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End of Session Report


The final gavel came down for the 2010 legislative session on May 12. Several recent sessions have been leaning left, but I have never seen a more radical agenda than this year. With evidence everywhere that the mood of the country is tending more conservative, I expected the ruling party to at least exercise some caution with their agenda.

The opposite proved to be true. Here in Larimer County I have found that most people have simply had it with an ever growing government, more taxes, and seemingly endless regulations. Maybe it will take an election to get the point across...

For myself it was a busy session, with much debate on just about everything. None-the-less, given the difficult political terrain, I had a successful session. Some of my bills ended up on the governor`s desk, including a direct file bill, putting a process in place for district attorneys to file felony adult charges against minors (ages 14 -- 17).

In addition I did have several resolutions pass, the most significant, I believe, is designating Highway 56 in Berthoud as the Justin Bauer Memorial Highway.

This year the legislature passed bills to regulate boys and girls clubs, potato farmers, fire sprinkler installers, used cooking oil, medical supply manufacturers, and mortgage companies. Taxes were increased on agricultural chemicals, internet sales, soft drinks and candy, restaurant packaging products, direct mail, industrial energy, hybrid vehicles, and operating losses for businesses. All of these tax increases ignored the constitutional requirement for a vote of the people.

Needle exchange programs for drug addicts were authorized. End of life decisions were streamlined with a standardized form that has simplified check off orders to not resuscitate, give food or water, or provide life sustaining drugs and procedures.

The budget was tight, with revenues falling hundreds of millions of dollars behind the original projections. However, the spending never stopped. The ARRA funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) backfilled much of the shortfalls this year, the legislature also took tens of millions from designated cash funds, and the budget approved for next year is still nearly six percent higher than this year.

Many new mandates on medical insurance were passed, which may drive medical costs even higher. The legislature approved systems that will work toward "a comprehensive service delivery system for children from birth to eight years," monitor all medical insurance transactions, develop "a comprehensive, efficient, effective, and integrated behavioral health system," create more government oversight of private banking accounts for older citizens, and encourage medical professionals to turn all patient contacts into screening sessions for substance abuse.

Several new laws were passed that will drive up the cost of housing in Colorado with mandates on home builders, mobile home parks, and landlords. The renewable energy standard was raised, again, this time from twenty to thirty percent. Natural gas is being forced to replace coal, driving up energy costs, again.

Another remarkable aspect of this year`s session was all the bills that did not get past the first committee. There was a very efficient system in place to kill in committee all bills the majority party`s leadership did not want debated on the floor. Among them were measures I carried to repeal the $100 penalty for late vehicle registrations, create educational tax credits that could have saved the state millions of dollars and a resolution calling on Congress to end their unconstitutional mandate for all citizens to purchase federally approved medical insurance policies.

In addition to the many issues that broke along party-lines there were a few big policy decisions that did not have a decided partisan slant. I found these discussions refreshing, regardless of the subject. The river rafting bill and medical marijuana bills took a great deal of time and the final votes, for and against, crossed the party boundaries. On the last day of the session this was also true for a major bill adjusting the employment rules for public school teachers. In future years I trust we will have more of this type of debate and less party-line driven discussion.

Even with a tough session like this year has been, it is still a great honor and privilege to represent the citizens of Larimer County in the state legislature. I will continue to promote the constitutional principles of freedom and the proper limits for our state government for as long as the citizens of Senate District 15 see is best.
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May 16, 2010


1. End of 2010 Session

2. Direct File Bill Passes

3. Redistricting Bill

4. Progress Now Rates Legislators

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1. On Wednesday, May 12, the 2010 session ended. The last several sessions have all been leaning left, but I have never seen a more radical agenda than this year. With evidence everywhere that the mood of the country is turning much more conservative, I expected the ruling party to at least exercise some caution with their legislation, but it proved to be exactly the opposite. It is as if they know their time is limited and have grasped for every bit of command and control policy that they could. The only other explanation I can find is that they really don't get it. Is it possible that they have no idea that most people have simply had it with an ever growing government, more taxes, and seemingly endless regulations? Maybe it will take an election to get the point across...

For myself it was a tough session, with much debate on just about everything. None-the-less, given the difficult political terrain, I had a successful session. A couple of my bills ended up on the governor's desk, including a direct file bill. discussed in subject number two directly below. In addition I did have several resolutions pass, the most significant, I believe, is designating highway 56 in Berthoud as the Justin Bauer Memorial Highway.

Finally, the last day was a refreshing change to most of the session where just about everything rose or fell on party-line votes. In the Senate much of the day was spent in honoring those Senators who will not be returning next year with some time still reserved for debate on last minute bills and final votes for those measures. For at least part of the time some of the acrimony was set aside and not everything was decided on a party-line. For example, with votes on both sides of the isle we passed a major bill adjusting the employment rules for public school teachers. This was a major defeat for the strongest union at the capitol, the Colorado Education Association. We also took advantage of a resolution urging Congress to pass cap and trade legislation by again pointing out the weaknesses of the "global warming" logic. The resolution passed, but I believe we got our points across. It continues to amaze me that no one supporting such public policy folly will come down to the mic and defend the veracity of their assumptions.

For more details on the final days and the entire session I recommend checking out the Freedom Watch page on my website: www.kevinlundberg.com


2. In the final days of the session I was a co-prime sponsor for a bill (HB-1413) to limit the authority of district attorneys to file adult felony charges against minors. It took several weeks to negotiate with DA's and the State Attorney General the many details of this legislation, but in the end we did find language we can all live with. In essence, this bill creates a greater accountability and process when a minor (ages 14 to 17) is charged with an adult felony. The bill passed both houses with strong support from both parties.


3. I do not expect HB-1408 will be discussed much in the press, but it might have a big impact on future elections, and therefore public policy for years to come. HB-1408, stripping out the criteria in statute for redistricting congressional districts, was passed in the final days of the session. This bill is a setup for a court to do whatever it wants if the legislature cannot redistrict next year, like the Democrats managed to engineer ten years ago. This was strictly party-line. All amendments were party-line, the final vote was party-line. 1408 is one of the setups for the hard-ball politics that are sure to be a part of the redistricting process that will follow the 2010 census.


5. After the session closed Progress Now, the ultra-liberal political organization issued their score card. I made their list of the seven "biggest losers" of the session. Here is exactly what they said:

"Kevin Lundberg - Worst Poster Child Ever

"Lundberg needs no introduction. One of the Colorado General Assembly's most outspoken climate change deniers and general purpose right wing radicals, Lundberg had a big legislative session this year--trashing the League of Women Voters, defending Xcel Energy (a monopoly) in the name of the "free market," and condemning as "socialism" a budget that was in fact cut by hundreds of millions of dollars."

