0102_Only the wealthy should have the right of petition (Initiative 96, on ballot Nov 2016)__I THINK NOT!_dj commentary and an email from Jon Caldara

Donna Jack
June 7, 2016

[NOTE:  People across the country will be surprised
to find that things on our Colorado November ballot
will be similar to things on their November ballot.

You can read Jon Caldera’s email later in this blog, or view it in your browser.

The main proposed initiative that will be discussed in this post is Initiative 96, and its final version filed with the Secretary of State can be found here.

At the top of this post you will see “2016 November Ballot” in red letters.  Click on those words to get to other articles on this website that talk about the November 2016 Ballot; or go to the Table of contents which is on a separate page of this website.  Search for articles of interest there.

At the Colorado Secretary of State’s office you will find:
a list of the Initiative Filings, Agendas and Results
     proposed amendments and initiatives,
     along with deadline dates for comment — and a lot more information.

The results from this election will greatly impact your life.

It will take effort on our part to know which things on the November ballot preserve or expand our freedom and liberty — or destroy them.

Find out who is behind each initiative or constitutional amendment and who is supporting each.  Find out who wants them passed, and, if passed, what their passage will do to freedom [The ability to Think, Speak, and Act without Externally Imposed Restraint*] and our liberty [Immunity from Arbitrary Exercise of Authority*].  (*Note:  the definitions with * are from flash cards made by the Center for Self Governance …  http://www.centerforselfgovernance.com/ )

Study to discover unintended consequences.  The initiative or constitutional amendment may sound good, but may take away freedom and liberty.  Share what you learn with others.

Big money interest is behind much that is on the ballot this November, and in most cases, they stand to gain substantial amounts of money and gain more control if the electorate passes their initiatives and proposed amendments to the Colorado Constitution.

Ballot Initiative 96, if passed, would only make it harder for regular citizens to get something onto the ballot.  It is a fact that every time it is made more difficult to place things on the ballot, it silences us and gives additional control to those who want to control us more.

In the email below, Jon Caldara gives an excellent report on accomplishments that citizens have brought forth through the petition process; and gives reasons to vote no on ballot Initiative 96, the initiative that puts more restrictions on our ability to get initiatives on the ballot.

Jon’s email is below and is also linked here. It is mainly about Ballot Initiative 96, and Tabor (The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights), and some other successes we benefit from because of the petition process.


Only the wealthy should have the right of petition
Jon Caldara <jon@i2i.org>
June 7, 2016   9:56 AM —-
To view this email in your browser, click here.

Colorado has a safety valve to stop run-away government – the citizen’s initiative. We citizens can change laws by petitioning a question onto the ballot that we, not politicians, get to vote up or down.Politicians, and the powerful interests who control them, want power to remain in their hands. It’s a theme as old as time. Reforms to limit government have rarely come from the legislature. Think about it. We have term limits in Colorado because citizens put it on the ballot. Why would sitting politicians limit their own power?We have the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, limiting spending and requiring that we taxpayers approve tax and debt increases. Those in power, whether it be Republicans or Democrats, never made it a reality, but we did through the initiative. Colorado’s sunshine laws on open records and public meetings are also because of the initiative. I could go on and on.So, every six to eight years the crony-class hatches another scheme to stop us rabble from using this safety valve. This year, I’m sorry to say, is another one of those years. Yep. They’re running a citizen’s initiative to – get this – destroy the citizen’s initiative.Poetic ain’t it?They say the Colorado Constitution is too long by, get this, comparing it to the size of the US Constitution. What a fallacious argument! The length of the Colorado Constitution is about average for state constitutions. A state constitution is the detailed operating manual for a state including scores of pages just detailing the borders alone.I’ll concede that in Colorado it takes the same amount of signatures to get a constitutional change on the ballot as a simple change in statute, so citizens too often choose to amend the constitution. So we can just lower the amount of signatures required to change statutes, right? But that would be too easy.Governor Hickenlooper helped kick off the “bi-partisan” effort last week. If passed, it would require that any changes to our constitution get a 55% super-majority and require signatures to be collected in all 35 state senate districts, a near impossible task for all but the most wealthy interests.In other words, this wouldn’t stop Jared Polis, Pat Stryker, Dan Ritchie, or the teachers’ union from getting something on the ballot. But it would stop people like you and me. And we have first hand knowledge.

You might recall in 2010 when we at Independence worked hard to get an anti-Obamacare amendment on the ballot. The Colorado legislature just changed the law regarding how signatures can be gathered to make the process much more expensive. Independence had to sue the state in federal court. We won, tossing out the new law on First Amendment grounds. It was the ONLY way we could afford to get our anti-Obamacare question on the ballot.

I keep hearing from the crony-class that it’s too easy to get something on the ballot in Colorado. Those who say that simply have never tried. I have, several times.

Take 2014. There were 145 proposed initiatives filed with the Secretary of State’s office. Of those, only 3 made it to the ballot and only one passed – our Prop 103 to open union negotiations with school districts to the public.

With your help we’ll be educating voters about the danger of this power grab.

Think Freedom!

Independence Institute. 727 East 16th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80203

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