Sunday Gun Day 02/16/2020

2020-02-16 Sunday Gun Day

Sunday Gun Day

Pew pew pew

This is a new group with new events. About 20 people went up and practiced firearm safety, rifle, & sidearm shooting at the range at Turkey Track Shooting Range. A great time was had by all. Now it will be a weekly event by the Colorado Libertarian Shooting Club

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St. Patrick’s Day Float Decoration

March 7, 2020

We gathered to create our first parade float!

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Float building 1

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Float Building 2

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Float 3

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Float 4

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Agenda – February 2020

Feb2020 board meeting agenda.doc

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Minutes – 2020 Annual Convention

2020-01-18 Annual Meeting Minutes

2020-01-18 Post-Convention Board Meeting Minutes

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Agenda – 2020 Annual Convention

Libertarian Party of El Paso County
PO Box 7952
Colorado Springs, CO 80933
LPEPC.org
(719) 445-1949

AGENDA
Annual County Convention

Date: January 20, 2019
Time: 11 AM
Location: Tilted Kilt

⦁ Opening/Welcome/Introductions
⦁ Roll Call/Quorum Check
Board Members Present:
Other Members present:
⦁ Please have your credentials checked to ensure voting eligibility

⦁ Announcements
⦁ If you’re planning to run for the Board please check in with a current board member
⦁ LPCO State Convention April 3 to 5th, 2020 at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

⦁ Adoption of Agenda
Motion:
Second:

⦁ Minutes of previous meeting
Motion:
Second:

⦁ Officer Annual Summary Reports
⦁ Chair: Chris Houtchens
⦁ Vice-Chair: Alexis Buschmann
⦁ Secretary: Eric Muma
⦁ Treasurer: John Hjersman
⦁ LPCO Affiliate Representative Annual Summary Report: John Hjersman
⦁ IT: Lance
⦁ Social Media Director: Judy Darcy
⦁ LPEPC Member Mission Requests

⦁ Campaigns Reports

⦁ Bylaws Proposals

⦁ Election of Officers
⦁ Chair
⦁ Vice-Chair
⦁ Secretary
⦁ Treasurer

⦁ Announcement of next meetings and state convention

Adjournment

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Minutes – 2019 Annual Convention

Libertarian Party of El Paso County
PO Box 7952
Colorado Springs, CO 80933
LPEPC.org
(719) 445-1949

MINUTES
Annual County Convention

Date: January 19, 2019
Time: 11 AM
Location: 13520 New Discovery Rd. Colorado Springs CO 80908

⦁ Opening/Welcome/Introductions
Chris Houtchens, Chair Call to Order 12:15pm
⦁ Roll Call/Quorum Check
Board Members Present: Chris Houtchens, Alexis Buschmann, John Hjersman
Other Members present: Eric Muma, Daryl Kuiper, Susan Quilleash, Lance Haverkamp
⦁ Please have your credentials checked to ensure voting eligibility

Confirmed by John Hjersman
⦁ Announcements
⦁ If you’re planning to run for the Board please check in with a current board member
⦁ LPCO State Convention April 26 to 28th, 2019 at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, Colorado (2886 S Circle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80906).
⦁ Adoption of Agenda
Adopted as presented
Motion: Susan
Second: Lexi
MSCU
⦁ Minutes of previous meeting
Postpone to next Convention
Motion: Judy
Second: Lance
MSCU

⦁ Officer Annual Summary Reports
⦁ Chair: Chris Houtchens
Submitted in writing
⦁ Vice-Chair: Alexis Buschmann
Leaning to perform Secretary duties
⦁ Secretary:
⦁ Treasurer: John Hjersman
Submitted in writing
⦁ LPCO Affiliate Representative Annual Summary Report: John Hjersman
LPCO Chair concerned that as many as possible attend Convention.
LPCO is changing to CiviCRM
⦁ IT
Lance: CRM updates & Cloud updates needed.
⦁ Social Media Director: Judy Darcy
All interaction increasing except on Meetup.
James Grady assigned Twitter.
Paotie LinkedIn.
Mariana Instagram & Pintrest.

⦁ LPEPC Member Mission Requests
See written report

⦁ OUT OF ORDER: Pillar description: Darryl Kuiper
Pillar is a lifelong learning organization.
60 classes per trimester
www.pillarinstitute.com
⦁ Campaigns Reports (Updates if in Election Season, Summary if after)
Covered in Chair report
⦁ Federal:
⦁ Congress 5: Douglas Randall
⦁ Statewide:
⦁ Governor/Lt. Governor: Scott Helker/Michele Poague
⦁ Attorney General: Bill Robinson
⦁ CU Regents At Large: James Tibert
⦁ State Legislature:
⦁ State House 16: John Hjersman

