• The Joint Budget Committee will begin reviewing recommendations for spending cuts this week to rewrite the $30 billion state budget

    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the $30 billion-plus state budget begins to take shape this week as lawmakers consider massive spending cuts.

    How much tax revenue Colorado will lose to the paralyzed economy remains uncertain, but the governor’s budget office is projecting $3 billion in lost revenue for the current fiscal year and the next.

    The General Assembly’s budget writers on Monday will start reviewing recommendations from legislative analysts for potential spending cuts across all government agencies. The documents are expected to include scenarios for slashing budgets as much as 20% and force legislators to make hard choices that will impact most Colorado families, according to drafts reviewed by The Colorado Sun.

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  • The Colorado General Assembly recessed on March 14 because of COVID-19 and it’s not clear when state lawmakers will return

    The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state legislature may extend its lawmaking term after taking a pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, breathing new life into Democrats’ policy plans and ending ambiguity swirling for weeks at the Capitol.

    The Colorado General Assembly was originally supposed to adjourn on May 6, but after temporarily recessing on March 14 because of the new coronavirus outbreak, Democratic lawmakers wanted to use an emergency rule allowing them to continue past their planned end date.

    Republicans challenged the rule — Joint Rule 44(g) — and said legislative sessions must end after 120 consecutive days under a constitutional amendment approved by voters in the 1980s. The rule was unanimously adopted in 2009 in the wake of the H1N1 flu epidemic and is triggered when the governor declares an emergency because of a health crisis.

    But in a narrow, 4-3 decision handed down Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the amendment is ambiguous and the legislature therefore can meet after May 6 to make up days it has missed because of the coronavirus.

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  • Democratic leaders kill a rescue bill under pressure from the left

    By The Editorial Board
    Updated March 23, 2020 7:34 pm ET

    What a spectacle. Much of America is quarantined at home, the public is so panicked there’s a run on toilet paper, the country desperately wants reassurance, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer decide to take a bipartisan rescue bill as a political hostage.

    That’s the display of Democratic leadership in a crisis the nation received on Monday as Senate Democrats blocked a $1.8 trillion bill that has urgent money for workers, hospitals, small business and, yes, even larger companies threatened by the forcible shutdown of the U.S. economy. When America most needs bipartisan cooperation, Democrats add to the economic uncertainty by putting their partisan interests above the needs of the country.
    ***
    Democrats are lucky the Federal Reserve chose Monday to deploy its biggest financial guns so far, or the markets might have taken an even bigger fall amid Washington’s dysfunction. Equities still fell by 3% or so, but investors took some comfort in the Fed’s offer to buy as many mortgage securities and Treasurys as needed to calm the panic. The mortgage-securities market has been strained as sellers who need cash struggle to find willing buyers.

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  • Increase taxes on rich, lower them for rest

    Coloradans may be voting this November on a proposal to raise billions of dollars annually by hiking taxes on the rich and using the money on schools and other, unspecified needs of a “growing population and changing economy.”

    An issue committee that calls itself Fair Tax Colorado announced Thursday that it will begin collecting signatures to place its proposal, titled Initiative 271, on the 2020 ballot. They’ll need at least 124,632 of them to qualify for the ballot.

    It would compensate for the loss in revenue from the tax cut by requiring everyone earning at least $250,000 to pay a 7% income tax rate on their federal taxable income after the first $250,000 and up to $500,000.

    Anyone earning more than $500,000 would then pay a 7.75% rate on their income above and beyond the first $500,000, and up to $1 million. Finally, for anyone earning more than $1 million, the measure proposes to tax them $67,700 plus 8.9% of all federal taxable income above and beyond the first million

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  • Due to coronovirus concerns, we are canceling Saturday’s NSRF meeting with Michael Fields. We hope to reschedule him for another time. Stay safe NSRF members .

    Who is Colorado Rising Action?
    What do they do?
    What’s the difference between a “Tax” and a “Fee”?

    You might be surprised.
    Michael Fields will explain.
    He also helped Colorado defeat Proposition CC, which preserved your TABOR rights & refunds.

