The Colorado Supreme Court ruled a ballot initiative to fully repeal the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) amendment to the state constitution meets the single-subject requirement for statewide ballot initiatives. The court released its decision Monday, June 17.

The initiative is the latest attempt to remove TABOR from the state constitution. It would completely repeal section 20 of Article X.

The measure to repeal, currently known as Initiative 3, may appear on the ballot in 2020.

Critics of TABOR blame it for shortfalls in funding public education, transportation, and other services.  They also want to end restrictions it places on state and other governmental units.

Supporters of TABOR credit it for restraining the growth of government, imposing discipline on spending, and alleviating any declines in revenue during economic downturns.

Two other initiatives changing Colorado’s taxing authority will appear on the ballot for 2019.

Proposition DD is a measure to legalize and tax sports betting.

Proposition CC would repeal the requirement to return to taxpayers revenue in excess of caps and instead allow the state to retain and spend such revenues.

We urge you to become informed on the issues.  While the full-blown repeal would not appear on the ballot until next year, the elimination of the refund requirement will be voted on this year.

TABOR is more than a requirement taxpayers be given the opportunity to vote on taxes and tax increases.  It directly holds governmental units responsible for policies and programs affecting revenues and expenses. Demand specifics from those wanting to alter TABOR.  What is underfunded?  What will additional revenues be spent on? Make sure those supporting TABOR can answer critics.

Please carefully consider all aspects of this issue. How government taxes and spends is not a bumper sticker.

 

Respectfully,

Reagan Club of Colorado

Reagan Club will not be meeting this month.  As summer activities begin, the Reagan Club will not be scheduling regular meetings in June and July. We are looking at opportunities to participate with other groups in events during this time and plan to resume our regular meetings in September.

 

We will update you as our plans take shape.

 

We have also been advised of event that may interest you.  For those who may have heard of  “Ark Encounter,” the organization behind it is “Answers in Genesis.” Ken Ham, CEO, will be in the Denver area and on June 13  Answers in Genesis is hosting a complimentary dinner at

 

The Westin Westminster

10600 Westminster Blvd

Westminster CO  80020

 

If you want to learn about the organization and are interested in attending

RSVP via email: advancement@answersingenesis.org or

phone: 800-350-3232 ext. 200

 

Please note, Reagan Club is not affiliated with Answers in Genesis and is not a sponsor of this event.  We are passing along this informaton as a courtesy.

 

In the meantime, enjoy your summer.

 

Sincerely,

 

Reagan Club of Colorado

Voters cast ballots at a polling location in Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Coloradans for Prosperity is sending people voter “report cards.” Here’s who the group is and what they want.

The Democratic-leaning issue committee is supporting Proposition CC, which seeks to eliminate state spending caps under TABOR. Turnout among Democrats for the 2019 election has been low.


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Author: Mike Rosen

With their majority in both houses of the state legislature and the office of governor, Democrats exploited their monopoly on state government to ram through a measure that commits Colorado to a nationwide plot to subvert presidential elections. It’s called the National Popular Vote (NPV) Compact.

It’s a devious scheme to circumvent the Electoral College which was brilliantly crafted by our founders to conform with the constitutional republic they created, as codified in Article IV, Section 4 guaranteeing to every state a “republican form of government.” And decidedly not a direct democracy. The word “democracy” appears nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. The notion that we have a national popular vote for president is a fiction. What we have are 51 separate elections, one in each of the states and the District of Columbia. It’s only as a matter of curiosity that we tally the votes of those 51 popular elections to produce a national total. But it has no force of law.

The democratic principle of “one person one vote” applies more appropriately to the US House where seats are apportioned strictly by population; but not in the Senate where each state gets two votes regardless of population. Electoral votes for president are also assigned among the states to disproportionally favor states with low populations, and they’re cast winner-take-all (except in Nebraska and Maine) rather than proportionately based on a state’s popular vote. James Madison explained that, “The immediate election of the president is to be made by the states in their political characters.” That is, as individual entities not as members of any collective “compact.”

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The Left’s Lucrative Nonprofits

‘Powerful interests’ and ‘dark money’ are mostly on the Democratic side.

By Kimberley A. Strassel

Sept. 5, 2019 6:49 pm ET

The Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis, Mo., May 30.PHOTO: SAUL LOEB/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

This year’s Democratic presidential candidates have a favorite whipping boy: “powerful interests.” Get ready to hear again in coming weeks how the National Rifle Association rules Washington, how the Koch empire dominates politics, how the right is pouring “dark money” into its agenda. And then remember that these are among the biggest whoppers of the 2020 election. One side will do battle with the aid of a huge and savvy nonprofit political empire—and it isn’t the right. Though the sooner Republicans understand that, the better.

A helpful tutorial arrived this week, “Power Grab,” a new book by Republican former Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah. Mr. Chaffetz has been digging into nonprofits since his time as House Oversight Committee chairman, and the book details how powerful the liberal nonprofit sector has grown. It may surprise many Americans—those who read daily stories about conservative “influence”—that the likes of the NRA, Judicial Watch and the National Organization for Marriage barely rank by comparison to the assets and revenue of Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union or the Nature Conservancy.

These aren’t only big political players; they’re the biggest political players. In 2018 the nonprofit watchdog Capital Research Center analyzed grants handed out in the 2014 election year by six big foundations on the right (including the Bradley and Charles Koch foundations) versus six on the left (including the Open Society and Tides foundations). Liberal public-policy charities, organized under chapter 501(c)(3) of the tax code, bagged $7.4 billion of this foundation money in 2014. For conservative charities, the figure was a mere $2.2 billion. That $7.4 billion also dwarfed total 2013-14 campaign receipts to federal, state and local campaigns ($4.1 billion) and spending that cycle by independent groups ($830 million).

Mr. Chaffetz’s contribution is to refocus attention on the way liberal charities channel their huge funds into political work that benefits the Democratic Party. We’ve long known that some of them engage in nominally nonpartisan voter registration, conveniently only in places likely to yield Democratic votes. The Chaffetz book adds new data highlighting contracts between liberal charities and overt political organizations.

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“Trust me” government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what’s best for us. But my view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs-in the people.” ~Ronald Reagan Acceptance of the Republican Nomination for President

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The Reagan Club meets on the second Thursday of every month at CB & Potts, 1257 W 120th Avenue, Westminster, CO, 80234 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m. Enter via CB & Potts main entrance and head to the back meeting room. Food and beverages are available from CB & Potts. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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