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No vote for Wayne Williams
According to isidewith.com Mr. Williams supports expanding off shore drilling and the further use of hydraulic fracking. He supports the Patriot Act, which is probably unconstitutional. He believes working illegal immigrants should Not be given temporary amnesty. He does not support Affirmative Action. He does not support the legislation of marijuana. He supports the military flying drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill Suspected terrorists. He does Not support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He believes that Suspects of terrorism should not be given Constitutional rights, even if they are US citizens. He supports the death penalty. He does not believe children of illegal immigrants should be granted legal citizenship, as is written in the Amendment to the Constitution. We should Not raise taxes on the rich. We should Lower the tax rate on corporations. He believes we should make cuts to public spending to reduce the national debt. We should put more restrictions on current welfare benefits. He is anti abortion. He does Not want to separate church and state by removing references to God on federal buildings and national monuments. He does Not support same sex marriage.
Knowing all this I cannot support Wayne Williams.
- Courtesy Wayne Williams
- Wayne Williams
Your voice is needed
There is a very important municipal election going on for City Council At-Large and Mayor. You should have already received your ballot in the mail. When you sit down to fill it out please take a few moments to educate yourself on the candidates and specifically who is funding those candidates. This matters greatly.
Are they funded by grassroots, individual donations or by large donations from PAC’s, corporations and wealthy donors? Ask yourself why such large donations are being made and what is expected in return from the candidate. Ask yourself who will they represent and who are they beholden too.
Your questions are easily answered. You can visit a candidate website to find out about their platform and issues or read voter’s guides, but this can only tell you so much. Perhaps a better resource would be the campaign finance reports. Candidates are required to file financial reports with the city. These can be quickly reviewed on coloradosprings.gov by searching Campaign Finance Filings. You can see a list of the amounts and donors each candidate has accepted.
Nearly 2/3 of registered voters didn’t participate in the municipal election of 2017. Local politics is where laws and policy affect you most directly. Please vote! And before you do, take the time to find the candidate whose priorities and principles most closely align with yours.
"A facile coward"Once again, Cory Gardner showed his utter servility to Donald Trump. Instead of actually doing the right thing, today he once again put party over constitutional dictate and voted against the Emergency Declaration Resolution of Disapproval in the US Senate. There is no emergency on the border with Mexico, there’s only one in the tortured mind of Donald Trump. Gardner is a facile coward and cannot credibly call himself a supporter and defender of the US Constitution. It’s OK, though, because in November of 2020, the voters of Colorado are going to bounce him out on his ear. I’d recommend that he begin updating his resume sooner rather than later. Since last year’s trillion-and-a-half dollar tax cuts for the wealthy that Gardner supported have completely failed to stimulate the economy, he might be out of work for some time.
- Gage Skidmore, via Flickr.com
- Cory Gardner
Our Colorado Springs safety: Long term vision
It is comforting to know that when smoke begins rising from our rooftops, that the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) will arrive on scene well before the point we are stumbling through smoldering ash, searching for what is left of our belongings and the family dog.
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