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  • Herpin Pledges to Sponsor Jessica’s Law

    Continues to Focus on Reducing Crime and Protecting our Children

    Colorado Springs (August 27, 2013) - Today, Bernie Herpin pledged to lead the way in passing Jessica’s Law in the Colorado Senate once John Morse is recalled.

    Herpin was joined at the press conference by the bill’s House Sponsor Representative Libby Szabo, Police Protection Association Vice President Mike Singels, and former El Paso County Undersheriff Teri Goodall.

    This past legislative session, Libby Szabo led the fight for Jessica’s Law in the Colorado House. Unfortunately, Democrat leadership blocked Jessica’s Law.

    Bernie Herpin began his remarks by saying, “As a father of three daughters and the grandfather of six young grandchildren, the safety of our children is an important issue for me.”

    “I’m embarrassed to say that Colorado is one of only five states that has not enacted some form of Jessica’s Law,” continued Herpin.

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    Jessica’s Law is named after Jessica Lundsford who in 2005 was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and then brutally murdered in Florida by a repeat offender.

    The bill increases the sentence for a person who commits a sexual assault against a child who is 14 years of age or younger, and 7 or more years younger than the offender at the time of the offense.

    Once Florida enacted Jessica’s Law, the repeat sex offender rate dropped from 34% to 2%.

    “John Morse blocked tougher laws protecting children from violent sexual predators then passed unconstitutional laws disarming law-abiding citizens—over our objections,” said Sheriff Maketa.

    John Morse had the chance to vote to protect our kids.  Instead, John Morse blocked harsher penalties for violent sexual predators who prey on children.

    In 2008 as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, John Morse was one of the deciding votes to kill Senate Bill 195, which allowed tougher penalties for violent child predators. (Colorado Observer, 7/29/13; Appropriations Committee Roll 4/11/08)

    But this is typical, John Morse has a record of promoting shorter sentences for convicted criminals:

    • John Morse’s bill would have turned many felonies–including some identity theft crimes–into misdemeanors (McClatchy, 4/21/09).

    • And John Morse tried to place a cap on the number of criminals in Colorado prisons at one time (McClatchy, 4/21/09).

    “It’s time for us to stop just talking about the welfare of our children and start doing something about it,” said child advocate and state representative, Libby Szabo. “I’m here today supporting Bernie Herpin in the Recall election because I know Bernie has the right priority: protecting our children.”

    “From Bernie’s time on City Council to his decades of volunteering for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Bernie Herpin has a long record promoting public safety,” continued Szabo.

    The U.S. Department of Justice states that:

    • On average, 43% of child molesters were released after serving only 3 years of their 7 year sentence.

    • Released sex offenders are 4 times more likely to be rearrested for a sex crime.

    • 40% of sex crimes were committed by released sex offenders.

    “We want to keep these guys in jail longer so that we can focus on the other ones out there,” said Colorado Springs Police Protective Association Vice President Mike Singels. “It endangers our community when we let people like that out of jail so they can do the same thing again.”

    “I am thankful to Representative Szabo and Bernie Herpin for their leadership to pass Jessica’s Law to ensure violent sexual predators don’t just get a slap on the wrist from our legal system,” concluded former El Paso County Undersheriff Teri Goodall.

     

    For questions, call Herpin Campaign at 719-569-5810 or email Info@BernieHerpin.com.

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    In the Navy and Air Force, Bernie Herpin took an oath to defend our Constitution.

    Here at home, Herpin has served our community in many capacities through the years.

    Herpin served on City Council and as president of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, which he helped found.

    For the last 25 years, Bernie Herpin has volunteered with the Colorado Springs Police Department serving on the Senior Victims Assistance Team, Handicap Parking Enforcement Unit, and DUI Enforcement Team.

    Additionally, Bernie has held many leadership positions at his home church.

    Bernie and Linda live in Colorado Springs and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

     

  • Springs Leaders Blast Morse on Ethics Failings

    Outline Morse’s Repeated Ethics Scandals

     

    Colorado Springs (August 23, 2013) - Today, Colorado Springs leaders took John Morse to task over his repeated ethics scandals.

    Current City Council President Keith King said, “John Morse’s entire campaign has been about trying to hide his multiple ethics scandals from the public. It’s not working and is yet another reason why John Morse will be recalled on September 10th.”

    Some key facts from John Morse’s multiple ethics scandals include:

    “On the beat, we get called to the same houses over and over again. Generally, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. We need a state senator we can trust, not one who plays fast and loose with the rules,” said former Colorado Springs Police Protective Association President Pete Tomitsch.

    “John Morse paid a penance for his self-proclaimed Denver ‘Passion Pit’ while regular folks here are struggling to make their mortgage payments. His abuse of power is shameful” said small business owner and former House District 17 candidate Kit Roupe.

