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Knowledge Is Power, 22 October 2018

Dear Friends of Freedom,

Education. This is one of the greatest institutions of the universe. It is the act of passing knowledge from one person to another. We may associate the classroom with the word "education" and rightly so. However, the position of professors, teachers, boards of education, the Department of Education, and even curriculum companies, hold a great deal of power and authority, because they are the experts--they are the decision-makers. It is incumbent upon the citizens--the educated citizens--of this great nation to choose well those they entrust with their learning and the learning of their children.

The first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, the Honorable John Jay said: "I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and the wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of the latter. Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people the means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate."

Thomas Jefferson, our nation's third president and long regarded as one of the great and brilliant men, summed up the importance of education (or rather learning, for education and study extend beyond the classroom) to the preservation of our liberties. He declared: "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

There are quotes without number from the Founding Fathers addressing education, learning, and the search for Light. These two quotes alone establish the level of importance to which they held the act and practice of learning. These were men who read anything they could acquire, they used their minds, they challenged themselves and others to be the best they could be.

But education starts with the parents. George Washington, the father of our country, as he is aptly called, said "All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

This is why school choice is paramount--not only for our families and for children--but for our Constitutional Republic! The RSCC and it's members uphold the idea that the final educational decisions of children should be left to the parents as stated in our declaration of principles. As Justice Jay stated above: "...nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people the means of obtaining a proper degree of [education] at a cheap and easy rate." For some families, that is public school, a notion championed by many founders a well, for others, private or faith-based schools, for others, homeschooling.

This is why two RSCC Board members sponsored Senate Bill 83 in the 2018 session. SB 83 would provide a tax credit to people who are paying for a child's education, outside of the (taxpayer funded) public school system. It is important to note that this bill does not establish a voucher system. (Killed in House)
House Bill 1014 would have removed the requirement to administer certain assessments in high school. (Died in House)
Senate Bill 11, sponsored by former Board member Senator Holbert and in the House by member Paul Lundeen, prohibits a school from retaliating against a student who has been exempted by his or her parents from certain assessments. (Signed into law)
Representative Van Winkle sponsored Senate Bill 228 which opens up options for students to continue attending a school even it if is not in the district in which they reside. (Killed in the House)

These bills put children, families, and learning first!

Indeed, education, the discovery of what is true and the obtaining of knowledge is something all citizens should desire. There are many who would tell us what to think, but the responsibility is ours, as free men and women, to educate ourselves, that our decisions may be well-founded.


In Liberty,


MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado






Bills Advancing Freedom, 30 March 2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,

We are through the first half of the 2018 Legislative Session and on the home-stretch.

Some bills that have been introduced by RSCC members include a bill that would repeal the ban on standard capacity magazines for firearms; a bill to repeal a tax disguised as a "fee" on retail paint sales; prevent funding for the trafficking of fetal body parts and reduction of business personal property taxes.

House Bill 1015 is sponsored in the House by Representatives Saine and Humphrey. The bill is simple: It repeals the prohibition on standard capacity firearm magazines that was put in place in 2013. Regretfully, the bill died in a House Committee. However, a similar bill is being run in the Senate, Senate Bill 52, which passed the Senate committee.

Representative Leonard introduced House Bill 1036 to reduce the business personal property tax which has, for many small businesses, become an undue burden. The bill was voted down in a House committee.

Has anyone ever seen that ominous flash in an intersection? Have you ever looked in the rear view mirror wondering if the car behind would stop in time, so you didn't get rear ended or a ticket? Yes, there was a bill to eliminate those red-light cameras! Representative Humphrey introduced House Bill 1072, but unfortunately, it was killed in a House committee.

Senator Marble is the Senate sponsor of House Bill 1047 which extends the "castle doctrine" law to a place of business as well as one's own home.

Senator Marble also is sponsoring House Bill 1082 with Representative Saine to ensure women have access to accurate information pertaining to procedures, especially abortions, where medical information is often withheld from them.
They have sponsored another related bill, House Bill 1121, to prevent state (taxpayer) dollars from going toward the trafficking of fetal tissue after abortions. These two ladies are champions of life. House committees killed both of these bills.

Senate Bill 1, the first bill introduced in the Senate, is sponsored in the House by Representatives Buck and Carver. It is clear that fixing the roads, without raising taxes, is a priority.

