• June 12th is the second Saturday of the month and that means it’s time to gather with your friends at The Forum!

    The Colorado Legislature ended the 2021 session Wednesday and they passed over 600 bills.

    Most of them were to reduce your freedoms and increase your taxes (and fees).

    Our speaker is Sue Moore from the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado (https://rlcco.org/)

    They rate every bill and legislator with the following criteria:

    “The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado produces an annual Liberty Scorecard. It is a measure of how our state lawmakers vote according to Constitutional Principles: Individual Rights, Free Markets and Limited Government.”

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado website says they’re “The Conscience of the Colorado GOP.”

    We meet at 1305 West 121st Avenue, in Westminster from 9:00am-11:00am this Saturday, June 12th.  Admission is $3 per person. See the map further below.

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado is a political action organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of individual rights, limited government and free markets by:

    • Working within the State Republican Party and with other conservative organizations to identify, recruit and support candidates for state and local government who hold to our principles.
    • Monitoring legislative activity to hold elected Republicans accountable to the principles on which they campaigned.
    • Encouraging our members to participate in the Republican party organization and promote membership in RLCCO among party leadership.

  • That’s a question countless people across the country started asking in 2012, when Jack Phillips told two men who walked into his Masterpiece Cakeshop that he couldn’t create a custom cake for their same-sex wedding. And the question only grew more urgent as Phillips had to defend himself first before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and then numerous courts—losing at every step of the way until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor in June 2018.

    Why not just make the cake? Submitting would have been less frightening than facing relentless harassment and death threats. It would have been less costly than losing a major portion of his business when the state demanded that he design cakes for same-sex weddings or none at all. And it would have been easier than a decade of fighting for his rights—and his livelihood—in court, a fight he has been forced to continue even after his victory at the Supreme Court.

    But for Jack Phillips, there are deeper principles at stake—principles too precious to abandon for the sake of convenience and safety. These principles should be of concern to every American, including Jack’s adversaries. If the freedoms Jack has sought to protect are lost, they may never be regained.

    Why not just make the cake? In this inspiring book, Jack answers that question in his own words, hoping his story will inspire and strengthen the many who will encounter challenges, however fearsome, to living out their faith.

  • Eileen Reilly casts her vote into a drop box Wednesday outside the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Colorado Springs.

    Chancey Bush, The Gazette

     

    A proposed ballot initiative that would do away with mail voting in Colorado, forbid the use of drop boxes and require a fingerprinted “government-issued elector card” when voting will appear before the Title Board on Wednesday.

    Initiative #38 “significantly increases” costs for elections officials, according to a nonpartisan fiscal analysis. The measure would force county clerks to operate a greater number of polling places and develop new elections procedures. At the Department of State, there would be changes to the statewide voter registration system, the ballot access system, the campaign finance tracking system and post-election risk limiting audit software.

    There may also be increased expenditures for the state’s court system, as felony offenses related to election fraud or voter intimidation would merit 10 days in jail and a $250 fine per “illegal ballot.”

    The designated representatives for the initiative are Margot Herzl of Littleton, who was a Libertarian candidate for the state House of Representatives last year, and Anna Omsberg of Bailey. The Title Board’s duty is to set a ballot title to appear before voters if the board determines a proposed measure contains a single subject as the constitution requires. Proponents then have the opportunity to collect signatures to place the measure on the statewide ballot.

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

    FILE - Weld County Board of Commissioners
    Weld County Board of Commissioners

    The move means the board stands by its 2019 decision not to adopt any ordinance which abridges or restricts a person’s individual right to bear arms. At the same time, the Weld County Sheriff has sole discretion to enforce firearms laws that may be unconstitutional.

    “Weld County is a Second Amendment Sanctuary County because the Board of Weld County Commissioners honor the Constitution of the United States and the rights of individuals to defend themselves and their families,” Commissioner Lori Saine, a former state representative, said in a statement.

    Commissioners cited three bills they’re opposing: House Bill 21-1298House Bill 21-1299, and Senate Bill 21-256. The legislative package was introduced last month in response to the mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers in March that left 10 people dead.

    Commission Chair Steve Moreno said SB21-256 poses the greatest threat to gun rights in Colorado.

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

  • Biden 100 Days Promises
    FILE – In this March 4, 2021, file photo a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a drive-up mass vaccination site in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle.

    After a marathon eight-hour hearing, a House panel rejected a GOP bill seeking to ban employers in Colorado from mandating a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Rep. Kim Ransom, a Littleton Republican who is sponsoring House Bill 21-1191 along with Rep. Tonya Van Beber of Eaton, pitched her legislation as an effort “to address equity under the law and anti-discrimination.”

    “Federal and Colorado state governments have stated they currently will not impose vaccination mandates or certificates, however, if HB 1191 does not pass, we therefore allow and even encourage private business to implement and enforce such mandates,” Ransom said. “We would be, in essence, voting for discrimination.”

    Van Beber, meanwhile, indicated the bill was not an effort to question the efficacy of vaccines, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic or promote anti-vaccine sentiments. Instead, she couched the bill as a matter of law.

    “Our rights and access are granted by the constitution; they are not granted to us by receiving a medical procedure,” she said. “Anything less really doesn’t honor equity, inclusivity and diversity.”

