2022 Redistricting thoughts:

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about redistricting and have some thoughts. If you go to https://www.census.gov/mycd/ you can actually see the specific populations of various districts including those in Colorado from 2019 estimates. Ideally a congressional district is supposed to have approx. 711,000.

Based on this, the Colorado districts with the most population over that number are (rounded to the nearest thousand):

CO-4: 868,000

CO-1: 853,000

CO-6: 828,000

CO-2: 824,000

CO-5: 820,000

CO-7: 809,000

CO-3: 757,000

 

Clearly CO-3 is the only one less than 800,00 so will need the littlest amount of adjustment. CO-4 and CO-1 clearly have the most people and so the new district would likely come out of those districts the most.

My suggestion: Create a southern Denver suburbs district. Current CO-1  is not just Denver. It actually contains a significant portion of the inner-ring suburbs in Arapahoe and Jefferson county including Englewood, and that area around Columbine High School. The new CO-1 should just be Denver exclusively. At 716,000 people it’s slightly bigger than a “preferred” district but I think Denverites would prefer to be their own district.

The new district would take the rest of CO-1, small portions of CO-6 (like Highlands Ranch, Littleton) since it is the third largest it definitely needs some trimming, southern JeffCo from CO-2 and CO-7 as well and northern Douglas County from CO-4. It certainly could be a lean Republican district but I am not sure it would be overwhelmingly so.

I’d also make some small changes to CO-3/CO-2/CO-4. Return Longmont to CO-2 as it has more in common with the northern Front Range cities like Boulder, Loveland and Ft. Collins than it does with the farming communities of the eastern planes. In exchange, CO-3 would get Summit, Grand and the remainder of Eagle counties. Also give CO-3 Chaffee County to balance CO-5’s population. Make some slight changes in rural Pueblo County to CO-4 to balance if need be. Doing these changes would make CO-3 truly a very competitive district. Lauren Boebert has proven herself unworthy of holding office and I think making her district more competitive would put someone in Congress who is a moderate instead of an extremist.

 

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Gordon Klingenschmitt embarrasses himself on national TV

(Meet “Dr. Chaps,” America! – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

On April 6th’s episode of Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jessica Williams absolutely destroyed “transpanic” LGBT discrimination bills like those passed recently in North Carolina and Mississippi. And Ms. Williams figured out the perfect interview to expose the illogic of the bigots by finding Colorado’s own (somehow elected official) Gordon Klingenschmitt.

The frankly bizarre interview even features Klingeschmitt “transitioning” into I guess his Dr. Chaps persona and talking about how the transgendered are possessed by demonic spirits. Definitely check out Williams’ great feature that not only embarrasses Klingenschmitt (if that is possible anymore), but of transphobic people generally who unfortunately are in positions of power that can be used to discriminate against  an already victimized group.

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New Census Data for Colorado Congressional Districts.

The Census has released new data on congressional districts, including those in Colorado. The peeps at (warning: Google Doc)  Daily Kos put together a useful spreadsheet of the racial/ethnic makeup of our congressional districts.

Of particular interest to  me was Mike Coffman's Co-6 district, which as many of you might expect is one of the most diverse in Colorado. In fact, Co-6 has the second smallest white population of any district with only 62 percent of the population being white. Only the Denver-based Co-1 is less white. Co-6 has the largest African-American (9 percent) and Asian populations (6 percent) and a significant 20 percent Hispanic population.

Colorado progressives have of course been looking long and hard at Mike Coffman's much more swingy district and this new data gives us even more opportunity to target the diverse voters of his district. Coffman after all has been against immigration reform and immigrants generally, going as far as saying that we should get rid of birthright citizenship to stop those horrible "anchor" babies from becoming citizens.

Well, my bet is the CO-6 has quite a few of "birthright" citizens that would love to get the opportunity to vote against odious, extreme-right Mike Coffman. And now that we have this new data, we can better target them and make sure CO-6 is represented by someone who will fight for and not against them.

Anyway, take a look at the new data for Colorado. It's definitely some interesting stuff to look at for these upcoming elections.

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Scott Gessler Hurting Small Businesses

(Priorities.  Some edits for typos and front-paging. – promoted by ClubTwitty)

I am one of four employees at a small business in Denver. I won’t say which one but we are definitely what you think when you think of a small business. We’re an independent, bricks-and-mortar store (though we do online sales as well) that has been in the community for decades.

Scott Gessler’s office at the Secretary of State is hurting our business.

As many of you know, one of the primary responsibilities of the Colorado Secretary of State is to register local businesses. In every other year, we have gotten a small postcard that reminds us when we need to re-register our business with the office.  This needs to be done every year and usually happens in spring.

This year they decided not to send those postcards to Colorado businesses and instead send reminders exclusively by e-mail. Since we’re a business that gets lots of random business spam, we have set up pretty restrictive spam filters.

So of course

“entity.subscribe@sos.state.co.us” with attachments goes straight to our spam filter. Back in May.

The state requires businesses to re-register by July 31 every year. The first reminder apparently came in May. The second? Three days ago when they told us we we’re now “non-compliant” in re-registering our business in an e-mail that went through our spam filter and we only saw by happenstance (We do regularly check our spam folder but a “entity-subscribe” e-mail with does not stand out as being important).

Normally it only costs $10 to register the business. This year it’s costing us $50 because we were late. If we hadn’t seen this e-mail and we waited until after October, we would have basically been delinquent and would have to register the business as if it was the first time ever, something that costs hundred of dollars.

I am not writing this diary to complain about our situation. It sucks but we figured it out in time. What annoys me is the things Scott Gessler is doing with his office that have nothing to do with his primary responsibilities. How much did it cost Gessler and Colorado taxpayers to send the thousands of letters to potentially “non-eligible” voters? How much money is he spending to take county-clerks to court to prevent them from sending mail ballots to eligible voters?

I thought Republicans were supposed to be business-friendly? Yet instead of helping businesses, Gessler is waging battles against voting rights. If that isn’t misplaced priorities, I don’t know what is.  

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