Who likes taxes disguised as fees? I didn't see any hands go up... Who thinks these "fees" need to go away? Yep. Colorado citizens do. RSCC Chairman, Senator Lundberg, introduced Senate Bill 45 to repeal the paint fee, a 75 cent tax on each gallon of architectural paint.

Board member Senator Marble introduced Senate Bill 47 to repeal tax credits for so-called "green" or "innovative" vehicles. It is refreshing when a piece of legislation is introduced that repeals bad laws and programs.

Founding Father Samuel Adams spoke of the citizens voting as "one of the most solemn trust in human society for which he is accountable to to God an his country." Voting, and the right to vote, and the preservation of a pure voting system is an essential and unexpendable component to the American form of Government. Vote trading (yes, it happens) is an affront to our voting system. Senate Bill 76 bans vote trading, the practice of one person "trading" or agreeing to vote a certain way if another person agrees to vote a certain way as well.

These are just some of the bills introduced by RSCC members this year. You can look up more for yourself at the Colorado General Assembly Website.

In Liberty,


MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado

When is Enough, Enough? 2/20/18

Dear Patriot,

People are asking the question: When is enough, enough?

A shooter with a 100 round magazine (purchased in Wyoming) shot Douglas County Deputy Zach Parrish, killing him. Shortly thereafter, two other deputies were killed in gunfire, Deputy Heath Gumm from Adams County and Micah Flick from El Paso County. Families and communities bereaved by the actions of criminals without regard for any life, including their own.

We have experienced our share of similar tragedies in Colorado, and most recently, the school shooting in Florida with 17 murdered.

As you may recall, I run the Magazine Ban Repeal bill every year in the Colorado Legislature. And it is my first bill filed after last year's session because it requires no edits, no reviews; it is the same every year and two sentences long. While I have met some good journalists out there, some reporters have dumped objectivity for outright activism and have falsely told the public HB1015 is just now "being prepared" in the wake of the Florida shooting to repeal the magazine ban.

And I will run this bill every year until it passes. Let me tell you why:

We know from suicide notes that the goal of nearly every mass shooter is to outdo the last mass shooter. So how do these mass murderers operate? We know from the headlines: they choose places where many people congregate, like schools, churches, theaters, and where it is known that adults will not or are not allowed to protect themselves and others with firearms. The shooter is either familiar by close association or has cased a facility repeatedly to gauge ease of shooting for the longest period of time without being interrupted...interrupted by a CCW permit holder or a police officer. Good guys with guns.

Days before the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, a mass murder was stopped on the opposite side of the country in the Clackamas Mall. What was the difference between the two? A CCW permit holder pointed a gun at the bad guy and the killer turned the gun on himself.

Our 'tougher' gun laws did not stop the recent deaths of our Colorado heroes in law enforcement. And more mass shootings will happen in so-called "Gun-Free Zones" given the current trend. Will more "Gun Control" stop it? For people seeking answers, I do know this-- I am pro-protection of the innocent, especially children. Only a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.
And the harder we make it on the good guys, the bad guys will take advantage of it.
Every time.

Not only is there direct evidence that the Magazine Ban has cost the residents of House District 63 over 380 jobs, there is a gaping hole Democrats don't want you to know about in the 2013 ammunition magazine ban...a law that our sheriffs already call "unenforceable." As it turns out, anyone who works in a political subdivision of the state can have as many rounds as needed to protect themselves and their facilities. Political subdivisions can include:
counties,
municipalities,
school districts,
special districts including water, sewer, drainage, and irrigation districts, and many more.

A sewage treatment plant worker or a ditch rider on an irrigation channel can have a 100 round magazine or drum in the performance of his or her duties. But regular citizens cannot. And home and business invasions with multiple attackers (and 15 or more shots fired) are on the rise all over the country. In Colorado, some families have woken to a burglary by way of mistaken address for a home marijuana grow.

So when is enough, enough?

I will present the Magazine Ban Repeal bill at the Capitol in the afternoon State Affairs Committee on February 21st. The bill bears this simple message: repeal a meaningless statute that does nothing but encourage criminals who threaten our children, our families, and our businesses.


