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  • Colorado to Address Unfinished Business From Civil War

    Voters will consider changing state constitution to abolish all forms of slavery

    An 1876 copy of the Colorado state constitution.
    An 1876 copy of the Colorado state constitution. PHOTO: P. SOLOMON BANDA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Colorado voters will decide in November on an issue that most people think was settled with the Civil War: the abolition of slavery.
     
    The 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution abolished most forms of slavery when it was ratified in 1865. But it allowed for slavery or involuntary servitude as a “punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”
     
    Colorado voters will consider a proposed change to the state constitution that would shorten Section 26 of Article II to read, “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude.” The Nov. 6 ballot proposal, known as Amendment A, requires a simple majority to pass.
     
    Twenty-two other states have similar provisions in their constitutions allowing slavery or involuntary servitude for those who committed crimes, while most others make no mention of slavery. Rhode Island is the only state that prohibits slavery in all instances.
     
    Colorado could be the first state to abolish slavery by amending its state constitution, said Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of the ACLU of Colorado.

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  • Few surprises as state candidates meet

    In Westminster forum, legislative candidates stick to their sides

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    State legislature candidates shared views on a variety of issues during a forum hosted by the Westminster Chamber of Commerce at Covernent Village Oct. 6.

    Grady Nouis, R-Westminster, is challenging incumbent Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, for House District 29, which includes northeast Arvada and western Westminster.

    Bruce Baker, R-Westminster, and Shannon Bird, D-Westminster, are vying for a seat in House District 35 to be vacated Faith Winter, who is running for a state senate seat instead. The district is a sliver of Westminster mostly east of Sheridan and west of I-25 from 68th Avenue to 156th Avenue. Baker and Bird have both served on the Westminster City Council.

    Incumbent Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton, is defending her seat in Senate District 24 – which includes portions of Westminster, Thornton and Northglenn – from challenger Winter, D-Westminster.

    TABOR

    Candidates were asked their opinion of the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which limits the revenue the state can keep and spend as well as requires any tax increase to be approved by voters — rather than leaving it to legislators, according to leg.colorado.gov.

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  • OMG….

    So many issues on your November 6th ballot.

    Should you vote YES or NO on each one?

    Is it good, or bad, for Colorado?

    You’ve got questions.

    We’ve got answers.

     

    Join us this Saturday morning, October 13th, for last NSRF meeting before the election.  We meet from 9:00am-11:00am at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 9th Place in Thornton.

    Admission is $5 per person and we include a continental breakfast to go with lively debate.

    We discuss the who/what/where/when/and how about each ballot question.

    See you Saturday morning!

    John Lefebvre, NSRF president

    Here is conservative Ross Kaminsky’s guide to how he sees the ballot questions:

    THE ROSS KAMINSKY SHOW

    Ross’s 2018 Colorado Ballot Measures Voting Guide

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  • The Next Kavanaugh Stakes
    PHOTO: JEFF MALET/ZUMA PRESS
    Anyone who thinks the brawl over Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court ended with his confirmation by the Senate on Saturday might want to listen again to Chuck Schumer’s floor speech. The Minority Leader made clear that Democrats are going to use accuser Christine Blasey Ford as a campaign prop from here to November and beyond.
     
    That may have been the Democratic plan all along once they learned of Ms. Ford’s accusation: Hold it for weeks, spring it as close to the election as possible, and if it doesn’t defeat Mr. Kavanaugh then use it to mobilize Democratic turnout. Perhaps that will work, and if it does Democrats will feel their delay-and-destroy strategy was worth it. Republicans should call out this behavior for how Democrats would govern if they take Congress.
     
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    Meantime, Senate Republicans held together and prevented a Supreme Court defeat that would have been a political disaster. Judge—now Justice—Kavanaugh deserves the most credit for refusing to withdraw and fighting for his seat under enormous pressure.
     
    By forcefully defending his integrity and repudiating the Democratic strategy, he gave GOP Senators the confidence to stand with him. He would have been defeated had he played it as meekly as his critics now say in retrospect that he should have. Credit to Donald Trump too for standing by his nominee.

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  • A preview of Colorado’s 2018 ballot: Taxes, roads and an existential crisis for oil and gas

    Colorado’s 2018 ballot questions explained, one by one

    PUBLISHED ONOCT 1, 2018 5:05AM MDT

    Brian Eason@brianeason

    Special to The Colorado Sun

    This time two years ago, Colorado voters “raised the bar” in a bid to shrink the state’s ballot and keep potentially devastating policies out of the state constitution.

    Two years later? In the first test of the new requirements, the statewide ballot looks as packed as ever.

    And Colorado political leaders say the stakes are unusually high.

