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Entries from June 2008

State employees should not do campaign’s homework

June 26th, 2008 · No Comments

If Douglas Bruce authored a ballot initiative that simply said, “Taxes shall be reduced by $300 million a year” but couldn’t explain which programs should be eliminated or scaled back, pundits would ridicule his half-baked scheme and scold him for wasting the public’s time. That’s the treatment Gov. Bill Ritter should be receiving for his [...]

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Rocky: State’s help to Ritter tax hike would be campaign contribution

June 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Kudos to Vincent Carroll at the Rocky Mountain News who noted in today’s On Point column that it’s a little late for Gov. Bill Ritter and his tax-hiking buddies to be fleshing out the details of how their oil and gas tax increase will be showered upon lucky college students. Unfortunately, the time to provide [...]

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Ritter’s higher ed chief deploys stall tactic

June 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Former Boulder congressman David Skaggs, now Gov. Ritter’s higher education chief, replied to my June 18 open records request, seeking documents explaining the extent to which state employees were doing policy development work for the governor’s proposed ballot initiative campaign. Mr. Skaggs noted that providing correspondence between his staff and the Governor’s staff on Initiative [...]

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Your tax dollars promoting Ritter’s scholarship plan

June 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Although state law seems to forbid it, Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration is using your tax dollars to design and promote his ballot initiative to increase energy taxes and promote his “Colorado Promise Scholarships.” ¬†Higher Education director David Skaggs confirmed my suspicions with his letter in the June 18 Rocky Mountain News: Regarding the proposed Colorado [...]

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Ritter’s supreme confidence

June 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Is it typical political spin or something more tangible that makes Gov. Bill Ritter so incredibly confident that the Colorado Supreme Court will vindicate his strategy to raise your property taxes without your permission? Taxpayers should reasonably ask that question after the Governor and his staff voiced no concern at all when Judge Christina Habas [...]

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Mark Hillman elected to RNC

June 1st, 2008 · No Comments

BROOMFIELD—Colorado Republicans elected former state senator Mark Hillman to a four-year term on the Republican National Committee at Saturday’s state GOP convention in Broomfield. Hillman, a Burlington wheat farmer who also served as state treasurer, will succeed former Congressman Bob Schaffer as one of Colorado’s three voting members of the RNC. "Principles are more important [...]

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