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|Congressional Democrats are Refusing to Work with President Trump
· Instead of focusing on issues that impact all communities, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Congressional Democrats are obsessed with investigating President Trump.
· Democrats didn’t like the outcome of the Mueller Report which is why they are continuing to search for a crime.
· Democrats want to impeach and investigate President Trump because they don’t have any other message heading into 2020.
· Their resist and obstruct tactics are derailing meaningful legislative work like immigration and infrastructure reform.
· President Trump will be ready and willing to work with Democrats when they decide to end their investigation obsession.
· Despite this unprecedented obstruction, the President and his administration are continuing to achieve record economic success and meaningful results for the American people.
President Trump is Committed to Securing the Border
· President Trump’s new immigration plan modernizes our system and secures the border. This is something we haven’t seen in decades. As President Trump highlighted, his plan achieves two main goals:
o Secures and modernizes our infrastructure at the border and stops illegal immigration.
o Establishes a legal merit-based immigration system that protects wages and promotes American values.
· The President’s plan has received widespread support and many Democrats have previously supported similar proposals.
· We must address the crisis at our border.
· Recent data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) highlight the crisis.
o In April 109,144 illegal migrants arrived at the southwest border. This is a 5% increase from March.
o In April, nearly 3,300 illegal migrants were apprehended daily by CBP agents.
o Most of this surge in migrants are comprised of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and family units.
o This past month, CBP saw a 590% increase in total enforcement actions compared to April of FY17.
o We are still on track to reach 1 million border apprehensions this fiscal year.
· Our border agents are facing an overwhelming surge of migrants at the southern border and we are reaching a breaking point.
o Texas border agents say 5,500 migrants are illegally entering the U.S. on a daily basis.
o In Arizona, more than 1,500 migrants were detained over a 3 day period.
o In Laredo, Texas over 100 migrants were discovered inside a trailer by CBP.
· It’s good news that President Trump is leading on fixing our broken immigration system and securing the border. It’s past time Congress works with him
· America’s Farmers, manufacturers, and ranchers are desperately awaiting Nancy Pelosi to bring the USMCA to the House Floor for a vote.
· It’s past time Democrats work with Congressional Republicans to pass the USMCA.
o Nancy Pelosi knows she is in a tough spot on this issue with her divided Democrat caucus. Many Democrats have long called for NAFTA to be revamped.
o Joe Biden supported NAFTA – a stance that is bound to haunt him on the campaign trail.
· If ratified, the USMCA would bring our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century and raise wages for many hardworking Americans.
· With the USMCA trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the U.S. is on the way for greater economic prosperity:
o $34 billion in new automotive manufacturing investments in the U.S.
o $23 billion in new annual purchases of U.S.-made automotive parts.
o 76,000 jobs in the U.S. automotive sector.
o An additional $68.2 billion pumped into the U.S. economy.
o 176,000 total new jobs.
o Increased GDP and employment growth.
o Increased U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico.
· If Nancy Pelosi would bring the USMCA to the House floor, it would pass with bipartisan support.
U.S. – China Trade Negotiations
· President Trump continues to stand firm on efforts to hold China accountable for rampant cheating.
o For far too long China has repeatedly threatened U.S. economic and national security interests.
o The President has a good relationship with President Xi and will continue trade negotiations at the upcoming G-20 summit.
o It’s important that the deal with China is the right deal for American workers.
· While China is feeling the heat from the tariffs the U.S. economy is reaching new heights. Because our economy is strong, we are in a better negotiating position than China.
o Since President Trump was elected, more than 6 million new jobs have been created.
o Wage growth increased by 3.2%, the 9th straight month in which growth topped 3%.
o In April, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% – the lowest since 1969.
o First quarter GDP of 2019 was 3.2%, the best first quarter in the last four years.
o Even with the tariffs going into effect, our economy has remained strong.
· Some money coming from the tariffs will be redirected to help our farmers.
· It’s past time Democrats work with Congressional Republicans to pass the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA).
o President Trump announced that an agreement with Canada and Mexico had been reached to lift the steel and aluminum tariffs.
o This major announcement should expedite the ratification of the USMCA.
o If ratified, the USMCA would bring our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century and would better serve our farmers and workers by raising wages.
o If Nancy Pelosi would bring the USMCA to the House floor, it would pass with bipartisan support.
2020 Dems Embrace Abortion Up Until The Moment Of Birth
· 2020 Democrats are making it clear that the days of a “safe, legal and rare” party position on abortion are long gone.
· Instead, 2020 Dems are pushing a platform of abortion on demand all the way up until the moment a baby is born.
· Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren both endorse late-term abortion.
· Pete Buttigieg refused to say that there should be “any limit on a woman’s right to have an abortion” on his Fox News town hall last night.
· Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed anti-infanticide legislation.
· Joe Biden flip-flopped and now he supports using taxpayer dollars for abortion.
