• Colorado lawmakers voted in bipartisan fashion to ask voters to remove the constitutional amendment, but didn’t offer a replacement plan

    For the second straight year, Colorado voters face a choice on a complicated tax question that could have major implications for generations to come in terms of public services and taxpayers’ wallets.

    This time, the matter at hand is whether to repeal the Gallagher Amendment, a constitutional provision that has had more impact on Colorado governance in recent decades than perhaps any policy initiative other than the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

    The Gallagher measure has saved Colorado homeowners an estimated $35 billion in residential property taxes since voters adopted it in 1982, easing the financial blow of the state’s rising cost of living. But the drop in property tax revenue also has set off a cascade of problems for the public sector, squeezing local budgets in rural areas that can least afford it, while shifting more costs to a state government that has financial challenges of its own.

    Policymakers for years had sought a compromise that would protect local services from steep cuts while maintaining some of Gallagher’s protections for homeowners. But in the face of uncharted economic territory — and a pandemic-induced $3 billion state budget deficit — state lawmakers are instead asking voters in November to repeal it entirely and without a replacement.

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

  • A once clean, proud city finds itself in the shadow of violent unrest and a homeless crisis. Source data for Denver in Decay can be found here: http://bit.ly/denver-in-decay-resourc…

  • There are eleven issues on Colorado’s November 3rd ballot.

    • What are they and why are they on the ballot?
    • What are they trying to accomplish?
    • What are the pros and cons of voting yes?
    • What are the pros and cons of voting no?
    • What groups are for, and against, them?
    • What are the short and long-term implications of each if it passes?

    Michael Fields, executive director of Colorado Rising State Action, will explain and answer your questions on the eleven ballot questions.  Read your Colorado Blue Book beforehand and bring it with you, along with your questions and a friend or two.

    Join us on Saturday, October 10th from 9:00am-11:00am inside of the Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 99t Place in Thornton.  Admission is $3 per person.  Social distancing rules will apply, per the Governor’s Executive Order, along with wearing masks.

    Colorado Rising State Action is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on advancing conservative principles in Colorado and holding liberals accountable through cutting-edge research, rapid-response communications, a statewide tracking network, and digital platforms.

    Colorado Rising State Action was established to bring together an aggressive, sustained, professional research and communications operation to help conservatives better understand the issues and win important policy fights in Colorado.

    Michael Fields

    Michael Fields

    Executive Director

    Michael was previously the Senior Director of Issue Education for Americans For Prosperity (AFP), and State Director of AFP Colorado. He brings years of educational, legislative, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit experience. He has also served as a policy aide at the Colorado State House, press aide for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, and taught both elementary and middle school in Aurora. Michael graduated from Valparaiso University and earned his J.D. from University of Colorado – Boulder. He and his wife, Mele, and their three children live in Parker.

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  • BOULDER–In an editorial published September 12, the Boulder Daily Camera editorial board reversed its previous support for Colorado joining the National Popular Vote Compact (NPVC), and is now urging a “no” vote on Proposition 113 on the November ballot.

    Prop 113 is a citizen initiated referendum on the NPVC statute, which was passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature last year. A no vote repeals the statute, keeping Colorado out of the compact.

    In a 2019 editorial the Daily Camera said the compact has “drawbacks” that “subjugated state will to national interest, and the results, taken out of context, appear extreme.”

    The editorial board excused that flaw, saying, “Satisfactory national results should take precedence over state-level electorate-elector imbalances. A state under the compact’s regime might find its electoral position out of whack with that of its voters as a bloc, but as individuals its voters will have been heard…”

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

  • The GOP senator touts his record as he seeks re-election in a state trending against the president.

    By Jillian Kay Melchior

    Sept. 15, 2020 1:40 pm ET

    Sen. Cory Gardner speaks before President Trump arrives at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 20.

    PHOTO: MICHAEL CIAGLO/GETTY IMAGES

    Beaver Creek, Colo.

    The pandemic precludes pressing the flesh, so Sen. Cory Gardner extends his elbow for a merry bump. He’s wearing a green Colorado State University face mask, and when he tugs it down, he’s grinning. He’s serious about protecting the elderly from Covid-19 “because there would be nobody left in the Senate but very few of us,” Mr. Gardner, 46, jokes as he addresses an audience of conservatives in this mountain resort 100 miles west of Denver. But Mr. Gardner’s humor and good cheer contrast with the bleak mood of his supporters, who seem terrified about what will happen if he loses his seat this November.

