Peak Feed: Even Former CO Dem Chair Says $1B Tax Hike Is a Stretch

Pollster and former Colorado Democratic Chair Floyd Ciruli, never one to pull punches when speaking about his own party, expressed doubts that the Democrats’ $1 billion tax hike would be a success in an interview with the Colorado Statesman.  Calling the proposed tax hike that would allegedly go toward education “major”, Ciruli expressed doubts about the future of the initiative:

“The historical track record for statewide tax increases doesn’t bode well for the campaign, he said this week. ‘The presumption is against them… very few have had any luck raising taxes statewide.’ People are much more willing to support local school boards, bonds and mill levy overrides than statewide tax increases, Ciruli explained. He pointed to the effort in 2011 by Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, to ask voters to approve a measure similar to Initiative 22. The 2011 measure, Proposition 103, sought to increase income tax rates from 4.63 percent to 5 percent, but it also included a temporary increase in sales taxes. More than one million votes were cast on the issue, but voters resoundingly rejected it, 64 to 36 percent.”

Let’s hope Ciruli is right.  Coloradans can’t afford another union bailout.

 

FILED: Former State Rep. Judy Solano Files to Replace State Sen. Lois Tochtrop

UPDATE: Of course, the real question – will Solano heed Tochtrop’s warning about gun control?  As we noted earlier, The Colorado Observer quoted Tochtrop as warning Democrats in swing districts that they “have to be very careful to vote their district’s sentiment” on gun control.  If Solano’s past behavior is any indication of future, we’re betting she ignores tips to moderate.

Former Democratic State Representative Judy Solano, who represented State House District 31, yesterday filed to replace State Senator Lois Tochtrop in Senate District 24, a district that is considered fairly competitive by some political insiders.  Tochtrop, who serves as the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, is term limited as a Senator.

Solano is a former teacher who received her largest donations in 2010 from unions, according to Ballotopedia.  Specifically, her four largest donors were the Food and Commercial Workers union, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Professional Firefighters union, and Service Employees International Union.  Adding to her liberal street creds, she’s a member of the embattled Adams County Democratic Party, the Colorado Education Association, the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the National Education Association, and the Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter, among others.

And, Solano is no ordinary liberal.  She sits on far left of the liberal spectrum as demonstrated by her quiet embrace of Proposition 103, which would have killed nearly 120,000 jobs in Colorado.  Solano also stood with her SEIU union goons brethren in a “solidarity protest” at Colorado’s State Capitol against reforms that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hoped to enact.

While Solano perhaps is best-known for her education legislation, her lesser-known votes would have spelled trouble for Colorado’s middle class families.  For example, she’s voted to increase vehicle registration and insurance fees as well as to increase utility bills in the name of green energy initiatives, which have worked out so well in Colorado (ahem, Abound).  And, then there are her votes that reveal her legislative love for trial lawyers and obsessive hate for home builders….

What does this all mean?  It means that 2014 is just another step closer.  Game on.

 

TEACHER UNIONS LOSING STREAK CONTINUES: 103, School Boards & Teacher Rating System Part Of Trend

The teacher unions in Colorado, primarily the Colorado Education Association (CEA), have had an amazingly terrible track record in Colorado politics recently, picking one electoral loser after another and throwing good money after bad on failed policy priorities. With last week's school board elections, the crushing defeat of Prop 103 and the coming implementation of a teacher rating system from 2010's SB 191, the trend is continuing unabated.

The drift towards ineffectiveness began during last year's legislative session with the passage of SB 191 (PDF), a bill designed to reform teacher tenure and bring some measure of accountability into Colorado public schools. Despite being viciously opposed by the perennial Democrat campaign bank-rollers, the CEA, and in a government where Democrats controlled the House, Senate and Governorship, the bill passed with Republican support and some gutsy Democrats like state Senator Michael Johnston (D-Denver).

The bill included the development of a teacher rating system, which the AP reports is poised to be signed off on by the state Board of Education today. The rating system is four-tiered — highly effective, effective, partially effective and ineffective — that will be used to grade teachers and principals. Those receiving the rating of "ineffective" for two straight years lose tenure. Despite the CEA finding horrifying the idea of teachers being judged on their merit and not just the amount of time they've stuck around, the reform is becoming real. 

Some Democrats literally cried their eyes out on the floor when the bill passed, but we're jumping for joy at the idea of the CEA's massive public policy loss. 


The CEA has dumped untold sums into political races over the years, and are an important piece of CODA's funding structure. They've smeared many a good conservative with lies and misleading mailers. It's nice to finally see them fall, and fall hard. 

