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.
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