For Liberty,

Representative Lori Saine
House District 63
Member of the RSCC

Happy Thanksgiving! 11/23/2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,

In 1941 President Roosevelt established the modern Thanksgiving Day holiday to be held on the fourth Thursday of November, but in America, a day of thanksgiving to God has always been a part of our culture.

The "First Thanksgiving" is famous and its message was strong, for that was the time when the pilgrims, newly arrived from the shores of England, were nearly starved in their new-found country. The history of our country would have been very different if it were not for the Indians who shared of their bounty, and for that the Pilgrims were grateful to their neighbors, but more importantly to their Creator. The first Thanksgiving was not the last time the hand of Divine Providence was extended to preserve our country in times of darkness. Through struggles, starvation, wars, expansion, economic depressions, and more wars these United States of America have stood as a beacon of light and hope in the world.

Traditionally, the sitting President of the United States issues a Thanksgiving proclamation every year, and this year is no different. President Trump's proclamation gave a brief history of Thanksgiving days in the USA.

President Calvin Coolidge, in his 1923 proclamation said: "Though our mode of life has greatly changed, this custom has always survived. It has made Thanksgiving Day not only one of the oldest but one of the most characteristic observances of our country." Truly, the notion of the Thanksgiving holiday, and giving thanks to God is the most original of American customs.

In conclusion, President Coolidge declared: "We shall be better able to appreciate it if we remember the privations others have suffered, and we shall be the more worthy of it if we use it for their relief. We will do well then to render thanks for the good that has come to us, and show by our actions that we have become stronger, wiser, and truer by the chastenings which have been imposed upon us. We will thus prepare ourselves for the part we must take in a world which forever needs the full measure of service. We have been a most favored people. We ought to be a most generous people. We have been a most blessed people. We ought to be a most thankful people."

As we celebrate the day with family, friends and our fellow countrymen, let us remember those who are serving this country in uniform both domestically and around the world, who sacrifice, sometimes all, for the principles upon which this country was founded and the safety of her citizens, and let us be grateful to God for the freedoms we enjoy in America.


In Liberty,


MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado

Special Session is Over! 10/3/2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,

The 2017 Special Session is over!

Yesterday, on the second of October, the Colorado General Assembly convened in a Special Session. Governor Hickenlooper called the special session to "fix" a mistake that occurred in the passage of Senate Bill 267 during the 2017 Regular Session. This resulted in about fourteen special districts (the largest of which are the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)) losing some of their funding that they receive from the taxes on marijuana.

The "fix" was introduced as identical bills in the House and the Senate, which would have reinstated the tax on recreational marijuana that was eliminated in SB 267. RSCC Chairman, Senator Kevin Lundberg, has written extensively on SB 267 and some of his analysis can be accessed here.

The original bill was in itself unconstitutional, and the fix was just as illegal as its predecessor. To levy new taxes, the State Constitution requires the taxpayers to approve the increase.

The "Fix" (you can read the senate version here) was introduced yesterday in both chambers. The Senate (Republicans) defeated the Senate Bill in Transportation Committee yesterday afternoon. The House (controlled by Democrats), on the other hand, passed their bill. The House bill was introduced in the Senate this morning, where it was again, assigned to Transportation Committee and was summarily defeated.

This goes to show that elections really do have consequenses. Thankfully, for the taxpayers' wallets, the one party sustained the rule of law, and the people's rights and the Special Session is over!


In Liberty,


MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican StudyCommittee of Colorado


Constitution Day 8/15/2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,

Sunday, September 17 marks the date when a sufficient number of delegates had signed the Unites States Constitution, thus sending it to the states for ratification. It is important to remember this date, and more important to know what is in the document and the history behind its wonderous formation.

After months of deliberation, disagreement and discouragement, Benjamin Franklin, a father figure of the Revolution, declared that "if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without [God's] notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?" called for prayer. That was the turning point in the Constitutional debate and established prayer as an integral part of policy making that has continued to this day.

The members of that body formed what is undoubtedly the greatest form of government instituted on earth. The average lifespan of a constitution throughout the world is 17 years. Ours is still going at 230 years.

As we remember the day the Constitution was signed, let us remember for what the Constitution stands: Liberty and Justice for all.