⦁ Municipal:
⦁ Colorado Springs:
Due Tuesday, January 22, 2018
Bylaws 9.3 applies to Non-partisan
⦁ Mayor
Juliette Parker
Daryl Kuiper
⦁ Three Council at Large
Bill Murray, Tom Strand, Tony Martinez, Tony Guierrella, Wayne WIlliams
⦁ Bylaws Proposals
After Proposal #10 Daryl left Quorum retained.
Chair called a recess in order to research LLPCO Bylaws prior to #11 2:28pm
Chair Call to Order 2:38pm
⦁ Platform Proposals
No new proposals
⦁ Election of Officers
⦁ Chair
Nominated Chris & Lexi
Chris – 5
Lexi -2
Chair: Chris
⦁ Vice-Chair
Nominated Eric, Lexi, Chris
Eric – 1
Lexi – 5
Chris – 2
Vice: Lexi
⦁ Secretary
Nomination Eric
Eric – 7
Secretary: 7
⦁ Treasurer
Nominate John
John – 7
Treasurer: John
⦁ Announcement of next meetings and state convention
3rd Thursdays Fargo’s
State Convention
Board 2nd Sunday at American Tire Exchange
Annual Convention tentative date January 18, 2020
⦁ Adjournment
Motion to Adjourn Judy
3:39pm

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2020 LPEPC Bylaws Proposals

Click below to view the 2020 LPEPC Bylaws proposals. These will be voted on at our Annual Convention on January 18

2020 Bylaws Proposals7

 

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Endorsements November 2019

November 2019 Coordinated Election

Ballots are in the mail and are due November 5, 2019!

Ballot Issues

*these endorsements have not been officially approved by the board*

Fountain Municipality Issues

2A: Increase Taxes

Vote no. This is a tax and spending increase. Moving Fountain Forward and road improvements are already funded. The city needs to stay within budget to complete these projects.

Colorado Springs Municipality Issues

2B: Retain Excess Tax Revenues

Vote No. This measure defeats the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and leaves $7M for the city to allocate at its whim toward infrastructure that is enjoyed primarily by the city’s advantaged citizens.

2C: Extend temporary sales and use tax but at 8% reduction

Vote No. This misleading bill disguised as road repair & improvement contains and open ended provision allowing the city to spend the revenue on unspecified “improvements within the city.”

Manitou Springs Municipality Issues

2D: Increase Sale and Use Tax

Vote No. This increased burden on the citizens of Manitou Springs voids any protection they have from the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and it is presented as supporting “arts, culture and heritage,” hardly a high priority for people struggling to make a living.

2E: Retain Excess Tax Revenues

Vote No. TABOR requires excess taxes to be returned to the citizens for the very good reason of keeping legislators responsible to the taxpayers for responsible budgeting. Bypassing TABOR is never a good idea even in this case, where the funds are to be allocated for the purpose for which that taxes were initially levied in 2003, for downtown public facilities.

Lewis-Palmer Consolidated School District No. 38

4A: Bond for New Elementary School

Vote Yes: District 38 needs more capacity and this bond is solely for building a new school.

Calhan School District Rj1

5B: Increase debt and taxes for school improvements

Vote No. This is a tax, debt, and spending increase. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund athletic facilities and performing arts centers. The school district is currently funded and should stay within budget.

Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District

6A: Property Tax Mill Levy

Vote No. They want to set a 22% annual increase on static autopilot. Perpetual tabor override to maintain desired spending without fiscal responsibility.

Stratmoor Hills Fire Protection District

6B: Retain Excess Tax Revenue

Vote no. This allows this fire district to keep excess taxes which are collected. If it was only to keep all of the grants and revenue from other sources I would support it, but I do not support allowing the district to keep and spend more taxpayer money than is owed.

Peyton Fire Protection District

6C: Increase Debt for New Fire Station

Vote No. Ominous words like “not limited to” and “levy imposed without limitation” make it clear that the interests of taxpayers are not a priority

6D: Mill Levy

Vote No. This bill exempts itself from TABOR and proposes spending without limitation.

Stratmoor Hills Water/Sanitation District

6E: Retain Excess Tax Revenue

Vote no. This allows this water district to keep excess taxes which are collected. If it was only to keep all of the grants and revenue from other sources I would support it, but I do not support allowing the district to keep and spend more taxpayer money than is owed.

6F: Retain excess tax revenue

Vote no. This allows the sanitation district to keep and spend excess taxes which are collected. If it was only to keep all of the grants and revenue from other sources I would support it, but I do not support allowing the district to keep and spend more taxpayer money than is owed.

Hanover Fire Protection District

6G: Increase taxes for fire protection

No endorsement for or against. This is a property tax increase. Normally I would immediately say no, but Hanover Fire District is currently spending more than it is bringing in. Fire protection is an important community safety measure and there aren’t currently any free market alternatives.

Candidates

LPEPC is not endorsing any candidates in this election. Please research the individuals on your ballot.

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2019 Colorado Springs Municipal Election Candidate Questionnaire

Colorado Springs Municipal Election 2019

The Libertarian Party of El Paso County, it’s officers, or directors do not endorse candidates from other parties. In the case of a non-partisan election the Board may endorse candidates that most closely align with Libertarian values.
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The Libertarian Party of El Paso County sent out, via email, the following questionnaire to all candidates of the upcoming election.

Links to candidate answers will be posted below in the order they are returned.

