• 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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  • 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

  • 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):

  • Photo by Jay Bouchard

    Your Go-To Guide to Colorado’s 2020 Ballot Measures

    In addition to the presidential and Senate races, Coloradans will vote on 11 statewide ballot measures this November. From the reintroduction of gray wolves to changes to property taxes and more, here’s what you need to know.

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    In just a couple of weeks, Colorado voters will receive their general election ballots in the mail. While the showdown between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden and the Senate contest between incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner and former Gov. John Hickenlooper are rightfully capturing much of the attention, there are still plenty of other consequential items for voters to decide come Election Day.

    Colorado’s statewide ballot includes 11 measures that impact everything from taxes to the reintroduction of gray wolves to how the state will help elect the country’s commander in chief in the future. It’s a lot to digest, but we’re here to help. Read on for what you need to know about each initiative before November 3.

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

  • Join the NSRF this Saturday morning from 9:00am-11:00am at Amazing Grace Community Church (541 E 99th Place in Thornton) to hear highly sought after author and speaker Loren Spivack.

    Admission is $3 per person, bring a jacket since we’re meeting outside the church (due to the Governor’s executive orders about groups meeting in churches), bring a chair, and a friend or two to hear our engaging speaker.

    Loren will be giving his presentation called ‘Why We Fight, And How We Win In November’, to groups throughout Colorado during the months of September and October. His presentation chronicles just how unprincipled the Left has become and fires up the base just in time for November.

    Please check out Loren’s website www.fmwarrior.com to see samples of his speaking, learn more about his books, and see some of the other great groups that he’ll be speaking with on his upcoming trip out west.

    Loren brings his books (listed below) along in case anyone is interested in purchasing one after his presentation.

    Loren Spivack, “The Free Market Warrior,” was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent most of his adult life in New York City. Before becoming active in politics, Spivack worked for several non-profits and as a management consultant for both profit and non-profit companies.Spivack founded “Free Market Warrior” in 2009 in an effort to make a positive difference in American politics and economics.
    His “Free Market Warrior” store was expelled from Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina in July of 2009 for selling material critical of the Obama Administration.  (Mall owners, Simon Property Group, are major Democratic donors.) Since then Loren has devoted his time to teaching conservative groups about free market economics. He conducts “Economic Literacy” seminars across the United States. So far, Spivack has delivered his famous seminar on “Economic Literacy” to over 200 groups in 20 states.

    Spivack is also the author of “The New Democrat,” a parody history of the Obama administration, based on a famous children’s book.  With pitch-perfect rhyme and clever illustrations, “The New Democrat” transforms the political personalities of our times into cartoon characters in a conservative morality play.

    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=Loren+Spivack&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

  • By Andrew Kenney

    August 28, 2020
    Primary Day Voting Ballot Drop Off DenverHart Van Denburg/CPR News
    Denver Elections Division’s drive through ballot-drop-off station on Bannock Street on Primary Election Day June 30, 2020.

    Colorado voters this November will make decisions on nearly a dozen proposed changes to the state’s laws and constitution. It’s one of the longest statewide ballots in recent history, with three measures referred by state lawmakers, seven proposals from citizen groups and one effort to repeal a recently-passed state law.

    The decisions voters make on these questions will affect Colorado’s tax rates, government budgets, ecology and more. Many of these measures are supported and opposed by a range of organizations. CPR News is including those listed on the Secretary of State’s website or who are actively campaigning.

    New Laws

    Proposition 113 – Adopt Agreement To Elect U.S. Presidents By National Popular Vote

    Colorado voters can choose to affirm or reject the legislature’s 2019 decision to join the National Popular Vote Compact. The Democratic-backed law could eventually bind Colorado and other states to commit their presidential election votes to the candidate who wins the most votes nationally, rather than the candidate who wins the state.

    Proposition 114 – Restoration of Gray Wolves

    The Question: Should Colorado reintroduce gray wolves on certain lands west of the Continental Divide? If approved, it could help an endangered species recover its place in Colorado’s ecology, but the measure faces criticism from ranchers who fear they’ll lose livestock to the predators. Read more from CPRRead the initiative text.

    To continue reading and learn about the 9 other ballot questions, please click (HERE):

  • By Jackie Mitchell

    In November, Coloradans will vote on whether or not to require statewide voter approval of new state enterprises if the enterprise’s projected or actual revenue from fees and surcharges is greater than $100 million within its first five years.

    To qualify for the ballot, proponents needed to submit 124,632 valid signatures. Of the 196,090 signatures submitted by proponents on July 31, 2020, 138,852 were projected to be valid based on a random sample.

    Enterprises were established through the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) amendment of 1992. Enterprises are government-owned businesses that provide goods or services for a fee or surcharge that is paid for by the individuals or entities that are purchasing the goods or services. Examples of enterprises include the state lottery, state nursing homes, correctional industries, parks and wildlife, public colleges and universities, and the state unemployment insurance program. This is in contrast to government agencies or programs that provide goods or services that are paid for by tax revenue. Enterprises may receive a maximum of 10% of their annual revenue from state and local government sources but are otherwise financially independent from the state government and any local governments. Enterprise revenue does not count toward the TABOR limit. TABOR limits the amount of money the state of Colorado can take in and spend. It limits the annual increase for some state revenue to inflation plus the percentage change in state population. Any money collected above this limit is refunded to taxpayers unless the voters allow the state to spend it.

    In the fiscal year 1993-94, the first year TABOR was in effect, enterprise revenue was $724.3 million. In 2017-18, state enterprises received $17.9 billion in revenue. In total, from 1993 to 2018, Colorado enterprises have received $150.17 billion in revenue.

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

  • FILE - Coloradans vote on TABOR in 2005
    A voter exits the voting booth at the Denver Election Commission office in Denver, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005.

    (The Center Square) – An initiative to require voter approval of some state enterprises that draw their revenue from fees has been approved for the November ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Monday.  

    Colorado Rising State Action, the conservative advocacy group backing the Initiative 295turned in more than 196,000 signatures in July, with 138,852 of those signatures being valid, the office said. The measure needed 124,632 valid signatures to make the ballot.

    Taxpayer advocacy groups argue that lawmakers have used fees to avoid being subject to the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional amendment that requires all tax increase be approved by voters. Under TABOR, state enterprise funds aren’t subject to TABOR’s revenue cap.

    “It’s official, Coloradans will get to vote on strengthening TABOR this November,” Colorado Rising State Action Executive Director Michael Fields said in a statement. “State lawmakers have abused enterprise fees for years as a method to increase revenue and get around asking voters. It’s really simple, voters just want to be asked.”

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

  • Join the NSRF on Saturday, August 8th from 9:00am-11:00am as we discuss and analyze current trends, issues, and ballot questions.

    NSRF member Norm Jennings will lead the Forum to explore candidates, initiatives, and issues from the Right side.  All candidates running for office, or their surrogates, are welcome to address the Forum.

    We meet at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 99th Place in Thornton outside in the parking lot and lawn for social distancing.  Bring a friend, chairs, wear a mask if you want, and chime in.

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