Repeal A Law? Beats Repealing People

As the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Joe Vaccarelli reports, Republican faithful looking to act on their frustrations over the massive defeat for their party in the 2018 elections and the resulting loss of any power to stall legislation passed by the Colorado General Assembly have a few options beyond the most obvious and probably best choice of trying harder to not lose in 2020.

If you’re not interested in signing on with the virulent anti-Semites who want to recall Gov. Jared Polis or helping the Neville family live down their disastrous management of House Republican electoral messaging but would still like to lodge your disapproval, try this:

Hundreds of Grand Junction voters turned out Saturday to make their voice heard regarding a recently passed state law.

While they weren’t casting ballots this day, they hope to in the future. Voters signed petitions to support an effort to put a question on the 2020 ballot to repeal the National Popular Vote Bill, which was signed into law March 15…

The effort to place a question on the ballot is led by Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Town of Monument Mayor Don Wilson. The bill — which would change the way Colorado commits its presidential electoral votes in future elections — passed through the State House of Representatives in February and was later signed by Gov. Jared Polis.

Colorado law provides a method by which voters can petition to have a recently-passed statute put before the voters for a second guess. In order to qualify such a repeal question for the ballot, opponents need to collect a similar number of valid signatures to what’s required to place a statewide proposition before voters. And time is short: the petition deadline is August 1st, and if they can’t get enough signatures to qualify the question the national popular vote compact law will “take effect”–which in this case means nothing unless enough states join the compact to produce an Electoral College majority.

If you support changing the system to reduce the possibility that the Electoral College might come to a different result than the popular vote, as most recently occurred in 2000 and 2016 resulting in the election of Republican presidents in both cases, you’re not going to be very excited about a petition campaign to block the law from taking effect. On the other hand, collecting over 125,000 valid Colorado voter signatures to force a 2020 ballot question on blocking Colorado from joining the National Popular Vote Compact, which is years from becoming binding if it ever happens at all, is a tall order–leading to an expenditure of resources that Republicans would arguably be much better served by devoting to Republican candidates in the 2020 general election.

But the fact remains that blocking a law from taking effect by petition is a legitimate process permitted under Colorado law, and it’s a far more appropriate protest than attempting to recall lawmakers for passing legislation. And the fact is, if opponents do manage to achieve this lofty goal it would be a more potent statement in their favor than an opportunistic recall of some legislator nobody outside their district has heard of.

Again, the best way to handle defeat in any election is to try to not lose the next election. But if you’re a vengeful Republican with money burning a hole in your pocket, this is perhaps a more honorable way to console yourself.

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  1. A much more appropriate response altogether than recalling legislators. My only complaint is that the rhetoric surrounding opposition to NPVIC is incredibly distorted and misleading – when it's not outright false.

  2. gertie97 says:

    It keeps the GOP faithful busy and keeps Pugliese's name in the paper. For her, what's not to like?

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    CPR says the NPV move, had it been in effect, would have flipped two of the past ten Colorado elections. 1996, Colorado would have joined the majority and voted for Clinton rather than Dole. 2000, Colorado would have gone to Gore instead of Bush (which would have been enough Electoral Votes to change the 271-266 outcome favoring Bush).

    Status of the NPV — enacted in states for 181 votes; passed legislatures and awaiting Governors signatures in two (DE and NM) more, for 8 more votes (189). In previous years, the bill has passed in one chamber of the legislature in states with 72 more votes (261). 

  4. MADCO says:

    I don't get it?
    Elections that I agree with – have meaning. BUt when I don't agree- I get a second chance. Or a third. or whatever thing I want to be upset about.

    • Budded says:

      Yep, typical conservaderp "logic". They'd rather cry and obstruct than ever do anything of value. All these upcoming recall attempts seriously piss me off. They had their chance to make their voice and vote heard last November, and now they want to try to ruin it for everyone by pooping in the swimming pool after they lost.

    • Curmudgeon says:

      It's the Mesa County GOP; when they're not thumping their chests, bragging about their patriotism, calling everyone else "snowflakes" and daring someone to "do something" about their Confederate flags, they're crying like spoiled toddlers. 

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