    “John Morse has been hurting taxpayers for years,” said former State Senator Ed Jones said.

    “In fact, John Morse bilked us for more than $70,000 in one year alone and we’ve learned that he was getting paid for doing ‘constituent work’ in China. Recalling John Morse will be a bargain,” continued Jones.

    For questions, call 719-569-5810 or email Info@BernieHerpin.com.

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  • Cops Hammer Morse for Failing to Protect Children from Violent Sexual Predators

    Today, the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association sent the following press release out.

    Colorado Springs Police Protective Association

    559 E. Pikes Peak Suite 102                          Contact: Robin Rogers
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903                       Executive Director
    Phone: (719) 634-0058
    Fax:     (719) 634-0755                                    For Immediate Release

     

    Press Release:

    Cops Hammer Morse for Failing to

    Protect Children from Violent Sexual Predators

    CSPPA questions why Morse blocked harsher penalties

    for predators who hurt children

     

    Colorado Springs – Today, the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association sent an automated phone message to nearly 17,000 households throughout Senate District 11.

    The message highlights John Morse’s vote to kill a bill that would have allowed harsher penalties on violent sexual predators who prey on children.

    As reported by The Colorado Observer:

    “On April 11, 2008, Morse voted against Senate Bill 195 that would have allowed the death penalty in an aggravated sexual assault on a child aged 5–12 years, and any sexual assault on a child under age 5. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Morse with fellow Democrats killed the bill, 6–4.” (Colorado Observer, 7/29/13; Appropriations Committee Roll 4/11/08)

    While in the senate, John Morse has pushed for shorter sentences for criminals:

    • Morse’s bills would have turned many felonies including some identity theft crimes into misdemeanors (McClatchy, 4/21/09).
    • Morse tried to place a cap on the number of criminals that can be imprisoned at one time (McClatchy, 4/21/09).
    • But most shockingly Morse voted to kill a bill that allowed tougher penalties for violent sexual predators who hurt children (Appropriations Committee Roll, 4/11/08; The Colorado Observer, 7/29/13).

    “During his time in the senate, John Morse didn’t ask for our input once on public safety issues and consequently passed legislation that made our jobs tougher,” said Officer Barry Freeman, CSPPA Board of Directors.

    Officer Mike Ray of the CSPPA Board of Directors continued, “While we’re working to keep our streets safe for law-abiding citizens, Senator Morse has disarmed law-abiding citizens and tried to let more criminals out of state prisons.”

    Following is the broadcast message recorded by Tim Ives of the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association:

    “Hello. My name is Tim Ives and I’m an officer on the board of directors for the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association.

    We are asking you to vote YES to recall John Morse because he no longer listens or shares our values.

    As a Senator, Morse wrote a bill to let identity thieves out of prison early.

    Even more shocking is that John Morse voted against protecting children from violent sexual predators.

    We are dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable and John Morse makes our jobs harder.

    Please join your first responders in voting YES to recall John Morse and replace him with Bernie Herpin.

    Paid for by the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association.”

     

     

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  • Morse’s Internet Tax Could Be Back

    The Denver Business Journal reports today :

    “The Denver-based federal appeals court overturned the federal district court ruling from 2012 that declared the 2.9 percent tax was tilted unfairly against out-of-state retailers, and that it put an undue burden on retailers to either collect the tax owed by consumers or report consumer purchases to the state.”

    John Morse passed this tax hike on Colorado to punish online retailers such as Amazon.com. But the result? Every Amazon affiliate living in Colorado was no longer able to do business with Amazon.

    More jobs and business that Morse has chased out of our state.

    The Amazon tax–along with billions of dollars worth of tax hikes that John Morse has pushed on Colorado–is just another reason why John Morse has cost Colorado too much.  Recalling Morse is a bargain.

    Read the entire Denver Business Journal article here:

    Colorado’s ‘Amazon tax’ isn’t back … yet

    Greg Avery, Denver Business Journal 8/21/13 

  • New Rules for Emergency Mail Ballot Voting

    Military spouses away from home, like Herpin’s daughter, must request Mail Ballot to vote in recall

    CLICK TO DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY MAIL BALLOT APPLICATION

     

    Colorado Springs (August 21, 2013) – The Colorado Secretary of State in conjunction with the El Paso Clerk and Recorder’s Office have worked to create a system for Emergency Mail Ballot voting for the September 10th recall election.

    The Emergency Mail Ballot voting system gives voters who are going to be out of town during in-person voting between September 5 and September 10 the possibility of having their vote counted.ClicktoDownload-RecallEmergencyMailBallotApp

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EMERGENCY MAIL BALLOT APPLICATION

    The application should be faxed to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 719-520-7327 or emailed to elections@elpasoco.com.

