Thursday, October 13, 2005
Let's not forget about TABOR
Via Atrios, TAP has a good overview about how Colorado's voters are going to be asked to pass judgement about whether they like the harm it's TABOR law has brought to their state, but the effort to roll back some of its more onerous provisions is not going to be achieved easily:
Just at the moment the Republican coalition is showing strain over Katrina recovery and Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, a Colorado ballot measure is threatening more harm. Though it's a "purple" state with notable blue and red streaks, Colorado now has a chance to roll back a program long supported by the anti-government movement.As the article notes, the stakes are extremely high. Ohioans dodged the TABOR bullet for 2005, but Kenny Blackwell is still prepared to push it for 2006. A victory by the anti-TABOR forces in Colorado would be an huge (but not necessarily fatal) setback to Blackwell's ambitions about this matter.
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Just a few weeks in front of the November 1 election, it’s hard to say who’s winning. Both sides are well funded, but the Rocky Mountain News has reported that the pro-Referendum C forces -- backed by the state's wealthy business community -- have a substantial fundraising edge, perhaps by a more than 4-to-1 margin.