In the last week of this legislative session, Governor Polis and Democrats fashioned a complex solution to a pending property tax increase in 2024. It will appear on the ballot this November. The Magellan polling firm just completed a 662 voter poll that showed an initial reading of Proposition HH had 54 percent voter support. But providing additional information about it saw support decline to 43 percent and opposition rise to 46 percent from 34 (see table – Second Read). Even after providing additional information, the confusion continued; more than 70 percent of voters were basically uncertain on the highly complex ballot proposition.
Friday, July 28, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
A new statewide survey of 2,600 Colorado residents for the Colorado Trust shows cost of living and its associated problems of housing affordability and homelessness are the top concerns of Coloradoans. Renters and minorities were the most worried about affording their apartments and homes.
Crime and public safety were also in the top five of serious problems.
Like most polls in the U.S., the sorry state of politics and government was high on the list.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
For a community to thrive it needs a marketplace of civic activists and leaders, people who within their neighborhoods, communities and professions, feel a responsibility to make things better. Three of Colorado’s civic contributors who I had the privilege of knowing have just passed from the scene – Bob Ewegen, Kay Pride, and Kathy Farley.
Monday, July 17, 2023
At the NATO summit in Vilnius, Ukraine received more military aid and a commitment to join, but it had conditions that disappointed President Zelensky. However, it was the position that had a consensus. The summit also welcomed two new members, Finland and Sweden (soon). NATO became stronger and disunity in Russia’s government more apparent.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Boebert and Trump Jr. in Pueblo
Pueblo loves politicians to pay attention to it, and Lauren Boebert in a fight for her political life, intends on targeting it. She helped bring Donald Trump Jr. to a crowd of 700 roaring fans to what was billed the Grand Old Party Freedom Fest. The Colorado State Fair hall was filled with MAGA paraphernalia, and the speakers played the greatest hits on immigration, Hunter Biden and transgender rights.
Boebert has rejected moving to a more centrist position and instead headed straight to full MAGA–Impeach Biden direction. And the presidential frontrunner is endorsing her in spite of Taylor Green’s “little b_ _ _ ” fight.
Boebert only won her last election by 546 votes and lost Pueblo County by about 4,300. (She nearly broke even in 2020.) To survive, she needs every possible Pueblo and surrounding rural area vote. Her main opponent, Adam Frisch, running again after his close loss, raised $2.6 million in the last quarter of fundraising.
In April, I asked if this could be Boebert’s last term. She’s in the fight and Pueblo will get the attention it likes.