2019 Questionnaire – Wayne Williams

2019 Questionnaire – Juliette Parker

2019 Questionnaire – Gordon Klingenschmitt

Libertarian Party of El Paso County
PO Box 7952
Colorado Springs, CO? 80933

Please complete questionnaires by 3/4/2019 and return to chair@lpepc.org.

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  1. What is the legitimate, fundamental purpose, or function of government?
  1. What should your role be in carrying out the purpose of government?
  1. What are your thoughts on term limits for city council members?
  1. Do you support the use of eminent domain? When is its use appropriate?
  1. Should elected officials be required to recuse themselves from making decisions/legislating on issues where they have potential conflicts of interest?
  1. Should businesses, individuals, or entities that donate money to government agencies, campaigns, or candidates be excluded from consideration for bid opportunities or committee appointments?
  1. Should elected officials recuse themselves from decisions and/or appointments for those they have a direct or indirect business or personal relationship with to include relative, business partner (current or past), and campaign donors?
  1. What are your plans for facilitating economic growth in the region?
  1. Do you support the concept that central planning is necessary for the long term viability of our city?
  1. Do you support TABOR? Why?
  1. How will you reduce the city budget and/or the tax burden on its residents?
  1. What are your thoughts on tax incremental financing?
  1. Do you support the City for Champions initiative?
  1. What can be done to address rapidly rising housing costs (for both renters and buyers)?
  1. What are your thoughts on gun control, to include gun free zones? Under what circumstances should the right to bear arms be restricted?
  1. Do you support the re-implementation of red light cameras? Why?
  1. What is your plan for reducing and preventing violent and property crimes?
  1. What is your position on allowing the sale and use of marijuana for recreational use within city limits?
  1. What is your plan for improving traffic flow in areas that often become congested?
  1. What are your thoughts on reducing lanes for autos to create/widen bike lanes, ?lane dieting??
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Minutes – Board Meeting, December 2019

Libertarian Party of El Paso County

PO Box 7952

Colorado Springs, CO 80933

Minutes

Meeting – Libertarian Party of El Paso County Board of Directors Meeting
Date – Sunday December 8, 2019
Time – 10am
Location – 505 Blossom Field Rd, Fountain CO

  1. Opening/Welcome/Introductions – 10:05. Present: Chris by phone, John, Alexis, Daryl. Quorum is met.
  2. Presentation and Adoption of Agenda
  3. Minutes from Previous meeting – need to get from Eric.
  4. Director/Officer Reports
    1. Chair, Christopher Houtchens – nothing to report
    2. Vice Chair, Alexis Buschmann – goal of getting organized for 2020, acting as chair and secretary for this meeting.
    3. Secretary, Eric Muma –
    4. Treasurer, John Hjersman – written
    5. Affiliate Representative, John Hjersman – written
    6. Education Director, Daryl Kuiper –
  5. Committee Reports
    1. Bylaws Committee –
    2. Platform Committee –
    3. Outreach Committee –
    4. Education Committee –
    5. Media Committee –
    6. Manitou Springs Issues Liaison, Paotie Dawson –
    7. Fountain Valley Issues Liaison, Alexis Buschmann –
    8. Colorado Springs Issues Liaison, TBA
    9. El Paso County Issues Liaison, TBA
  6. Unfinished Business
    1. Website, CRM, cloud.

Motion to move website to wix, CRM to state, and cloud to google drive until wordpress is fixed– Chris. 2nd0 John. Vote – Approved, Unanimous.

    1. Events Calendar (topics/dates/education and social)
      1. 12/11 – LP Birthday Party – Daryl will present the history of the LP. Cake is purchased and ordered.
      2. 12/21 – Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway – volunteer opportunity
      3. 1/12 – Jan Board Meeting
      4. 1/16 – Monthly Meeting – Volunteer recruitment, call for candidates, how to run for office, run for board, run for committee chairs, etc. 2020 election hype.
      5. 1/18 – LPEPC Annual Convention – confirm date time and location decide at bday party depending on attendance. Will either be at Tilted Kilt or Lance Haverkamps home at 11am
  1. New Business
    1. Getting organized for 2020 – Alexis collected secretary binder from John and is compiling information on organizational structure and job duties for use in recruiting more help
    2. Committee members, who is/was involved
      1. Bylaws – committee will meet in December -warren, john, alexis, chris – confirm date and time via email
      2. Platform –
      3. Outreach –
      4. Education – Daryl
      5. Media – Social media = Judy.
    3. Ad-hoc committees
      1. Campaigns Committee – vacant
      2. Convention Committee – Lance
      3. Policy Committee – tim richardson, amy lunde, john, judy.
      4. Fundraising Committee –
      5. IT Committee – Lexi, Lance, Matt Smith, aaron
      6. Newsletter Committee – Editor =Jessica Senia, Daryl was appointed, Alexis was appointed. Give Jessica access to wixsite once it’s up and collaborate on starting up a newsletter.
  2. Announcements
    1. Dues for 2019 are due to remain a Contributing Member & eligible for Board position.
    2. January Board Meeting to be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 at American Tire Exchange, Inc. 740 Babcock Rd. C/S 80915
  3. Discussion/Q&A
  4. Adjourn – 11:32
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