Posts Tagged ‘state’

Amendment 66: Taxpayer con job

By Tom Tancredo – (WND) – Next week voters across Colorado will be asked to approve Amendment 66, a nearly $1 billion tax increase supposedly designed to fund smaller classrooms and better education outcomes for all kids. What’s happening in Colorado is also seen in many states and communities every year.   Surprise! It’s a [...]

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Western slope support “game-changer” for 51st state initiative

Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway said recent interest in support for the 51st state movement from western slope counties  is a “game-changer” in the debate over water issues should residents succeed in forming a 51st state.   “We are now getting support from counties on the Western slope, this is a game-changer,” Conway said. “The way [...]

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Are 51st state opponents attempting to declare votes illegitimate?

It appears critics may be attempting to adopt a strategy to prevent the votes from being counted on the issue after the election, with a call by a former county commissioner  to pressure Weld County commissioners to refuse to count the votes on ballot initiative 1A which asks residents if they want the commissioners to [...]

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UN Rapporteur explains US Transformation Process

by Craig Masters United Nations special rapporteur Pablo de Greiff may not have realized he was describing the decline of American Exceptionalism when he spoke to delegates. Mr. de Grieff was appointed to study and report on the conditions related to human rights violations and recommend actions which would reduce the major atrocities world-wide. His [...]

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Polis wants Obamacare exemption for wealthy ski-resort county

By Jack Minor –   Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat who proudly voted for Obamacare is now complaining that the price tag will be too expensive for residents in his county and is asking for an exemption for his constituents.   “We will be encouraging a waiver. It will be difficult for Summit County [...]

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Obamacare subsidy lawsuit could prove problematic

The president’s signature healthcare legislation, which has been plagued by a series of debacles since ignoring the advice of experts, the administration rolled out a website that was not ready, could now face a possible death blow over lawsuit filed against the laws subsidies.   When the law was passed it provided for the federal [...]

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Transforming America’s Schools into Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance

By John Whitehead –   “To the degree that we take away play, we deprive children of the ability to practise adulthood, and we create people who will go through life with a sense of dependence and victimisation, a sense that there is some authority out there who is supposed to tell them what to [...]

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Colorado sued over funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood

Democratic leaders in Colorado, sympathetic to Planned Parenthood officials and their financial desires, have unconstitutionally handed over some $14 million from state taxpayers to the abortion industry giant, according to a new lawsuit has that been filed. The case is being brought by officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of a former state official against Planned [...]

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Financing the 51st State

By Weld County Commissioner Bill Garcia –   When discussing a 51st State, questions arise regarding finances and budgets.  An excellent point from which to begin this discussion is the findings of I-News, an arm of Rocky Mountain PBS, which prepared a study regarding fiscal aspects of a new state’s formation.  This study found the [...]

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“Just get more lobbyists,” opponent of 51st state says during forum

By Jack Minor –   Participants in a forum to inform voters about the pros and cons of a 51st state perfectly illustrated the reason Colorado’s rural residents feel  urban legislators are ignoring them.   “No one has been disenfranchised. It may be that sometimes there is overreach and that happened. Take it easy, this [...]

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LESS FUNDING + MORE MANDATES + EROSION OF LOCAL CONTROL = UNACCEPTABLE RESULTS

By Weld Commissioner Mike Freeman–   With regard to the formation of a 51st state, no issue is more important than education. A new state with new educational goals would provide our children with the schooling they deserve and a system that returns funds to classrooms and control to local school boards. In fact, the [...]

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Water rights in 51st state will be protected

BY WELD COUNTY COMMISSIONER SEAN CONWAY Since discussion of creating a 51st State began, the most asked question I have had is how will the existing water rights our farmers and communities currently own be impacted? First and foremost, water rights are private property. And like other private property – your home, car or land that [...]

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Banks Disappear In Economic Weakness

By Mike McCune –   To paraphrase President Obama, “I took my eye off the [real economic] ball.” For that I apologize to Rant readers.   While trying to keep up with the messes scattered by this Administration–Benghazi, NSA, IRS, Syria, monetization of the debt, etc.–I took my eye off the economic ball. Today the oversight [...]

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Report says Colorado flooding “likely a 100 year flood”

Coloradoan – The flood that ravaged Colorado earlier this month was “unprecedented,” according to a preliminary assessment issued by government and university scientists Wednesday. The report, which also stated that the flooding was “probably unmatched in at least 35 years,” was prepared by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder. The [...]

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Senate GOP sets sights on repealing gun laws

Brush News Tribune – This year’s statehouse battles over new gun regulations could all return next year with a renewed debate.   House and Senate Republicans are poised to present a series of bills in the 2014 session that look to repeal or alter some of the gun-control legislation passed by Democrats and implemented into [...]

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Cost of Colorado flood recovery begins to mount

Brush News Tribune – Throughout flood-ravaged communities, local, state and federal agencies are working together to restore normalcy and determine the extent of damage.   The repair estimate for state-owned roads and bridges alone is $430 million, according to Micki Trost, spokeswoman for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.   The state’s estimated cost for [...]

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Lawlessness – not just fashionable any more.

by Craig Masters It is mandated so we can’t really do anything about it… so say the current and want-to-be school board members all across the country when questioned about the implementation of the federal/socialists’ take over of local education. But is it true that the local schools can’t “do anything” about Common Core Curriculum [...]

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Can you Hear them NOW!

