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Terrance Carroll

Phoenix Rising,

I am really proud of the work we did in the Secretary of State's Blue Ribbon Panel. The sum of work is articulated in SB 206 which I expect the governor will sign into law.

Historically, third parties and third party candidates have injected a great of excitement and anxiety into the electoral process (depending on your perspective). Some mistakenly believe our system was created to be exclusively a two party system. I think the two party system is a historical accident.

There should not be any structural impediments which restrict the ability of third parties in the electoral system. Sadly, in 2004, our legislatures passed a bill which creates some impediments for third party access. This week the United States Supreme Court, in Clingman v. Beaver, upheld an Oklahoma law limiting the activities of third parties. I believe this is a bad decision because we should encouraging greater electoral participation not limiting it. Hopefully, the legislature will look beyond our two party myopia to ensure third parties are treated as step children.

Recently, I have been doing some reading on IRV. IRV has shown some promise in places like San Francisco and several smaller communities. I certainly support the concept because I think helps to expand the franchise. I will be reviewing the recently passed North Carolina IRV legislation which establishes a pilot IRV in certain local elections.

Terrance Carroll

Freshman15,

I think our freshmen class did an excellent job. They had a much tougher job than I did my freshman year. Not only were they learning the legislative ropes; they also had to learn how to govern in the majority. They handle this task with grace and dignity.

My advice to our freshmen is to always govern and lead with dignity, grace, and compassion. I know this sounds naive, but I truly beleive politics can be done this way. I am not telling our freshmen to be pushovers rather to pursue legislative and policy goals in a manner that reflects the status the office we hold deserves.

You are not always guaranteed to be friends with everyone, but that is not the goal. The goal is to be effective and pass good public policy. You should always treat people, no matter who they are, with the respect and dignity you want to be treated with. Lastly, do not check your values and beliefs at the door!

Terrance Carroll

PoliticalPrincess,

My frustration had nothing to do with being in the majority. I was most frustrated with the inability of the legislature to explore the substance of legislation in more depth. This is not the fault of the legislators who introduced any particular bill. It is just the nature of the system. We only have 120 days to do our work and most times major changes to the law are dealt with in a single committee hearing. This is unfair to all involved in the process. The congressional model is probably a good starting point, but to use this model would require less bills to be introduced within our 120 day session.

Terrance Carroll

Thanks everyone for the excellent questions and for allowing me to share with you today. I enjoyed the exchange of ideas!

Terrance Carroll

Regina Goodwon

Stop booing about the email from Jesse Peterson. Where were you when Jesse Lee Peterson said the same thing and worse on C-SPAN the very same day of the 1 million people march? Hmmmm? This email and comments have been circling around for months. Yet you and the other so-called lawmakers are crying foul?

He has said a whole lot worse than this. Contact C-Span and see if you can obtain transcripts of his comments on Katrina.

Doug Schultz

Dear Terrance,
I found your comment about building a wall around Colorado to keep out the minutemen stupid. I have gone to two minutemen meetings, have you??? The people there were mostly between 40 and 75 years old. These people truely care about Colorado and the USA. They talked about illegals causing crime. The effects that illegals have on our schools. Also how our culture itself is changing. Never once did I hear anyone making a racial or threating comment. When you hold Public office you will never please 100% of the people. So it should come down to doing whats right. You know what the illegals are doing to Denver. Just look at Manual High School, once a proud African American school now because of all of the illegals or Mexicans the school has been trashed to say the least. Being an old high school sports fan and coach this breaks my heart. Look at West, North, Kenedy, Lincoln, Aurora Central, Montbellow, Hinkley high schools. They have all changed, have you noticed??? You want to talk about the crime?? Do you want to talk emergency rooms??? Do you want to talk about the Denver Police Officer that got shot in the back of the head??? Do you want to talk about the drugs that are being sold to our children??? Do you want to talk about the low level of education that our children are getting because it takes longer to teach children that don't speak english!!!! I could go on Terrance but I won't I will say that Mexicans have invaded our neighborhood, our local schools and our enviormemt. For you to complain about some stupid email you got makes you look like a bitch. Don't you think other politicions get stupid emails from stupid people? I bet Tancredo can show you a few. So Terrance instead of looking like a bitch I am asking you to stand up like a man and do the right thing for the middle class legal black, brown, white and all other legal citizens in Colorado. Sorry about the bitch reference but I wanted to get your attention. Call me if you please.


