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Rep. Navarro to speak to Fowler students

From the Fowler Tribune:

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 6-7 p.m. Fowler Team Builders will host parents night in conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair.

Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff will be at the school at 10 a.m. to talk to the elementary students about the importance of reading. The Scholastic book fair will be open from 3:30-7 p.m. Activities and guest readers will begin at 6 p.m. There will be food themed to each book and kids will be able to get a chance to win a free book at the book fair if their chocolate bar holds the golden ticket. Resources will also be available for parents to help support their reading child at home.

Guest reader and the books they will read follows:

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," Kevin Hagerman "Give a Mouse a Cookie," Ruth Denney "Diary of Wimpy Kid," Val Gager "Harry Potter," Ben Long "Chicken and Salsa," Lacy McCuistion "Willy Wonka," Shawn Swope

Colorado tort-reform coalition hands out verdicts on legislators

As reported by the DenverPost: http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2015/11/05/colorado-tort-reform-legislators-awards/123672/#more-123672

A group aimed at limiting what it sees as unreasonable lawsuits has passed judgment on Colorado legislators and was generous in its settlement. Thirty of the 65 state representatives and seven of the 35 state senators received a Common Sense in the Courtroom Award from the Colorado Civil Justice League.The tally included five Democrats from the House — Jeni Arndt, Alec Garnett, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Dan Pabon and Angela Williams — and three from the Senate — Leroy Garcia, Cheri Jahn and Jessie Ulibarri.

The rest, of course, were Republicans, a list that included House caucus leader Brian Del Grosso.

The rest of the Republicans were Clarice Navarro, Jon Becker, Patrick Neville, J. Paul Brown, Dan Nordberg, Perry Buck, Terri Carver, Kevin Priola, Don Coram, Bob Rankin, Kim Ransom, Justin Everett, Lori Saine, Lang Sias, Steve Humphrey, Jack Tate, Janak Joshi, Dan Thurlow, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Yeulin Willett, Polly Lawrence, Jim Wilson, Paul Lundeen and JoAnn Windholz.

The Republican senators on the list were Randy Baumgardner, Ellen Roberts, Jerry Sonnenberg and Chris Holbert.

“It’s an honor to receive this award, because I believe we have far too many frivolous lawsuits taking place, and I have a strong voting record supporting that,” Navarro said.

The Colorado Civil Justice League, a nonpartisan group, is made up of representatives of manufacturing, automotive, energy, health care, insurance, construction, entertainment, financial, legal and small businesses.

“At CCJL, we are grateful for the bipartisan support of legislators who understand the importance of an efficient and balanced court system to our state’s economy,” said executive director Mark Hillman.


Navarro Receives Common Sense in the Courtroom Award

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State Representative Clarice Navarro & Executive Director and former State Senator Mark Hillman

November 2, 2015…State Representative Clarice Navarro was recently honored by the Colorado Civil Justice League (CCLJ) with the 2015 “Common Sense In the Courtroom Award”. CCLJ is the only organization in Colorado focused exclusively on limiting unreasonable lawsuits and preserving common sense in the courtroom.

CCLJ is a nonpartisan organization with members in manufacturing, automotive, energy, health care, insurance, construction, entertainment, financial, legal and small business.

Navarro stated, “It’s an honor to receive this award because I believe we have far too many frivolous lawsuits taking place, and I have a strong voting record supporting that.”

For more information on CCLJ please visit their website:  www.cclj.org

Forget Boulder—Republicans’ Real Shot at the White House Is All About Pueblo

All eyes in the political world may be on Wednesday’s debate, but the GOP’s hopes for better Latino support are centered 150 miles to the south.

Copied from NationalJournal by S.V. Date

PUEBLO, Col­or­ado—When Re­pub­lic­ans de­scribe how they will res­cue their stand­ing with Latino voters in the 2016 pres­id­en­tial race, this is the place they point to.

This gritty old steel town nev­er really re­covered from the in­dustry’s crash in the early 1980s. It is older, less-edu­cated, and sig­ni­fic­antly less well-off than the rest of Col­or­ado. In a state where un­em­ploy­ment is near 4 per­cent, Pueblo is closer to 6 per­cent.

The town and its sur­round­ing county is also a long­time Demo­crat­ic strong­hold, thanks largely to a big His­pan­ic pop­u­la­tion—43 per­cent, twice the av­er­age of Col­or­ado as a whole. Yet in 2014’s Sen­ate race, it gave Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Cory Gard­ner nearly as many votes as Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent Mark Ud­all, con­trib­ut­ing to Gard­ner’s 2.5-point win statewide. Just two years earli­er, Pueblo County had sup­por­ted Pres­id­ent Obama’s reelec­tion by a 13-point mar­gin. Obama won all of Col­or­ado by less than 5 per­cent­age points.

