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Recall effort targeting Morse clears hurdle (CO Anti-2nd Amend. Senate President)
The Gazette ^ | April 04, 2013 7:30 PM | MEGAN SCHRADER

Posted on 04/05/2013 1:30:27 PM PDT by Red Steel

DENVER • The clock is ticking on two efforts to oust Senate President John Morse over the stance he took on gun legislation at the Capitol.

Two groups have organized to recall the Colorado Springs Democrat in an upcoming election, but first they have 60 days to gather the signatures of 7,178 registered voters in Senate District 11.

“It’s not just the gun issue,” said Robert Harris, the registered agent for the El Paso Freedom Defense Fund. “He told us he was going to focus on the economy, but all he’s focused on are guns, illegal immigrants, tax increases … It’s much more than the gun issue.”

The El Paso Freedom Defense Fund is a spin-off organization from the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, which began the effort to recall another gun regulation supporter — Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango.

The group’s petition to recall Morse was approved Tuesday and it has reported $3,700 in in-kind contributions, but no cash contributions to date.

Morse pointed out that recall elections are difficult to pull off. He said he is fine with any outcome because he believes in what he and his colleagues have done.

“My fellow lawmakers and I knew that passing gun safety laws would draw criticism from a very vocal minority, even though the majority of Coloradans support the commonsense measures we adopted,” Morse said. “I have literally been stopped on the street by constituents, and, quite frankly, people wherever I go, thanking me for the work we did to help prevent gun violence.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three bills into law last month mandating universal background checks, banning sales of high-capacity magazines and creating fees for background checks. Morse had also proposed a bill to hold manufacturers and sellers of military-style assault weapons liable for damages. That bill was never heard on the Senate floor.

Andrew Cole, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said to his knowledge, no legislator in Colorado has been successfully recalled, in part because of the relatively high number of signatures required.

To collect enough signatures — which represent 25 percent of the votes cast in the last District 11 election — a spokesman for the recall group said they will knock on doors and pound pavement.

“The biggest thing is that he refuses to listen to his constituents,” Harris said. “Hopefully he will listen to us when we get the signatures for the recall.”

If the signatures are determined to be valid, it will be left to Hickenlooper to put the recall on the ballot within a 30 day window that starts 45 days after the signatures are verified. Other candidates could then attempt to get their name on the ballot as an option to replace Morse.

The second group opposing Morse got a petition approved March 15 and has a much earlier deadline of May 14 for signatures. Attempts to reach the three women listed as sponsoring the petition were unsuccessful Thursday. The three named as sponsors on the petition are: Miriamber Daigneault, Alexandra Linarez and Melanie Tangelder. Nick Andrasik, spokesman for the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, said the fund isn’t associated with Daigneault, Linarez and Tangelder.

“We reached out to them but have not heard back,” Andrasik said.

Organizing in support of the senator is the A Whole Lot of People for John Morse committee. The committee hasn’t raised money so far. Morse said he isn’t associated with the group.

Christy Le Lait, executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, said the pro-Morse group was founded to educate voters about the recall.

“It’s an abuse of the recall process to use it against people who voted against the way you wanted them to,” Le Lait said. “That’s what elections are for. It’s not grounds for a recall and recalls cost a lot of money.”

Morse has about 18 months left in office before he reaches his term limit.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; recall; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/05/2013 1:30:27 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Is Morse the same guy that O’Reilly has been attacking because he refused to bring up the Megan’s Law bill in the legislature?


2 posted on 04/05/2013 1:32:33 PM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: Red Steel

Recall the bast&rd!!!! Best of luck.


3 posted on 04/05/2013 1:33:09 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: ken5050

No - that’s the gay House Speaker, Mark Ferrandino. HTH.

FRegards,
PrairieDawg


4 posted on 04/05/2013 1:38:59 PM PDT by PrairieDawg (wondering if moving to CO was the right thing to do...)
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To: ken5050

I think BOR’s comments were aimed at the gay CO House Speaker Mark Ferrandino.


5 posted on 04/05/2013 1:40:04 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: ken5050

No. That’s Mark NAMBLA-dino. Open homosexual speaker of the house who makes out with his boyfriend on the taxpayer dime.