First, a few observations (corrections) of the details: After amending the League of Women Voters resolution, I actually supported the measure (most of my Republican colleagues did not), this year I found myself opposing most of the bills Xcel Energy supported, most notably HB-1365 (the bill that mandates gas over coal, which will drive up energy costs for all), and, finally, the budget they claim was "cut by hundreds of millions of dollars", is, in fact, a six percent increase of the general fund.

Such a strong denouncement from this extreme group speaks for itself. I must be doing something right.


The 2010 legislative session is now over, for me the campaign for senate district 15 is top priority for the next six months.
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May 4, 2010


1. My Resolutions' Committee Hearings

2. Senate Continues to Grow Government

3. National Day of Prayer

4. Arizona Illegal Immigration Law

5. Medical Marijuana Measures

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1. I recently introduced three resolutions, two of which were killed by a party-line vote in Senate State Affairs yesterday. SCR-6 could have limited the inflation guarantee of per-pupil funding to 5%. SCR-7 would have repealed the internet software sales tax and out of state sales and use taxes, if approved by a vote of the people.

SJR-45 calls on Congress to obey the Tenth Amendment, and not force Colorado citizens to buy federally mandated medical insurance policies. The resolution carefully lays out the arguments, quoting The Federalists Papers, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the Supreme Court. This Tenth Amendment resolution is scheduled to be heard in State Affairs tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon (May 5), sometime after 1:30 PM (there re several bills to be heard before my measure). A copy of the Resolution can be found at: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2010a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/54D02B689975C1C9872576EF0070E17A?Open&file=SJR045_01.pdf. This will probably be the only opportunity for citizens to give their perspective in a public hearing on this measure. I invite all who are interested to come and express their thoughts and concerns.


2. Higher costs for businesses and housing, less respect for the intrinsic and God-given value of life, more regulation and control of businesses, medical systems, and children from birth to age eight were included in the bills the Colorado Senate moved forward last week. There is too much here to discuss in the limited format of this report. For more details go to my Freedom Watch website page: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/2010FreedomWatch/Index.html.


3. This Thursday, May 6, is National Day of Prayer. I trust you will participate in one or more of the events being held around the state and around the country. I will be, legislative schedule allowing, a part of the events on the East Capitol Steps at noon and at Group Publishing in Loveland in the evening.


4. The big issue across the country right now is the new immigration law in Arizona. I have reviewed the law and found that it is similar to many bills that have been introduced in Colorado, but killed by the Democrat majority. I support the Arizona law and, if we can change the composition of the Colorado legislature, I will work to get this put into Colorado law as well. In addition, I add this clarification to the discussion: despite claims to the contrary by many opponents of the new Arizona law, the law specifically prohibits racial profiling. Only after police have stopped, or detained somebody for other reasons can they look into their legal status. Racial profiling is not only prohibited, law enforcement can also be penalized for any racial profiling.

5. Medical marijuana was in the Senate last week with two separate bills, both of which I heard in committee. The first, HB-1284, regulates dispensaries. This is an issue that is driven by a constitutional requirement, the practical need for some people for whom this is truly their best medical option, and a widespread concern over the explosion of dispensaries across the state. I supported HB-1284 in committee, but with the provision that the registration fees not be increased. I understand that the fees were greatly increased in the Appropriations committee. If that is the case I cannot support the bill on the floor. The other measure was in Judiciary yesterday. It was SCR-005, putting the question of allowing the dispensaries to a vote of the people. I supported that measure, but it was killed on a party-line vote.
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April 27, 2010


1. Senior Homestead Exemption Suspended for Next Two Years

2. My Resolutions Introduced Last Week

3. Joint Select Committee Committee on Child Welfare

4. Governor Signs SB-147

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1. SB-190 passed the Senate last week, eliminating the senior homestead property tax exemption for the next two years. The total additional tax this will result in is over $188,000,000! Ironically it was presented as a spending cut, as it relieves the state general fund of a $188,000,000 liability. That is due to the mechanics of this tax exemption. The actual tax is collected at the county level and the state ends up back filling the difference from the general fund. I still call it a tax increase, for seniors will pay the $188,000,000. In addition, while the constitution does authorize the legislature to adjust the amount of the tax exemption, I do not see any authority given to fully eliminate it. None-the-less, the bill passed on essentially party lines.


2. I introduced three resolutions last week. SCR-6 would limit the inflation guarantee of per-pupil funding to 5%. SCR-7 would repeal the internet software sales tax and out of state sales and use taxes, if approved by a vote of the people. Both of these resolutions are scheduled to be heard in the Senate State Affairs committee on Monday afternoon, May 3.

SJR-45 calls on Congress to obey the Tenth Amendment, and not force Colorado citizens to buy federally mandated medical insurance policies. The resolution carefully lays out the arguments, quoting The Federalists Papers, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the Supreme Court. This Tenth Amendment resolution is tentatively scheduled to be heard in State Affairs on Wednesday afternoon of next week (May 5), sometime after 1:30 PM. A copy of the Resolution can be found at: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2010a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/54D02B689975C1C9872576EF0070E17A?Open&file=SJR045_01.pdf.


3. The Joint Select Committee on Child Welfare met for its second and final time last Friday. The committee was formed as a result of the issues surrounding the deaths of 35 children who had had some connection with the Department of Human Services. After two meetings, and over eight hours of testimony, not a lot of new information was discovered. The Department of Human Services defended their procedures and spent a great deal of time explaining their already determined plans. Some associated with the system told us we need to throw more money at the problem. Others insisted we should reallocate our resources toward more support services for families and exercise more restraint in removing children from families.

I was able to draw some conclusions: First, most of the deaths had no connection with the Department. The total number of children who died included many of whom DHS had nothing more than a brief contact with the family within the past five years. The department's primary failure was not completing the followup reports in a timely fashion. I saw no direct evidence of significant negligence on the department's part.

Secondly, it is not just a matter of more money, it is matter of better allocation of resources. We need more restraint in removing children from their families and more attempts to help families on the front end, and not just from the government, but private support systems need to be strongly encouraged to be a part of the solution. This brings me to another point: the unintended consequences of the mandatory reporting laws. Anyone whose professional status makes them a mandatory reporter of suspected child abuse knows that in many situations they should not personally get involved as it might lead to a mandatory report. Child welfare should not just be a matter of government programs. We need laws and systems that encourage individuals, neighbors, churches, etc. to get involved, not simply turn it over to the government. Mandatory reporting laws significantly discourage "good samaritans."