    Voters will have two transportation options to pick from — or three, if you count a legislative proposal that would hit the ballot in 2019 if the two this year fail. There are also two tax hikes on the docket — one for roads, plus one of over $1.6 billion for schools.

    Marijuana is back on the ballot. So are slavery (yes, slavery) and gerrymandering.

    And somehow those aren’t even the most significant ones.

    That title belongs to the one-two punch of a constitutional “takings” measure that could cost state and local governments billions of dollars, and an anti-fracking initiative that Colorado’s oil and gas industry views as an existential crisis.

    Let’s start there:

    Setbacks, and payback

    A resident of a farm near where Crestone Peak Resources proposes to drill 28 wells from property covered by Boulder County conservation easements uses a campaign sign to urge people to vote against Proposition 112. (Dana Coffield, The Colorado Sun) Read more …

  • Colorado’s Fracking Fright

    Proposition 112 would prohibit almost all new oil and gas production.

    A hydraulic fracturing rig is seen in Weld County, Colorado, Feb. 4, 2016.
    A hydraulic fracturing rig is seen in Weld County, Colorado, Feb. 4, 2016. PHOTO: MATTHEW STAVER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

    California normally gets all the attention on the front lines of environmental activism. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill to “decarbonize” all electricity production by 2045. But in real-world implications for the rest of the country, Colorado also deserves attention. A measure heading for the fall ballot would shut down nearly all oil and gas production in one of the top energy-producing states.
     
    Colorado’s current rules on energy production prohibit oil and gas operations within 500 feet of a home or 1,000 feet of a school or hospital. But an environmental group called Colorado Rising has collected enough signatures for a proposal on the November ballot to expand these buffer zones and effectively create bans in nearly all of the state.
     
    Proposition 112 would restrict new energy development within a 2,500-foot radius of any building, playground, amphitheater, park, body of water or “any other additional vulnerable areas designated by the state or local government.” The restrictions rule out 85% of all non-federal land in the state, according to the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. In the five counties that produce 90% to 95% of Colorado’s oil and gas, 94% of non-federal land would be off-limits. The implications of such a ban would be national. Colorado ranks fifth among the states in production of natural gas and seventh for oil.
     
    In the first year the restrictions would take $201 million to $258 million out of state and local tax revenue. As energy production dwindled, that loss could rise to $1.1 billion annually by 2030, according to a Common Sense Policy Roundtable analysis reviewed by faculty from the Colorado School of Mines. The ban could kill up to 147,800 jobs and reduce state GDP by perhaps $218 billion between 2018 and 2030.

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  • Little-known flood-control district asks Denver metro voters for first tax hike

    Urban Drainage and Flood Control District proposes tax-restoration measure on Nov. 6 ballot

    Andy Cross, The Denver Post

    Greenway Foundation educator Kate Ronan, right, checks Annalena Tylicki’s net for bugs and other living creatures she collected in the South Platte River during a SPREE day camp at the restored Johnson-Habitat Park on June 9, 2015. The restoration, which included improvements to reduce flood risk, was paid for partly by the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.

    By JON MURRAY | jmurray@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

    September 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

     

    In an election season full of proposed tax hikes, one of the less familiar ballot measures facing voters across the Denver metro area this fall comes from a regional district that aids dozens of cities and counties in flood control.

    The little-known Urban Drainage and Flood Control District hasn’t asked for an increase in its property tax since its formation nearly five decades ago. That means it has actually lost ground, with its tax rate falling by 44 percent since the early 1990s under revenue growth limits in the voter-passed Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

    On the Nov. 6 ballot, the district’s Ballot Issue 7G asks voters across its jurisdiction for permission to restore its full taxing authority, as many cities, counties and other special districts have done. The district covers 1,600 square miles across Denver and all or part of Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

    Next year, a partial increase is expected to generate $14.9 million. Further increases within the restored limit would be left up to the district’s board, made up of elected officials from around the region, the UDFCD says.

    Once that happens, the full tax increase would raise an estimated $24 million a year, doubling the current funding level for projects and programs. The hit for the owner of a $400,000 home would be an extra $13 a year.

    The flood-control district faces no organized opposition to its proposed tax increase, but it does face a big challenge: Most voters don’t know what the district is or what it does.

    To read the rest of this Denver Post story, click (HERE):

     

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    Hear from Brigitte Grimm as she’s running for another term as your Adams County Treasurer.

    She has improved the Treasurer’s office and made it easier to contact them with more transparency while saving you money.

    Plus, we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of each ballot measure that will appear on the November 6th ballot.

    Join the NSRF for our monthly meeting on Saturday, September 8th from 9am-11am at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E. 99th Place in Thornton.

    Admission is $5 and a continental breakfast with beverages is included.

    Brigitte will also have campaign signs and is looking for volunteers to help in her race.

    Get involved to help your fellow Republicans!

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