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STATEMENT BY REP. NAVARRO ON GOVERNOR’S STATE OF THE STATE

January 12, 2017…It was my honor to escort the Governor for the State of the Stataddress into the House Chamber today, but after hearing what was said, I have my reservations about how the Governor’s plan brings Colorado to a better place with education, transportation/infrastructure, and the budget.  When discussing a $27 billion dollar budget it’s easy to see that Colorado does not have a revenue problem, but we have a problem with a State Legislature that lacks the political courage to prioritize the budget. 

I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on these important issues that are facing our state, but I’m not going to support a massive tax on the people of Colorado just because we have a Legislature that can’t prioritize.  If that is where we are headed, the Colorado taxpayer had better be paying attention.  I’m very thankful for that thin majority in the State Senate and Senator Kevin Grantham’s leadership in the Senate Chamber.  It’s needed now more than ever, and I know our new Minority Leader, Patrick Neville has outlined a fantastic plan for a stronger Colorado that exemplifies common sense in government.

Rep. Navarro taking Pueblo chiles to Latino Inaugural event

Read about Rep. Navarro hosting the Latino Inaugural event:

In the La Junta Tribune Democrat:
http://www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/news/20170113/pueblo-chiles-to-heat-up-gala#vf-widget-art-D98A6833-309C-4A9C-9D4A-CFDE24929397-pub248

In the Pueblo Chieftain:
http://www.chieftain.com/mobile/msearch/5537457-123/pueblo-chile-navarro-event

In Colorado Politics:
http://coloradopolitics.com/navarro-pueblo-chile-trump-inaugural/

Purchase tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-inaugural-2017-tickets-30357825072

Clarice Navarro hosting D.C. inaugural ball for Trump

From:  http://coloradopolitics.com/donald-trump-clarice-navarro-inaugural/

State Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo will again have a role in the Donald Trump’s political universe next month.

Navarro is on the host committee for the Jan, 19 inaugural ball a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The black-tie affair aims to showcase U.S. Latino culture.

“Our inaugural celebration is expected to attract 600 attendees representing the Who’s Who of political, policy, business, and community leaders,” the host committee said. “The event will offer high-ranking networking with officials from the incoming administration as well as thought leaders and influencers.”

Tickets are $200 each.

“I’m excited to ring in a new year with a new administration,” Navarro said, after I texted her about the news Thursday.  “I’m just a Southern Colorado girl that gets to be a part of this distinguished host committee.

“Each and every one of us on the host committee are ready to do what we can to assist the Trump Team  ‘Make America Great Again,’ but this will be a special evening to celebrate the hard work that so many took part in to make this awesome victory happen.

When Trump was struggling to connect with Latino voters in August, Navarro was one of the leaders summoned to Trump Tower for help.

She also penned an op-ed column in USA Today to make his case to Latino voters.

Navarro wrote:

Latino voters are American voters. They want the laws followed, a safe America and a future of hope. While we may not have loved the delivery of some of Mr. Trump’s comments, his vision for “making America great again” is what matters.

Tickets can be purchased here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-inaugural-2017-tickets-30357825072

Latino Inaugural 2017

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-inaugural-2017-tickets-30357825072

The Host Committee of Latino Inaugural 2017 invites you to join in celebrating the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the peaceful transition of the Executive Office, and the role our community plays in building and supporting U.S. democracy.

Our black-tie inaugural celebration will take place in Washington, D.C.’s Southwest harbor, a few blocks from the White House at the elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Our inaugural celebration is expected to attract 600 attendees representing the Who’s Who of political, policy, business, and community leaders. The event will offer high-ranking networking with officials from the incoming administration as well as thought leaders and influencers.

The three-hour celebration will showcase U.S. Latino culture in food and entertainment and is designed to be both an elegant and fun evening.

“To those whom much is given, much is expected.” – 2016 Election Recap

 

I’d like to start off by saying how thankful I am to be able to serve the people of Southern Colorado for another term.  This election was different in every aspect, and as in every election there are winners and losers.  I feel the people of Colorado have spoken, and we have a great deal of work to do. 

Nationally, we saw that President Elect Donald Trump won the electoral vote while Secretary Clinton won the popular vote.  The difference could be debated, and probably will be debated for years to come, but when I view the maps and overlays for popular vs. electoral the argument for how our President is chosen is clearly the right one. This is actually the fifth time in American history that this has occurred, and it is the second time in this century.  Most will remember Bush v. Gore in the year 2000. 

