Adam McCoyAdam McCoySeptember 11, 20173min739

The opening salvo in the court fray over a Lakewood ballot initiative aimed at curtailing city growth turned into a six-hour marathon hearing late last week.

The Lakewood Sentinel’s Clarke Reader detailed the second day of administrative hearings which dragged on over half a dozen hours on Thursday and took testimony from 44 “petitioners, circulators and notaries, about the process leading to getting enough signatures to put the initiative before city council or on the ballot in November.”

The court battle started after citizens group Lakewood Neighborhood Partnerships (LNP) canvassed the city, gathering petition signatures in support of a 1 percent annual limit on residential growth. The group’s proposal would also establish a permit system, requiring City Council approval for all projects of 40 units or more while lifting permit requirements for redevelopment of existing units in “blighted or distressed areas.”

The group submitted the required number of petition signatures to the city, and the City Council was set to consider pushing the initiative to the ballot but had to delay action due to a legal challenge.

That formal protest was from Lakewood resident and Vice Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party Steve Dorman, contending the ballot initiative lacks an “adequate description.”

On Thursday, counsel for both sides — Dennis Polk for Dorman and former Secretary of State Scott Gessler for LNP board members — gave arguments centered on the validity of petition signatures, Reader reported. Polk argued that signatures were not submitted in accordance with city election law.

His point was that the bulk of the circulators’ affidavits were not signed and submitted under oath. Since the affidavits did not include language stating the circulators took an oath when they turned in the signatures, those petitions and signatures are not valid.

Countering that argument, Gessler argued that the act of signing was an affirmation of the validity of signatures, and that not making customers swear an official oath is common practice for notaries.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 1, 20173min321

As noted earlier this week, Denver and Jefferson County Republican parties have mounted a donation drive to help the many Gulf Coast Texans waylaid by Hurricane Harvey. And the county GOPs are arranging to ship the donations of humanitarian aid to Texas themselves. According to the update below from Denver Republican Chair Jake Viano, relief workers on the scene are experiencing critical shortages in helping those who were left homeless by the devastating storm.

Viano reports:

We have a truck loading up at 6pm at Jeff Co GOP hQ’;s located at 13952 Denver W Pkwy #450, Lakewood, CO 80401 tomorrow. We need volunteers to help with this.

…We have a truck loading up at 9 a.m. on Sat morning at The Rock Church in Castle Rock. We need volunteers to help with that.

Here is the list of stuff we still need:

1. School supplies
2. Non-perishable foods
3. Diapers
4. Baby formula
5. Hand sanitizer
6. Children’s undergarments
7. Socks
8. Baby wipes
9. New sweat suits
10. New towels
11. Bottled water
12. New blankets
13. New pillows
14. Personal hygiene items
15. Tools
16. Shovels

If (you) cannot find the time to drop off items, you can donate directly to the Denver Republicans and 100% of your contribution will go towards the relief effort. We are personally making runs to Walmart and Costco, then loading items up to be shipped out.

As of today, the Denver Republican Party has contributed nearly $3000 worth of items. But there is still more to do. To paint a picture, Operation Barbecue is set up next to the George Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. They are feeding 30,000 people per day and are running out of food. 30,000 is the population of Juneau Alaska.

I just got off the phone with Bob Call of the Harris County GOP. He said his office is up and running and in full relief mode. Please keep our fellow Americans in your thoughts and prayers.