Thursday Open Thread

“A sovereign’s great example forms a people; the public breast is noble or vile as he inspires it.”

–David Mallet

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Trump stinks. The Nevilles stink.  Cory Gardner stinks.  Vicki Marble stinks. Jerry Sonnenberg stinks.  Stay upwind Colorado.

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    Democratic lawmakers want to ask voters in 2019 to end TABOR cap, but Polis is not so sure

    House Speaker KC Becker is drafting a measure to put a question on the 2019 ballot that would allow the state to keep as much as $960 million in projected revenues through June 2020 — money that otherwise would get refunded to taxpayers. The proposal would split the dollars evenly between K-12 education, higher education and transportation.

    But now Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is not sure it’s the right strategy — or that it can pass.

    “Going to the ballot in 2019 is possible, but it’s premature to say that it is the right strategy at this time,” Polis spokeswoman Laurie Cipriano told The Colorado Sun on Wednesday. “The governor wants to ensure that if he supports a ballot initiative that it’s set up for success.”

    • MADCO says:

      Makes no sense anyway.
      TABOR Is great. Haven't like 20 or 25 other states also passed it? I mean, why would you oil hating stalinist idiots want to eliminate the good stuff… 'cause  you hate 'merica?

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      I have traditionally hated TABOR in its entirety. But after last November, I’m not sure I would eliminate voting on tax increases. The other parts should go.

      • MADCO says:

        Right! wait – what?
        The US Constitution requires states to have a democratic republic form of government – you know, where voters elect representatives and those representatives run the government. How does direct democracy do that?

         

        • Pseudonymous says:

          Just a small correction.  Neither the word "democracy" nor any of its forms appear in the Constitution.  It promises every state "…in this Union a Republican Form of Government…"

      • DENependent says:

        TABOR votes on tax increases means that I could know from just the headline that this article would be about Colorado:

        In a booming state, public schools grapple with asbestos, leaks and four-day weeks

        The reality of TABOR is that getting voters to check yes in favor of anything but the most feel good measures which tax only people least able to oppose tax increases is like pushing a rope uphill. The reality of TABOR is tax increases that hurt working people and none for the rich or powerful.

    • Voyageur says:

      The problem with 2019 is that off-year elections usually have light turnouts that are disproportionately elderly and Republican and anti-tax.  I say tough it out to 2020 and ride the anti-Trump tide to a TABOR victory.

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Want to know what Biden will face in 2020?

    Here he is in 1991 bragging his crime bill "made it a death penalty offense for everything but jaywalking." (h/t @cspan) pic.twitter.com/ciLLGQK3gC

    — Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) March 7, 2019

    • JohnInDenver says:

      But promises to work to elect a Democratic President (and hasn't said no to being the Veep).

      I continue to think the winning formula would be a youngish, charismatic candidate at the top of the ticket, backed by someone who knows how to get stuff done in Washington as Veep.

      Hickenlooper, being neither of the above, would be a fine person to drop into a Cabinet office — Interior springs to mind, but I could also see him consulting and bargaining with everyone in the Energy and Transportation spheres, too.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      I actually like Sherod  Brown. Left enough but not too much

  4. Voyageur says:

    Federal Judge T.S. Ellis gave Manafort just 47 months for his crimes.  Meanwhile, a black teenager double-parking got life without parole.

    It's great to be a rich white guy.

    Suck-up judge even said he lived a “blameless life” while helping a ukainian fascist rig elections.

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