Finally, there needs to be a greater oversight of the system. Checks and balances should be in every part of government, and children's issues should not be excepted. The privacy of child welfare, which has some appropriate justification, should not preclude adequate oversight. Policy makers, such as members of the legislature, should have access to the particulars when there is a need to know.


4. On April 21 Governor Ritter signed my bill that raises the exemption from lawsuits the cash value of life insurance policies from $50,000 to $100,000.
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April 17, 2010


1. Justin Bauer Memorial Highway

2. Needle Exchange Program

3. Joint Select Committee Committee on Cild Welfare

4. Medicaid Reform Bill Passed Committee

5. U.S. Health care Act and the 10th Amendment
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1. On Friday I presented SJR-26, creating the "Staff Sergeant Justin Bauer Memorial Highway." Justin Bauer was killed in Iraq in January of 2009. The highway being designated is state highway 56, running through Berthoud, from I-25 to U.S. 287. His widow, father, father-in-law and several other friends and family were able to join me on the senate floor for this very moving event. It was a real honor and privilege to help establish this permanent memorial for Justin Bauer.

2. SB-189, making needle exchange programs for drug addicts legal in Colorado, was passed by the Health and Human Services committee this week. The argument for the bill is that clean needles prevent the transmission of deadly diseases, and that saves lives. I am not convinced that their argument overwhelms the fact that the program gives a tacit approval, or at least a tolerance for illegal drug use, and these drugs destroy and kill many lives as well. Needle exchange programs go a long way toward drug legalization. I will not go in that direction.

3. I was appointed to be the only Republican Senate member of the Joint Select Committee on Child Welfare. The committee is to look into some of the issues surrounding the deaths of 35 children who had a connection with the Department of Human Services. Our first meeting was Friday afternoon, April 16th.

Much of the meeting was at first spent on peripheral items concerning a previous study on DHS policies. After a couple of hours of these details, I had to demand we get more specific information about the 35 children who have died in the last three years. We learned that most of these children were not under the direct supervision of DHS. Only 4 were in foster care. And of those the death of one was determined to not have any relationship to their care. All others were with their family, who had had some contact with social services in the past several years. That is not to excuse any neglect, but it is to understand the problem more precisely.

As the hearing continued, much of the testimony essentially called for more money for more program services. However, one person whom I have a great deal of respect for said is isn't so much a lack of money. It is a wrong strategy that spends the money we do have in the wrong way. Social services is too prone to take children away from their parents and put them into foster care. She called for more resources for families to fix their problems and less resources (money) going to the foster care programs. This family advocate also called for greater outside accountability to the DHS systems. We must remove any veil of secrecy that DHS can hide behind.

The select committee is scheduled for one more meeting, next Friday afternoon. This is not much time for a very large subject, but I look forward to doing what I can to dig deeper into this significant issue.

4. SB 160, my Medicaid reform bill, was unanimously approved by the appropriations committee Friday morning. It will now head to the Senate floor for further debate.

5. Next week I hope to introduce some resolutions, including one that tells Congress the Tenth Amendment prohibits them from enforcing their recently passed Health Care Act. I will give more details in next week's report.
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April 8, 2010


1. Meetings in April

2. Long Bill Debate in Senate

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1. These are the community meetings I have scheduled where you can ask questions and I will let you know what is going on in the legislature. I will also tell you how you can help us take back the legislature this November.

Friday, April 9, 2010
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The McNaught Home
4648 Malibu Dr.
Berthoud, CO, 80513

Saturday, April 24th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Larimer GOP Headquarters
4020 S. Collage Ave., Ste B6
Fort Collins, CO 80525

For more information or to RSVP to any of these meetings please contact Laura at: lauralundberg@gmail.com or 970-691-0231

I will also attend the Homeschool Day at the Capitol on April 16th (www.chec.org). And I am co-hosting Pastors' and Church Leaders' Day at the Capitol on April 23rd (www.pastorsday.us).


2. The Senate debated the "Long Bill", the annual budget bill today. I posted several comments on the Freedom Watch page of my website. Here is the press release the Senate Republican office sent out today:

Nearly $1 billion budget cliff looming, Democrats do nothing

Colorado is headed for financial disaster next year. Stimulus money will have dried up. Cash funds will be gone. And the state will resume making its full contribution to the public employee pension fund.

Republicans have repeatedly called for across the board cuts in order to avoid falling off the looming budget cliff, and Democrats have repeatedly rebuffed those efforts. "We"ve got a $1 billion cliff just hanging out there, and it is a shame that we didn't look at this year," said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley.

During debate over the 2010-11 budget bill, dubbed the "long bill" because of its tremendous length, Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, offered an amendment that would have reduced general fund personnel expenditures by 5 percent over 3 years. Renfroe offered a provision directing department heads to implement 3 percent across the board cuts. The pair of proposals would have netted the state a savings of over $408 million.

Democrats soundly rejected the fiscally responsible ideas that could have helped soften next year's landing.

"Government has got to live within its means just like the rest of us," Penry said. "But Democrats refuse to accept that, and they have opted instead to raise taxes and grow government even during a recession."

Other GOP amendments to the long bill:

Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, tried to eliminate Gov. Bill Ritters failed early prisoner release program by shifting funds from Capitol security. "Metal detectors in the Capitol do nothing but offer a false sense of security," said Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud. "The other entrances to the building are unguarded and can be easily bypassed. Instead of wasting money on metal detectors that yield little results, I propose that we keep the bad guys behind bars and stop electronically frisking 4th graders on a field trip.

Ruling Democrats said "no" to Lundberg's amendment, and it was defeated.

Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, attempted to prohibit in-state tuition for illegal immigrants at public universities. "It is offensive to the taxpayers of this state that we are cutting K-12 education, while some Democrats want to give people who aren't even here legally a break on higher education tuition," he said.

Ruling Democrats said "no" to Schultheiss amendment, and it was defeated.
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April 3, 2010

1. Republican County Assembly and the 15th Senate District Assembly

2. HB-1365 Debate in Senate

3. HB-1259 Passes Senate

4. Major Bill to Change Elections

5. The Blessings of Easter

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1. Today the Larimer County Republican Assembly met in Fort Collins. It was an extraordinary event, with over 1000 people attending. This was the largest and most motivated assembly I have ever seen in Larimer County. I look forward to working with this great team in this year's election season. It was also the 15th Senate District Assembly. I was nominated to run by acclamation.