    “I think it’s pretty simple,” Mr. Gardner tells me. “If we hold Colorado, we keep the Senate majority.” As he courts voters by Zoom, over the phone and in person, he’s observed “a level of concern for the country in their voice that I’ve never heard before. It is beyond just, ‘Man, you’re the person I want to win,’ to ‘We will be lost without you.’ And I don’t by any means take that as me, but if we lose the Senate, if we lose the country to the radical left.” Such alarm from voters is “something I’ve never experienced,” he says. “I did not experience this six years ago.”

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

  • UNMASKED2020 is a collection of commentaries on the government’s executive and legislative actions during the historic 2020 session of the Colorado General Assembly. The 2019 legislative session had produced much equally radical legislation, like the knee-capping of the oil and gas industry in Senate Bill 181, but the 2020 session was more dramatic and arrogant in the rapid acceleration of Progressives’ radical agenda. This occurred through an unprecedented confluence of events:

    • the arrival in March of the malevolent Wuhan virus and the resulting declaration of a public health emergency by the governor;
    • the cataclysmic economic meltdown stemming from Governor Polis’s shut-down orders in response to the pandemic;
    • the ten-week legislative recess, pushing the normal 120-day session into mid-June;
    • the severe multi-year budget crisis resulting from the Governor’s shutdown orders; and
    • nightly riots on the Capitol grounds, continuing for weeks and affecting the work hours, the safety of legislators and employees, and not-so-subtly influencing the legislative agenda.

    When reading the contributions offered by the authors, two things need to be kept in mind.

    • First, the book is an anthology: each individual chapter presents the views and judgments of the specific author on the subjects and controversies discussed in that chapter. The fifteen authors do not necessarily agree with all of the views presented by the other contributors.
    • The book is not a policy manifesto, and it does not attempt to cover every aspect of the 2020 session of the legislature. Authors evaluate several major actions which are characteristic of the session and will have serious impacts on Coloradans’ lives and liberties for decades.

    What the book does attempt to do is sound a wakeup call. By “unmasking” the deeply troublesome radicalism and dishonesty behind a media-driven narrative that misleads the citizenry, the authors hope to interrupt and help reverse Colorado’s downhill rush to a California-style apocalypse. Time is short to halt Colorado’s slide into a civic chaos where the “Rule of Law” is no longer respected.

    Click (HERE) to go to Amazon to read more and order this book

  • Watch the world premiere of America! America! God Shed His Grace! on Thee during the virtual Western Conservative Summit on October 10, 2020.


     

  • By Chuck Wibby

    In 1992, Colorado voters passed the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. The amendment to the Colorado Constitution is widely despised by elected officials at every level of government. It is also widely loved by the majority of taxpaying citizens who pay the bills to employ those same elected officials.

    Among its other provisions, TABOR contained an exemption for fee-based services that the government provides to citizens. It was a logical concession. After all, if the city wanted to operate a parking lot, it would be impractical to have a vote every time the city wanted to increase the cost to park your car in their lot.

    TABOR’s intent was that “government-owned businesses that provide goods or services for a fee or surcharge” are “paid for by the individuals or entities that are purchasing the goods or services.” This is in contrast to “government agencies or programs that provide goods or services that are paid for by tax revenue.” Letting no good deed go unpunished, it didn’t take the state too long to figure out how to take advantage of TABOR’s allowance for fee-based enterprises.

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

  • Ballots will be mailed out by counties starting on October 9.
    Ballots will be mailed out by counties starting on October 9.(AP Images)
    Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 4:47 PM EDT|Updated: 16 hours ago
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) –

    In just a mere 54 days Coloradans will have the opportunity to cast a vote on a number of different propositions and amendments – 11 to be exact. While you won’t receive your ballot until next month, a little extra studying never hurts.

    Amendment B – Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates

    A YES vote would repeal the Gallagher Amendment, a 1982 amendment that Colorado passed that says that only 45% of the state’s tax revenue would come from residential properties, and 55% from non-residential properties. Read more on the Gallagher Amendment here.

    A No vote would keep the 1982 Amendment in place.

    Amendment C – Bingo Raffles Allow Paid Help and Repeal Five-Year Minimum

    A YES vote would allow charitable organizations that have existed for three years to be able to obtain a charitable gaming license, instead of five years that is currently required. It would also allow charitable organizations to hire and pay managers and operators of gaming activities minimum wage.

    A NO vote would keep the minimum at five years and would require those who manage or are operators of gaming activities to be unpaid and be volunteers of the organization.

    To continue reading about the rest of the 11 ballot questions, please click (HERE):

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