Thank you,
Doug Schultz
303-364-6633

CHARLIE,MONTOYA

IT,S GOOD TO HAVE A MINNORITY TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE/HOPEFULLY YOU ARE THERE TO REPRESENT ALL MONIORITYIES EQUAILY;/ARE A ASSET TO COLORADO/SET A BEST EXAMPLE FOR THE FOLKS OF THIS STATE/NOT SO PRESJUCIAL AS MR.TOMCANCREDO THE RACIST HAS BEEN UPON LATINOIS/THOSE WHO WISH TO BETTER EDUCATE THEMSELVES/BE HAVE A MORE PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN AMERICA;MR TOMCREDO HAS MADE IT A LIFE THREAT TO BE AS RACIST HAS HE CAN/MAKE MEX IMMIGANIENTS SUFFER FOR HIS CHILDHOOD;ALL I ASK IN EXPECTARION TO YOU IS DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE;YOU ARE ENPOWERD TO BE THE GAUARDIAN FOR THOSE WHO CAN,T CHANGE SOME ISSUES/DO WHAT IS BEST FOR COLORADO; SEMPER FI'

Michael Almeida

I saw his remarks during a january colorado debate on illegal immigration. i'd like to see his proof that illegal immigration has no affect on wages. i'd gladly debate him on the issue, if possible.

thebizofknowledge

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. I was quite impressed with Representative Carroll's responses to these questions. He was fair, clear, and focused throughout.

Chana Jones

Can you please contact me regarding your prison reform issues?

Shaun K. Smith

How do you feel about the upcomming audit of CMHIP on personal. How Will it help with any abuse of staff and patients on the units. Who should people contact with any inside information about the Hospital.

Ken Ransford

Representative Carroll: Representative Kathleen Curry recommended I contact you. I am a CPA and the Colorado State CPA Society recently reported in their monthly magazine that since 1990, prison spending's share of the state budget has doubled, while higher ed's share of the budget has been cut in half. In 1990 we spent 4 times as much on college than on prisons, and now spending on each is about equal. I think this is very bad policy. Kathleen recommended that we need to reform sentencing and parole issues first. Do you have any thoughts on this? Could we freeze spending on prisons, a la TABOR?

michael p. lamirande

Dear sir, I was told to contact you by Congresswoman Diana DeGette. I am having a hard time getting a Colorado I.D. I am a tax payer, a registerd voter, a 14 yr. U.S. navy veteran. I have worked for the U.S. postal service here in Colorado. Iwas called back to the Post Office, but needed a Colorado I.D., and was refused. I had with me , a birth certificate, a V.A. picture I.D.,a DD2-14, a W-2 from the post office, I was finger printed when I started working at the post office to show I had no felonies, and to prove who I was. With all this, I was refused an I.D. Now I don't have a job until I get that I.D. I have nothing else to show the DMV. i am a prisoner here, can't get an I.D., so I lost my job, can't leave, No I.D. , means no plane, no bus, no train , no job. please help me, Thank you Michael P. Lamirande

michael p. lamirande

Dear sir, I was told to contact you by Congresswoman Diana DeGette. I am having a hard time getting a Colorado I.D. I am a tax payer, a registerd voter, a 14 yr. U.S. navy veteran. I have worked for the U.S. postal service here in Colorado. Iwas called back to the Post Office, but needed a Colorado I.D., and was refused. I had with me , a birth certificate, a V.A. picture I.D.,a DD2-14, a W-2 from the post office, I was finger printed when I started working at the post office to show I had no felonies, and to prove who I was. With all this, I was refused an I.D. Now I don't have a job until I get that I.D. I have nothing else to show the DMV. i am a prisoner here, can't get an I.D., so I lost my job, can't leave, No I.D. , means no plane, no bus, no train , no job. please help me, Thank you Michael P. Lamirande

michael p. lamirande

Dear sir, I was told to contact you by Congresswoman Diana DeGette. I am having a hard time getting a Colorado I.D. I am a tax payer, a registerd voter, a 14 yr. U.S. navy veteran. I have worked for the U.S. postal service here in Colorado. Iwas called back to the Post Office, but needed a Colorado I.D., and was refused. I had with me , a birth certificate, a V.A. picture I.D.,a DD2-14, a W-2 from the post office, I was finger printed when I started working at the post office to show I had no felonies, and to prove who I was. With all this, I was refused an I.D. Now I don't have a job until I get that I.D. I have nothing else to show the DMV. i am a prisoner here, can't get an I.D., so I lost my job, can't leave, No I.D. , means no plane, no bus, no train , no job. please help me, Thank you Michael P. Lamirande

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