2. HB-1365 passed through the Senate this week. It was a highly contentious debate. This is the bill requiring Excel Energy to convert some of their coal fired plants to natural gas. The argument for the bill was that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency is tightening up on ozone standards and this bill will help head off more stringent, EPA imposed, mandates. I opposed the bill on the grounds that it will drive up electric costs for all, and the bill will not fix the anticipated EPA ozone standards. Rather than accommodating the increasingly unreasonable EPA standards that are being forced onto all the states, we need to draw the line and insist on a reasonable implementation of the Federal Clean Air Act.

3. A bill I sponsored in the Senate, HB-1259, was passed by the Senate and is now on its way to the governor's desk. HB-1259 conforms Colorado's annexation statutes to constitutional law. It does not make any substantive changes, but does make the harmonization of statutory and constitutional provisions of the law clearer.

4. This weekend I became aware of a major bill changing Colorado's
elections that is being contemplate by the Speaker of the House,
Terrance Carroll. I have studied the 68 page draft, and it is a
dangerous piece of legislation. It will allow voters to register on
election day, turn Colorado elections into all-mail ballot elections, allow any individual or private organization to collect ballots (and not deliver them to the county clerks for up to ten days!) and pre-register sixteen year-olds.

This bill would radically change Colorado elections, create many ways that the voting system can be manipulated by the unscrupulous, and create a great deal of uncertainty for our elections. The bill has not yet been introduced, but when it does, anyone who is concerned with the integrity of our election process needs to personally come to the capitol and demand the legislature kill most or all of the is very bad piece of legislation. I will try to keep you updated on its progress.

5. Finally, it is Easter weekend. I trust you know the blessed hope that comes from the Supreme Ruler of the Universe (as he is referenced in Colorado's constitution). That hope is the essence of these special days. In the midst of all our political turmoil, may the resurrection of Jesus Christ give us the confidence and courage to seek His will in all of life, including the affairs of civil government.

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March 28, 2010


1. My Bills and Resolutions

2. Emissions Testing in Larimer and Weld Counties

3. Bad Bills Sail Through Senate

4. Republican County Assembly Next Saturday

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1. Several of my bills have seen action recently. SB-93, concerning foreclosure lien rights, which had passed the Senate was killed in a House committee. SB-147, concerning exempting life insurance policies from creditors (lawsuits) is still moving through the House. I just got a fiscal analysis on my Medicaid reform bill, SB-160. They crunched the numbers in such a way that this cost saving bill will cost the state more money than it saves. I will see if an amendment can change that fiscal analysis.

Among the resolutions I have still in the works is one honoring a fallen soldier from Berthoud (introduced last Friday), one modifying the constitution's requirements for school funding and one challenging the constitutionality of Congress' new health care law. I will give more details on these measures in the next few legislative reports.

2. On March 18 Senator Renfroe and I addressed Colorado's Clean Air Commission at a public rule making hearing in Greeley. This was concerning the plan to force most of Larimer and Weld counties into the same vehicle emissions control program that is in the Denver Metro area. The commission decided to move forward with their plan to implement these tests, beginning November first of this year. At the hearing I asked them to hold off for longer than they did and at least exempt out Estes Park, which is not a part of the Front Range geography. It does not help the rest of us, but they did exempt out Estes Park, for now.

3. In the past couple of weeks many bad bills have passed through the Senate. Several put more mandates on medical insurance (HB-1021, HB-1008, and HB-1004), driving up medical insurance for all of us. Others (SB-185, SB-156, HB-1017 and HB-1118) made it more difficult and expensive to own private property. For more details on these bills check out the Freedom Watch page on my website: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/2010FreedomWatch/Index.html.

4. Next Saturday, April 3, is the Larimer County Republican Assembly. It will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins. I hope to see many of you there as we prepare for a great election this coming November.

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March 21, 2010


Congress Abandons the Constitution With Historic Power Grab

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It was a busy week at Colorado's capitol, but that has been overshadowed by the most outrageous political power grab we have ever seen. Because of this extraordinary event I will forego listing the particulars of my week in the Senate. For those details please check the Freedom Watch page on my website: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/2010FreedomWatch/Index.html.

In a late Sunday night session, the U.S. House of Representatives capitulated to the U.S. Senate version of Obamacare.

Much can be, and already has been, said about the economic insanity of this action. I will not repeat all of the details of this trillion dollar tax increase that will suck up as much as twenty percent of what is left of the U.S. economy. Nor will I dwell on the inevitable rationing of medical care that we will all be forced into.

We all agree that the cost of medical insurance is too high, but turning it over to Washington bureaucrats will only make it worse. Obamacare is the absolute wrong direction and the American people know it.

As bad as this is as a public policy affecting our medical care, more deeply troubling to me is what this does to our system of government. This is a Chicago-style assault on our Constitution. Never before has Congress been so bold in stripping away our liberties. Congress has no constitutional authority to force us all to comply with their brave new world of medical care. As a state senator for Colorado I will do all I can to prevent their illegal intentions from being forced onto Colorado citizens.

Tomorrow morning I will begin preparing a measure that will tell Congress that this is none of their business. The Tenth Amendment, Congress' enumerated powers, and many other parts of the Constitution all point to this legal fact. If our Colorado legislature refuses to act on the measure I will submit, then we will have to take the issue to the people directly through an initiative.

Finally, despite the darkness of the mood in Washington D.C., I find reason to be hopeful that the principles of good government can still prevail. If all freedom-loving Americans will stand up and be counted next November we can turn back this ugly tide, repeal these budget-busting and economy killing laws, and re-establish the principles of liberty across our land.

I look forward to standing with you in the months ahead as we take back our country. May God bless our efforts and I pray that God will still bless America.

Kevin Lundberg
Colorado State Senate
District 15
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March 15, 2010


Important meetings this week:

1. Caucuses

2. Public Hearing on Emissions Program for Larimer and Weld Counties

3. Meeting in Estes Park Next Saturday

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1. There are several meetings I would recommend you consider this week. The first is the caucuses tomorrow, at 7:00 PM, held all across the state. I will be visiting several caucuses in Loveland. For information about all caucuses in Larimer County: http://www.larimer.org/elections/caucus.htm.