    “I’m pleased that our election officials are working to try to give our military, military spouses, and the bedridden the possibility of voting,” said Bernie Herpin.

    “Hopefully John Morse has learned a lesson about the unintended consequences of government overreach and his abuse of power,” continued Herpin.

    Since the election was thrown into upheaval on August 12, Bernie Herpin has been making the case that we must make sure every eligible voter has a chance to cast a ballot in this historic recall election.

    The upheaval came about because John Morse rammed through short-sighted election legislation in the final days of this year’s legislative session.  

    At the last moment, John Morse rewrote election laws to create a favorable set of rules for his party and his own recall election.

    As the Gazette put it,The Morse/Giron bill wasn’t introduced until April 22, long after recalls were organized against them. Motive? We don’t know. It’s a thing that makes you go ‘hmmm.’(Editorial, The Gazette 8/16/13)

    John Morse and Angela Giron sponsored the legislation. (HB 13-1303)

    “Ironically, Morse and other advocates promoted the bill as something that might ease voting and enfranchise voters.” (Editorial, The Gazette 8/14/13)

    Unfortunately, the real result has been that virtually all people in Senate District 11 will have to vote in-person beginning September 5th.

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    Most military personnel serving away from home could also either lose their right to a secret ballot or could even be disenfranchised in this election.

    Military voting is particularly important to Navy and Air Force veteran, Bernie Herpin.

    Herpin’s son-in-law and daughter call Colorado Springs home but are currently stationed in California with the United States Navy.

    “I was upset when I learned that my husband, who serves in the Navy and I might not be able to vote for my dad, Bernie Herpin,” said Kari DeBurger, Bernie Herpin’s daughter.

    “I can’t believe John Morse would jeopardize the votes of our military in order to save his own skin.”

    “I appreciate election officials doing their best to fix an unfixable situation created by John Morse and other Denver politicians. My hope is that all military families away from home realize they need to fill out the new Emergency Mail Ballot application to make sure their voices are heard,” concluded Kari DeBurger.

    As the Gazette put it, “The Morse recall came about because the senator displayed disregard for rule of law and values of his community. The election law, which a judge ruled partly unconstitutional, is one more example of the senator’s poor judgment.” (Editorial, The Gazette 8/16/13)

     

    BACKGROUND:

    Judge’s Ruling Sidelines Mail Ballots in Morse, Giron Recall Contests (Leslie Jorgensen, The Colorado Observer 8/13/13)

    Morse-sponsored ‘Colorado Voter Access’ law violates state constitution (Gazette Editorial, The Gazette 8/14/13)

    Morse-backed election overhaul may lead to rampant voter fraud (Gazette Editorial, The Gazette 8/16/13)

     

    For questions, call Herpin Campaign at 719-569-5810 or email Info@BernieHerpin.com.

     

     

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  • Springs Police Association Endorses Herpin

    Police Protective Association Endorses Herpin, Calls Morse “Out of Touch” and “Abysmal on Public Safety”

    Police Protective Association Endorses Herpin, Calls Morse “Out of Touch”

    Colorado Springs (August 14, 2013)  Today at a press conference in the heart of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association endorsed Bernie Herpin in the recall election of John Morse.

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    The PPA represents over 800 active and retired Colorado Springs police officers.

    “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the men and women who work everyday to keep Colorado Springs safe,” said Herpin.

    For the last 25 years, Bernie Herpin has given his time as a volunteer with the Colorado Springs Police Department with their Senior Victims Assistance Team, Handicap Parking Enforcement Unit, and DUI Enforcement Team.

    The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association made their rationale for the endorsement very clear.

    “We are outraged that Senator Morse is using a photograph of himself in our uniform in a political ad leaving the impression that he represents our values. John Morse doesn’t share our values and doesn’t have our support,” said Officer Tim Ives, Treasurer of the CSPPA.

    Ives continued, “Morse has ignored us and our concerns while Bernie Herpin has worked hand-and-hand with us for decades. This endorsement was a no-brainer.”

    Much has been made about John Morse and his ignoring constituent input over the last year. For the CSPPA it goes much further.

    “During his time in the senate, John Morse didn’t ask for our input once on public safety issues and consequently passed legislation that made our jobs tougher,” said Officer Barry Freeman, CSPPA Board of Directors.

    “Conversely, Bernie Herpin has had our backs as a longtime volunteer and worked with us while on City Council,” continued Freeman.