Clarice Nav­arro, while thrilled with the out­come of that Sen­ate race, is even more ex­cited by what happened to the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s His­pan­ic out­reach ef­fort after the elec­tion was over: Noth­ing stopped, and—un­like in elec­tions past—the out­reach con­tin­ued.

“I think we’re go­ing to see huge im­pacts be­cause of this,” she said. “They stayed en­gaged, they stayed strong.”

If Pueblo is the sort of town that the RNC would like to show­case, Nav­arro is ex­actly the sort of His­pan­ic Re­pub­lic­an that the party wants the coun­try to know about. The daugh­ter of a single moth­er, Nav­arro put her­self through col­lege, be­came a teach­er, and in 2012 won a key seat in the Col­or­ado House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, one that could eas­ily have gone to Demo­crats fol­low­ing re­dis­trict­ing.

As a high school stu­dent two dec­ades earli­er, she tried out for and made the cheer­lead­ing squad—only to face the ques­tion from her mom about how she was go­ing to pay for the uni­form. “And I thought, ‘Well, I guess I bet­ter find a job.’”

Her work at a nearby pickle fact­ory paid for the cheer­lead­ing out­fit, the seni­or por­trait, and all the oth­er things that wealth­i­er stu­dents didn’t have to worry about. “That job was really eye-open­ing for me,” said Nav­arro, a moth­er her­self now who lives with her fam­ily in an up­scale Pueblo sub­di­vi­sion. “I learned about in­de­pend­ence that year.”


It’s Nav­arro’s story that the RNC hopes it can sell to oth­er Lati­nos as it tries to im­prove its stand­ing with them na­tion­ally. In 2012, Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee Mitt Rom­ney won only 27 per­cent of the Latino vote. That show­ing was high­lighted in the party’s “autopsy” of the elec­tion, the Growth and Op­por­tun­ity Pro­ject re­port, which re­com­men­ded that the party act­ively en­gage with Lati­nos and oth­er minor­it­ies, and not wait un­til just a few months be­fore the 2016 elec­tion to do it.

And what’s been hap­pen­ing in Pueblo since 2013 shows that the party is tak­ing that re­com­mend­a­tion ser­i­ously, said Jose Alanis, the RNC’s on-the-ground staffer here who is ramp­ing up the 2014 ef­fort to elect Gard­ner in­to an even big­ger 2016 push.

“We’re build­ing the long-last­ing re­la­tion­ships with people in the com­munity,” he said.

Just this past week­end, Alanis said, 14 stu­dents from the Pueblo cam­pus of Col­or­ado State Uni­versity walked neigh­bor­hoods, each matched up with an ex­per­i­enced vo­lun­teer from pre­vi­ous elec­tions. It’s a way to train a cadre of com­munity act­iv­ists to spread the party’s mes­sage—with more than a year to go be­fore the 2016 elec­tion. In all, they knocked on 400 doors in pre­dom­in­antly His­pan­ic neigh­bor­hoods. “This is the proof that what we’re do­ing is ac­tu­ally work­ing,” he said.

George Rivera, for one, is im­pressed. The chair­man of the Pueblo County Re­pub­lic­an Party was born and raised here, work­ing 34 years for the Pueblo Po­lice De­part­ment be­fore re­tir­ing as deputy chief. He said the na­tion­al party’s sus­tained pres­ence is go­ing to be ne­ces­sary for Re­pub­lic­ans to have a chance at win­ning Col­or­ado and its nine elect­or­al votes a year from now. “There are no short­cuts to this. It’s go­ing to take a lot of ef­fort,” he said.

From a corner table at the Steel City Tav­ern, the club he once owned and where he still oc­ca­sion­ally plays with his blues band, Rivera points to a fly­er on the bul­let­in board ad­vert­ising a watch party for the Re­pub­lic­an de­bate in Boulder on Wed­nes­day night—a so­cial event that he hopes will get some non-Re­pub­lic­ans in­ter­ested.

“I was the first Re­pub­lic­an in my fam­ily,” he said, con­ced­ing that per­suad­ing Lati­nos seems par­tic­u­larly chal­len­ging. “To get someone to change their party? That’s like get­ting someone to change their re­li­gion.”

Still, Rivera said pro­gress is com­ing—a view that Nav­arro shares. She de­scribed her own elec­tion to the Col­or­ado House, see­ing so many Latino Demo­crats in her own dis­trict. “Many times, when I was cam­paign­ing, I’d see people with signs say­ing ‘Lati­nos for Obama.’” Nav­arro said. “I’d go up to them and say, ‘I’m a Lat­ina—will you help me?’”

To her sur­prise, she said, the an­swer was of­ten yes, sug­gest­ing to her that His­pan­ic voters are open to sup­port­ing Re­pub­lic­ans, after all. “We’re on the verge,” she said.