2. On Thursday, Senator Renfroe and I will briefly address a public rule making hearing in Greeley. This is concerning the plan to force most of Larimer and Weld counties into the same vehicle emissions control program that is in the Denver Metro area. We will join the Commissioners of both counties in speaking against the implementation plan on March 18, 2010, 9:00 a.m. at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Avenue, Greeley. If you can, join us in fighting this heavy mandate and respectfully ask the Air Quality Commission to at least delay the implementation of this expensive and unnecessary program.

3. On Saturday, March 20, 2010, from 1:00 " 3:00 p.m. I will be at the home of:
Mike and Kristi Christopher
907 Prospect Park Dr.
Estes Park, CO

To RSVP or for more information on this meeting contact: Laura@kevinlundberg.com.
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March 11, 2010



1. Endorsement of Dan Maes for Governor

2. Uncontrolled Spending Continues

3. March 10 Massacre of Car Tax Bills

4. Public Meetings in the District Next Weekend
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1. Today I am endorsing Dan Maes for governor. His conservative values and executive experience are just what Colorado needs for these challenging times. God has blessed our state with so many possibilities, but we will never fully realize that potential until we re-establish solid principles for limited government. I believe Dan Maes is the best man to complete this task.

2. In State Affairs all of the Republican bills aimed at correcting the problems created by the car tax put in place last year were killed. It was not surprising that all of the Democrat bills passed. My bill, SB-44, was a part of this political power-play. SB-44 would have repealed the $100 late fees. I call this wholesale rejection of all Republicans bills submitted the March 10 Massacre.

3. SB-94 expands the requirement that capitol construction projects include a one-percent set aside of funds for art projects. I find the timing of this bill to be extraordinary (maybe not for this legislature, but by any other standard it is extraordinary). Why, in this, the most difficult of economic times are we requiring even more money to be set aside for art projects? Do we still have more money than we need for our essential infrastructure, or is this legislature simply not capable of ending its spending habits?

I ran an amendment that would have suspended the one-percent requirement when the legislature declares "a state fiscal emergency", which is contemplated in a resolution currently on our legislative calendar. My amendment was rejected, without one Democrat supporting the concept that we should, at least, not spend the extra one-percent when we are in a state fiscal emergency. Unbelievable, but another clear example of how hard it is to cut out the excesses of government spending.

4. Please join me at one or both public meetings scheduled for this weekend:

Friday, March 12, 2010
The Home of Sue Sharkey
7-9 pm
7038 Spanish Bay Dr.
Windsor, CO

To RSVP or for more information on this meeting contact: Laura@kevinlundberg.com.

I will also be meeting with the Estes Park school board in a public meeting.
March 13th at 2pm in the Municipal Building in Estes Park.

If you are in the Estes Park area, please consider attending this open meeting.
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March 6, 2010



1. Renewable Energy Mandates Pass Senate

2. Caucuses on Tuesday, the 16th of March

3. Pro-Life Measure Killed in Senate

4. Pro-School Choice Measure Killed in House

5. My Repeal of the Car Tax Penalties Slated for Probable Kill in Senate State Affairs

6. Public Meetings in the District Next Weekend
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1. Much of the Senate's time this week was spent in debating the increase of the renewable energy standard from the 20% level that the legislature set in 2007 (which was an increase of 100% from the standard set by the people in 2004) to a requirement of 30% by 2020. It was one more heavy-handed display of partisan politics as the Democrat Party voted in lockstep, refusing all Republican sponsored amendments and adhering to every detail of their extreme agenda. I listened to and engaged in the debate in committee, in second reading and finally in third reading on Friday. The Senate spent over 12 hours debating this single bill. It is curious that such a large debate in the Colorado Senate has hardly been covered in the press at all. For more of my observations, and the rest of the story, go to: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/2010FreedomWatch/Index.html.

2. One week from this coming Tuesday, on March 16, at 7:00 PM caucuses will be held all across Colorado. I encourage everyone who is registered with either major party to attend their local caucus. For a more complete discussion of the caucus process check out: http://www.hearthfund.org/HEARTHFundPageDirectory/Training/PrecinctCaucuses/Index.html.

For a listing of the Republican caucus locations in Larimer County: http://www.larimergop.org/caucus/2010 Caucus Locations_2010March04.pdf.

I will be stopping by as many caucuses as I can in Loveland, but I can only get to a small fraction of all of the caucuses in Senate District 15. If you are attending a Republican caucus in District 15, could you put in a good word for me at your caucus? If you think you can help, please drop me a note so we know how many precincts we will have covered that night (kevin@kevinlundberg.com).

3. On Wednesday, March 3, the Senate State Affairs Committee considered SB-113. This common-sense, pro-life measure, which I was a co-sponsor of, would have made it a crime of murder for killing an unborn baby in the same way it is murder for killing someone who has been born. It excluded the act of abortion (which is also killing the baby), but at least it did cover all other circumstances, and recognized that that if somebody kills a pregnant woman, two people were murdered. Despite the fact that just about everyone agrees that it is wrong to kill, especially a mother and child, the committee killed SB-113 on a party-line vote.

4. On the 24th of February the House Finance Committee, again, on a party-line vote, killed a bill of which I was the sponsor in the senate. HB-1295 would have created educational tax credits for students moving from a public to a non-public educational format. HB-1295 also showed a savings to the state's general fund of about $25 million dollars in the first year! For all of the rhetoric about how desperate we are for cost savings, when viable choices are put before this legislature, the majority party is not willing to consider anything other than taxing more and spending all they can.

5. Next Wednesday my bill to repeal the car tax late fees is scheduled for a vote in the Senate State Affairs Committee. The set-up is quite obvious. First on the calendar are two Democrat sponsored bills that make small modifications to the car tax late fees, which I suspect they will pass. Then my bill (SB-44) and two other Republican bills are scheduled for a vote. They have been holding our bills off the table until the Democrat bills could be considered first. I will withhold final judgment until the vote is cast, but this looks like one more example of raw power politics in defiance of what the people expect and deserve.

6. I have two public meetings scheduled for next weekend, please join me if you can:

Friday, March 12, 2010
The Home of Sue Sharkey
7-9 pm
7038 Spanish Bay Dr.
Windsor, CO

To RSVP or for more information contact: Laura@kevinlundberg.com.

I will also be meeting with the Estes Park school board in a public meeting on March 13th at 2pm in the Municipal Building in Estes Park. If you are in the Estes Park area, please consider attending this open meeting.
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March 4, 2010


You may not read this in the papers, so I am passing on this press release from the Senate Republican office. We spent all day in this debate. For more information check out my Freedom Watch page.

