Colorado Constitutional Convention Nuts and Bolts

For quite some time, I’ve been advocating for a constitutional convention here and elsewhere.  It’s a somewhat involved process, so I decided to document it here for those who are curious.

Summary – although it will likely take a few years, a constitutional convention could greatly benefit all of Colorado.  And, as I said in 2005 (around the Ref C time frame) – if we don’t do it now, in 5 years we’ll wish we had.

The Colorado Constitution contains all of the details of how a Convention should be called.  These are the steps in a nutshell:

1. The State Legislature (both House and Senate) approve by 2/3 majority a referendum calling for a convention.

2. At the next general election, the public votes on the referendum

3. If passed, the next session of the Legislature calls the convention.

4. Convention delegates are elected

5. The Convention, umm, convenes

6. A new Constitution is proposed and ratified

The convention delegation is composed of 2 individuals elected from each state Senate district on the timetable set by the Legislature.  It convenes within 3 months of the delegate election.

There is no deadline set for how long the convention may take.  However, once the convention is complete, ratification of the proposed new constitution must take place between 2-6 months after the close of the convention.

Ratification of the proposed constitution is by simple majority vote of Colorado voters.

So, practically, what does it mean?  How long would it take for us to get a new constitution?

If the Legislature at the next session approves a referendum, this is one possible timeline:

Nov 2010: General election – shall there be a convention?

Spring 2011: Legislature sets election date, other rules for convention

Nov 2011: Delegate election

Jan 2012: Convention called

Jun 2012: (estimate) Convention complete

Nov 2012: Ratification of Constitution

So, 3 years from now, essentially.  A long time.  But only longer the longer we wait…  I plan on lobbying my Senator and Representative heavily.  I hope many people will join me.

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Stimulus: bringing results home to Colorado

The White House just released its projections for the job creation results of the stimulus package.  It looks like good news for Colorado – 60,000 jobs created over the next two years.  This seems to be very good news for those Representatives and Senators who supported the stimulus – details below the fold.

According to http://www.coworkforce.com/lmi… , Colorado lost 47,000 jobs in the past 12 months.  Although somewhat better than the national rate, it still speaks to widespread economic misery and further losses yet to come.  Today the White House posted its projections for each Congressional District in the United States at http://www.whitehouse.gov/asse… .  The results for Colorado look very good at first glance; per-District:


CD1 7,900

CD2 9,100

CD3 8,300

CD4 8,800

CD5 8,500

CD6 9,400

CD7 8,000

This will more than offset the 2008 losses, and, hopefully help stem the 2009 losses as well.  If this turns out as projected, it will be very bad news for Coffman, and Perlmutter.  Even Lamborn might not be safe despite being supported by Colorado Springs – he voted against economic recovery for his district.

Maverick, maverick, maverick

For future generations following this election, I thought I would post some pictures to illustrate one of the main contentious issues of this campaign: John McCain – maverick or not?

Maverick:

Maverick:

Maverick:

Not a maverick:

Any questions?