In case you don’t recall last fall’s ballot ransom, allow me to refresh. Unions extorted $3 million cash from businesses in exchange for them pulling four business-destroying initiatives from the ballot. I was offered $800,000 of that $3 million to pull my Amendment 49, which apparently unions didn’t like. And what a “principled” idiot I was not to take it (please note current recession and the failure of Amendment 49 anyway).
The always stylish State Rep. Amy Stephens, who like most people think ballots shouldn’t be up for sale, proposed House Bill 1069 which, and get this, only makes removing a ballot initiative for cash a misdemeanor offense. After all, if she pulled one of her own bills for payment or traded votes, she’d go to prison. I came down to testify for this common-sense bill and to tell my story, but unfortunately the other side brought the well-known lawyer for the unions and the Colorado Democratic elite. The message was received; Democrats on the State Affairs Committee killed the bill (kudos however to Rep. Beth McCann for bucking her party and voting ‘yes’).
Let me lay this out. This isn’t bad news for me. Now the the legislature has made it clear that we can place dangerous initiatives on the ballot and blackmail well-heeled interest groups to pay us to pull them. I just found a new profit center! And I am NOT stupid enough to be “principled” again. Lawmakers can’t make money from yanking their bills, but we can! Recession, reschmession.
Get the whole lowdown by listening to Amy Stephens on my radio show explain the whole ugly thing.