-Kevin Lundberg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2010

Contact:
Rachel Boxer, 303-866-3931
Andrew Cole, 303-866-2318


COLORADO SENATE REPUBLICANS

Why increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard is bad for Colorado

Senate Republicans stood up for jobs, the environment and consumers in one fell swoop by opposing a Democrat proposal that mandates utilities rely more heavily on taxpayer subsidized energy sources.

This proposal may as well be called Colorados own cap and tax bill because it is going to strangle our states economy and our pocketbooks, said Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. Economic growth does not come from political mandates; it comes from increases in productivity.

House Bill 1001 would mandate large utilities to get 30 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020, mainly wind and solar. The Democrat controlled Senate approved the measure on a party-line vote, defeating nearly a dozen GOP amendments. The GOP warned that raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard would kill jobs, increase pollution and hike up energy bills.

As the state is forced to rely on renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, Republicans say thousands of jobs in the traditional energy sector will be put at risk. Proponents of these mandates ignore the potentially thousands of good paying jobs in coal mines and gas fields that, as disfavored technologies, will be destroyed by the restrictions imposed by government, Cadman said.

Republicans also railed against the bill for a provision requiring solar installation employees obtain labor union certification. With unemployment hitting record numbers, it is astounding that Democrats would want to lock out a significant number of Coloradans from these positions, said Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction. The union carve out in this proposal is reminiscent of the sweetheart deal Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson secured for his state in the national healthcare bill.

Consumers also have cause for concern. As utilities struggle to keep up with the mandate, their added costs are going to inevitably be passed along to consumers, said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley.

Renfroe offered an amendment to HB 1001 that would have exempted households with income at or below the federal poverty level from higher energy bills incurred by the renewable energy mandates. Democrats defeated the proposal. This vote against poor, at-risk families just proves that Democrats are bent on implementing their radical agenda, despite the strain it will put on the budgets of some of our most vulnerable populations, Renfroe said.


Rachel Boxer
Senate Minority Press Secretary
303-866-3931
http://coloradosenatenews.com/

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February 28, 2010


1. Budget Balancing Bills Pass Senate

2. More Meetings Scheduled in District

3. Correction for Pastors and Church Leaders Day Website

4. More Video Clips of Senate Debates on Website
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1. This past week over thirty bills designed to balance the budget were passed by the Senate. I supported most of them, but regret that they still relied on too many gimmicks and new taxes to balance our budget. For more information on these bills, and observations on other bills considered this past week go to my "Freedom Watch" page.

2. I have several neighborhood meetings scheduled in the coming weeks. For more information or to RSVP contact Laura: 970-691-0231, lauralundberg@gmail.com (Also, don't forget the caucuses on March 16!).

Friday, March 12, 2010
The Home of Sue Sharkey
7-9 pm
7038 Spanish Bay Dr.
Windsor, CO

Saturday, March 20, 2010
The Home of Mike and Kristi Christopher
907 Prospect Park Dr.
Estes Park, CO

Friday, April 9, 2010
7-9 pm
The Home of Kevan and Julie McNaught
4648 Malibu Dr.
Berthoud, CO

I will be meeting with the Estes Park school board on March 13th at 2pm in the municipal building in Estes Park. I encourage you to join me for this open meeting.

3. In an previous legislative report I mentioned the Pastors and Church Leaders Day at the Capitol, scheduled for Friday, March 19. The website address I gave was not correct. The correct website where you can find more information and register is www.pastorsday.us.

4. We have put some more video clips of the senate debate over the tax increases on my videos page.
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February 25, 2010

Topic:

Meetings over the next few days and weeks
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Here is a brief summary of meetings I have been, or will be a part of, some of which you may be interested in attending.

Last Saturday, despite the snow storm, we had an excellent turnout in Red Feather Lakes. Our new county commissioner, Lew Gaiter joined us at this meeting. I am impressed by the increasing number of people who are attending such events and who are getting involved in our communities and other levels of civil government. This gives me great hope for where we might be headed in the next few years.

Please join me in Loveland this Friday evening (tomorrow) from 7-9pm. We will be meeting at the Miller home: 1350 Warbler St., Loveland, CO. For more information please email Laura: lauralundberg@gmail.com.

We are planning meetings in Estes Park and Berthoud for sometime in the next few weeks, but have not solidified the exact dates. Stay tuned for more information.

March 16 is caucus night, starting at 7:00 PM. Please plan on attending your local caucus. I will be getting to as many caucuses as possible, but cannot cover but a fraction of the caucuses in Senate District 15. The location of all Republican caucuses in Larimer County can be found by clicking here.

I am helping the Colorado Family Institute organize the 3rd annual Pastor's and Church Leaders Day at the Capitol. This free event will be held on March 19. For more information and to register please go to: www.pastorsday.us.
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February 21, 2010


1. Progress on My Bills

2. Youtube Clips of Senate Tax Increase Debate

3. Meetings in Red Feather Lakes Area and Loveland

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1. Three of my bills passed out of committee this week. SB-93 deals with lien rights during foreclosure sales. SB-147 raises the amount of a life insurance policy that is exempt from law suit claims. SB-160, the Medicaid reform measure that I have been working on for several years was approved by the Health and Human Service Committee.

2. We are preparing several Youtube clips of the floor debate concerning the illegal tax increases. Two are already available on my website: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/Videos/Index.html.

3. Last Saturday, despite a snowstorm, we had a good meeting in Red Feather Lakes with about 15 people attending. Next Friday I will be in Loveland at the home of Dan and Dawn Miller. Please join us if you can:

Friday, February 26
7-9 p.m.
1350 Warbler St.
Loveland, CO

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February 15, 2010


1. CSU's 140th Anniversary Resolution

2. The "Dirty Dozen" Tax Bills in the Senate

3. Progress on My Bills

4. Meeting in Red Feather Lakes Area

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1. On Thursday, February 11, I had the privilege of carrying a resolution honoring Colorado State University's founding 140 years ago. This measure was sponsored in the House by Rep. B.J. Nikkel and Rep. Randy Fisher. In the Senate I was joined by Senators Tapia and Bacon in sponsoring the resolution. The day was quite a special time here at the capitol, honoring CSU Fort Collins, Pueblo and their on-line Global University. For more information go to: http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=3031.