We also saw Republicans maintain control of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.  With a declared winner for the Presidency, control of the House and control of the Senate this is why I say “to whom much is given, much will be expected.”  We, the Republican Party, have an opportunity to do the work that the American people are asking for, and if we squander the opportunity now, we may not see it again for a very long time. 

As I campaigned across House District 47 I heard over and over about the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act.  It’s simply not working for American families, and it’s far from affordable for most.  A solution has to be found, and the opportunity exists.

Americans have clearly expressed their fears about terrorism.  To those we have elected to serve us in Washington D.C., you have an obligation to address national security.  A safe America is desired, and it is deserved.  A solution has to be found and the opportunity exists.

Opportunities exist for solutions to become reality with a myriad of other issues like the economy, jobs, entitlement reform, immigration, crime, poverty and the deficit.  This is not the time to squander the opportunity.  As I said above, “to those whom much is given, much is expected”, and we all, from the top down, owe it to the American people to offer solutions. 

In Colorado Republicans lost three seats in the State House of Representatives, and in the State Senate Republicans held on to a slim one seat majority.  The State Senate has a heavy lift this Session, and searching for compromises that don’t grow government won’t be easy.  However, with new leadership in both the House and the Senate I can assure you that neither party will be getting a free ride this Session.  If anything is going to get to the Governor’s desk, it will have to be through a bipartisan effort.

Leaders in Colorado have a clear responsibility to address education, transportation, jobs, and the economy. It’s my firm philosophy that there are options and opportunities to address these issues without growing government, without increasing taxes, and without burdening the state with an overwhelming amount of regulations.  Prioritization in spending matters, and the answer to every problem we face is not always, increasing fees, taxes or regulations.  This is where transparency in government and political courage truly matters. 

State Representative Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff

Temblors under the surface for political parties

The election may have been a thrilla from Manilla, but the overall state results leave us exactly where we started. Under the surface, both parties face challenges that will gather force in the 2018 governor's election and culminate in redistricting five years from now.

Any Republican effort to Make Colorado Red Again is going to hit the wall of Colorado's darker blue tint. Dems have problems among their core in Adams and Pueblo Counties.

Tight Race Election Results Compared to 2014 with Performance Numbers

Colorado's changing demographics are pushing the state to the blue side, as can be seen in Democratic performance numbers (what percentage they beat the result predicted by registration numbers). Especially in House elections, many closely watched races went to the Dems by higher numbers than registration would indicate. Apparently, in those districts, unaffiliateds leaned more to the Dem than GOP side.

Two Republicans, Sen. Larry Crowder, SD-35, and Rep. Clarice Navarro, HD-47, had huge victories way outside their registration numbers, showing that moderate Republicans in the southern part of the state can have great success. Navarro's winning elections in Pueblo and places east may have long ago shown that Pueblo County had reservations about how Dems performed. The 2013 recall also reflected uneasiness in the southern plains.

Similar questions arise for Democrats in Adams County. Newly elected Sen. Kevin Priola-R beat Jenise May-D by eleven percent above his predicted registration numbers in SD-25. May lost in 2014 to Rep. JoAnn Windholz in the race for HD-30. Windholz lost this year to Dafna Michaelson. Michaelson won by a good margin, but she didn't win by as much as the voter registration numbers indicated.

Pueblo and Adams County share economic factors that clearly affected trends confronting Democrats. To regain GOP dominance in Colorado, business Republicans will have to embrace their blue collar employees to offset the growth in progressive young professionals flooding the state.

The bouncing balls in HD-59 and SD-19 went to the Dems, with newly elected Rep. Barbara McLachlan-D of Durango defeating Rep. J. Paul Brown-R, who took the seat from her husband Mike McLachlan-D in 2014, who himself took the seat from J. Paul Brown in 2012.

Former Sen. Rachel Zenzinger-D, who inherited SD-19 from former Sen. Evie Hudak-D in 2013 and lost it to Sen. Laura Woods-R in 2014, won it back this year. Senator-elect Zenzinger won by about 1,500 votes, a landslide compared to the 500-vote splits in previous years.

Tammy Story-D gave Rep. Tim Leonard-R a scare for HD-25. She lost but exceeded the expected registration numbers by five percent. These races may show that more Democrats are moving into Jeffco's mountain community and that the county, while obviously still in back-and-forth warfare in some areas, may finally be tilting more blue, as has Arapahoe County.

SD-19 must be an amazing place. This suburban north Jeffco district has bounced from left to right to left for four years, having three state senators in that time. Yet neighborhoods remain neighborly. That's the best news for Colorado. PEN

Paula Noonan, 303-246-7140

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