As I’m watching the election returns tonight and delighting in Prop CC’s humiliating defeat, I wanted to thank you. Because of your partnership we were able to fight off yet another attack on our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
The word that keeps coming to my mind is “addition.”
Politics is the art of addition. This is a particular challenge for the right. While the left comes together all the time to take more of what we earn, the right doesn’t naturally work as a team. We believe in the individual after all. But we saw the 2019 ballot threat to TABOR and knew to defeat it we needed addition. We needed all the groups and individuals who would work against the threat to sing off the same sheet music. And sing they did.
I’ve been doing this work for a long, long time, and I can say this campaign against Prop CC was one of the best coordinated efforts we on the right have ever conducted. What a great Rock Band we created.
Let me thank just a few of the Rock Stars that made up this all-star band. Our own Amy Cooke worked hand-in-hand with Michael Fields of Colorado Rising Action to form our long-term battle plan. Jesse Mallory and all his foot soldiers at Americans for Prosperity hit the doors, mailboxes, and airways. Michelle Lyng and Novitas Communications kept everyone on message. Laura Carno and Springs Taxpayers rallied southern Colorado. Luke Ragland and Ready Colorado added their considerable voice. The Colorado Republican Party exercised their machinery. The Centennial Institute at CCU mobilized along with the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, the TABOR Foundation, and TABOR author Douglas Bruce.
Every rock band needs some good vocals. This one had the best. Former Governor Bill Owens and former U.S. Senator Hank Brown passionately explained how Prop CC was nothing like Ref C some 14 years ago. University of Colorado Regents Heidi Ganahl, Chance Hill, and Sue Sharkey dared to say not everyone in Higher Ed wants to tax you more. All but one republican state legislator joined the chorus. District Attorney George Brauchler was relentless in his defense of our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. While two former State Treasurers Walker Stapleton and Mark Hillman lent their names and gravitas as co-chairs of the issue committee (along with Ganahl and Brauchler).
This was some serious harmony! Check out the complete list of No on CC Advisory Board members. It’s impressive.
I’m sure I’m missing dozens of partners, but the champagne is calling. Please forgive me if I missed your name.
But the real rock star is YOU for partnering with us to defend one of the greatest gifts that voters have ever given themselves and future generations – our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Thanks to you, we won this round.
The opponents of consensual taxation will start drawing up their next battle plans to destroy TABOR tomorrow morning. With your help, we will be planning our counterattack.