The footsteps of the boots of the coming police state. by Craig Masters The first violence and arrest of what will be many incidents to come is now in the record of the meeting of the Maryland state board of education meeting where Obamaschool curriculum was being “discussed.” But only written and approved questions were [...]

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Aurora shooter’s attorneys argue Colorado death penalty unconstitutional

Fort Morgan Times –  Lawyers for Aurora movie theater shooting defendant James Holmes want the judge in the case to declare Colorado’s death-penalty laws unconstitutional.   In multiple motions filed Friday and made public Tuesday, lawyers for Holmes say the state’s death-penalty laws are unconstitutionally arbitrary, that the jury-selection process unfairly skews the jury pool, and that [...]

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Fort Collins council supports delay on marijuana businesses

Coloradoan — Retail marijuana stores won’t be allowed in Fort Collins soon, but their opening dates may not be as far off as expected.   The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an ordinance that would temporarily ban marijuana stores until March 31 so the city can line up regulations for [...]

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Justice Department will not challenge state marijuana laws

Coloradoan — The Justice Department will not attempt to challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities. Those include the distribution of marijuana to minors and sales that assist or act as cover for trafficking [...]

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Colorado introduces new logo and slogan

Brush News Tribune – Fly the Colorado flag. Wave it. Love it. It’s a grand old flag. But the state flag couldn’t compete with a green triangle as the new Colorado logo. State officials will unveil the image and an accompanying slogan — “It’s our nature” — as the focal points of a new Colorado [...]

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51st state idea resulting from decades old issues

by Jack Minor –   While the move by residents in several Colorado counties to secede from the state has been described as frustration over recent moves by the legislature in Denver, a retired political scientist and author says the move actually is a symptom of a much larger undercurrent of frustration that Republicans are [...]

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Denver judge scolds Dem legislators for ignoring Constitution

by Jack Minor –   A series of bills passed by Colorado Democrats in the state legislature hit a snag last week after a judge berated the lawmakers for ignoring the state’s constitution.   “Writing an election law so clearly non-compliant with the state constitution,” Denver District Judge Robert McGahey said in a ruling, “I [...]

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Colo. Planned Parenthood clinics shut down over costs of fighting personhood initiatives

by Jack Minor –   Planned Parenthood is closing a pair of clinics in Colorado, explaining it is short of money because of the millions of dollars it had to spend to convince voters not to approve so-called “personhood” amendments.   Pro-life groups twice have tried to pass amendments to the Colorado state constitution declaring [...]

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Weld commissioners listen to residents, put 51st state issue on ballot

Striking a defiant tone against critics who have called them foolish, crybabies and other names, Weld County commissioners in Colorado voted unanimously to let the state’s residents vote on whether to pursue the idea of becoming the 51st state.   “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” Bill Garcia, chairman of the [...]

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Two Judges rule against Obama / Reid

by Craig Masters In the state where card games are big money, two Nevada judges have called a spade a spade in ruling that Obama does not have the Constitutional authority to change law to suit his political agenda. This ruling could mark the beginning of a flood of rulings that will reverse administration imposed [...]

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What’s in a Word?

by Craig Masters While it might not seem important in the era of horrible “txt splng,” but when some words are replaced by others the intent is too often odious. Such was the highly offensive case of the Republican National Committee changing the word “shall” to “may” in a clause of the RNC rules adopted [...]

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Million Moms Against Gun Control to march in Logan County Fair parade

Sterling Journal Advocate — The Colorado branch of 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control is bringing a new entry to the Logan County Fair parade this year. Linda Elliott, the state coordinator for the organization, said the group is organizing an armed march in the parade after she received a request to come to Logan [...]

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Fighting obesity on several fronts to reverse trend in state

Colorado was one of three states where obesity rates among low-income preschoolers increased between 2009 and 2011, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but state officials say they managed to reverse that trend last year. Obesity in low-income 2- to 4-year-olds increased to 10 percent from 9 percent in [...]

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The “Two Party” system is on only One Path

by Craig Masters Politicians who label themselves as republican beling to the the majority party in the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate; and Governor Snyder list himself as a republican. Yet as Detroit begins operating under a bankruptcy administrator, the state government of Michigan is charging blindly into billions of additional debt to finance more [...]

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Pueblo recall supporters facing “thug” tactics for signing petition

By Jack Minor –   Colorado voters attempting to recall two state lawmakers who helped pass a rash of draconian gun control laws that were rammed through the legislature now charge that Chicago-style thug tactics are being used to get them to recant their signatures.   “Everyone who signed a recall petition has received multiple [...]

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Weather conditions keeping state uncharacteristically hot, humid

(Brush News Tribune) — It is hot and unusually humid, a rarity for Colorado that may last a couple more days.   A large high-pressure system over the eastern part of the country is keeping a low-pressure system over Texas from progressing, which is creating the storms in Colorado, said Kari Bowen, a meteorologist with [...]

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Lawmakers celebrate law giving special tuition rates for illegals

By Jack Minor –   Lawmakers who supported Colorado’s new law allowing illegal aliens in the state to receive a lower tuition rate than American citizens in other states are celebrating the registration of new students qualifying for the reduced rate. As part of the celebration six Democrats and one Republican are attending events in [...]

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Fracking critics driving up home heating costs state regulator says

(Ft. Collins Coloradoan)  — Colorado’s chief oil and gas regulator said critics of fracking and public officials trying to regulate the energy industry are working hard to drive up the cost of home heating and cooling. When residents “storm city hall and demand you protect their health, safety and welfare armed with misinformation,” they fail [...]

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