W. Branstetter's Blog (75)

Message about Conservative Pop Culture from "Madison Rising" Manager

Richard Mgrdechian, is the founder, President & CEO of Purple Eagle Entertainment and manager of the popular pro-American rock band Madison Rising.  He has written an excellent opinion article titled "How Short-sighted Leadership Has Sabotaged Conservative Pop Culture."  The group "Madison Rising" joined the pop culture a few years ago along with other artists, but in recent months the group released their version of "The Star…

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Added by W. Branstetter on November 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Coalition of businesses and politicians aims to pressure Congress on deficit reduction

"Coalition of businesses and politicians aims to pressure Congress on deficit reduction" is an article by Peter Marcus in The Colorado Statesman that may be of interest to all. 

 

Under the heading "Colorado congressional delegate reacts", both Senators Bennet and Udall responded however there are no comments from the congressional representatives.

 

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Added by W. Branstetter on November 7, 2012 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Message Videos Added to "The Party of Choice" Site

Andy and Cori Peth have just posted several very short video clips with messages of about 40 seconds to clearly articulate a conservative (generally Republican) view on select issues.  The topics are:  "war on women", oil companies, choice and small government, booing God, Romney vs. Obama positions on abortion. 

 

So many people ask for a better way to message and Andy and Cori have boiled their workshop training down to these quick messages that may help with those last…

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Added by W. Branstetter on November 1, 2012 at 2:01pm — No Comments

John Andrews' "Backbone America" Recommendations

Senator Andrews has posted a list of issues and candidates he is recommending.  He has several RTD Board candidates to recommend.  Perhaps this will be a helpful reference for those looking for information on issues and more.

 

http://backboneamerica.net/2012/10/20/colorado-voter-guide-2012/

 

 

Added by W. Branstetter on October 29, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Urgent Message for America by Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon from New Zealand has toured the United States on at least two extended trips over this last year.  He has addressed many groups in Colorado.  He has prepared a message that he would like people to hear. 

 

Urgent message, October 2012:…

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Added by W. Branstetter on October 20, 2012 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Vincent Carroll--Opinion: "Millionaires for gutter politics"

In the October 10, 2012, Denver Post is an opinion piece by Vincent Carroll titled "Millionaires for gutter politics."  If you the campaign advertisements of this or previous years, whether television or mailers, leaves you perturbed, you should read this article so you can know some of the people to thank. 

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Added by W. Branstetter on October 10, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Dr. Jill Q. Vecchio Comments on Radio Message on Healthcare

Dr. Jill Q. Vecchio has been doing short messages on KLZ 560 radio and other Crawford Broadcasting stations (10 markets) with a great deal of interest.  They are working the messages into Hispanic messages to air on other radio stations.  Please read her message and help if you can.

This healthcare talk stuff is really taking off! As you may know, I'm now doing daily commentaries for Crawford Broadcasting in 10 cities across the country and they…

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Added by W. Branstetter on September 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Must Read! “Obama’s 2nd-term Assault on U.S. Military” by Trevor Loudon

Whether you are interested in the USA's military and its ability to defend the country or just have not thought of it much, please read this article by Trevor Loudon (from New Zealand) who is sounding an alarm based on information and reports he is seeing.  Is it possible that in four more years a main function of the the military might be to deal with global warming or other matter that the Founding Fathers would never have envisioned? 

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Added by W. Branstetter on August 26, 2012 at 1:09am — No Comments

"'Issues' or America" by Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell has offered this short but very insightful article titled "'Issues' or America" and comments on one of those old adages--cannot see the forest for the trees.  He reminds us of the Constitution and only a few things that have been done to dismantle it. 

 

Please read the article.

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Added by W. Branstetter on August 22, 2012 at 2:25am — No Comments

iCivics and Civics Education in Schools

There is a C-Span.org program that shows former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor providing testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The program is just under 1.5 hour and is quite interesting.  Check out the hearing at:

 

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/CivicsE

 

There is a mention of a web site or educational program that Justice O'Connor is involved with to advance civics education in schools…

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Added by W. Branstetter on August 19, 2012 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Colorado Public Trustees on the "Hot Seat"

The Colorado public trustees for the 65 counties are seldom in the news.  In fact, my impression was that the term was a nebulous description, but apparently it is actually a position that is in some instances appointed by  the governor.  The position has apparently come under some scrutiny as reported recently in the Denver Post.

