Saturday, October 15, 2016

Informed Voter Effort


It is surprising the time involved in becoming an informed voter. 
Candidates, to be sure, require some research. Proposed Amendments and Propositions will have a longer shelf life and need more scrutiny.

Colorado is the only state to pass the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).


Special interest groups, particularly (P)regressives,  try to get around it every election cycle.

This year’s ballot has six Amendments and three Propositions. One, #69, opens the state coffers to support Obamacare. Deny, deny, deny and dress up with pretty language but that is what it does with no spending caps or oversights – just a blank check.

One Proposition relates to assisted suicide, end of life for terminal patients. Something I’m in favor of but I will vote against this version. Too few checks and balances.

One Amendment, #71,  raises the bar on future efforts to get something on the ballot. Will require a certain number of signatures from each of the Senate Districts statewide. Right now you can gather enough in the Peoples Republic of Boulder and the free cheese areas of Metro Denver to get something on the ballot.

I’m down to deciding on local races. On those I will seek counsel from my sister who has lived in the area far longer, and is plugged into local politics. We seldom agree, me being a lapsed Democrat and her a lukewarm Republican,  but I do respect her opinions and keep them in mind.

I note with some amusement Sister Kink, a former co-worker I supervised, is running for the third time and will probably get re-elected. She is wholly owned by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association. If the money was right, she would be all in for Shillary. She is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known and has the ethics of a starving piranha. The “kink” refers to her business practices. I know very little of her personal life, nor do I want to.  I’m glad I don’t live in her district.


Don’t watch television so am spared the ads. My information comes from reading and the internet. 

Why do I bother? Because I can.

15 comments:

  1. I try to be an informed voter as well. They make it difficult, there's a lot of bullshit to dig through. And of course my personal feeling that 99% of the people sucking at the public teat, er, running for public office do so because they can't find a real job.
    Kind of like this pic... http://www.motherjones.com/files/sow-crates-630.gif

    I disagree with the whole 'if you don't vote you can't complain' thing. As I can complain any damn time I want to, for as long as I want to about anything I feel like complaining about.

    No, it's not a free country, but we can still say stuff.

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  2. Yep, the information IS out there, if one is willing to go look for it! Sigh

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    1. One thing that irks me are candidate signs without party affiliation when they are running as a Dem or GOP.

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  3. We've got something like SEVENTEEN propositions on the ballot this year.

    Three are worth my "Yes" vote, and the rest just seek to reach deeper into my pocket and will get a "NO!" vote from me...,..

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    1. Soon you will be in a position to help unCalifornicate Colorado. Amendment 71 is a strong step in that direction.

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    2. And I'll be honored to help!

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  4. I appreciate you being an informed voter. I consider myself one as well. I think it is important!

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  5. unCalifornate Colorado...say it isn't so. LOL

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  6. IF you are a informed voter, then I inform you to vote like me and we will both be happy as those piglets in the picture above.

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    1. Me, a Colorado hick vote like a Georgia Redneck? Yeah.

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  7. Since you put it that way, yeah, that would work. We'd both vote for what is good for America... in our opinions... as long as your opinion was the same as mine. See? No problem!

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