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Who Rules Colorado?

Who Rules Colorado?

Colorado is a really nice place — and not just for the weather and scenery. I mean politically. It’s arguably the only state in the union where the politicians, lobbyists and special interests are much more politically frustrated than are the people. By way of the initiative and referendum process,






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Colorado’s Problematic Solution

There’s a problem in Colorado, or so we’re told. And a solution. But the one doesn’t seem to match the other. The problem, according to the supporters of Amendment 71, is too many constitutional amendments. Their solution? Pass another constitutional amendment. Moreover, even though two-thirds of constitutional changes have been






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The Big Phony

In 2014, Bruce Rauner won the top job in Illinois politics leading a term limits ballot initiative. The initiative garnered 600,000 voter signatures, more than enough to go to voters. But House Speaker Michael Madigan, the one man running Illinois (into the ground), recruited a henchman to file suit. After






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Governments Against the People

Is it odd to see government employees and politicians — public servants — hold onto particular laws with a death grip? Maybe not. In Texas, municipal government employees have been working mightily to prevent citizens from repealing local ordinances. According to a report by WOAI News Radio, the Texas “State






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A Private Party

Virginia delegate Beau Correll won’t cast his first ballot vote at the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump, and won’t go to jail, either. As discussed last Thursday, at issue is a state statute requiring* delegates to vote for the plurality winner of the party’s primary. On the Republican side,






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The Return of the Philosopher King

On Sunday, at Townhall, I addressed the whining attacks on referendums and “democracy” that followed the Brexit referendum. The most outrageous? A broadside from Jason Brennan. “To have even a rudimentary sense of the pros and cons of Brexit,” argues this Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of






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Trying Our Souls

In Common Sense, his incredible hit pamphlet of 1776, Tom Paine appealed to “the inhabitants of America”: O ye that love mankind! . . . Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe






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Four Powers on the Chopping Block

A group of Ohio citizens isn’t leaving the maintenance of ethical standards in government to the politicians. Smart. Forming a political committee, “Ethics First — You Decide Ohio,” the group filed an initiative to amend the state constitution unsurprisingly called, “Ethics First.” What does the ballot measure do? “Ethics proposal






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Adults for America

The answer to what ails us is . . . us. Oh, we can say it is the fault of politicians — and we’re not wrong — but turning to the cause of a problem for its solution is . . . problematic at best. Our politics is a tug-of-war,






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Fake Emergencies & Genuine Democracy

Legislators aren’t honest. Or maybe in Colorado and Oregon they just don’t understand the meaning of words . . . like “safety” and “emergency.” (Heck, there was once a politician unsure of what the meaning of the word “is” is.) “The state constitution gives Coloradans the power to challenge news






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Ethics First

The biggest problem facing Americans? According to a Gallup poll, for the second year in a row, it’s our government. Maybe I should say “the government.” Few think it represents us. Which is sort of a big problem for a representative government. Presidential candidate Donald Trump says our leaders are






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In-Nate Problem

My brother, Tim Jacob, blames me for sucking him into politics. And I have reason to feel guilt, for politics is filled with — ugh — politicians. Back in 1992, I urged Tim to join Steve Munn and Lance Curtis, who were launching a petition drive to put term limits






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