What began with SB 191 has continued through almost every election this year, from Denver Mayor to Prop 103. After supporting Chris Romer for Denver Mayor and throwing money into a 527 attacking Michael Hancock, the CEA has become persona non grata in Mayor Hancock's office. They also threw six figure sums at the Denver school board races, only to see the pro-reform majority remain intact, and at least $75,000 towards Prop 103, which failed in all but the three most left-wing counties. 

While unions might have won a big victory in Ohio yesterday with the overturning of the law limiting collective bargaining for public employees, the teachers unions in Colorado have known nothing but defeat in recent times.

The general movement of Colorado's electorate and political establishment is towards reform, with the state increasingly seen as a leader nationally in the education reform fight. 

This has potentially great implications for Colorado conservatives. More Democrats running for office on education reform platforms means less races that the CEA will invest heavily in smearing conservatives and buying politicians to protect the unacceptable education status quo.

Then Democrats will actually have to fight elections on their own, and as Prop 103 demonstrated, the liberal political establishment is just not where Colorado's electorate stands. That sounds like progress to us.

 

DEMOCRAT PARTY RUNS TO THE LEFT; Obama In Big Trouble In Key 2012 Swing States

Two new polls out by Gallup and Resurgent Republic have good signs in them for conservatives hoping to defeat Barack Obama next year. Gallup's poll shows the Democrat Party moving further to the left ideologically, with conservatives now outnumbering liberals in America at the same ratio Prop 103 went down in defeat: two-to-one. Resurgent Republic, a polling outfit headed by former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, has a poll showing serious signs of trouble for Obama in key swing states, including Colorado.

The Gallup poll was based on daily tracking polls from June to August 2011 and was compared against daily tracking polls from January to March 2008. Their most significant finding? Democrats are becoming more liberal, while the country is becoming more conservative:

Perhaps the most significant change in the composition of Democrats between 2008 and today is the two-point increase, from 35% to 37%, in the percentage describing their political views as "liberal." This occurred at a time when the country as a whole became slightly more conservative, thus expanding the political gap between Democrats and the rest of the U.S.

Case in point in Colorado: Prop 103. While Coloradans were struggling with record unemployment and foreclosures, many legislative leaders in the Democrat Party were pushing a $3 Billion tax increase. Despite Obama himself and former President Clinton saying raising taxes in a recession is a bad idea, Obama has followed the path of his party and is now pushing over $1 Trillion in new taxes. 

That leftward drift occurred while the number of conservatives continued to climb, with 42% of American adults now identifying themselves as conservative, while a mere 21% admitted to being liberals. 


While the ideological pendulum is swinging back towards the GOP, Obama continues his leftward trajectory, and that will cause problems for his re-election.

Resurgent Republic conducted a poll of 1000 voters to gauge the electorate's sentiment on Obama one year out from Election Day. Here's what they found about Obama in key swing states:

A majority of voters in swing states says it is time for someone else to be President. We have defined swing states here as eight states that voted for Bush in 2004 and Obama in 2008 (CO, FL, IA, NC, NM, NV, OH, VA), plus four other states whose 2010 Republican victories make them fertile ground for a Republican presidential nominee (MI, NH, PA, WI). In those 12 states:

  • A majority of voters, 53 percent, thinks it is time for someone else to be President; only 40 percent think Obama deserves reelection.
  • Independents in those states overwhelmingly think it is time for someone else, 61 percent; only 28 percent think he deserves reelection.

That extraordinarily high number among Independents wanting change at the White House has got to be causing some blood pressures to rise at Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago.

With Colorado's voter registration nearly even among Republicans, Democrats and Independents/Unaffiliateds, any statewide candidate can't win without that essential Unaffiliated vote.

As elections have two choices — change or more of the same — with so many key swing voters in key swing states saying they want a new President in the White House in 2013, it is time we get some real change to believe in.

 

PROP 103 POST-MORTEM: How A Rag-Tag Collection Of Conservatives Helped Kill The $3 Billion Tax Hike

It's been a whole week since the voters of Colorado told state Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) and his tax hike team of liberal legislators to "occupy this," so we figured it was a good time to take a look back at the forces that helped kill the proposed $3 Billion tax hike known as Prop 103. While opponents of the ballot measure were outspent 6:1 by proponents, they managed to help lead the initiative to a nearly 2:1 defeat.

How they did is a telling lesson for conservatives going forward.

Much like the Tea Party, the opposition to Prop 103 had no unified group, nor a big bank account to draw from, yet they managed to outfox supporters of hiking taxes at every turn, decisively winning the message war.

President of the Independence Institute, Jon Caldara, told the Peak he believes that the way the loose coalition opposing Prop 103 worked was a boon to its success:

"Prop 103 was a rare example of the center right coalition working together. Without turf warfare, big egos and bickering, different groups and individuals had the freedom to get the message out their own way. Everyone was focused on the goal instead of tearing down fellow conservatives. Maybe Republican candidates could learn something from us. 