In Liberty,


MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican StudyCommittee of Colorado


Baby Charlie, 7/7/2017


Dear Friends of Freedom,

On the Fourth of July we celebrated Independence Day.

241 years ago 56 men pledged to one another their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create a new country. The Declaration of Independence, arguably one of the most eloquent documents penned in our country, begins the second paragraph with the words:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed"

What unalienable right did Thomas Jefferson and the other signers choose to put first?

Life

Life. For without life all other rights and privileges are of no consequence. Life is the most essential of all rights, and therefore, it is paramount that the government secure that right to protect life, not to take life.

Just as in 1776 a dichotomy existed in the political and cultural philosophy between America and England, so today such a chasm exists in the heart-wrenching story of baby Charlie.

Charlie is a ten month old British baby who was born with a rare disease that prevents him from breathing or eating on his own. His parents have been doing everything they can for him, but British physicians have decided it's time for Charlie to die.

What's more, the courts, including the European Court of Human Rights sided with the doctors against Charlie's parents who want him to live. They sentenced an innocent baby to death.

America, again, is a beacon of hope. There is a breakthrough treatment that could save Charlie, but the British court declared that there is not enough evidence to allow the baby to live long enough to undergo the treatment in America. His parents continue to fight for theirs son's life, and you can read more by clicking this link.

This is a stark example of just what socialized medicine does. This is what happens when government is more interested in control than Freedom. This is why the RSCC members and patriots like you are fighting to preserve the liberties in these United States, because America is a beacon of hope and we must never allow government to stand between a mother and her baby's life.

In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado






Civil Asset Forfeiture, 5/24/2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,


Private Property is an essential element to the Republic in which we live. Without private property, we would not HAVE a republic. We would have socialism. That is a stark contrast.

An essential component of the freedom of private property is that not only are citizens to be protected from thieves or other citizens who violate their property rights, but also that the citizens are free from the government seizing their property.

This is, in some cases, called "civil asset forfeiture."

In the 2017 Legislative Session that concluded on May 10th, Representative Humphrey, an RSCC board member, ran a bill addressing this problem. House Bill 1313 would have required a seizing agency (mostly law enforcement) to report to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) the amount of the seized assets. This would help keep the seizing agency more accountable, by making it more difficult to seize property and allow it to fly under the radar.

The bill creates a fine for any agency which fails to provide the required, timely, bi-annual report.

The practice of a government entity taking the property of a citizen without the authority of a warrant is similar to a custom employed by Great Britain in the American Colonies prior to the American Revolution. This method of confiscation was called a "writ of assistance" and was what precipitated the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Writs of Assistance were a practice under British Law where the magistrate would write a warrant, but leave the reason for the search blank. Upon concluding the search, if the ones conducting the search found something, they would fill-in-the-blank and arrest the subject whose property was searched. The reason given in support of this practice was to prevent smuggling.

To learn more about the writs of assistance from a founding father's perspective, click here , and read historical comments on the writs of assistance preceding a sermon by Dr. Charles Chauncy.

Bottom line, it's never good when government starts to take advantage of citizens. House Bill 1313 passed both chambers and is awaiting the signature of the Governor.


In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado


Sine Die, 5/10/2017

Dear Friends of Freedom,

This is a special report. Today marks the final day of the first regular session of the 71st General assembly. The Senate adjourned at 9:29 pm, and the House at about the same time.

This year in the Colorado Legislature, there were 681 bills (and dozens of resolutions) and as always, there was a wide variety of measures. Anyone can lean more about all the bills and resolutions at the Colorado General Assembly website.

Here are some bills that did not become law that you may have never heard or seen. In future editions we will give more detailed reports on bills that did become a part of our statutes.

Among some of those bills that best advanced liberty were:

SB-007- Repeal Ammo Magazine Prohibition, sponsored by RSCC members Senator Vicki Marble and Representatives Steve Humphrey, and Lori Saine. This bill would have repealed the unconstitutional restriction on the capacity of magazines for firearms in Colorado. The bill passed the Senate but died in the House State Affairs Committee.