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

  • Federal appeals court to consider future of lawsuit over Colorado’s TABOR

    The 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights requires that tax increases be approved by voters

    Two women walk up the steps on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, on Oct. 16, 2018. (John Ingold, The Colorado Sun)

    The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether a long-running lawsuit challenging Colorado’s strict tax and spending limits as unconstitutional can proceed.

    Colorado Politics reports that a nine-judge panel will consider on Monday a review of the lawsuit, which was filed in 2011 by group of elected officials.

    The 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights requires that tax increases be approved by voters. It also requires the state to refund tax revenue that exceeds a figure determined by a formula based on inflation and population growth.

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

  • 9 federal judges set to decide fate of TABOR repeal lawsuit

    Hickenlooper submits his final state budget, but it may not last long
    Exactly 10 years after a group of local and state elected officials first filed a legal challenge to Colorado’s most celebrated — and vilified — constitutional provision, the entirety of the Denver-based federal appeals court will now consider whether to pull the plug on that fight.

    On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which hears appeals from Colorado and five surrounding states, will hold a rare all-judges hearing, known as an “en banc” review, of the lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Although appellate courts typically issue decisions in panels of three judges, the 10th Circuit in October granted en banc review of the TABOR case.

    Such hearings are highly atypical: from October 2018 through September 2019, the 10th Circuit only heard one case en banc out of more than 1,100.

    There are 12 authorized judgeships on the 10th Circuit that require presidential nomination and U.S. Senate confirmation. However, only nine judges will participate in the en banc panel: five who were nominees of Democratic presidents and four who were Republican nominees.

    The diminished number is the result of two Clinton administration appointees retiring from active status earlier this year. One of them, Senior Judge Mary Beck Briscoe, will join the en banc hearing. In addition, of the 10 remaining active judges, Scott M. Matheson Jr., a nominee of President Barack Obama, and Joel M. Carson III, a nominee of Donald Trump, have each recused themselves.

    TABOR, a 1992 constitutional amendment, limits the amount of revenue the state can collect and spend, and requires voter approval for new taxes and tax rate increases. The amendment also provided a mechanism to refund revenue collections to taxpayers in excess of a formula based on inflation and population growth. Colorado refunded nearly $3.5 billion in the quarter-century since TABOR’s passage.

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  • The Title Board reconsidered its ballot titles for three property tax reduction proposals at its April 30, 2021 meeting.

    Opponents were unsuccessful at derailing three ballot initiatives that would cost local governments more than $1 billion in property tax revenue as the Title Board on Friday stuck by its original decision to award a ballot title to the measures.

    On April 21, the three-member board concluded Initiatives #26-28 contained a single subject, as the state constitution requires, and consequently set a title that would appear before voters. But objectors Carol Hedges and Scott Wasserman challenged the board’s finding, trigging a rehearing at the Title Board’s final meeting to screen proposals for the 2021 statewide ballot.

    As introduced, the initiatives would all reduce the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and cut the assessment rate for all other property from 29% to 26.4%. Nonpartisan fiscal analysts estimated the tax cut would constitute a $1.03 billion hit to local governments, affecting services such as K-12 education and police. Because Colorado’s school financing scheme requires the state to backfill funding for local districts, there would be an extra $258 million in additional state spending each year.

    Partially offsetting the sizeable loss in local government revenue would be $25 million that the state could temporarily direct toward localities — if excess income exists that normally would be refunded under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The three proposed initiatives would funnel the money toward fire protection, toward reimbursements for the senior homestead tax exemption, toward general relief.

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  • The Forum is your venue to discuss current events with a 360 degree view.
    It’s your place to share solutions opposing and fighting back against progressive liberalism. This Saturday, April 10th, join us from 9:00am-11:00am MT at 1305 West 121st Avenue in Westminster as we discuss, debate, and make plans about Colorado politics.

    Admission is only $1 per person so bring a friend or two. Social distancing and masks are required due to Tri-County Health Department mandates. We’ll have bottled water for attendees.

    “Roman Forum, Latin Forum Romanum, most important forum in ancient Rome, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. The Roman Forum was the scene of public meetings, law courts, and gladiatorial combats in republican times and was lined with shops and open-air markets. Under the empire, when it primarily became a centre for religious and secular spectacles and ceremonies, it was the site of many of the city’s most imposing temples and monuments.”

  • The new fees would start in July 2022 to pay for infrastructure projects, efforts to improve air quality and public transportation initiatives

    With Pikes Peak looming in the distance, traffic flows along Federal Boulevard in Westminster on May 13, 2020. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)

    Colorado drivers would begin paying a new fee of 2 cents on every gallon of gas they purchase starting in July 2022 under legislation Democratic state lawmakers are expected to introduce in the coming weeks.

    That fee, which would not require voter approval, would increase to 8 cents per gallon starting in July 2028 under the proposal, which is part of a $4 billion, 11-year effort to raise and spend money for badly needed transportation projects across the state.

    Lawmakers, political groups and business interests have been trying for years, without much luck, to find a transportation funding solution. The proposal, which includes a number of other new road-usage fees, is backed by Gov. Jared Polis and also aims to reduce traffic congestion on Colorado’s roads, expand public transportation and improve air quality by making it easier for people to own electric vehicles and spending millions on environmental initiatives.

    “We think this is the time that we absolutely have to get something done and something meaningful,” said Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, a Boulder Democrat. “Not a baby step, but a real meaningful step toward solving the transportation problems that we have in our state.”

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

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