As Colorado voters inherently understand raising taxes in a recession is a recipe for disaster, had there been no opposition to Prop 103, it probably still would have failed. The ultimate effect that opponents had was to increase the margin of loss, discouraging liberals from pushing a statewide tax hike in the near future, and keeping tax hike supporters on the back of their heels for most of the campaign. 


A clear view of the successful opposition campaign could be found through Googling "Prop 103" once ballots went out. Hitting the first page of results were a variety of conservative views, from Ross Kaminsky's analysis to the Independence Institute's Youtube domino sensation. As more and more voters rely on the Google search to inform their ballot measure vote, it was a sign of conservative victory, and liberal defeat. 

It all began before the 2010 election cycle was even over, with conservative business leaders Buzz Koelbel and Earl L. Wright penning a Denver Post Op-Ed warning Coloradans of the coming campaign by the liberal establishment to raise taxes. What they then called a "secret plan to raise taxes" became not-so-secret in the early days of 2011 with WhoSaidYouSaid's Kelly Maher and us at Colorado Peak Politics reporting on the tax hike machinations of Liberal Loon Carol Hedges and Rollie Heath himself. 

Maher dealt the first significant communications blow to the liberal establishment when through a Colorado Opens Record Request (CORA) she brought to light a Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce poll showing an uphill battle for raising taxes in any shape or form in 2011.

That helped frame the issue as one that Democrat politicians, skittish of taking positions that don't poll-test well, might want to avoid becoming embroiled in.

Over the coming weeks and months both WhoSaid and us at the Peak assiduously covered the maneuvers of the tax hike supporters trying to figure out exactly what type of tax hike porridge voters might cotton to. 

The next big blow to Prop 103 came in the form of a study commissioned by the free-market Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR), which showed that if Rollie's proposed $3 Billion tax hike passed it could kill up to 119,700 jobs. This study, more than anything, defined the terms of the debate early on, with supporters unable to come up with a competing "study" claiming no job loss until the week before the election. 

The liberal trolls over at Colorado Pols were, of course, up in arms about the reporting of this job loss study, quibbling with the amount of jobs Prop 103 would purportedly kill. But by training their fire on the number of jobs lost they were walking into the rhetorical trap designed to frame the debate as a tax hikes=job loss argument.

It was this message frame that proponents were never able to escape and probably what drove support even lower than it would have been otherwise. 

Hammering home the job loss argument, the Independence Institute (I2I) also published a study (PDF) showing the deleterious consequence for employment that raising taxes would have. While I2I's study showed less job loss than CSPR's study, it had the effect of guaranteeing further public discussion of the employment effects of Prop 103 — not a place proponents could afford to be anywhere near in the waning days of the campaign. 

While Prop 103 proponents were busy begging liberal legislators to put their imprimatur on the ballot initiative, opponents were toiling away at warning conservatives across Colorado of the need to turn out and turn down the tax hike. 

Between the efforts of grassroots groups Too Taxing for Colorado and Save Colorado Jobs, soon after Rollie Heath got Prop 103 to the ballot, conservatives were organizing themselves in opposition to the initiative. Too Taxing ultimately punched out nearly 150,000 robocalls, 6000 yard signs and 100,000 fliers, as well as organized Prop 103 opponent speakers for events, helping giving the opposition campaign clear visibility in communities across the state. 

Joining the fight late, but with plenty of firepower, was Compass Colorado who unleashed a wave of ads and robocalls blistering legislators stupid enough to affix their public support to the ballot measure. It was Compass Colorado's ad hitting state Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) that will ensure Prop 103's massive loss continues to haunt liberals through at least the next election cycle. 

Beyond losing the messaging war, the supporters of Prop 103 were constantly on the back of their heels over process stories regarding their latest stupid mistakes. What began with Rollie Heath's kidnapping of a class of Douglas County 4th graders for his press conference was followed by Complete Colorado's reporting that pro-Prop 103 propaganda was being illegally mailed to parents of school children in Adams County.

Adding insult to injury, WhoSaid's Kelly Maher nailed a paid petition circulator on tape openly lying about whether Prop 103 would raises taxes or not. In an interesting twist, we've heard rumors recently that we might not have heard the last from infamous petition gatherer "Ricky" and his less-than-honest tactics.

These stories helped influence the outcome by casting a narrative of a hapless, bumbling bunch of tax hiking incompetents – ignorant about the impacts of higher taxes on a recessionary economy – just as they are ignorant about how to run and message a statewide campaign.

All of these conservatives' efforts on Prop 103 led to a spectacularly massive defeat, more than even the most grizzled operatives were expecting.  

