October 20, 2016
[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 71 info on pp. 31-34]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]
From John Andrews’ 2016-10-02–John Andrews_how voting on Colorado Ballot Issues:
“No on Amendment 71: Draconian Requirements to Amend Constitution
Hard-to-meet signature quotas in remote corners of the state, super-majority voter totals, and a double standard for repeals vs. new provisions, would fence ordinary citizens out of the petition process and leave big-money interests in sole control of constitutional changes.”
Below watch: “Elena Nunez from Common Cause and former Colorado Senate President John Andrews join host Jon Caldara to discuss why folks on the right, left, and center are against Amendment 71, also known as ‘Raise the Bar.'”
Constitutional Amendment 71 makes it more difficult for citizens like us to change the Colorado constitution. It will make it so that only the rich have a chance to make changes.
WHO WILL HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME
GETTING AMENDMENTS ONTO THE BALLOT? — Us.
Pretend you have unlimited funds. You have a lot of money to pay for signatures in every county in Colorado, and you buy enough signatures to get something on the ballot. Then you have unlimited funds to out-advertise anyone who wants to stop your amendment. You have just bought a change to the state constitution – a change that will knock out the competition (regular citizens). [Same can be said for anything you want to have put onto the ballot.]
People who stand to gain control, political clout, gain financially, or move closer to their dream of designing their own constitution and their own country — have put Amendment 71 onto our 2016 ballot. To get onto the ballot, they followed none of the demands they have put into Amendment 71 for everyone from now on to follow.
ONE OF THE BEST AMENDMENTS COLORADO EVER PASSED WAS
TABOR – THE TAXPAYER’S BILL OF RIGHTS
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was a very active mommy-lobbyist at the Colorado State Capitol. During that time TABOR was passed by the voters.
In those days democrats and republicans spoke to each other more freely, and I saw a lot of “working together” at the Capitol. After TABOR was passed, some democrats told me that it was such a relief for them. They were no longer being hounded by the lobbyists. Before TABOR they were lobbied mercilessly. Now with TABOR, once spending got to a certain level, that was it — lobbyists left them alone. Pressure was off.
Tabor was an effort by only a handful of people, volunteers, and
the help of the Independence Institute – regular people — not big money.
It was a struggle for the people who were trying to get TABOR onto the ballot. They barely made it, and the final vote was somewhere around 51%. If Amendment 71 were in existence then, TABOR would not have been passed — nor would Term Limits have passed – or campaign finance reform.
Amendment 71 changes the way the number of voters in a district would be decided, affecting the number of signatures needed for 5% . At present, the number of voters are based on active voters. Amendment 71 makes a change, basing the 5% on registered voters, not of the number of people who voted. That would require a lot more signatures. That would raise the 2% from each of 35 counties to a much larger number of required signatures.
Another thing pointed out in the video above is that, if Amendment 71 passes, an issue with broad support all across the county can be stopped by one county. Big money could concentrate on conditioning one county to make sure people could not get the signatures they needed in that county.
Politicians, the Chamber of Commerce and Big Business want 71 to pass. That alone is enough to make me suspect it is not meant to help the little guy have a voice.
The video above, Strange Bedfellows against Amendment 71, is so worth watching. Please watch it.