2. This past week was a rugged one for the Senate, as the majority party pushed through several tax increasing bills, pressing the Senate for floor work and committee work late into the night on several days. Most of my discussions on the Senate floor were concerning the unconstitutional nature of these bills, as none of the tax increases were referred to the people, which the Colorado Constitution requires. There was also an intrusive (and I believe, ultimately non-enforceable) bill intended to enforce collection of use tax for all internet sales (HB-1193). We argued as passionately as we could, but to no avail, as the Democrats got everything they wanted. For a detailed analysis of these bills check out my website on the 2010 Session page and the 2010 Freedom Watch page: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/Index.

3. In addition to the CSU resolution I ran last Thursday, February 11 (covered in topic #1) three of my bills were heard in committee hearings in the past few days. SB-104, which would have established more accountability for voter registration drives, was killed on a party-line vote in State Affairs on Wednesday, February 10. My bill exempting life insurance policies from lawsuits, SB-147, was heard in Judiciary and then laid over to allow me time to clear up some questions the committee has. SB-93, concerning liens on properties during a foreclosure sale, passed out of the Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on a 7-0 vote.

4. I will be conducting a neighborhood meeting in the Red Feather Lakes area on Saturday, February 20, at 11:00 AM. For directions, if you have any questions, and/or to RSVP, please contact Laura at: lauralundberg@gmail.com or (970) 691-0231.

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February 9, 2010


1. Democrats Ram Tax Increases Through Senate

2. My Bills in Committee this Week

3. Neighborhood Meeting In Wellington on Friday

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1. Over the past two legislative days the Senate has considered nine bills increasing taxes on businesses and citizens. We debated long and hard, with party-line votes deciding just about everything, and not a single tax increase was defeated, nor were any one of them referred to a vote of the people, as the constitution requires. I lead the charge in presenting amendments to let the people vote on these tax raising measures. For more details of the debate, go to my 2010 Freedom Watch blog at: www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/2010FreedomWatch.

2. On Wednesday my voter registration accountability bill, SB-104, will be heard in the Senate State Affairs Committee at 1:30 PM. Later that afternoon SB-147, protecting life insurance policies from lawsuits, will be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee. The public is welcome to attend and testify on both measures. On Thursday, February 11, Rep. Nikkel and I will present a resolution honoring Colorado State University's 140th anniversary.

3. Please come and join me this Friday evening to discuss the key challenges facing our state this year. including an update on what is happening in the current legislative session. There will also be an open forum for any questions you have. You will also have the opportunity to learn what you can do to support conservative leadership in Colorado.

Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Ace Hardware
Street: 4104 Jefferson Ave
City/Town: Wellington, CO

If you have any questions or to RSVP, please contact Laura at: lauralundberg@gmail.com or (970) 691-0231.
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January 30, 2010


1. Car Tax Hearing

2. Democrats Ram Tax Increases Through House

3. PERA vote in Senate

4. First Marijuana Bill

5. Pastors and Church Leaders Day at the Capitol

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1. This past Wednesday the Senate State Affairs Committee held public testimony for my bill, SB-44, repealing the $100 late fee penalties in the infamous car tax. The committee also held the hearing for two similar bills submitted by Republican members. They then pulled them from the table, waiting to see what action is taken on a bill in the House from Rep. Joe Rice -D (a much watered down change to the law). The testimony I presented was several examples of how the car tax is regressive and the penalties excessive, creating incredible hardships for those who can least afford it. I made a public statement that you can view at: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/Videos. I will report further as the issue (and hopefully my bill) progresses further.

2. The media didn't make this the top story of the week, but under the gold dome it certainly was the main event as the Democrat majority introduced in the House several bills illegally increasing many taxes. On my side of the isle we have dubbed them the "dirty dozen" (at first it was twelve bills). The first stop for the bills was House Finance Committee, which did not get out of the capitol until 3:00 AM on Wednesday (Thursday morning, really), and they only managed to get through seven of the bills. House Finance then heard the other bills on Friday, spending another six and a half hours in committee. Finally the House met for second reading on the bills, and that lasted until after midnight! I applaud the entire Republican House caucus. Despite the fact that the Democrats are using their majority to drive all of these taxes down our throats, the House Republicans stood shoulder-to-shoulder defending the people of Colorado.

These bills have been called tax breaks for businesses. That is a gross mischaracterization.

First, they are changing long established tax policies and clearly constitute tax increases, which Article Ten, Section Twenty of the Colorado Constitution does not allow without a vote of the people. House Republicans submitted amendments on all of the bills to require a vote of the people and the Democrats defeated them all.

Secondly, some bills are clearly aimed at a particular industry or business practice, but all will have a direct impact on the people of Colorado. Higher prices and lost jobs will hurt everyone. Some bills are direct taxes on the people, like what could be called the sugar tax (HB-1191), adding sales taxes to soda pop and candy, or HB-1192, adding sales tax to software sales, or HB-1193, taxing internet sales.

The bottom line is this: these are illegal tax increases at a time when the people can least afford it. I wish the majority party would spend this much energy on cutting the budget, rather than figuring out ways to dig deeper into our pockets.

3. PERA. The retirement fund for state and school district employees is about $30,000,000,000 upside down in its long-term liabilities. SB-001, designed to address this problem, was heard on the Senate floor on Friday. After several hours of debate it was passed, without amendments (despite 39 amendments being drafted). I opposed the bill for several reasons, which I publicly stated at the mic: 1. It increases the state's contribution to employees at a time when we cannot afford to raise the cost of government. 2. It cuts into the agreed upon terms for current retirees. I supported an amendment that would have held harmless those over 65, but it was rejected. 3. The bill helps correct the structural problem, but it does not cure it by linking future PERA commitments to a flexible enough payout plan that would automatically adjust to the economic realities. Even as we have before, we may be back at this again in a few more years, trying to patch PERA back up again.

4. Senate bill 109, concerning the doctor-patient relationship with the medical use of marijuana, went through the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and second reading on the floor. The Colorado Constitution requires that we find a way for the medical use of marijuana to be fairly practiced. Testimony in committee gave several examples of its legitimate need, but there remainsl a significant tension with the recreational use of marijuana, which is still very illegal. In my opinion SB-109 strikes a reasonable balance for this issue, as far as the bill title allows. It does not deal with the many clinics and stores that are popping up, for which many local governments are looking to the legislature for some direction. That, I am sure, will be another bill we will see later this year.

