COLORADO SPRINGS: If U.S. House of Representatives Democrats laser focus was anything other than “getting” President Trump, whatever that means, what would they do? Look no further than the Colorado state legislature to find a wish list of Democrat Party priorities.
They won’t tell you in advance what those priorities are but once elected they will implement them.
Democrats Colorado Blue Print
In 2006, Democrats took over the state government based on a plan they called “The Blueprint.” The plan was for every interest group to subordinate their policy agenda to the simple task of getting elected. They were, and still are, funded by a small group of leftist billionaires. Including one Jared Polis, now governor of Colorado.
The Tea Party Revolution set them back in 2010 but they gerrymandered their way into a legislative majority in 2012.
The 2013 legislative session saw seven gun control bills mooted, five of which were enacted into law. The reaction by citizens included the largest protests to any legislation and the first-ever recall of two sitting senators, including Senate President John Morse.
A third resigned under threat of recall to prevent the Senate from flipping Republican.
Since 2014 Republicans have held a slim majority in the Senate, preventing a host of bad bills from becoming law.
Colorado’s Blue Wave – Now it’s time to pay the piper
The Blue Wave that didn’t materialize nationwide washed over Colorado’s state government: not only the legislature but also every state-wide elected office.
Now its pay-back time. The postponed policy agenda is being enacted.
While voters gave Democrats complete control, they voted down a number of ballot initiatives that would increase state taxes. They also rejected, by a significant majority, Proposition 112, regulating setbacks for oil and gas drilling that would have had the effect of eliminating the oil and gas industry.
Then-candidate Polis opposed Proposition 112 even though he had funded a similar measure in 2014. On April 16, now-Governor Polis signed into law Senate Bill 181, the same idea voters rejected in November.
That’s just one bad bill from a legislature that said at the beginning of the session in January that they weren’t going to produce a radical agenda.
A bevy of bad ideas
Among others in a bevy of bad ideas, they passed the National Popular Vote bill (Senate Bill 19-042), Comprehensive Sex Education (HB19-1032), and a “red flag” bill (HB19-1177) which allows the government to seize a person’s firearms without due process.
Opposition to the Comprehensive Sex Education eclipsed gun rights rallies. Opponents filling not only the hearing chamber, but also six overflow rooms. The opposition was so strong that the next hearing was held at 8:00 in the morning, an hour unheard of previously.
Records continue to be broken.
Turnout in opposition to the new HB-1312, mandating immunizations, was historic. Six hundred people signed up to testify, almost all adamantly opposed. The hearing went until after 4:00 am the next morning.
In the end, it didn’t matter. As with every other bill, Democrats were not just tone-deaf—they were positively stone-deaf. They had the votes to pass the bill and that is all that mattered to them.
The only major bad idea that didn’t pass was the elimination of the death sentence. That bill was withdrawn as two of the three men now on death row, are there for murdering the son of a Democrat senator. And she strongly objected to the bill.
Speaking of bad legislation
Former Sen. Kevin Lundberg provides a summary of the worst of the current legislation, worth quoting in full:
“Not being satisfied with the economic insanity of eliminating the oil and gas industry, overturning cultural moral values with the sex ed bill, violating parental rights with the immunization exemption bill, corrupting our voting systems by automatically registering non-citizens, destroying the spending limitations of TABOR, stealing from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund, jeopardizing our Second Amendment rights, putting 12 year-olds in charge of their own mental health treatment, banning conversion therapy while mandating immersion therapy, allowing rent controls, crushing small (and large) businesses with a mandated, universal and unaffordable family leave program, requiring 50% of all CO2 emissions to go away by 2030, destroying the Electoral College system, now even take-out food boxes are under the gun.”
All of this has caused considerable anger among the people at large. There is something in the Democrat agenda to annoy everyone.
The Colorado state constitution contains provisions for initiatives, referendums and recalls—ironically put there by Progressives in 1910.
The National Popular Vote law has garnered the most advanced opposition. Coloradans Vote has more than 1500 citizen volunteers collecting signatures and 140,000 signature lines in the field. However, they need 125,000 verified signatures to put the law on the 2020 ballot.
There is an effort to recall Gov. Polis but it will have to wait until he is in office six months. Three state legislators are under threat of recall. One–Rochelle Galindo—is from Greeley in Weld County, the largest producer of oil and gas in the state. Her recall is underway. Collecting signatures ends June 3rd and the relatively small number (5,696) makes it seem likely that her recall will be on a ballot.
Colorado Democrats seem to think that total control of the legislative process means they can exercise total power over the people who elected them. They seem to have forgotten the words of the Declaration of Independence that when a government tries “…to reduce them [the people] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”
Coloradans are working on just that.