Elections

Reflections on Elections

On Election Day last Tuesday I made the safest non-prediction prediction ever made when I wrote “The sun will come up tomorrow, and it will seem brighter for about half the population and darker for the other half.” In a sharply divided country, that was a pretty safe bet for the presidential election but most of the other results were mixed.

A few observations about last week’s elections.

The presidential race was (and still is) a mess. A week later President Trump still has not c...

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Voodoo and Potpourri

“My wife called down from upstairs with a question: ‘Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone’s got a voodoo doll of you and they’re stabbing you?’

Sounding concerned, I replied, ‘No….’

She responded, ‘How about now?’”

Ha! That’s pretty funny! Somebody sent this to me recently, and I had a good laugh.

Maybe it’s not all that funny, maybe I just needed to laugh, but it worked.

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Election Day is fi...

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America is a Gift

Happy belated 4th of July! I hope you had a great weekend. For my part, I enjoyed a quiet weekend that included grilling and a hike.

More than I should have, I also enjoyed watching video clips of alarmed newscasters in places like Los Angeles showing massive displays of illegal fireworks going off. People were going to celebrate their country in their own way regardless of what some state and local governments had to say about it. (Note to governors and mayors all across the nation: You can...

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Council to Business: Meh

With the financial model for the news media, particularly newspapers, under duress, good local journalism is hard to maintain. Credit the Coloradoan for a recent story about the performance of the City Council elected in April. The article by Jacy Marmaduke is titled “Progressive Pivot” and can be found in the Sunday, December 1 edition.

It’s worth reading. There’s a lot to unpack in the article. One obvious takeaway is the disinterest in business and the local economy by the Council....

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Proposition CC: State Budget Savior or Government Lard?

During the 2019 Legislative Session, Democratic state leaders referred Proposition CC to the fall ballot.

Proposition CC would override the part of the provision in the state constitution in the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) that requires the state to reimburse taxpayers when state revenues exceed population growth and inflation. The retained monies would be used for transportation, public schools, and higher education.

The measure is partisan in nature being referred by the Democrat-co...

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Proposed Charter Amendment 1 a “Solution” in Search of Problem

Change can be good, but change for change sake can be foolhardy. Take the Citizen-Initiated Charter Amendment No. 1 on your Fort Collins City ballot. It calls for the creation of a full-time city council with commensurate compensation.

Before getting to the main reasons why this is ill-advised, let’s address the fact that the main proponent of this measure is also running for city council. Is the objective here really to fix something that’s broken or provide a known community activist wi...

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What Fort Collins Residents are Thinking

A mid-December telephone survey of 400 Fort Collins voters gives some insights into what people are thinking about. The survey reached 240 people via cellphone and 160 via land-lines.

First of all, people seem generally content with the community. When asked “Would you say that Fort Collins is heading in the right direction or in the wrong direction?”  70 percent said ‘right direction’, 20 percent said ‘wrong direction,’ and the rest didn’t know.

Then voters were asked “Wh...

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What Now for Transportation Funding?

Last Tuesday voters in Colorado said ‘no’ to both ballot measures to fund transportation. Both Proposition 109 (Fix Our Damn Roads, a $3.5B bonding program, no tax increase) and Proposition 110 (Let’s Go, Colorado, a 0.62% state sales tax increase with a bonding component) failed with 40% in favor, 60% opposed.

What does it all mean and what’s next?

Starting on a positive note, two different groups of Coloradoans petitioned transportation funding measures onto the state ballot. Jon...

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Boulder and Fort Collins #1 and #2 in Brain Concentration

An interesting report was just published by Bloomberg showing U.S. metro areas suffering a “brain drain” with the outflow of people with advanced degrees and white-collar job losses and pay reductions in science, technology, engineering and math.

And a companion index called “Brain Concentration Index” shows just the opposite. Colorado is well represented on this list as the state with three cities – 1. Boulder 2. Fort Collins, and 10. Denver.

The top 15 cities on the brainpower ...

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Still No on Amendment 73

Elections are a week from today. For the Chamber’s view on key election issues and candidates, go here for a two-page summary overview and here for the Election Page on our website.

In an earlier blog I wrote about Amendment 73, the huge tax increase for public education. As noted, we oppose it because it’s built into the Constitution, it is a very large tax increase, and it falls unfairly on the backs of small business people.

In addition to all of that, there’s the matter of whethe...

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