5. I again have the honor of helping to organize the Pastors and Church Leaders Day at the Capitol. Colorado Family Institute is sponsoring the event this year. It will be on March 19, starting in the morning in the Old Supreme Court Chambers. Dr. Rick Scarborough, Founder and President of Vision America, will be the keynote speaker. Additional speakers will include Tom Minnery, of Focus on the Family, and Doug Napier, of Alliance Defense Fund. All pastors and church leaders are welcome to attend. To register and learn more go to: www.pastorsday.us
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January 22, 2010


1. Car Tax Hearing Scheduled Wednesday

2. Health Care Freedom Rally

3. Meeting in North Loveland This Saturday

4. Pro-Life Rally

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1. The President of the Senate assigned my bill (SB-44), repealing the $100 penalty in the new car tax law, to the the State Affairs Committee, well known as the "killing committee." Two other bills that are similar were assigned to the same committee meeting. In my eight years in the legislature I have never seen any law evoke such an outrage by the public as the car tax has. It is unfortunate that this issue has been sent to this very difficult committee.

The committee meeting starts at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, January 27, in Senate committee room 353. This may be your only opportunity to publicly express your opinion to this legislature concerning the new car tax and its extraordinary penalty fees.

2. On Tuesday of this week John Caldara, Director of the Independence Institute held a rally on the west steps of the capitol to stand up against the health care legislation Congress is considering. John is launching an initiative to prohibit the federal government, based on the authority of the Tenth Amendment, from forcing Colorado citizens to comply with their medical insurance mandates. I was given the opportunity to speak at the rally. To view my very brief comments go to: www.kevinlundberg.com/Videos/Index.html.

3. Please join me this Saturday Evening in North Loveland to discuss this year's legislative agenda and what you can do to make a difference. The meeting is at Kari Koppes home. Her address is: 1045 Crabapple Dr. For more information or to RSVP please contact Laura at: 970-691-0231 or lauralundberg@gmail.com

4. Today's March for Life rally was a huge success. About fifteen hundred people flocked to the capitol to show their support. I joined several other legislators in publicly signing the Personhood Amendment on stage. There are only a few days left to sign this pro-life initiative, and the Secretary of State's office just informed them that their deadline for submitting their petitions has been moved up by several days . For more information on the Personhood Amendment: www.personhoodcolorado.com.
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January 13, 2010


1. The Legislative Session Begins

2. Car Tax Repeal

3. Neighborhood Meeting in the Southwest Loveland Area

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1. On Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, the session began with the formalities of opening day. I was selected to be part of the committee to officially inform the governor that the Senate was ready for business. The Republican and Democratic leaders both gave their opening speeches and then the first bill was introduced, run through two committees, and put back on the floor for second reading debate by mid afternoon.

This bill sets up a study of public school teacher effectiveness. A worthy endeavor in it own right, but during the debate the real reason for the rush came out. Colorado is lining up for a shot at several hundred million dollars in additional Federal funds for education. With the Federal government already twelve trillion dollars in debt, several of us argued for more fiscal restraint. But in the end the bill easily passed and will be up for a third reading vote tomorrow morning.

2. My first bill this year is a repeal of the $100 penalty for late vehicle registrations. For a more detailed discussion of that bill and some other bills I am introducing, go to: http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/2010Session/Index.html.

3. On January 16, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM I will be conducting a neighborhood meeting at Carl and Kristen Edmunds' home in South Loveland (5944 Wild Plum Dr.). This will be an excellent opportunity to update you on what is going on down at the capitol since the start of the session. Everyone is welcome to join in, but to help us plan, please RSVP to Laura at 970-691-0231.

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January 7, 2010


1. Lew Gaiter is appointed to Larimer County Commission

2. Colorado Senate Leadership Affirms Free Speech Rights

3. Neighborhood Meeting in Loveland on Saturday

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1. The temperature outside was below zero but Republicans from across Larimer County still met as the vacancy committee to pick a new Commissioner for District One. Despite the bitter cold, it was the largest gathering of the central committee in several years, with 250 credentialed members of the committee. Nine candidates presented themselves. They were all great candidates. I nominated Lew Gaiter, as I considered him to be the best choice for Larimer County. After the first round of voting (a majority is needed to win the appointment) the top four vote totals were: John Clarke - 72, Andrew Boucher - 63, Lew Gaiter - 57 and Eric Kronwall, - 31.
After the second round of voting there were only three candidates still running. The second round of votes resulted in: John Clarke - 74, Lew Gaiter - 69, and Andrew Boucher - 67. After that round all of the other candidates dropped out, with two of them endorsing Lew Gaiter. After the third round: Lew Gaiter - 103, John Clarke - 86 and Andrew Boucher - 59.

On the fourth and final vote: Lew Gaiter - 135, John Clarke - 72, Andrew Boucher - 41. Congratulations to Lew Gaiter, the new commissioner for Larimer County!

2. Today I, along with Senator Renfroe (Greeley), sent out a press release concerning an ethics complaint lodged against both of us. He was cited for quoting the Bible in debate and I was charged with sponsoring a "pastors day" at the capitol. The complaint charged us with violating our oaths of office through those actions. Our press release commended the senate leadership for quickly dismissing the complaint. In the interest of complete transparency with our constituents we have made this issue, and the decision of the senate leadership public.

For the actual press release go to:http://www.kevinlundberg.com/TheIssues/PressReleases

3. This coming Saturday, January 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM I will be conducting a neighborhood meeting at Jim and Claudia Welker's home in Loveland (1757 Stove Prairie Circle). With the 2010 session starting up on the 13th of this month, this should be an interesting "town hall." Everyone is welcome, but to give us an idea of how many to plan on, please RSVP to Laura at 970-691-0231.

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December 30, 2009


1. Open Meeting with Commissioner Candidate Lew Gaiter

2. Neighborhood Meeting in Loveland

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1. This Saturday, at 10:00 AM I will be Joining Lew Gaiter at Dazbog Coffee in Fort Collins at the corner of Mason and Cherry. Lew is seeking the vacancy appointment to the Larimer County Commission. This is an open meeting for vacancy committee members to get to know Mr. Gaiter. I have known Lew for many years and am confident that he would be a great commissioner. If you can, come join us. We will be at Dazbog from 10:00 to noon.


2. On January 9, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM I will be conducting a neighborhood meeting at Jim and Claudia Welker's home in Loveland (1757 Stove Prairie Circle). With the 2010 session starting up on the 13th, this should be an interesting "town hall." Everyone is welcome, but to give us an idea of how many to plan on, please RSVP to Laura at 970-691-0231.

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