This is the official website of the Chaffee County Democrats. Please explore the site and learn more about our local chapter of the Democratic Party. Click on the Events tab to view our calendar of upcoming events and plan to join us and help promote progressive values in Chaffee County, Colorado.
Mark the fourth Thursday of each month for Central Committee meetings. All Democrats are welcome. Please contact our chairperson to be added to the agenda.
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Major Themes that Emerged for 2016
We reaffirm our belief that our democracy should be centered around its people. Whether it was calling for increasing access to the ballot box by implementing a presidential primary, or taking money out of politics, or changing the roles for super delegates, more than 45 resolutions were passed with a demand that we make our democracy fair, accessible to all, and devoid of the influence of unfettered campaign cash. These topics were already included in our 2014 platform, but received intense support from every corner of the state.
We reaffirm our support for universal health care for all of our residents. The party platform has long-held that health care is a human right, and this was strongly reemphasized this year. Over 20 counties submitted resolutions to support Amendment 69 (ColoradoCare), which would establish a universal health care system for the state of Colorado.
We believe education should be guaranteed to all, and not determined by wealth. The costs of education, from preschool to college, have skyrocketed out of control and have gone out of reach for many Coloradans. More than a dozen resolutions were offered to ensure that education, the bedrock of opportunity in the US, remains accessible to all.
Colorado Democratic Party 2016 Platform
Seven inches of snow falling outside could not dampen the enthusiasm of two dozen or so Party leaders who nestled into the modern, rustic elegance of the home of Jackie Rawlings and TJ Hittle. Scheduled speakers, County Clerk Lori Mitchell and political consultant, Shad Murib, also braved the weather.
Section 1332 of the ACA (Obamacare) Invites States to Innovate!
Colorado Can Lead the Way to Better Health Care
THE COLORADO HEALTH CARE COOPERATIVE
A Colorado Solution
- We CAN save billions in health-care costs.
- We CAN have sustainability in medical costs.
- We CAN eliminate bankruptcies and financial distress.
- We CAN simplify our complex, costly, and inefficient system. Continue reading
Find out more about Brown’s Canyon
Bill Dvorak (on right) and I were named co-recipients of the Conservation Lands Foundation’s Advocate of the Year Award at the recent CLF Friends Rendezvous in Las Cruces, NM. We accepted the award on behalf of Friends of Browns Canyon and everyone who worked so hard for many years to make Browns Canyon National Monument a reality.
Bill Dvorak (on right) and I were named co-recipients of the Conservation Lands Foundation‘s Advocate of the Year Award at the recent CLF Friends Rendezvous inLas Cruces, NM. We accepted the award on behalf of Friends of Browns Canyon and everyone who worked so hard for many years to make Browns Canyon National Monument a reality.