Denver

tomorrow night, Golden mayor Jacob Smith

Last fall I was able to go to the Mines event with Barack Obama. Golden mayor Jacob Smith was one of the early speakers, and cracked about joke about being Obama's running mate. The punch line referred to Golden's population in relation to Wasilla, AK.

Anyway, Jacob Smith will join us at tomorrow's Drinking Liberally Denver. He'll briefly talk about the funding difficulties even a small town like Golden has. Note, he mentioned he's coming from another meeting so won't likely make it till 8:30.

I thought I could also take this opportunity to plug the event I'm helping put together, Netroots Nation in your Neighborhood on February 28th. We're expanding the size of the event and to help cover costs are going to start asking for a $10 registration fee. So, if you were thinking of registering, you might want to do soon. The registration page is here. I promise it will be a good time, and there will even be a Drinking Liberally happy hour at the end of this full day event.

As always Drinking Liberally Denver is:
Every Wednesday
Skylark Lounge
140 S Broadway
7:30pm

Cheers,
John and Kath

Our long national nightmare is over

Remember when pundits hailed the last incoming president as the MBA president? I saw the following at dailykos:

When George W. Bush took office the Dow was at 10,578.20. By the time he left office, it had fallen to 7,949.09.

When Gerald Ford was sworn in to replace Nixon he said the following

In all my public and private acts as your President, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

That seems quite applicable again today.

And since I'm in a sharing mood, here's the text of Rev. Lowery's inauguration benediction. For the non-believers, please bear with me. My favorite part:

Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little angelic Sasha and Malia.

We go now to walk together as children, pledging that we won't get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone.

With your hands of power and your heart of love, help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nations shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid, when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around ... when yellow will be mellow ... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.

Drinking Liberally Denver is tonight. Hope to see you there. I'll bring a copy of the new book from The Nation magazine, "Guide to the Nation". It lists several liberal Denver establishments. Come share your thoughts on how we should celebrate that.

As always Drinking Liberally Denver is:
Every Wednesday
Skylark Lounge
140 S Broadway
7:30pm

Cheers,
John and Kath

Inauguration events

Still haven't decided where you're going to be on 1-20-09, the end of an error? As the countdown clock at the Skylark attests, there are only a few more days to make up your mind:

bush countdown

Unfortunately, I've got too many things going on to plan something elaborate for the 20th. So, House District 2 of the Denver Dems is taking over the Skylark that night. They'll start around 6pm with a 7pm replay of the inauguration. Afterwords the swing band The Jason Justice Group will perform. They're asking for $10 contribution at the door.

The Denver Young Dems are having a happy hour starting at 5 at The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis. The even is open to everyone and is free.

That event is just down the street from the state party's big hootenanny at the Westin Tabor Center Hotel, 1672 Lawrence. Tickets are available: http://www.coloradodems.us/events/DenverBash

In my neighborhood, the Oriental Theater is hosting a bash with a large number of bands. Proceeds will benefit the arts and music programs at DPS schools. They're also asking for canned food items to benefit the Bienvenidos Food Bank.

And in other news...
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...In Your Neighborhood

is announcing our headline speaker, Congressman Jared Polis.

During lunch, Mary Rickels from Netroots Nation will talk about the organization and more generally netroots and progressive infrastructure. About as folks are finishing their lunch, as the treat, she'll introduce Jared Polis. Rather than make him give a long speech, we're going to do our more interactive portion of the day. It was actually his idea to talk about netroots outreach and get ideas from the crowd in a more workshop format.

We've already got a good number of people registered. While the event is free (did I mention FREE?), you must register to participate. Reserve your seat now. We're trying to decide if we'll need the super duper sized room, or just the regular meeting room already reserved.

As always Drinking Liberally Denver is:
Every Wednesday
Skylark Lounge
140 S Broadway
7:30pm onward

Cheers,
John and Kath

Yes, Denver still is very much a cow town

I happened to be in a coffee shop today as the Stockshow parade was just starting. I overheard a barista comment that she thought their no dogs policy would also apply to cows. Anyway, see ya tomorrow night.

In other news, I wanted to invite you all to a local event I'm helping organize. You've no doubt heard about Netroots Nation, the convention formally know as Yearly Kos. No, despite my best efforts, it's not coming to Denver yet. But we are doing the next best thing. A local version called Netroots Nation in Your Neighborhood.
Election night was the culmination of months, even years of effort, to elect progressive candidates. Now that the votes are counted, how do we translate the enthusiasm of the 2008 campaign volunteers into advocating and working for progressive policies at the state and national level?

Explore this topic at the first ever Netroots Nation in Your Neighborhood, scheduled for Saturday, February 28 in Westminster, CO. It's everything you love about the annual national conference--insightful panels, networking opportunities and fascinating presentations--all in a handy, one-day package.

We've lined up some great panelists including:

  • David Sirota, author of "The Uprising"
  • Adam Green, formerly of MoveOn, now with Change Congress
  • Alice Madden, Former Colorado House Majority Leader
  • Wendy Norris, editor of Colorado Independent
  • Mike Lux, formerly of OpenLeft now with Change.gov

And many more great speakers are already on the agenda with more to come. Click here to see the full agenda. Oh, and admission is free! But you must register to save your spot since we only have space for 100.

Generous sponsors include SquareState and ProgressNow.

As always, Drinking Liberally Denver is:
Every Wednesday
Skylark Lounge
140 S Broadway
7:30pm onward

Cheers,
John and Kath

1st Drinking Liberally Denver of the Year

See you there!

Hey, the state legislature starts the same day (a little earlier) as the next Dl Denver. What bills do you want to see them pass?

Since our visit with Rep Ferrandino didn't work out too well a few weeks ago we're going to have him back again soon. I'm going to also try to schedule city councilman Chris Nevitt. Details soon. Who else would you like to see come bye?

As always Drinking Liberally Denver is
Every Wednesday
Skylark Lounge
140 S Broadway
7:30pm onward

Cheers,
John and Kath