Tag Archives: ballot initiatives

Oil & gas industry pumps money into property rights initiatives

May 29, 2018

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Petitions are currently circulating for Initiative 97 in favor of a 2500-foot setback requirement for oil & gas drilling. But that’s not the only petition in need of signatures. Two dozen initiatives have been approved for circulation. Several are backed by the state’s oil & gas industry. Protect Colorado was founded in 2014, to fight […]

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Lawsuit challenges Amendment 71 as unconstitutional

April 24, 2017

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Today a group of plaintiffs represented by Attorney Ralph Ogden filed a lawsuit in federal court in Denver, claiming that Amendment 71 (A71) is unconstitutional. In the wake of a $3 million media-blitz campaign that was financed primarily by big oil & gas with Broncos’ GM John Elway acting as pitchman, Colorado voters passed A71 […]

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The Corporate Takeover of Colorado

January 9, 2017

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Guest post by Phil Doe* Two important things happened in Colorado on election night. The people overwhelmingly rejected a ballot proposal that would have brought a universal, publicly financed, single-payer health-care system to the state. And after months of a carefully orchestrated and costly propaganda campaign designed to create doubt and even self-loathing, the people […]

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Amendment 71, the big lie

November 3, 2016

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Guest post by Phil Doe* The propaganda barrage from the corporate sponsors of constitutional Amendment 71 is part of a continuing effort by the oil and gas industry to make the state their oyster. The industry wants no interference from citizens who believe they should have the right to protect themselves, their homes, their children, […]

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Broncos’ Elway is a shill for oil and gas industry

October 24, 2016

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Broncos general manager John Elway is appearing in two campaign ads urging voters to pass Amendment 71, and reject Amendments 69 and 70. Those TV spots started running on Sunday. Elway supports Amendment 71 — aka “Raise the Bar” — which would require future citizens’ initiatives to get petition signatures from 2 percent of the […]

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Vote “No” on Amendment 71

September 28, 2016

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Be The Change releases ‘Fact Sheet’ in opposition to Amendment 71 Amendment 71:  The corporately-financed initiative designed to eliminate the citizen’s right to initiative. Probably the most important historical fact we should recognize when discussing Amendment 71, dubbed Raise the Bar by its corporate sponsors, is that the people’s right to the initiative, or citizen […]

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Post-mortem: Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures didn’t make the ballot

September 9, 2016

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By Kelsey Ray Republished from The Colorado Independent The fractivists were prepared for this. Before turning in the more than 200,000 ballot petition signatures they collected to qualify two anti-fracking measures for the November ballot, members of the Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking campaign took photographs of every single petition page. After Secretary […]

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Colorado: 300 Days of Sunshine Annually, Yet There’s No Sunny Side of the Street

August 26, 2016

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Guest post by Philip Doe* Not long ago, the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, held a press conference kicking off a campaign to stop the state’s constitution from being, in his words, a “dumping ground” for special interest legislation. He apparently wants to accomplish this before Hillary makes him her Secretary of Interior or Commerce […]

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Initiatives 75 and 78 petitions delivered to Colorado SOS

August 9, 2016

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  Initiatives Protecting Health and Safety from Fracking to Be on State Ballot A locally-led coalition of groups have obtained enough signatures to place initiatives #75 and #78 on the November ballot, permitting Coloradans to decide on fracking. On August 8, a grassroots coalition called Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking submitted enough signatures […]

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Activists disrupt Hick’s piano recital

June 9, 2016

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Oops! Did I say piano recital? Must be that photo. I meant book event. That’s right. Governor Hickenlooper wrote a book, I Drank the Fracking Fluid. No. He didn’t. I was just messing with you. He did publish a confessional memoir, loosely based on his life, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and […]

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