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Added by W. Branstetter on July 11, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Energy Issues -- Colorado and Beyond

 

May 18, 2012

 

Joshua Sharf has posted two good articles on energy, especially renewable, in Colorado and the video of Senator Mark Udall in a senate hearing would have the Colorado standards made more stringent and far reaching.

 

http://www.jsharf.com/view/?p=1859

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Added by W. Branstetter on May 19, 2012 at 2:08am — 1 Comment

OGI Announces Burke-Carr Award Winners

The Open Government Institute (OGI) has announced the winners of the Burke-Carr awards.  There were four categories for champions of transparency:  elected representatives, bloggers/new media, journalists, and citizens/grassroots guardians.  On-line ballots were completed by about 1,000 people in the final selection.

 

For complete details refer to the press release:…

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Added by W. Branstetter on May 10, 2012 at 12:57am — No Comments

Do Parents Know About the Surveys the Students Have in School?

In Jefferson County, Colorado, there are serious questions about a survey known as "Make Your Voice Heard" that was given by school staff to the students.  Unlike previous surveys that were totally anonymous, this survey employed the use of the computers and student ID for completion which means that it is feasible to trace the responses to the student and therefore the household.

 

While many of the questions may seem quite innocuous, other questions are leading and may leave…

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Added by W. Branstetter on April 21, 2012 at 11:38pm — 2 Comments

Principles of Liberty (.org)

Check out this web site for Principles of Liberty that is now up.  The legislative score card for Colorado from 2011 is now up and the 2012 will be posted soon. 

 

http://principlesofliberty.org/

 

Richard Bratten has been doing a legislative report recently on Grassroots Radio Colorado on KLZ 560 AM announced this web site.

 

The link has been added to the list on the main page of the Arapahoe County Tea…

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Added by W. Branstetter on April 19, 2012 at 6:18pm — No Comments

An App to Calculate the Debt Bomb

In an article titled "Gen O Discovers Washington's Debt Bomb" at Real Clear Markets, there is a reference to an app called "Debt Bomb" has been created to allow calculations of taxes based on the true cost of the federal government's expenditures.  The app also includes being able to e-mail or "tweet" the President or your legislators.  This sounds like an app worth investigating. 

 

The article:…

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Added by W. Branstetter on April 19, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Colorado adds "Federal Funds Transparency Act" (HB12-1009)

"Federal Funds Transparency Act" (HB12-1009), sponsored by Rep. Cheri Gerou, has been signed by Governor Hickenlooper.  This bill expects to bring transparency to the Colorado budgeting process for the funds that are provided by the federal government to the various agencies and identify strings attached.  May it be successful.

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Added by W. Branstetter on April 17, 2012 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Revised H.R. 5 and "Republicans Pushing Mandates on State Courts"

Professor Rob Natelson has written an article, "Republicans Pushing Mandates on State Courts," that explains the problems or ramifications of voting either "aye" or "nay" on this revised H.R. 5 that may be on the docket for Monday, March 19, 2012 in the U. S. Congress.  Here is one bill that should be single issue bill and stop with the mandates. 

 

1.  "THE FIRST PART of revised H.R. 5 is a resurrected zombie that was the original H.R. 5. Although promoted as “medical…

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Added by W. Branstetter on March 14, 2012 at 6:11pm — No Comments

"The Truth about Fracking" by Kevin Williamson

 

This article from National Review has a good report of how the process is accomplished and how the environmental concerns are addressed by the state agencies and drilling/production company.  There is a lot of information here, and I encourage folks to read the whole article.

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Added by W. Branstetter on March 14, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

EVENTS happening week of January 8, 2012 (+?)

 

Since there are many events this week and folks want to limit e-mails, here is a list of many of the events for this week.  There are others that may be added to the comments section of this blog post.  If you have information please comment.

 

It is time to get involved with caucus training, legislation, and other events. 

 

January 8, 2012 (5:00-8:00 p.m.) – Backbone Radio with Ross Kaminsky on radio 710 KNUS…

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Added by W. Branstetter on January 8, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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