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November 09, 2007 05:04 PM UTC

Taking On Caldara & the GOP On Worker Rights

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  • by: davidsirota

Independent Thinking – 11/8/07

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Here’s the video of my debate with Independence Institute president Jon Caldara and Republican House Whip Cory Gardner over Gov. Bill Ritter’s (D-CO) modest move last week to allow workers to join state-recognized employee partnership associations. This debate aired on PBS last night. It was a two-on-one affair, of course, so the deck was stacked against me from the beginning, but I think I held my own. What do you think?

One note – when I say that I support the legislature taking up the issue, I meant not that I think Ritter should not have done what he did via executive order, but that I support the legislature moving forward with solidifying the executive order with a statute, so that a future governor cannot rescind these basic rights for workers. Right-wing governors in some states have rescinded basic rights for workers via executive order before – and that’s something we should want to prevent here in Colorado.

For some basic facts on Ritter’s move and what other states have done on this issue, check out this fact sheet from the folks at the Progressive States Network.

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6 thoughts on “Taking On Caldara & the GOP On Worker Rights

    1. attempting to explain Ritter’s EO to the right wing noise machine. How do you, watching this video, come to the conclusion that David is pimping himself?

      Would you say O’Reilly, Hanity or Limbaugh pimp themselves by having created a niche market for their point of view in the information age? Is success in the media limited to right wingers?

      Your comment is specious, vacuous, bigoted and ignorant as far as I can tell.

  1. My biggest annoyance with shows like these is that people can throw out claims and just let them hang with nothing backing them up. For instance, Gardener’s 30% increase the cost of government claim. On top of that, Caldara’s general attitude to contrary claims to his opinion (as he puts it the “liberal two step”).

    I need to watch it again to really grasp the strawmanning from Gardner and Caldara, but overall I thought you did well.

  2. I suppose once the Executive Order’s been in place for a while, maybe it’ll be harder for a future Republican governor (theoretically that could happen) to countermand it. But if even the EO’s supporters feel that legislation is needed to preserve the gain, then I have to wonder why Ritter sidestepped the issue at this time.

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