6 posted on 04/05/2013 1:43:51 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Red Steel
The clock is ticking on two efforts to oust Senate President John Morse over the stance he took on gun legislation at the Capitol

Little late, now. Something about locking the barn door after the horse escaped?? Anyway, I hope the effort is successful. A$$holes like him are a menace to liberty.

7 posted on 04/05/2013 1:50:02 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Red Steel
The clock is ticking on two efforts to oust Senate President John Morse over the stance he took on gun legislation at the Capitol

Little late, now. Something about locking the barn door after the horse escaped?? Anyway, I hope the effort is successful. A$$holes like him are a menace to liberty.

8 posted on 04/05/2013 1:51:24 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: FReepers

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"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive."

Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787)

9 posted on 04/05/2013 2:10:39 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Red Steel
"It’s not just the gun issue,” said Robert Harris, the registered agent for the El Paso Freedom Defense Fund.

Best be making only about the gun issue, Robert. Make it sting so badly the cockroaches will run for cover.
10 posted on 04/05/2013 2:25:13 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." -- Sigmund Freud)
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To: Red Steel
Morse said. “I have literally been stopped on the street by constituents, and, quite frankly, people wherever I go, thanking me for the work we did to help prevent gun violence.”

Lying commie POS.

11 posted on 04/05/2013 2:26:59 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

I’d want to stop him on the street. For another reason though.


12 posted on 04/05/2013 2:34:50 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Urinating on a man’s shoes in public could get you arrested! ;^)


13 posted on 04/05/2013 2:36:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Red Steel

““I have literally been stopped on the street by constituents, and, quite frankly, people wherever I go, thanking me for the work we did to help prevent gun violence.”

More likely:

“I have literally been stopped on the street by communists, and, quite frankly, Nazis, too, wherever I go, thanking me for the work we did to violate the Constitution and the oath I don’t care squat about. Oink! Oink!”


14 posted on 04/05/2013 2:36:45 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: TigersEye
The second group opposing Morse got a petition approved March 15 and has a much earlier deadline of May 14 for signatures. Attempts to reach the three women listed as sponsoring the petition were unsuccessful Thursday. The three named as sponsors on the petition are: Miriamber Daigneault, Alexandra Linarez and Melanie Tangelder. Nick Andrasik, spokesman for the Basic Freedom Defense Fund,

I'm suspicious about these 3.

15 posted on 04/05/2013 2:46:27 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

If they can’t be reached for comment that does sound suspicious. If the first recall petition fails does that affect the viability of other recall petitions? One thing multiple petitions does do is dilute the ability to get signatures. Someone signs one and doesn’t realize that there are others and won’t sign another.


16 posted on 04/05/2013 3:00:32 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Red Steel

Good luck. I sincerely hope that you are successful. This is what happens when democrats get elected. Many people really want someone else to solve the problem of crime; therefore, they get seduced by tough talk from politicians.

The politicians fail to mention that they are much better protected from crime then their constituents. Politicians can carry guns or get police and bodyguards to protect them.


17 posted on 04/05/2013 3:59:02 PM PDT by Q-ManRN
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To: TigersEye
I have literally been stopped on the street by constituents

I would certainly like to stop him on the street to tell him what I think of him.

18 posted on 04/05/2013 6:48:28 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Viennacon

Darn, beat me to it.


19 posted on 04/05/2013 6:48:59 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: TigersEye
I have been in touch with Miriamber Daigneault and others in her group. They seem to have a very well organized group. I have written her to find out more about the second group and why there is no combined effort. This is a case of two not being as good as one. I will also be writing the BFDF to get the lowdown from them. I have been in contact with both groups in the past ten days or so but did not know that they were not working together. I will keep everyone posted.
20 posted on 04/05/2013 7:42:14 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: PrairieDawg; Red Steel; Viennacon

Thanks...so why don’t they try and recall BOTH of them..??


21 posted on 04/05/2013 7:45:56 PM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: Colorado Doug; Red Steel

Thank you for clearing that up. I hope you can get them together and get their energy combined for maximum effect.


22 posted on 04/05/2013 11:00:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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