    Join us this Saturday morning, March 14th, from 9:00am-11:00am at the Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 99th Place in Thornton.

    Admission is $5 and includes a continental breakfast.

     

    Holding Colorado Liberals and their special interest groups Accountable.

    Michael Fields on Cory Gardner & President Trump in 2020

    Michael Fields talks about Cory Gardner and what he’ll face this year on Colorado Inside Out.

    Bernie Sanders’ Agenda Will Put 90,000 Coloradans Out of Work

    At a rally in Colorado, Bernie Sanders’ discussed his anti-energy agenda which would put 90,000 Coloradans out of work.

    COLORADO RISING ACTION

    Colorado Rising Action is focused on holding liberal groups and their special interest networks accountable and advancing conservative principles. We’re fighting for limited government, lowering taxes, fighting government over-regulation that stifles freedom, free enterprise, a strong national security, and shaping the public policy debate in the Centennial State.

    Colorado Rising Action is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on holding liberal groups and their special interest networks accountable and advancing conservative principles. We’re fighting for limited government, lowering taxes, fighting government over-regulation that stifles freedom, affordable and accessible health care, free enterprise, and a strong national security.

    We hold liberal groups and their special interest networks accountable, fact-check left-wing politicians whose policies would push our nation in the wrong direction, and ensure citizens have the most accurate, up-to-date information to drive a balanced policy conversation on national issues.

    Here’s how we do it:

    We have eyes and ears on the ground in Colorado tracking liberal special interest groups and candidates for federal office.

    Not only are we keeping track of what left-wing politicians are saying now, we also keep a fact-checking record and hold politicians accountable.

    Rapid Response. Timing is everything. We’ll be communicating in real time with reporters and directly with Coloradans with the latest and more relevant information.

    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.

    Lindsey Singer

    Communications Director

    Lindsey grew up in Boulder and has 10 years of communications and public relations experience, and has worked for nonprofit organizations, diplomatic office, and political offices on the local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining Colorado Rising Action, Lindsey was the communications director for the Montana Legislature’s Republican leadership, working directly under the Speaker of the House. She also served as the state press secretary for Montana’s U.S. Senator Steve Daines. Lindsey attended the University of Colorado – Boulder and Quinnipiac University. She lives in Highlands Ranch with her fiance.

    https://coloradorisingaction.org/

  • Normally when I publish content online, I focus on the world of work. I hope you’ll forgive this brief departure, but I think that those of us on the left need to take a long look in the mirror and have an honest conversation about what’s going on.

    If you had told me 3 years ago that I would ever attend a Donald Trump rally, I would have laughed while assuring you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it 3 months ago, I probably would have done the same thing. So, how did I find myself among 11,000+ Trump supporters in Manchester NH? Believe it or not, it all started with knitting.

    You might not think of the knitting world as a particularly political community, but you’d be wrong. Many knitters are particularly active in social justice communities and love to discuss the revolutionary role that knitters have played in our culture.

    As a casual knitter, I never really paid attention to this. I knit as a way to relax and escape the drama of real life, not to further engage with it, but for anyone who is active in the knitting world on Instagram, it became almost impossible to avoid it. It started about a year ago when roving gangs of online social justice warriors started going after anyone who was not lockstep in their ideology. People were bullied and mobbed by hundreds of people for such offenses as publishing an article expressing excitement about going on a trip to India, posting a video saying they were leaving IG because they were uncomfortable, and posting a poem asking for kindness. Katherine Jepsen Moore has documented the full stories extensively and the BBC recently covered it as well.

    I started paying attention after one man who was attacked got mobbed so badly that he had a nervous breakdown and was admitted to the hospital on suicide watch. There was something that was not right (well, so many things really) and it witnessing the vitriol coming from those who I had aligned myself with politically was a massive wake up call.

    You see, I was one of those Democrats who considered anyone who voted for Trump a racist. I thought they were horrible (yes, even deplorable) and had worked very hard to eliminate their voices from my spaces by unfriending or blocking people who spoke about their support of him, however minor their comments. I watched a lot of MSNBC, was convinced that everything he had done was horrible, that he hated anyone that wasn’t a straight, white man, and that he had no redeeming qualities.

