• 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.
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    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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  • The Colorado Supreme Court In Denver
    The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in downtown Denver, home of the Colorado Supreme Court.

    Five additional challenges to proposed ballot initiatives went to the Colorado Supreme Court this week, as opponents seek to block measures pertaining to paid leave, tax policy and the petitioning process from the November statewide ballot.

    Kelly Brough, the president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, filed four of the challenges. She wrote in a court petition that she believed Initiative 245, which would create a right to ballot initiative at virtually every level of state and local government, had a misleading ballot title because it omitted descriptions of several key features from the complex measure.

    Specifically, she argued that the title should inform voters of a reduction in signatures required to put an initiative on the ballot, of newly-assigned jurisdiction to the Supreme Court to hear initiative protests and of prohibitions on legislation from the General Assembly on topics that voters previously rejected through referendum.

    The three-member Title Board sets the ballot titles for voters if they determine that an initiative constitutes a single subject. The title must include the central components of the proposal, but also be brief.

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  • The Senate and the Judiciary

    A Democratic majority threatens judicial independence.

    By The Editorial Board
    March 8, 2020 7:11 pm ET23

    A broad liberal threat against the rule of law. Image: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

    Chuck Schumer says he regrets the words he used to threaten Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh last week, but perhaps we should thank him for the moment of candor. The Senate Minority Leader has reminded the country of the threat that a Democratic Senate poses to judicial independence.
    Mr. Schumer’s threats were cruder than most, but they are part of a larger Democratic-progressive project to politicize the judiciary and delegitimize the current Supreme Court. The effort has included opposing nearly all of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, threatening Justices with punishment if they issue certain rulings, stigmatizing judges who belong to the Federalist Society, and even threatening to change the structure of the High Court.
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    This goes well beyond the familiar criticism of Supreme Court rulings they don’t like. And well beyond the popping off that President Trump has done about specific judges in specific cases. Mr. Trump is wrong to do so, but like so much of what he says it has had no legal effect. The judges ignore him, as they should, and so do Senate Republicans…
    …The Democratic goal here isn’t merely to rebalance the courts with more liberal nominees the democratic way.
    The goal is to intimidate the judiciary into ruling the way Democrats want—or else.
     
     
  • Voter approval of enterprises may be needed under proposed ballot initiative

    Title Board member David Powell
    Colorado Title Board member David Powell, representing Attorney General Phil Weiser, reviews proposed initiatives at the board’s Jan. 15 meeting.

    Three proposed ballot measures to give voters a say in the creation of fee-based government businesses, also known as enterprises, advanced one step closer to the November ballot on Wednesday.

    The three-member Colorado Initiative Title Setting Review Board approved the ballot titles of Initiatives 273-275, which would require voter approval of new state enterprises whose projected revenues are either $50 million or $100 million in the first five years of their existence. In one variant of the proposal, the revenue cap would be $50 million in the first three years.

    “There’s a coalition of conservative groups that have worked together on other ballot issues that will likely be supporting this and making sure it gets on the ballot,” said Michael Fields, one of the designated representatives along with Lindsey Singer. Both work for Colorado Rising State Action, a conservative advocacy group.

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  • CALDARA | Pending ballot proposals lean to the left of even our left-leaning legislature

    Jon Caldara
    Jon Caldara

    While pushing her bill to end the death penalty through the legislature, state Rep. Jeni Arndt refused to let the issue go to a public vote, you know, where you and I would have a direct say on it.

    Why? Because, as she said, “We (legislators) are the people.”

    Funny. I was taught that we the people were the people. But I went to an underfunded Catholic school, so I probably got it wrong.

    This kind of legislative arrogance makes us Coloradans love our right to the citizens initiative. The Colorado Constitution is very clear — we, the non-elected citizens of Colorado, can also act as the legislature, equally empowered to change the law, change the state constitution, even.

    In retort to Arndt, you got it wrong. We people are the legislature, not the other way around

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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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    • By Kelly Sloan

    Jan 23, 2020

     

    Kelly Sloan

    The impeachment trial is underway, and politics being what it is, the outcome is fairly well established. Still, these things don’t happen very often (though at this rate I estimate impeachment proceedings could become annual events within a generation). So, there are some ancillary areas to comment on, such as the overwrought political nature of the show, one effect of which is Colorado attracting a bit of attention in the drama.

    The main reason for this, of course, is first-term Colorado U.S. Rep. Jason Crow being named as one of the seven House impeachment managers charged with making the case against the president in the Senate trial. Why, one wonders, was Crow among the anointed few? It wasn’t due to his long legislative tenure; he is barely into his second year as congressman. The argument could be made that he is a capable attorney — he is — but it is not as though the U.S. Congress is lacking for attorneys. No, it likely had more to do with his hailing from a swing district in a swing state which the Democrats desire to hang onto than with his prosecutorial skills.

    Crow is dutifully playing his part. For the last few days he has chimed in with other Democrats about how “unfair” the proceedings are under Senate Majority Leader. Mitch McConnell, who is in charge of D-Day arrangements. Among the chief complaints is the accelerated nature of the trial schedule, which as amended allows 24 hours over three days to each side for opening arguments. Granted, given the standard congressional pace that could be considered positively supersonic. But unfair? As Rich Lowry pointed out in National Review, both sides are allotted equal time to present their opening statements, and the senator-jurors are allowed plenty of time to ask questions.

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  • House Bill 20-1026, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch, Rep. Michael Weissman, D-Aurora, Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora and Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs would split off Arapahoe County to ease the caseload on the 18th Judicial District, provide more fair representation in judicial proceedings for residents of the other counties, and relieve some of the tax burden caused by a disproportionate number of prosecutions coming from Arapahoe County.

    Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler supports the split. “It’s not just the number of felonies, it’s the quality of the felonies,” Brauchler told the Committee. “Our jurisdiction took to trial 24 first-degree murder cases last year. That’s an appalling number of murders, but it’s a reality. Three or four came out of Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln.”

    Brauchler pointed out that the cost of expensive murder trials is shared by all the counties in the district, meaning the taxpayers of the other three counties pay a disproportionate share of those costs for crimes not originating in their counties.

    Brauchler said Douglas County population has exploded, and Elbert County is projected to be the fastest growing county through 2050. He also said that Douglas comprises one-third of the district’s population while Arapahoe contributes two-thirds of the crime.

    Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharp supported the split.

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