What does our government do when they overspend on a program? Conduct an audit? Rein in expenses? Reduce the scope? If you’re the Colorado Legislature, you simply try to pass a bill that allows you to tap a different piggybank and write an I.O.U. that says you’ll repay the money at some point. Maybe. SB283 breaks … More SB283: Cash Fund (In)Solvency
HB21-1321 is the perfect example of how a bill title rarely reflects what’s actually in the bill. This bill will require additional language in the “blue book” designed to scare voters into rejecting ballot measures that will lower taxes. For those measures that will increase taxes, the language will highlight the “benefits” and “improvements” that will … More HB21-1321: Voter Transparency(?) in Ballot Measures
SB261: Public Utilities Commission Encourage Renewable Energy GenerationThis bill expands exemptions for renewable energy providers to the detriment of oil & gas producers. Senator Stephen Fenberg (D) sponsored this bill. He wants to put oil and gas out of business in Colorado. SB264: Adopt Programs Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions UtilitiesSenator Chris Hansen (D) is joined by Senator … More “Gang Green” Introduces 3 New Bills
They’ve already introduced Common Core Math and Critical Race Theory to our young students in public schools, whether parents approve or not. Now they want to expand their influence to the most malleable of minds: those of our preschoolers. The stated goal is to expand access and create a taxpayer-funded “universal preschool program.” This is one of Governor … More Do We Really Want Government-Run Preschools?
HB 1298: Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check. Among other things, this bill will essentially give the CBI unlimited time to process your background check instead of the 3 days they are currently allowed. No need to ban guns when you can just tie up the approval process indefinitely. HB1299: Office of Gun Violence Prevention. This … More Three New Gun Bills Introduced Last Week
We SUPPORTED HB21-1104, until they loaded it up with pork. Now we OPPOSE this bill. This bill started out great. Allow educator license renewals to go from 5 – 7 years. Lighten the load on our teachers. Save the taxpayers $292K and reduce the size of government by 4 full time employees. Terrific. Then came … More Beware the Trojan Horse
HB21-1274 is a real head scratcher This bill would direct the department of personnel to inventory any unused state-owned buildings, then seek out developers who would be willing to convert them into affordable housing or renewable energy facilities. Two Questions: Has our state government grown so large, it doesn’t know what properties we own, and … More Things that make you say hmmmm
SB21-238 was introduced this week and our state legislature is about to take us all for a ride. If passed, the Front Range Passenger Rail District would be created “for the purpose of planning, designing, developing, financing, constructing, operating, and maintaining a passenger rail system and specifying the territory, governing structure, powers, and duties of the district.” With … More All Aboard!
Senate Bill 21-199: Remove Barriers to Certain Public Opportunities This bill would provide public benefits to anyone in Colorado, regardless of legal status. (think K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, COVID stimulus money, etc.) Most folks agree that our country needs more workers and that there are many jobs that go unfilled. This bill would … More Open the Floodgates!
Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado Responds to “Marxist Conspiracy” Facebook Post It has come to our attention that a former member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado created a Facebook post on Tuesday that insinuated that the recent mass shooting in Boulder was part of a “Marxist conspiracy.” Our organization does not condone that … More For Immediate Release 3/25/21
The “Colorado Option” Health Care Plan This is the most anticipated bill this year. HB21-1232 will create a “standardized health benefit plan” that will “encourage” insurance providers to offer health care coverage at progressively lower rates over the next several years. If they don’t, government will step in with a sledgehammer. The Commissioner of Insurance … More The One We’ve All Been Waiting For
State-issued IDs, Medicare and Small Business Grants Not only will you get a new driver’s license, but we’ll even drive you to the DMV. Need help navigating Medicare or other health insurance? No problem. We’ll even pay your premiums for 12 months. Want to start a small business when you get released? We’ve got a grant … More Perks for Perps
They’ve got us all tied up in knots. The teachers union wants to suspend statewide assessments because they know the news is bad. They want a pay raise, but they won’t reopen the schools. Districts that have gone to a 4-day school week now want more money to add back a 5th day. What’s a legislator … More Pretzel Logic
A few bills we’re watching on March 1st SB21-116: Prohibit American Indian Mascots This bill would require all public schools in Colorado to eliminate mascots that make any reference to American Indians by June 2022. It imposes a $25k fine per month for each violation. Fines/penalties are ultimately paid by taxpayers in the school districts … More Cancel Culture Comes to Colorado
We knew there would be a lot, but we weren’t expecting a tsunami. Fortunately, we were ready for them. The Liberty Scorecard Committee read over 250 bills and rated 164 of them over the weekend. Here are ALL the bills we’re following this week. A few notable ones: HB1007: State Apprenticeship AgencyThis bill would create a … More 250 Bills Introduced in the First Full Week of the 2021 Legislative Session
The First Regular Session of the 73rd General Assembly convened on January 12, 2021. The Legislature met for four days before temporarily adjourning until February 16 due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. Go to libertyscorecard.rlcco.org for updates and results.
The 2020 Colorado Legislative Session was one for the history books. A truncated session with a10-week temporary adjournment, one would think there wasn’t enough time to introduce new legislation of any real consequence. One would be wrong. The Republican Liberty Caucus, also known as “the Conscience of the Colorado GOP” reads and rates bills as … More 2020 Legislative Recap: The Good, The Bad, and the Just Plain Silly
State House Representative and Minority Leader Patrick Neville from House District 45 received the Goldwater Award for achieving the highest score on the 2020 Liberty Scorecard produced by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado. The scorecard is a measure of each legislator’s commitment to the principles of individual rights, free markets and limited government. Of the 711 bills that were introduced during … More House Minority Leader Patrick Neville Receives Goldwater Award from Liberty Caucus
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado has endorsed former state representative Justin Everett as he challenges Colin Larson, a Republican who currently represents House District 22 in southern Jefferson County. Everett previously held that seat before his run for state treasurer in 2018. “We endorsed Justin for treasurer in 2018 based on his conservative voting … More Justin Everett Earns Liberty Caucus Endorsement in Race to Reclaim His State House Seat
Doug Townsend, candidate for Senate District 31, has been endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado. Known for its high standards and commitment to liberty principles, the RLCCO requires candidates to complete an online questionnaire before being considered for an interview with the candidate review committee. “We’re not everyone’s cup of tea,” says Sue … More State Senate Candidate Doug Townsend Receives Liberty Caucus Endorsement
Full Results Here
For the official call, as well as Bonus Member allocations, click HERE. The State Org meeting is March 30th. To run for Bonus Member, you need to attend your County Org meeting. Most of those will be held in February.
In case you missed it, HERE is the video from our first online charter meeting. Tune in for announcements of future meetings.
Out with the old, in with the NEW! Colorado Charter Meeting, Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00pm Let’s get organized and discuss our strategy to reclaim some common sense on Colorado’s political scene. A Colorado baker is being sued by the State again in what painfully looks like Double Jeopardy. It’s no longer okay to tolerate transgenders. … More RLCCO Charter Meeting Tues, Jan 29, 7:00pm
2018 Voter’s Guide to Ballot Issues The official text for all these initiatives can be found on the Secretary of State’s website HERE. Amendment V: Lower Age Requirement for Members of the State Legislature – NO RECOMMENDATION Amendment W: Election Ballot Format for Judicial Retention Elections – NO Principles: N/A This is a solution in search … More
There must be something in the water in Jefferson County. Maybe it’s the same stuff they put in that Banquet beer up there. But if you’re a liberty-minded voter in any of the 3 state Senate races in play this fall, you’ve got a solid Constitutional conservative to vote for. That’s unusual and a cause … More Three Key State Senate Races. Three Liberty Candidates. Game On.