|Attend your 1st Colorado neighborhood caucus Tuesday March 1, 2016, you will learn a lot. Then apply that knowledge by just saying "yes", become a precinct committee person and apply what you've learned. Then share what you've learned as a precinct committee person as a district, county or state leader. Want help? . (Thanks to Jossey-Bass for this great illustration.)|
The caucus-assembly system for nominating to the primary ballot came into being in Colorado in 1912, it's been under attack since then by powerful people who see it as inefficient. See links to "Better" Colorado meetings.
Why do those who understand it think that the Colorado Caucus is worth understanding and defending? Because it's the best chance the common, ordinary, everyday person has of serving in elected public office.
Colorado is divided into 3,000 or so neighborhoods, the major political parties have a meeting every two years to start the process of electing party leadership and nominating to the primary ballot. Candidates can skip this system if they want in Colorado and get on the ballot by petition, which acts as a good safety valve in case the party doesn't operate fairly.
Here's the 4th weekly lesson on how to participate in our wonderful Colorado caucus-assembly system for nominating to the primary ballot. Still very relevant, you can see earlier lessons, too. Editorial from my friend Sue, no longer with us, but her powerful words still touch my heart. http://coloroadocaucus.blogspot.com/2010/03/week-4-from-john-wren-please-post-your.html
In 2014 we'll be holding this neighborhood meetings in Colorado for the 101st time. Here's some good information from the Colorado Secretary of State: that will help you inform yourself to make a real difference in your neighborhood. http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Candidates/FAQs/caucuses.html
Our fight to defeat Amendment 29 that would have killed our wonderful Colorado Caucus, our best, perhaps last, hope for preserving the grassroots in politics, was successful. This editorial in the Rocky Mountain News, which had supported Amendment 29:
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT CAUCUSES - CAN THEY BE REVIVED?
Index Terms: EDITORIAL
Record Number: 0211190420
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