    But when I witnessed the amount of hate coming from the left in this small, niche knitting community, I started to question everything. I started making a proactive effort to break my echo chamber by listening to voices I thought I would disagree with. I wanted to understand their perspective, believing it would confirm that they were filled with hate for anyone that wasn’t like them.

  • South Bend is no model economy, but its former mayor once recognized the value of markets.

    Americans who treasure their lives and their liberty can only hope that communism will remain a dirty word. Freedom-loving voters have noticed that even as a relative moderate in the current Democratic field, Mr. Buttigieg is backing multi-trillion-dollar tax increases, the creation of a new government-run health plan, the end of the Electoral College and a restructuring of the Supreme Court among other “progressive” changes.
     
  • They’re increasingly rigid and orthodox, even as Republicans have shown a new flexibility.

    Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer at the debate in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 7.

    PHOTO: JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

    The Democrats have turned religious. Not in the sense that they espouse a belief in an omnipotent and benevolent Creator or eternal and universal moral principles. They are religious in the sense that they hold dogmatic beliefs that are impervious to contradiction by logic, evidence or experience, and cultivate a moral superiority toward unbelievers. The party that loudly prides itself on tolerance and diversity is increasingly intolerant in at least three areas.

    First, Democrats have moved beyond traditional environmentalism, with its emphasis on regulation, technological innovation and market incentives to achieve incremental progress, toward a radical vision grounded in an unshakable belief in climate apocalypse. Both parties once cooperated to protect endangered species and clean the air, water and soil. Today’s Democrats demand bans on fracking and new oil and gas leases on federal lands, and endorse the elimination of all fossil fuels and decarbonization of the economy in unrealistic time frames. Rather than aspirational moonshots, intended to inspire the public and private sectors to work together, Democrats use these impossible goals as rationales for completely restructuring how Americans live, work, commute and even eat.

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  • Dear Friends,

    This is a fascinating (and disturbing) read.  One of the best “nutshell” descriptions of the United States current political situation that I’ve seen.

    Summary of eRumor:
    Shortly before his death, Eastern Michigan University professor Jack Minizey wrote about a modern civil war bing fought without guns in a column that has gone viral.

    The Truth:
    Jack Minzey was indeed an emeritus professor at Eastern Michigan University. He also died on April 8, 2018, as the forwarded email claims. Minzey did not, however, write a commentary titled “This Civil War” that’s been attributed to him.
    Daniel Greenfield wrote a delivered the commentary during the South Carolina Tea Party Convention Speech in January 2018. The original is titled, “The Second Civil War,” and mirrors the version later attributed to Jack Minzey word-for-word.

    Shortly after his death in April 2018, the commentary was attributed to Minzey in forwarded emails. Zero Hedge, a blog site that publishes conspiracy-minded commentaries about financial markets and globalization, published one version of the email that included this dramatic intro:

    Recently Jack Minzey sent what was to be the final chapter in the long line of books at treatises which he had written. Jack passed away Sunday, 8 April 2018. Professionally, Jack was head of the Department of Education at Eastern Michigan University as well as a prolific author of numerous books, most of which were on the topic of education and the government role therein. This is the last of his works.

    The Civil War commentary goes on to describe a “modern civil war” that’s being fought without guns (for now). Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the commentary goes, is a sign of Democrats rejecting the results of an election. “It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections. That’s a civil war.”
    It’s unclear how the Civil War commentary came to be attributed to Minzey. It could have been done so accidentally. Or, it could have been done to lend more credibility, and dramatic effect, the commentary. Either way, Minzey did not write it.

    Here’s the email:

    Dr. Jack Devere Minzey, born 6 October 1928, died 8 April 2018, was the Department Head of Education at Eastern Michigan University as well as a prolific author of numerous books, most of which were on the topic of Education and the Government role therein. (Editor’s note)This was the last of his works:

    Civil War:  How do civil wars happen?  By Dr. Jack Devere Minzey

    Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country.  And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.  That’s the basic issue here.  Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country.  When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war. 

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