Town Hall March 10, Caucus March 6

Next week will be a truly busy political week around here, and it's almost time for our next town hall meeting, to be held Saturday, March 10 from 10:15 until about noon. I'm pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Dr. Bruce Messinger (pictured below), Superintendent of the Boulder Valley School District. The meeting will be held in the Creek Room in the Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1000 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, and it's free and open to the public.

Bruce Messinger

The topic of education will certainly be on tap Saturday, since Dr. Messinger has spent decades in the field while I am a member of the Senate Education committee. The legislature is preparing to grapple with the Long Bill budget process, and state budgetary decisions can certainly impact education funding. We've been debating a number of education bills in committee over the past two months, including a recent lengthy discussion on SB-046, a school discipline bill pertaining to "zero-tolerance" discipline policies. Of course, Dr. Messinger will speak about issues that affect BVSD schools at the local level, so attendees of Saturday's meeting should receive a great deal of education...about education.

The political agenda for this week also includes the Tuesday, March 6 Democratic Party precinct caucuses (the Colorado Republicans already held their caucuses on Feb. 7). I strongly encourage those who are interested in the party political process to attend, as it is a true opportunity for people to get involved at the grassroots level. Visit www.bocodems.org to find out where your precinct caucus meeting will be held.

Registration starts at 6:15 p.m., and the caucuses run until 9:00 p.m. You don't need to be a registered Democrat to attend, but you do need to be a registered Democrat to vote or become a delegate. Delegates and alternates selected through the precincts gain the opportunity to serve as delegates at other assemblies and conventions in 2012 - at the county, state, congressional district or even national levels. 

I hope to see you somewhere this week, whether it's at the Capitol, at a caucus or at the town hall. 

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