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      Okay, so let me first admit I am a political geek enough to love the opportunity to do a ‘meet and greet’ with local politicians, like I did two nights back. It was held in a rec. center event room where I was able to meet Cary Kennedy, a Democrat candidate for governor, Karen McCormick and Chase Kohne, who are both Democratic candidates running for congress (against Ken Buck, not my favorite), and Simone Aiken, who is running for a seat in Colorado House District 44.

      This was a quiet, intimate gathering where I could get a feel for what were crucial issues to each of the candidates, and it was very encouraging. Some of Trumpest loyalists have voiced that other than hating Trump, the Democrats have no platform, which after Thursday night, I can tell you is just more bull pucky. These candidates have heart, passion and strong platform positions that highlighted: healthcare for all, clean energy development, and a better, stronger, public education system.

      After the first speaker, I was feeling pumped-up listening to ideas that were both positive and totally opposite of what is going on currently in Washington. Chase Kohne said he believes congress “should do more to strengthen our education system, revitalize small towns, support small businesses and family farms, protect civil liberties, and work to reduce all forms of violence.” He vowed to invest in solar and wind energy in leading Colorado away from fossil fuel dependency – and consequently global warming and brown-tinted air.

      Karen McCormick, who is as warm and personable as anyone could be (within minutes of meeting her, I learned that she is a veterinarian and has three daughters, two of whom are writers), emphasized both compassion and collaboration in her approach to leading. Her statement that “We are all American first” seems to embody her approach in reaching out to both sides of the isle, a move that I believe is critical to bridge the divide between parties and find common ground. Her personality is so sincere that I really enjoyed hearing her ideas and wanted more information on her plans. She even offered to connect me with a realtor if I do plan on move to her town -- like I said, she is genuine and caring.


      All of the candidates showed a deep concern for the environment, including air and water quality. Cary Kennedy, who is a potential candidate for governor, noted her concern for protecting open spaces and public land, which is, right now, an issue of great concern as Trump’s administration closes in on removing protection from drilling and mining on more areas formerly declared national monuments. She has worked in Colorado government for a while and had the experience, poise and confidence of a great leader, while also being very down to earth.

      I must admit that I was thrilled three out of four of the candidates were women, as it provided a different type of feel at the event –a very personable and open discussion. Chase Kohne, as the only male candidate, additionally seemed likable, smart and persuasive in his presentation of ideas as well. He was organized and had passion for his topics.

      Call me an optimist, but I hope these candidates represent the wider pool of Democrats across the country because they were all impressive in their ideas and positive attitudes. I hope we will see a blue wave washing over parts of our country soon, and these candidates were a great start.


      #GoDemocrats2018


      SMA, aka KarateG

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          7 months ago

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          Care to elaborate on how Bill Clinton is responsible for all of this? Welfare reform was supported by Republicans in office at this time as well.

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              karateG
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              The state of New York ( where I no longer live, but our daughter is), and in a couple of years we hope to go back too is in the same mode. Health Care for all is a goal and achievable, for many programs now are already support those who can’t get pay the existing healthcare programs. Governor Guomo have invested 11 millions as was promised into rebuilding of central NY, amongst other things like rebuilding infrastructure, getting new businesses into the areas of the state that gradually became less populated due to outsourcing that started 20 years ago. New businesses like usually were attracted with a tax break, but it’s worth it for not only they bring jobs, they give training. Also quite a bit of money was given to non profits. Syracuse University has business graduates who stepped in building liaisons between non profits and business to help them achieve their goals. Smaller Symphonies and theater companies are growing and that keeps local graduates in a field right in the state. All with the tremendous support of not just the governor who is a democrat, but with the help of democratic electives in local places. So, yes there is hope and platform for democrats. I’ve noticed when the events or meetings are recounted to me by my daughter or her friends, nobody even mentions Trump. They do have a platform and better things to do than just discussing and rejecting Trump’s platform!

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                  booger
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                  This is good news! Thank you for sharing information about New York. I have a lot of family there but know little about the local atmosphere politically.


                  I S & S this to share with others here on Yabberz.

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                          From what I've seen in the news, not only are there more women candidates, but also more scientists who are running for office.

                          We will have some great candidates nationwide.

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                              Yes, I like the candidates I'm seeing as well. Their focus on the environment is an especially strong point for me.

                              We need to rock this vote!


                              Thank you for the S & S, Czook. I appreciate it.

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                                      That's not fair. You get what looks like three good choices for Governor and I get in my State two Billionaires and a High School teacher. I am so tired of these wealthy folk thinking it could be fun to run for office even though none of them have any real credentials or experience and the high school teacher is nothing to brag about either.

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                                          Richard Caslon
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                                          Well, one for governor, two running for congress, and another running for a House seat. Yes, they all seemed wonderful. Two were veterinarians, one state treasurer and CFO, and another a highly gifted scientist type. These candidates were so down-to-earth and approachable. I am going to follow them and their campaigns, but from what I saw, we have reason to be hopeful. I will be attending more events to get to know the specific details of their positions even better.


                                          Where are you? Yours don't sound as promising.



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                                                  You probably would have really liked the candidates, Opie. They were full of great ideas and so passionate. I felt relieved to hear sensible, intelligent talk and not any of the hateful rhetoric that is dividing the country. It was uplifting!

                                                  #GoBlue

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