The Weathervane
WTF Colorado's Weekly Newsletter Volume 2 No. 29
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Canvassing the Big Tent
Candidates, Clockwise:Janelle Helling, Weld County Council District 3, Susie Velasquez, running for Weld County Clerk and Recorder, Paul Echternacht,  Weld County Council District 2, and Nick Land, surrogate for Dr. Karen McCormick. At the Weld County Democratic Canvass Kickoff.

Canvass Kickoffs 

Ken Buck coffee can

Karen McCormick, shown with mother Barbara McCormick, opens her Longmont Headquarters.

August is the month when the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates begin kicking off their campaigns for the 2018 Miidterm elections. WTF Colorado was present to chronicle two such kickoffs. In Boulder County, the Karen McCormick for Congress campaign opened its Longmont office on August 11.

A week later, McCormick, speaking Saturday August 18 at the Longmont Area Democrats' summer picnic, left no doubt about her winning strategy. She's targeting winnable unaffiliated voters who don't like what's going on in Washington. She's calling them herself, and winning them over!

Last week the Weld County precinct leaders met in Johnstown to discuss canvassing strategy, get trained on how to canvass, and get materials for cavassing. Chiu-Ki Chan, a Precinct Leader herself, from Erie, was there to report, and to offer WTF's flyers. WTF produces "alternative" flyers aimed at first-time, infrequent, and unaffiliated voters. They emphasize the advantages of voting blue.

Weld County is starting out with an initial canvass of Democrats in the county, and recruiting volunteers. Boulder County, on the other hand, is starting by canvassing Unaffiliated voters.

Winning in CD4 will require three things: First, Democrats must turn out in higher numbers than ever before. Second, more Unaffiliated voters must choose to vote Democratic. The primary numbers show this may be happening, though neither Douglas nor Weld counties reflect this trend as strongly as other areas in Colorado. And third, some Republicans must cross the aisle.

Polls and demographic studies show that the most likely Republicans to vote Democratic are women under 40 with more than a high-school education.The largest concentration of such voters in CD4 live in the triangle of southwest Weld and northeast Boulder counties, with Longmont, Greeley, and Erie at the corners. The next largest group lives in Douglas county.

Win The Fourth Colorado challenges CD4 Democratic volunteers to support Karen in pursuit of her winning strategy.

Sister Cities 
Here's a little reminder of what we're working for.

This young woman from Longmont's sister city of Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico, weeps as she bids a gracious farewell to her host city. A Member of the Longmont City Council wonders why. Read More.

What's in the Wind?

Win The Fourth shifts into High Gear!
We are moving our emphasis from issue-based reporting and event coverage, to volunteer recruitment for canvassing and distributing our CD4 Voter's Guide. See the Help Wanted Ads below for more!
This Week in CD4
August 25 is a Big Day for the McCormick campaign. Check out Karen's Events page on Facebook for goings-on in Longmont, Parker, and Castle Rock.

Resources for Activists
Canvassing? Need something eye-catching to leave behind? Check out our informative sketch-flyers in the Downloads for Activists folder in the cloud! Build to print as two-to-a-page half sheets, they're a refreshing change from slick candidate door flyers, and great for making the progressive case to vote the whole ballot!

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WTF Colorado wants YOU!
Join our new meetup group: 
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No meetups are scheduled this week, but watch this space!

The CD4 Voter Guide
Win The Fourth Colorado is producing a Guide to 2018 Midterms, with recommendations on Candidates and Ballot Initiatives. Experience in other areas has shown that placing a Guide with specific candidate and issue recommendations in the hands of voters increases turnout significantly.

How We'll Do It
Win The Fourth volunteer Patricia Davis and her team will be calling active Democrats to recruit canvassers to distribute the Guides. No Rules! You can pass out Guides as you canvass for candidates you support, or just leave Guide under mats and behind screen doors, without knocking doors at all. WTF Colorado Needs You. Postage is the biggest cost in producing Guides.

When It Happens
The list of Certified Ballot Measures won't be final until September 5th, the last day the Colorado Secretary of State can certify signatures. So the Voter Guide can't go to print until the week after that, when Democratic Executive Committees determine their recommendations.
  • October 1: Voter Guides will be in your hands, either shipped or hand-delivered, around . 
  • October 15: Your County Elections Dept. can't mail ballots until this date.
    This is a perfect day to start dropping off Voter Guides!
  • October 22: Voter Service and Polling Centers open. Great idea: pass out Guides nearby! Voter Guides are Electioneering Communications and may not be distributed inside the VSPC area. 
  • November 6: Election Day.
One More Thing: This is a serious document. It will bear the legend Paid for by Win The Fourth Colorado, but it won't use the WTF logo or display any of the lighthearted graphics and language that we sometimes use. It will emphasize the importance of this election and of Voting the Whole Ballot.
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