There is, though, one gloomy cloud that hangs over the sunny out­look that loc­al Re­pub­lic­ans like to pro­ject. And that cloud’s name is Don­ald Trump.

When the months-long Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial front-run­ner’s name comes up, the smile on Nav­arro’s face evap­or­ates. She said she will not com­ment on Trump, and that, frankly, the pres­id­en­tial race is not at the top of her con­stitu­ents’ con­cerns. “Don­ald Trump is not on their radar at this point,” he said.

Rivera sim­il­arly is not eager to dis­cuss the de­veloper-turned-real­ity-TV-star whose strident lan­guage about il­leg­al im­mig­rants and Mex­ico gen­er­ally has earned him dis­mal poll num­bers among Lati­nos na­tion­ally. Rivera points out that not a single caucus or primary has been held, and a lot could change in the com­ing three months. “We have a wait-and-see at­ti­tude,” he said of Trump. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

But even if Trump fades be­fore long and Re­pub­lic­ans nev­er get to that bridge, there re­mains the broad­er ques­tion of wheth­er Rivera and Nav­arro present a real­ist­ic mod­el for large-scale GOP in­roads in­to the His­pan­ic com­munity.

Rivera’s fam­ily left Mex­ico three gen­er­a­tions ago, and Nav­arro’s fam­ily has been in this coun­try for five gen­er­a­tions. The im­port­ance of over­haul­ing the im­mig­ra­tion sys­tem is not ne­ces­sar­ily as press­ing for such long-ago mi­grants as it for those who ar­rived one or two gen­er­a­tions ago.

Pablo Man­riquez of the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee said that no mat­ter how good the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s sales­man­ship be­comes, no mat­ter how much qual­ity time and how much money they spend in His­pan­ic-heavy areas, they will have a hard time over­com­ing their party’s his­tory in re­cent years.

“All that money is just not go­ing to be enough to make Lati­nos for­get that the Re­pub­lic­an Party has been the prin­cip­al ant­ag­on­ist of Lati­nos in this coun­try for over a gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

What’s more, while Re­pub­lic­ans might hope that Trump will be a dis­tant memory a year from now, His­pan­ic voters were not likely to for­get how much noise he made and how pop­u­lar he was with Re­pub­lic­an primary voters. “His­pan­ics aren’t see­ing on the Re­pub­lic­an side the will­ing­ness to stand up to a bully. How can we ex­pect them to ad­vance our in­terests?” Man­riquez said.

RNC of­fi­cials, for their part, say they are build­ing bridges for elec­tion cycles to come, not just in 2016, and not just in Col­or­ado. Pock­ets of what they con­sider “per­suad­able” Latino voters in New Mex­ico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Vir­gin­ia, and Flor­ida are also see­ing in­tens­ive out­reach ef­forts.

Alanis said that while the news me­dia and Demo­crats are fix­ated on Trump, the typ­ic­al voter he talks to is not. “People are just ex­cited that we have such a huge and di­verse field of can­did­ates,” he said. “That’s really what their fo­cus is.”

Pueblo County GOP chair­man Rivera said the prob­lem he faces in his day-to-day work to per­suade oth­ers to join the Re­pub­lic­an fold is not Trump, but the much longer-lived pre­sump­tion that the party is run by and works for rich white people.

“Do I look rich? Do I look white?” Rivera asked with a shrug. “We’re still bat­tling that im­age. I know that. It’s not go­ing to change overnight. But we’re in this for the long haul.”

Colorado Republican Debate - Oct. 28

State Representative Clarice Navarro will be attending the Colorado Republican Debate being held in Boulder, CO on October 28, 2015.  Representative Navarro will be live tweeting about the event throughout the day and evening.  Please follow her @ClariceHD47 on Twitter.

If you are interested in a statement or commentary regarding the debate do not hesitate to call, text or Email Representative Navarro.  Text and email may be the best form of contact for any outreach prior to the end of the actual debate.


September 25, 2015 Pueblo, CO… Today, State Representative Clarice Navarro announced that she will run for reelection in 2016.  Navarro will be seeking her 3rd term in the Colorado State House of Representatives. 

Representative Navarro was first elected in 2012, and is serving in her 2nd term.  The Representative is a native of Southeastern Colorado, proudly serving Fremont, Otero and Pueblo counties.

Representative Navarro has made a name for herself by honoring the conservative values on which she originally ran.  She believes in less government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and has a solid record to prove it. 

Representative Navarro said, “It’s an honor to serve the people of Southern Colorado, and together we have accomplished a great deal of meaningful work. Perhaps as importantly, we've been able to stop some bad legislation.  I look forward to serving the good people of this great state, and every day it is an honor that the people of House District 47 have chosen me as their conservative voice and advocate at the Colorado State Capitol”.

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