    John Morse has been in the State Senate for the last seven years and led the way to enact shorter sentences for criminals:

    • Morse’s bills would have turned many felonies including some identity theft crimes into misdemeanors and placed a cap on the number of criminals that can be imprisoned at one time. (McClatchy, 4/21/09).
    • Additionally, Morse voted to kill a bill that would have increased sentences for criminals who commit sex offenses against children. (Appropriations Committee Roll, 4/11/08; The Colorado Observer, 7/29/13)

    “While we’re working to keep our streets safe for law-abiding citizens, Senator Morse has disarmed law-abiding citizens and tried to let more criminals out of state prisons,”said Officer Mike Ray, CSPPA Board of Directors. ”He’s working against rank-and-file police officers and must be stopped. We need a change.”

    “We are asking the citizens of Senate District 11 to vote yes to recall John Morse and replace him with Bernie Herpin to give us an actual advocate for law-abiding citizens in Denver,” concluded Officer Barry Freeman, CSPPA Board of Directors.

    Read The Colorado Observer article on the press conference here

    For questions, call Herpin Campaign at 719-569-5810 or email Info@BernieHerpin.com.

    P.S. Join the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association in stepping up in this recall election. 

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  • Michelle Malkin Broadmoor Event

    Next Monday, we’re getting a major boost in our effort to defend our Constitution.

    We cordially invite you to a reception with Conservative Author and Fox News Contributor, Michelle Malkin, for a fundraising event at the Broadmoor Golf Club on Monday, August 19th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

    RSVP now to meet Michelle and help us remove John Morse from office and replace him with someone who respects our constitutional rights.

    Michelle Malkin has been speaking across the country and knows how important it is to recall John Morse and stop the unconstitutional encroachment on our rights.

    Your donation of $200 to $3,625 for the Malkin fundraiser will help us fight back against John Morse’s false attacks.

    Details for the Michelle Malkin event:

    Monday, August 19, 2013
    5:30pm-7:00pm
     
    The Broadmoor Golf Club
    Robert Trent Jones Room
    1 Lake Avenue
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Click here to RSVP online.

    If you can’t join us but still want to show Michelle and the rest of the country that you stand with us in the recall effort, you can go here to donate to the Colorado Recall Fund.

    SEE YOUR INVITATION HERE

    On to Victory!

    Bernie Herpin for Senate District 11

    P.S. Your donation of $200 to $3,625 for the Malkin fundraiser will give you the opportunity to meet a great conservative spokesperson and help us retire John Morse. Please, RSVP Now.

     

     

    Colorado Recall Fund 2013 is a joint fundraising event and effort of the Colorado Republican Party and Bernie Herpin for Senate. Contributions to Colorado Recall Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. Unless otherwise designated by the contributor, the first $200 from any individual’s contribution shall go to the recall election account of Bernie Herpin for Senate; the next $2,825 from any individual’s contribution shall go to the state political party account of the Colorado Republican Party; the next $50 from any individual’s contribution shall go to the state small donor committee account of the Colorado Republican Party; the next $550 from any individual’s contribution shall go to the state political committee account of the Colorado Republican Party. All funds received in response to this solicitation will be subject to state and federal campaign finance contribution limits and prohibitions. The maximum an individual, partnership, or limited liability company may contribute to this joint fundraising effort in calendar year 2013 is $3,625. Except as otherwise provided for under Colorado law, contributions from corporations, foreign citizens, foreign nationals, and federal contractors are prohibited. Congressmen Gardner, Lamborn and Tipton are participating in this event only as invited special guests. Congressmen Gardner, Lamborn and Tipton are not asking for funds or donations.

  • Herpin Announces Campaign Leadership

    Local and State Leaders Stand with Bernie Herpin in Defense of Constitutional Rights

    Colorado Springs, CO - Today, Bernie Herpin announced additions to his campaign team in advance of the recall election on September 10.

    Each join a growing list of Colorado and local community leaders standing with Herpin in the defense of our Constitutional rights.

    I am pleased to have the support of so many with such strong ties to Senate District 11,” said Herpin.

    His campaign co-chairs will be former State Representative Larry Liston and former District 11 State Senator Ed Jones. Both have represented parts of this senate district.

    Additionally, the Herpin campaign has officially named El Paso County native, Rob O’Regan as its campaign manager. O’Regan has worked on 47 campaigns in Colorado and is a former field director for the Colorado Republican Party. He will be using his vast experience in Colorado politics to coordinate the Herpin campaign’s grassroots and GOTV efforts.

    With hundreds of donations, the Herpin Campaign continues to build financial support – 90% of which comes from Colorado.

    This level of local support and experience has been critical to our campaign efforts so far and I’m proud to have earned the support of so many great leaders in our community,” said Herpin.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GROWING LIST OF BERNIE HERPIN ENDORSERS.  ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST.