Our new organization is called the "Bill of Rights Defense Fund,"
This issue committee will give us the ability to raise funds.
We have a specific strategy with certain timeline goals.
The ability to fund our efforts, will allow us to be successful, much quicker.
Our strategy includes:
Professional petition circulators
No one participating in the recall of Rhonda Fields is expecting to be paid for their time.
We are all volunteers.
However, we will have to hire professionals,
when we cannot get them to donate their talents, time, and resources.
This recall issue committee will submit the petition,
and will be the legal organization for the recall process.
If you are a web developer
, and you would like to contribute to this effort,
I would not mind passing off the web design of the new BORDF.org site.
I want to use the image on the right on the new web site--I have a larger version.
(The site is hosted on one of my servers.)
We do not need anything complicated for our web site.
Any site we build will be subject to hostile attacks.
The less we give them to hack, the less problems we will have with our web site.
(Other recall organizations have learned this the hard way--learn from others' mistakes.)
A PayPal button, newsletter sign up form (via YMLP), and a simple design,
including a mission statement is all that is needed on our web site.
This design will include links to our
and Twitter, if we start tweeting.
There is no need for a message-board,
no forms for submitting information (other than the newsletter sign-up, which will be secure),
no need for a shopping cart.
Meeting at Double Tree Hotel
Friday, April 19th - 7:00 p.m.
So many things have been accomplished since we last met on 4/5.
Please join us this Friday, April 19, 2013 to get updates on the progress,
and what you can do to help unseat Colorado State House Representative Rhonda Fields.
Our ground-game person is formulating our strategy for petition circulation.
We have a treasurer, who is setting up the paperwork for fund-raising.
He will be organizing fund-raising efforts.
Someone has stepped up to help with voter registration and follow-up outreach.
We have a social media guru.
Our database keeper has been up to his elbows in bits and bytes.
His efforts have yielded valuable information.
Join us at the Double Tree on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Double Tree Hotel - 13969 East Iliff Place, Aurora, CO 80014
You can RSVP here, or read more details:
Facebook - Social Media
One of our diligent volunteers, our social media guru,
has built and been maintaining a new
Facebook page for the RecallRhonda movement.
Please 'Like' this page if you are a Facebook activist.
Please contribute to this page if you have something valuable or meaningful
regarding the effort to unseat this statist legislator,
This page will be important in delivering information that might not be expressed on a newsletter.
Our social media guru has also set up a Google+ Page.
This same guru is also debating setting up a Twitter account.
We will discuss this on Friday.
If there is a need for this, we have someone interested in maintaining tweets.
Recall Efforts Across Colorado
We have been reaching out to the other recall efforts.
Specifically, we have been in communication with the McLachlan effort on a regular basis.
It is important to get feedback from these recall efforts that are ahead of us.
What pitfalls have they experienced; what has worked; what could they have done differently?
Our database guru has been helping the Hudak recall effort recently,
getting them the data they need to organize their ground game from the SoS voter registration database.
We've reached out to the Giron effort as well.
Anyone have information on the Morse recall?
We champion all the recall efforts.
We Still Need Two More for the Petition
The petition will require three people listed on the complaint against Rhonda Fields.
We have one activist from HD 42 willing to put her name on the petition.
I will join her if we cannot find two more activists,
however, I am not in the HD 42.
Ideally, we need two more people in House District 42 to be
willing to have their names listed on the petition.
One would be great, two would be perfect.
Anyone can be listed on the complaint,
however, if these folks do not live in the district,
they will be called into question by the press that they are outsiders.
I called a gunsmith who lives in HD 42 yesterday.
This person was 'too busy,' to help us.
When prompted if they knew anyone who might be
interested in seeing Rhonda Fields recalled,
they said "I don't know anyone who would be interested in that."
I can't imagine whose guns they are working on!
If this tyranny keeps up, gunsmiths will have a lot of time on their hands!
We Need Spanish Speakers
We need Spanish speakers for canvassing AND for our robo-calls.
We need someone who speaks Spanish to write and/or proof our marketing.
There will be yard signs in Espanol.
If you are a citizen of the United States,
you probably speak English.
However, this house district is 43% Latino.
Outreach to the Latino community means we speak Spanish as well as English.
Visit to The Secretary of State--Info From The Source
Myself, and two other very dedicated activists took a trip
to the SoS--Secretary of State Office on Thursday.
I have found that there are way too many urban legends regarding recall elections.
I wanted to get FACTS from the source.
The person who handles recalls, candidates, and other
campaign issues is Ben Schler, the Ballot Access Manager.
Ben spent an hour with us and answered our questions thoroughly.
Ben suggested that anyone participating in a recall,
read the statute for recall elections.
The language about recalls starts on page 298.
Ben told us he was getting a lot of communication from citizens, and
has seen a blurring of the lines between what is needed for a recall election,
and a ballot initiative. Adopting aspects of a ballot initiative
can make the process more difficult, without a good reason.
Recall petitions do not need to be numbered.
Although we will have a numbering system for our own records,
to track the possession of each petition packet.
Recall signatures do not need to be numbered.
This minimizes the printing costs and labor required to produce petitions significantly.
There is no prohibition on talking about candidates when circulating a petition.
There are rules under the Campaign Finance Laws that might dictate something different,
but the SoS does not prohibit people from talking about or promoting any candidate while
circulating a petition.
If you are planning on recalling a Colorado Senator or Representative,
you are free to talk about candidates, you are permitted to be partisan.
The petition template is provided by the SoS.
There is no reinventing the wheel, no drama about fonts, margins, or borders.
The petition approval process is mostly to make sure
the staff at the SoS can work with the format.
The SoS will allow you to modify the
petition template they provide for your convenience,
and even allow you to print them on 8.5" X 11" instead of A4.
They require that you get their approval first,
because they have to work with all of the pages as well.
The SoS qualifies every signature, there is no sampling (sampling happens with ballot initiatives).
This makes sense because a ballot initiative can have 130,000 signatures, while a recall can have 10,000 to 25,000.
You do not need to spend thousands on printing.
You can print your own petitions if you are meticulous about assembling them.
If you outsource the printing, forgoing numbers on signatures reduces the cost significantly.
You don't have to have an out-of-town outfit print your petitions.
You do not have to be represented by a non-profit or issue committee.
Lois Court, the statist she is, has made petitions over 200 pages require an issue committee.
Most recall election petitions for senators and respresentatives will be over 200 pages.
Finally, and most importantly, do not take what is published here as fact.
Read the statute, call or visit with Ben at the SoS, and get the facts.
Notary Training at the SoS
Yesterday we discovered there was an SoS notary training in the afternoon.
None of us had time to do the training (which was probably full).
The training is free.
A notary certifies the petition circulationer's signature when the petition is completed.
Notaries are going to be very valuable in these recall efforts.
If you have the inclination to obtain this certification,
here is a link to the training.
They run training every two weeks.
If you cannot walk distances or are not good at sales (yes, we need some talented talkers),
being a notary for the petitions could be your way of making an important contribution.
Return to needs
Recall Rhonda Fields Meeting Tomorrow
The recall Rhonda Fields movement will have a
meeting tomorrow at the Atlanta Bread Company in Aurora.
Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.,
I will sit outside tomorrow with my Meetup button on, so you can recognize me.
Reference my photo on Meetup
Link to legislative calendar.
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