2020 Democrats Move Further to the Left
· Voters are continuing to hear a list of costly and extreme proposals from the growing field of 2020 Democrats. Some of the out of touch proposals that have been floated:
· Bernie Sanders, the current Democrat frontrunner, said he would allow convicted terrorists, sex offenders, and murderers to vote from prison. This includes the Boston Marathon bomber.
o When asked, Kamala Harris said, “we should have that conversation” about allowing the Boston Marathon bomber to vote from prison.
o All 2020 Democrats should be asked about Bernie’s claim that convicted terrorists, sex offenders, and murders should be able to vote from prison.
· Elizabeth Warren’s latest costly proposal is to offer a whopping $50,000 in student loan forgiveness for nearly everyone. It’s estimated this proposal will cost taxpayers $640 billion.
· Many 2020 Democrats back the nearly $32 trillion government-run health care system that would abolish private health insurance and rip close to 200 million people off their plans.
· 2020 Democrats remain in complete denial of the crisis at the border. Many have supported open borders, abolishing ICE, and even tearing down existing border walls.
· As Sanders’ continues to set the bar for how extreme the Democratic primary field will go, 2020 contenders move farther away from American families.
· 2020 Democrats are quick to champion the $93 trillion Green New Deal on the campaign trail, but are even quicker to shrug off the sky-rocketing price-tag estimated to cost $600,000 per household.
· Pete Buttigieg hasn’t been properly vetted by the American people yet, but we already know he’s fully embracing the 2020 Democrat platform of infanticide, government-run healthcare, abolishing the Electoral College, and court packing. The more voters learn about Buttigieg, the more they’ll realize he’s just another out-of-touch Democrat fixated on smearing President Trump while embracing socialist policies.
· Joe Biden recently said the United States had an “obligation” to give health care to those in our country – “regardless of whether they’re documented or undocumented.”
White House May 3, 2019
The United States economy continued to thrive in April, with the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6 percent—the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) household survey. April also marks the 14th consecutive month of the unemployment rate being at or below 4 percent.
The rapidly growing economy continues to benefit a wide range of demographic groups. The unemployment rate for adult women (20+) reached 3.1 percent in April, its lowest rate since 1953. The unemployment rate for Hispanics fell to 4.2 percent—the lowest rate since the series began in 1973. The unemployment rate for individuals with only a high school degree fell to 3.5 percent—matching the lowest rate since 2000. The unemployment rate for those with a disability fell to 6.3 percent in April—the lowest rate since the series began in 2008. Additionally, the unemployment rate for veterans fell to 2.3 percent—the lowest rate since the series began in 2000.
The U-6 unemployment rate, a broader measure of unemployment that includes those who are unemployed, marginally attached to the labor force, and working part-time for economic reasons, remained at 7.3 percent in April, matching the lowest U-6 rate since December 2000.
A separate survey from BLS, the Employment Situation Report, showed total nonfarm payroll employment in April rose by 263,000 jobs, far surpassing market expectations (190,000). In total, the economy has added over 5.8 million jobs since President Donald J. Trump was elected. The month of April continued the longest streak of growth on record.
Employment gains have exceeded 100,000 jobs in 27 of the 29 months since the 2016 election. Including revisions for the months of February and March, the average pace of job growth has been a healthy 218,000 jobs per month over the past year and 205,000 jobs per month so far in 2019. Job gains were predominantly concentrated in professional and business services (76,000 new jobs), education and health services (62,000 new jobs), and leisure and hospitality (34,000 new jobs). The construction sector added 33,000 new jobs in April, and has added 669,000 jobs since the 2016 election.
On top of the good news about job growth, the report indicates that wages are rising, too. Nominal average hourly earnings in April rose by 3.2 percent over the past 12 months, marking the 9th straight month that year-over-year wage gains were at or above 3 percent. Prior to 2018, nominal average hourly wage gains had not reached 3 percent since April 2009. Taking inflation into account, there is more evidence that real wages are also growing. Based on the most recent Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index data from March, inflation in the past year was 1.5 percent, and, based on the most recent Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) price data from March, inflation in the past year was 1.9 percent. This offers evidence that real wages are rising, and people are able to purchase more goods and services with their larger paychecks.
These most recent BLS surveys depict a strong American economy. Employment growth in April surpassed expectations with 263,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate of 3.6 percent is the lowest rate in nearly half a century. With continued positive job growth, sustained low unemployment, and rising real wages, the economy continues to thrive.
Kyle Sammin, March 7, 2019 – is a lawyer and writer from Pennsylvania, and the co-host of the Conservative Minds podcast. Read some of his other writing at his website, or follow him on Twitter at @KyleSammin.
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Last month, Colorado’s legislature became the twelfth to pass the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC,) an agreement among the states to circumvent the constitutional method of electing the president in favor of a national popular vote. Each state that signs the agreement would require its presidential electors to obey the results of the national popular vote, not the results in their own state. It would come into effect when states representing a majority of electoral votes have signed on to the idea. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, has pledged to sign the bill.
The idea has been capturing the attention of frustrated Democrats since law professor Robert W. Bennett dreamed it up after the 2000 election. It gained even more popularity on the left in 2016, following the election of Donald Trump despite Hillary Clinton’s popular vote plurality.
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Jobs, Wages and Unemployment – March 8, 2019
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Colorado has long been considered a swing state, but it’s really been leaning solidly blue for some time now.
