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#153 Transportation Funding Through a Sales Tax increase – Just VOTE NO!

Joshua Sharf nails it again. Just say “No” to increasing the state sales tax to pay for what you’re already paying for: roads and bridges. ~ Chris Holbert

Read this article from Complete Colorado about this Regressive, unstable funding scheme.

Kim Monson from Lone Tree shares Why We Don’t Need a Tax Hike to Fix Colorado’s Highways Read all about it in the Colorado Politics August 14th publication –

Ballot Language for Proposed Initiative #153
Read the proposed ballot initiative here

VOTE NO on Initiative #153- a HUGE sales tax increase is bad for Colorado!

Check back often! This page will be updated as we learn more.

From the WSJ – Tax Revenues Are Higher – Individual receipts were up 7.9% in the first 10 months of fiscal 2018.

The reduction in tax rates in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has resulted in an increase in tax revenue.

Anyone who argues that the tax rate cuts are causing an increase in the deficit doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Spending is the problem and needs to be reeled in.

Here is the link to the original article in the WSJ

By The Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal
Aug. 10, 2018 6:58 p.m. ET

Perhaps you’ve read that the federal budget deficit is rising again, and that’s true. But what you probably haven’t heard is that the main reason is spending, not falling revenue from tax cuts.

The Congressional Budget Office released its budget summary for July this week, and the deficit for the first 10 months of fiscal 2018 reached $682 billion, up $116 billion from a year earlier. Federal spending increased by $143 billion for all the usual reasons—especially Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

But revenues were higher as well—up $26 billion. Corporate income taxes were down substantially as expected in the wake of the tax reform that cut the corporate rate and added 100% expensing. But individual income taxes increased by $104 billion, or 7.9%, despite the cut in individual tax rates. How could that be? CBO says one reason is that withholding from paychecks increased by $32 billion, which “largely reflects increases in wages and salaries.” In other words, a faster-growing economy employed more people who made more money.

Individual tax receipts were down a bit in July but that was more than offset by record revenue in April, the biggest month for tax receipts. Meanwhile, don’t believe everything you read about tax reform and deficits. Higher spending is the real problem.

Appeared in the August 11, 2018, print edition as ‘Revenues Are Higher.’

Douglas County Republican Picnic – Sign Up Now!

Don’t miss this fun annual Douglas County Republican family event at the Beautiful Wiens Ranch in Perry Park! Mark you calendars and plan to attend!

Saturday, August 25th, from 11:00am – 3:00pm
Purchase event tickets HERE !
5567 S. Perry Park Road, Sedalia
$15 per person, or $25 per Family
DCGOP will provide HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, PULLED PORK, non-alcoholic DRINKS
Please bring a Side Dish to share

* Enjoy GAMES!
* Meet & Mingel with other awesome folks who want to Turn Colorado Red Again!
* Dunk elected officials in the DUNK TANK!
* Bid on the DESSERT AUCTION!
* Speak with local elected officials and candidates, get to know them!

Contact:
Charity charitygarza@gmail.com to help
Barb sommerbarb@gmail.com to donate a yummy dessert for the auction

The Declaration of Independence: Tom Krannawitter takes us on a deep dive into understanding this incredible document!

Would you like to learn more about our founding documents?

Dr. Krannawitter is now President of Speakeasy Ideas, combining a deep knowledge of political and economic history, an insatiable appetite for learning, and an extraordinary gift for teaching the great ideas that have fueled human progress.

Watch this 48 minute educational video SIA 101.1: Declaration of Independence Pt I
This is part 1 of 9 in the Speak Easy lecture series on the Political Science of the American Founding.

PRINT this handout to go along with the video for part 1.

You can find the additional 8 videos in the series on the Speak Easy Ideas website

Also-

Watch this 1 hour and 16 minute lesson from the CATO Institute-
CATO University 2016: Why the Declaration of Independence Was Right

How Does Your Precinct Lean? Detailed Voter Map of the 2016 Presidential Election

Check out this Interactive Voter Map from the New York Times!

You can view as large as the entire country, or by county, or as detailed as the total number of votes in the precinct for each Presidential Candidate in 2016.


We have work to do!
We have voters to reach!
We have Republican candidates to promote!

Reach out to Tanne Blackburn, Douglas County GOP chairperson, to learn how you can help.

tanne.blackburn@dcgop.org

Civics – The Rule of Law

0″If men were angels, no government would be necessary. In framing a
government which is to be administered by men over men, the great
difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the
governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 51 (1788)

James Madison’s quote from the Federalist Papers gets at the heart of the
problem that even a government of law is ultimately “administered by men
over men.” The framers of the U.S. Constitution addressed this problem by
dividing power among the different branches of government (legislative,
executive, and judicial). This framework for government, known as the
separation of powers, ensures that no one person is able to gain absolute
power and stand above the law. Each branch of our government has some
level of control or oversight over the actions of the other branches.

The rule of law does not depend upon a U.S.-style separation of powers.
In a parliamentary system, for example, the powers of the executive and
legislative branches are combined; procedures such as “no confidence” votes
and regularly scheduled elections serve as a check on the party that controls
the parliament. The key point is that every form of government has to have
some system to ensure that no one in the government has so much power that
they can act above the law.

“[N]either laws nor the procedures used to create or
implement them should be secret; and . . . the laws
must not be arbitrary.”

—U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood,
“The Rule of Law in Times of Stress” (2003)

The rule of law and the ABA World Justice Project~
In 2007, ABA President William Neukom established the World Justice Project. The World
Justice Project recognizes the problem that “the ‘rule of law’ is a frequently used term that
is rarely defined.”
The World Justice Project has proposed a working definition of the rule of law that
comprises four principles:
1.
A system of self-government in which all persons, including the government, are
accountable under the law
2.
A system based on fair, publicized, broadly understood and stable laws
3.
A fair, robust, and accessible legal process in which rights and responsibilities
based in law are evenly enforced
4.
Diverse, competent, and independent lawyers and judge

~From the ABA Division for Public Education

Primary Election Results

Below are the results and winners of the Republican primary election –

Results – click here

 

 

Statewide Offices – 

Office      
Governor – Walker Stapleton – https://www.stapletonforcolorado.com/

Treasurer – Brian Watson – https://brianwatson.vote/

 

County Contested Races – 
Commissioner – Abe Laydon – http://abeforcommissioner.com/

County Treasurer – Dave Gill – http://davegillfordougco.com/

County Clerk and Recorder – Merlin Klotz -http://www.klotz4clerk.site/

For information on all candidates – click here

Cops Are Good Guys

Prager University has fantastic videos. Check this one out. And then look at the other videos. They’re great dinner table conversations with your family & friends.

 

https://www.prageru.com/videos/cops-are-good-guys

 

Are cops perfect? Of course not. And no one should expect them to be. But every single day, under the most difficult conditions, the police protect us from the bad guys. In other words, they do their job and they do it well. Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke makes it very clear: cops are not the problem.