Your Voice! Your Vote! 1. Election Issues directly affect youth. Military/Education/Laws/Job Opportunities 2. The only way Democracy works is if its citizens, young and old, are active participants. 3. If you don't vote you really have no right to complain about government decisions you don‘t like. 4. You should vote because you CAN! › Many individuals around the world do not have the right to vote and are fighting for that right even today. What are the basic idea and philosophy differences between of the 2 major parties? Less active Government More active Government What role does the government have in its citizen’s lives? Democrats: One of the two main US political parties which follows a liberal program, tending to promote a strong central government and expansive social programs. Republicans: One of the two main US political parties favoring a conservative stance, limited central government and a strong national defense. • • • • • • The Governor is part of the Executive Branch at the State Level. Signs or Vetos bills into law that were passed through the State Legislature (Congress). Can create and recommend legislation it to Congress. Can pardon criminals. Reports annually to the public in a State of the State address. Serves for 4 years and is able to run again for a 2nd term Active in local grassroots politics for more than thirty years › served as the Boulder County and State Party Chairman › elected to United States Congress in 2003-2007 Published author, editor-in-chief of a national public policy website Spends most of his time on the buffalo breeding ranch in northwest Colorado where he works with his son, Jim, and wife of 43 years, Claudia Running Mate: Jill Repella, a Douglas County commissioner who has worked in commercial architecture, aerospace and construction. Fortified Denver's civic strength and economic growth. Believes the best way to tackle big issues and achieve a goal is to bring people together. Moved to Colorado in 1981 as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry before losing his job in an economic downturn. Running Mate: Joseph Garcia, current Lieutenant Governor, served as President of Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado State University Pueblo. Managed a community bank and grew assets from $4 million to over $400 million and created opportunities for small businesses and employers Will remove unnecessary rules and regulations in order to create a robust economy. Will support a self-sustaining system Medicaid and Health Care Costs to keep costs down. Will focus on water issues in Western Colorado and understands the importance of water. Is invested in supporting all of Colorado, not just Denver. SUPPORTERS Say CRITICS Say Is not as willing to compromise on different issues Will not support the tighter regulations of oil and gas to address concerns about the environmental impacts near homes. Stated he would send the National Guard to the border for what he later said would be a “Humanitarian Mission”. Helped create the strongest air quality regulations in the country. The state reopened all 250 miles of damaged or destroyed highways by Dec 1, within just 10 weeks of the floods in CO. Since 2009, Colorado agricultural exports are up more than 90 percent and have recently passed $2 billion. Signed 4 consecutive bipartisan, balanced budgets. SUPPORTERS Say Dropped CO from 7th to 19th regarding economic freedom, and increased regulations have sent jobs to Utah. Health care costs have increased for many CO families. Rural counties do not feel supported or that the economy is improving or else 11 counties would not vote to leave Colorado. CRITICS Say “2014 Club 20 Fall Meeting and Candidate Debates.” Club 20 The Voice of Western Colorado. Grand Junction: Scream Graphics. Print. “Accomplishments.” Hickenlooper Garcia Colorado Up. Hickenlooper for Colorado, 2014. Web. 28 Aug. 2014. Beauprez, Bob. “Club 20 Debate.” Two Rivers Convention Center. Grand Junction, CO. 6 Sept. 2014. Debate. Bunch, Joey, “Bob Beauprez Draws Criticism for Border Remarks.” The Denver Post. The Denver Post, 2014. Web. 24 Sept 2014. Bunch, Joey. “Hickenlooper, Beauprez square off in the First of Six Debates.” The Denver Post. The Denver Post, 6 Sept 2014. Web. 24 Sept 2014. “Democratic Party”. Oxford Dictionaries: Language Matters. Oxford University Press, 2014. Web. 28 Sept. 2014. Hickenlooper, John. “Club 20 Debate.” Two Rivers Convention Center. Grand Junction, CO. 6 Sept. 2014. Debate. “Republican Party”. Oxford Dictionaries: Language Matters. Oxford University Press, 2014. Web. 28 Sept. 2014. “Where We Stand.” Bob Beauprez Governor. Beauprez for Colorado, 2014. Web. 28 Aug. 2014.