November 7, 2018 By Helen Raleigh
Democrats solidified Colorado as a blue state Tuesday, with big wins in the state legislature and the gubernatorial race.
Democrat Jared Polis, who has served in the House since 2009, will become the next governor of Colorado. He defeated Republican candidate Walker Stapleton, former Colorado state Treasurer, with 51 percent of the vote to Stapleton’s 45 percent. Polis will replace Democrat John Hickenlooper, who was term-limited. The last time Colorado had a Republican in the governor’s mansion was more than a decade ago with Republican Bill Owens.
Colorado has long been considered a swing state, but it’s really been leaning solidly blue for some time now. It was one of the first to legalize marijuana, and Hillary Clinton defeated President Trump there in the 2016 election. Tuesday’s gains for Democrats punctuate the shift left. The party now controls the state legislature, in addition to the governor’s mansion.
Compared to his two Democrat governor predecessors, Polis represents the far left wing of the Democratic party. He not only supports traditional Democrat issues such as raising the minimum wage and gun control, but also advocates for single-payer health care, an all-renewable electric grid and state-funded full-day preschool.
Especially on health care, Polis, who regards healthcare as a human right, is determined to bring universal healthcare to Colorado regardless of the cost to tax payers. In the past, Coloradans defeated a ballot measure attempting to bring single payer healthcare to Colorado due to the estimated astronomic cost. However, as Colorado becomes more blue, a University of Colorado public opinion survey this year shows at least 50 percent of Colorado voters support a “single-payer” healthcare system “in which all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan that is financed by taxes.”
So Polis’s extreme position on healthcare may have actually contributed to his win. Several conservatives I spoke to prior to the election told me that they would move to another state if Polis won, out of concern for the upcoming tax burden to fund his liberal agenda. Polis will also make the history for being the first openly gay governor in the U.S.
Another significant loss for Republicans is in Democrat Jason Crow unseating Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, a suburb close to Denver. A 2010 redistricting turned a solid conservative district into a battleground. Coffman had managed to keep his seat five times, even though both President Obama and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton easily won this district. As this suburban district becomes more diverse, Coffman has made a great deal of effort to successfully build relationships with minority constituents in the district. He even learned to speak Spanish fluently.
But Coffman’s seat looked increasingly vulnerable this year as Democrats recruited Jason Crow, a military veteran, to challenge Coffman and turned this race into one of the most expensive in the country. Crow made this race all about Trump and tried to tie Coffman to the President. Given President Trump’s unpopularity in suburban areas, Crow’s campaign strategy paid off.
There are some silver lining for conservative Colorado voters. Several ballot initiatives that would raise taxes, including Prop 73 (increasing taxes to pay for education) and Prop 110 (raising sales taxes to pay for transportation) were defeated. The job killing Prop 112, which seeks to increase setbacks for new oil and gas development in Colorado, has been defeated too.
But, while Coloradans continue to favor property rights and lower taxes, the trend is clear. Despite their vote on ballot initiatives, Coloradans should expect an onslaught of progressive legislation in the next two years. In Colorado, Democrats made the 2018 elections a referendum on Donald Trump. Their strategy paid off as the state firmly rejected the president.
Helen Raleigh is a senior contributor to The Federalist. An immigrant from China, she is the owner of Red Meadow Advisors, LLC, and an immigration policy fellow at the Centennial Institute in Colorado. She is the author of several books, including “Confucius Never Said” and “The Broken Welcome Mat.” Follow Helen on Twitter @HRaleighspeaks, or check out her website: helenraleighspeaks.com.
Summit County Republican Women
Positions on Amendments & Propositions for 2018 State of Colorado Ballot & Summit County
These are amended notes from a discussion that we had at our October SCRW meeting. We encourage our members and friends to continue to research and ask questions before casting your vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We’ve also included the recommendations from the Centennial Institute 2018 Voter Guide.
Here is a summary from the members present who provided their opinions.
Proposition 109 Authorizes transportation bonds WITHOUT tax increase
Proposition 110 Authorizes transportation bonds WITH tax increase
Proposition 111 amending the Colorado statutes thorough review by Charlotte Jacobsen
Proposition 112 pros & cons thorough review presented by Debra Irvine.
A Civil Rights & Constitutional Language
V Legislator minimum age from 25 to 21
Y and Z Y is Congressional redistricting and Z is legislative redistricting & the ones our group did not agree on.
73 Funding for Public Schools
74 Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation
75 Campaign Contributions
1A Property tax increase of $15 Million + over five years
By Paul Bedard, October 12, 2018, Washington Examiner
The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.
As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country, during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
They include 173 major wins, such as adding more than 4 million jobs, and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsize importance, such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members.
“Trump has an advantage over Ronald Reagan: He has a Reagan Republican House and Senate while Reagan had a [Democratic Speaker] Tip O’Neill House and a pre-Reagan Republican Senate. Reagan and [former GOP Speaker] Newt Gingrich were the ice breakers that allowed Trump’s victories to grow in number and significance,” he added.
Unlike the Year One list which included many proposals and orders still to be acted on, the new collection includes dozens of actions already in place, signed legislation, and enforced executive orders.