• June 12th is the second Saturday of the month and that means it’s time to gather with your friends at The Forum!

    The Colorado Legislature ended the 2021 session Wednesday and they passed over 600 bills.

    Most of them were to reduce your freedoms and increase your taxes (and fees).

    Our speaker is Sue Moore from the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado (https://rlcco.org/)

    They rate every bill and legislator with the following criteria:

    “The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado produces an annual Liberty Scorecard. It is a measure of how our state lawmakers vote according to Constitutional Principles: Individual Rights, Free Markets and Limited Government.”

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado website says they’re “The Conscience of the Colorado GOP.”

    We meet at 1305 West 121st Avenue, in Westminster from 9:00am-11:00am this Saturday, June 12th.  Admission is $3 per person. See the map further below.

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado is a political action organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free markets by:

    • Working within the State Republican Party and with other conservative organizations to identify, recruit and support candidates for state and local government who hold to our principles.
    • Monitoring legislative activity to hold elected Republicans accountable to the principles on which they campaigned.
    • Encouraging our members to participate in the Republican party organization and promote membership in RLCCO among party leadership.

  • House Bill 1321 comes as progressives have all but given up on doing away with TABOR, the 1992 constitutional amendment that has served as a third rail in Colorado politics ever since its passage

    One of the most effective parts of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights when it comes to stopping tax-raising ballot questions in Colorado is a requirement that voters be informed, IN CAPITAL LETTERS, about the eye-popping sum they are deciding whether to allow the government to collect.

    “SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED $766,700,000 ANNUALLY FOR A TWENTY-YEAR PERIOD?” Proposition 110, which was focused on raising money for transportation projects, scream-asked voters in 2018. (It failed.)

    Now, Democrats are trying to adapt that potent TABOR transparency tool for their own purposes.

    House Bill 1321, a measure introduced at the Capitol this week, would require voters to be informed of which programs would be affected by ballot questions decreasing taxes.

    The legislation would require the following language be attached to tax-reducing ballot measures: “Shall funding available for state services that include, but are not limited to, (the three largest areas of program expenditures) be impacted by a reduction of (projected dollar figure of revenue reduction to the state in the first full fiscal year that the measure reduces revenue) in tax revenue…?”

    The bill would also mandate that ballots containing tax questions highlight how many people in which tax brackets would be most affected by tax hikes or decreases, and require that ballot titles for tax increases state that the aim is to “increase or improve levels of public services” and then list those services.

    “It’s an attempt to provide more information and level the playing field,” said Carol Hedges, who leads the liberal-leaning Colorado Fiscal Institute, which supports the measure. “Currently, the all-caps language focuses people’s attention only on the size of state government. We know that the size of state government is not the only factor people should be considering.”

    Scott Wasserman, who leads the Bell Policy Center, a liberal advocacy organization, called the measure “a great idea” that seeks to offset what he sees as the manipulative aspects of TABOR.

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  • Eileen Reilly casts her vote into a drop box Wednesday outside the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Colorado Springs.

    Chancey Bush, The Gazette

     

    A proposed ballot initiative that would do away with mail voting in Colorado, forbid the use of drop boxes and require a fingerprinted “government-issued elector card” when voting will appear before the Title Board on Wednesday.

    Initiative #38 “significantly increases” costs for elections officials, according to a nonpartisan fiscal analysis. The measure would force county clerks to operate a greater number of polling places and develop new elections procedures. At the Department of State, there would be changes to the statewide voter registration system, the ballot access system, the campaign finance tracking system and post-election risk limiting audit software.

    There may also be increased expenditures for the state’s court system, as felony offenses related to election fraud or voter intimidation would merit 10 days in jail and a $250 fine per “illegal ballot.”

    The designated representatives for the initiative are Margot Herzl of Littleton, who was a Libertarian candidate for the state House of Representatives last year, and Anna Omsberg of Bailey. The Title Board’s duty is to set a ballot title to appear before voters if the board determines a proposed measure contains a single subject as the constitution requires. Proponents then have the opportunity to collect signatures to place the measure on the statewide ballot.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

  • Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council. The dozens of votes reveal deep-seated divisions in town.

    Liam Adams

    8:45 AM MDT on May 11, 2021

    This story first appeared in a Colorado Community Media newspaper. The Colorado Sun is an owner of CCM.

    After six hours and 78 rounds of voting for the next mayor pro tem, Westminster Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council.

    The battle for mayor pro tem followed the swearing in of Westminster’s new mayor, Anita Seitz, who took up the mantle after former Mayor Herb Atchison unexpectedly resigned from his post May 5. Atchison’s departure left an even split on council, leading to the seemingly endless meeting that began on Monday and ended on Tuesday and which exposed deep local political divisions.