SB-283 - Business Owner's Right to Disagree, sponsored by RSCC Chairman, Senator Kevin Lundberg. SB 283 would have added to state statutes the right a business owner has to not sell products or services with which he/she disagrees. It seems unnecessary to create this clarification in statute, but again and again we have seen a business owner's rights violated. The bill would have kept intact the anti-discrimination laws already in state statute. SB-284 was killed on the Senate Floor.

HB-1063 - Reduce Business Personal Property Taxes This bill increases the business personal property tax to $50,000 starting in 2017. HB 1063 died in the House State Affairs Committee.

Some of the anti-freedom bills that would have chipped away at our freedoms include:

HB-1156 - Prohibits Conversion Therapy Health Provider Are parents smart enough to raise their own children? The answer is yes! This bill is just one more step in the war on parental rights. It would have prohibited psychotherapists from providing conversion therapy to anyone under 18 years of age unless it is gender inclusive. Therapy for minors is a decision for parents, their children and the therapist--not the state government. The Senate State Affairs Committee stopped this bill.

HB-1314 - The Right to Rest This title is misleading. This bill would allow persons who are homeless to occupy public spaces even when occupying those places is against a law or ordinance. Equal protection under the law does not discriminate, and if someone is going to break the law, they need to be treated as a law breaker whether they are wealthy or living in poverty. As soon as the government ceases to exercise the power of the law with equity and begins to create special classes unaccountable to the law, they enter the dangerous territory of lawlessness. The House Local Government Committee killed this bill.

SB-099 - National Popular Vote Agreement Why the frantic effort to undermine the American election system? This proposal was an end-run around the Electoral College. The Founders set up the electoral college so the votes in the lightly populated states would be weighted more equally with the votes in the heavily populated states.

All it would take to implement this compact is for enough states to agree that constitute a majority of electoral votes (the eleven largest states would do it). If it takes effect the East Coast and the West Coast would chose our President and most of the states in between would be left to essentially look on, for campaigns would ignore less populated areas of the country. The Senate State Affairs Committee stood up for the citizens of Colorado and killed this bill.

In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,

Senator Kevin Lundberg
Chairman

Republican Study
Committee of Colorado

An Evening of Fellowship, 5/5/17


Dear Friends of Freedom,

In the midst of the final days of session, RSCC members took a few minutes to regroup at our End-of-Session dinner. Almost all of our members were able to attend, plus, we had the honor to be joined by emeritus Board member, Representative Janak Joshi and his wife!

The 2017 Legislative Session will end in five days, on May 10th, three legislative days away. The final days of session can be hectic for Legislators who stand firm on principle, because of the added pressure of the onslaught of bills rushing through at the last minute.

The RSCC is able to offer camaraderie and support to its members and finding a moment to say a prayer and eat a meal together was the perfect way to send the Conservative champions into the last week of session!




In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado




Principles, 4/21/17

Dear Friends of Freedom,

Many years ago, the RSCC put out a weekly report rating the bills in the Legislature according to the principles laid out in the RSCC's Declaration of Principles

However, some in the legislature thought that was inappropriate. So the RSCC stopped rating bills, and Principles of Liberty (POL) was formed.

That was 2011.Today, Principles of Liberty is rating hundreds of bills in the Colorado House and Senate every session, and they have expanded into Wyoming and are exploring the possibility of expanding into Oklahoma.

Based upon similar principles to the RSCC, POL examines many of the bills introduced BEFORE the bill is heard in committee, and rates it as a "support" or "oppose." POL is a useful tool for both legislators and citizens who are dedicated to making government better in defense of our liberties.

In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado
Dear Friends of Freedom,

Many years ago, the RSCC put out a weekly report rating the bills in the Legislature according to the principles laid out in the RSCC's Declaration of Principles

However, some in the legislature thought that was inappropriate. So the RSCC stopped rating bills, and Principles of Liberty (POL) was formed.

That was 2011.Today, Principles of Liberty is rating hundreds of bills in the Colorado House and Senate every session, and they have expanded into Wyoming and are exploring the possibility of expanding into Oklahoma.

Based upon similar principles to the RSCC, POL examines many of the bills introduced BEFORE the bill is heard in committee, and rates it as a "support" or "oppose." POL is a useful tool for both legislators and citizens who are dedicated to making government better in defense of our liberties.

In Liberty,

MaryGrace Klippert
Executive Director,
Republican Study
Committee of Colorado

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