    There have been alliances on council among Atchison, Seitz and Councilors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz. On the other side, DeMott and Councilors Rich Seymour and Lindsey Smith are aligned.

    Atchison, Seitz, Skulley and Voelz were the target of a recall campaign, with recall organizers citing the four councilors’ support for existing water rates. DeMott, Seymour and Smith have advocated for lowering water rates, garnering them support from the Westminster Water Warriors, the recall group.

    To continue reading this story, please click (HERE):

  • Paul Lundeen
    Paul Lundeen

    There is no doubt Colorado needs to upgrade its roads and bridges. You can’t drive in El Paso County without swerving around potholes. Now that the pandemic appears to have crossed a tipping point, wait times are building again to get from Colorado Springs to Denver.

    The fact that Colorado legislators are paying attention to our infrastructure problems should be a win. But SB 260 is more about building government than building roads.

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  • You’ve likely heard about the legislature’s new gas tax proposal, which seeks to raise over $4 billion to “solve” our infrastructure needs. This massive proposal includes new charges at the gas pump, on delivery services like Amazon, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, and more.   No matter who you are, they have a new charge for you.

    We all agree that our roads and bridges need repair, but Coloradans already pay 22 cents per gallon in State taxes, on top of the 18.4 cents we pay in federal taxes. For certain politicians that’s just not enough.

    Much of the debate has focused on the questionable legality of the proposal, due to the passage of Proposition 117 just this past November.  That requires governments to receive voter approval before enacting these types of new, large “fees.” The unique protections of our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, require the legislature to obtain voter approval before raising taxes. But sponsors won’t let that stop them. Instead, they’re calling these new taxes, “fees,”’ so that Colorado voters won’t have a voice in the process. Read more …

  • The Title Board reconsidered its ballot titles for three property tax reduction proposals at its April 30, 2021 meeting.

    Opponents were unsuccessful at derailing three ballot initiatives that would cost local governments more than $1 billion in property tax revenue as the Title Board on Friday stuck by its original decision to award a ballot title to the measures.

    On April 21, the three-member board concluded Initiatives #26-28 contained a single subject, as the state constitution requires, and consequently set a title that would appear before voters. But objectors Carol Hedges and Scott Wasserman challenged the board’s finding, trigging a rehearing at the Title Board’s final meeting to screen proposals for the 2021 statewide ballot.

    As introduced, the initiatives would all reduce the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and cut the assessment rate for all other property from 29% to 26.4%. Nonpartisan fiscal analysts estimated the tax cut would constitute a $1.03 billion hit to local governments, affecting services such as K-12 education and police. Because Colorado’s school financing scheme requires the state to backfill funding for local districts, there would be an extra $258 million in additional state spending each year.

    Partially offsetting the sizeable loss in local government revenue would be $25 million that the state could temporarily direct toward localities — if excess income exists that normally would be refunded under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The three proposed initiatives would funnel the money toward fire protection, toward reimbursements for the senior homestead tax exemption, toward general relief.

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  • The Forum is your venue to discuss current events with a 360 degree view.
    It’s your place to share solutions opposing and fighting back against progressive liberalism. This Saturday, April 10th, join us from 9:00am-11:00am MT at 1305 West 121st Avenue in Westminster as we discuss, debate, and make plans about Colorado politics.

    Admission is only $1 per person so bring a friend or two. Social distancing and masks are required due to Tri-County Health Department mandates. We’ll have bottled water for attendees.

    “Roman Forum, Latin Forum Romanum, most important forum in ancient Rome, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. The Roman Forum was the scene of public meetings, law courts, and gladiatorial combats in republican times and was lined with shops and open-air markets. Under the empire, when it primarily became a centre for religious and secular spectacles and ceremonies, it was the site of many of the city’s most imposing temples and monuments.”

  • Americans for Prosperity free gas
    The conservative organization Americans for Prosperity is kicking off a month-long campaign that means free gas for five Coloradans picked at random.

    As it ramps up to fight legislation to put more fees on gas, diesel, vehicles, ride sharing and deliveries, Americans for Prosperity is offering an appropriate prize: $200 in fuel to each of five lucky Colorado drivers.

    Jesse Mallory, the conservative organization’s state director and the former chief of staff to the state Senate Republicans, announced the giveaway Tuesday afternoon.

    “While legislators have been hard at work trying to find ways to make Coloradans pay more at the pump, we’ve been spending time looking for ways to help struggling families,” he said. “We decided to offer $200 gas cards to five families to help pay for the legislature’s gas tax proposal.”

    To continue reading this story and register for free gasoline, click (HERE):

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