As Caldara notes, conservatives worked independently towards a shared goal, not defined by the bickering that has consumed too many campaigns in recent years. They did it through a fiscally focused message, covering closely any major slip ups by proponents, and in the end delivered one of the most embarrassing defeats the liberal political establishment in Colorado has seen in a very long time. 

(Photo via Denver Post election results)

 

WILL PROP 103 LOOM LARGE IN 2012? Ballot Measures Rarely Die Only At The Ballot Box

Remember Ref C? Jane Norton does. Bob Beauprez does. What about Ref A? John Salazar thanks his lucky stars for the ballot initiative — he never would have been elected without his opponent's support of it. In fact, 2004's Ref A became a defining issue for races on the West Slope for three election cycles straight. All of this is to say ballot measures don't die only at the ballot box. They can continue to haunt supporters or opponents for years after Election Day.

As much as the liberal establishment in Colorado hopes that the lessons and results from Prop 103 die a quick death, never to be heard from again, they are hoping against historical trends. As the measure found failure in every corner of Colorado there is no upside for supporters of the proposed $3 Billion tax hike. 

On the legislative level, that is bad news for state Senators like Evie Hudak, who has been hit with $60,000 in ads already over her Prop 103 support, as well as Linda Newell, who will also face a tough general election in 2012. 

Newell barely squeaked out a victory in 2008, in a banner year for Democrats. While she tried her hardest to hide her support for Prop 103, in a bit of bare knuckle politics Save Colorado Jobs' Victor Mitchell got her on the record in support of the measure during a Prop 103 debate. 

You can guarantee her opponents will beat her over the head with her love of tax hikes in a recession come next October. 


It might even come from the same group that hit Hudak, Compass Colorado. The President of Compass Colorado, Tyler Q. Houlton, released the following statement on the day after the election: 

“Liberal Senators Evie Hudak and Brandon Shaffer are wearing their support of Prop 103 like a badge of honor despite the economic ruin it would’ve caused,” said Tyler Q. Houlton, president of Compass Colorado. “But the resounding rejection of Prop 103 has made it a political scarlet letter on any politician that supported it. Hudak and Shaffer will hope Coloradans forget their steadfast support of this $2.9 billion tax hike – but we won’t let that happen.”

As telegraphed by Compass Colorado, Prop 103 is also going to provide a swift kick to the shins for Senate President Brandon Shaffer, who is running for Congress in the conservative 4th Congressional District. Both we and top Democrat power brokers think his chances of victory are between zero and zilch, so Shaffer's support of Prop 103 is likely to only increase the margin of victory for incumbent Congressman Cory Gardner.

Rollie Heath had a bad night Tuesday, watching his ballot initiative get curb kicked even in liberal bastions like Denver and Pueblo. But being a Boulder state Senator means he has little to worry about in 2012. 

Those who have much to worry about can be found on our comprehensive list of legislative lovers of Prop 103 here.

You can be sure conservatives of all stripes will work hard to educate voters on these legislative losers support of a massive tax hike in a recession. Considering how badly Prop 103 went down on Tuesday, that has to make those politicians very, very nervous. 

 

LIBERAL ACTIVISTS GO NUCLEAR ON CHICKENLOOPER; Rollie Heath Goes Off On Voters

The election results hadn't even been certified and already liberal activists were ripping Governor Chickenlooper Hickenlooper a new one, furious over his refusal to back their $3 Billion tax hike. Rollie Heath, the main backer of the initiative that went down in flames, was equally upset, but instead turned his fire on the voters of Colorado.

The anger at the Democrat governor was on full display over at Colorado Pols, where the angry denizens of the netroots let loose their frustration on the Guv. We can't print what they said about him, but let's say it rhymes with Mother Hucking Pig Chucker. A few others had derisive things to say about the Democrats' leadership in general, annoyed as we were that they wouldn't even take a position on the tax increase, perhaps fearing the inevitable defeat the ballot measure was headed towards. 

This, folks, is civil war. A circular firing squad. And we love it. 

While activists reserved much of their scorn for the elected leadership's abysmal failure to raise taxes, the lead politician backing Prop 103, Rollie Heath, decided that rather than blame himself, he would insult the voters of Colorado. 


In basically calling Coloradans stupid for not believing raising taxes in a recession was the right decision, Rollie dared to insult the same folks his liberal political establishment will be asking to re-elect another big tax increase lover in only a year's time. 

"I just don't know how far in education cuts we'll have to do before people realize what we're doing," he told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in poor English.

"I cannot accept the response that the citizens of this state don't want to raise taxes," he whined to The Denver Post back in February when he began his ill-fated drive to raise taxes in a recession. 

Well, sorry Rollie, but you don't have a choice in accepting it or not. The voters spoke and they told you to sit down and shut up. 

Voters told every tax hiker to take a hike, with virtually every tax measure in the state going down by big numbers, because there are plenty of other bills they need to pay before they even begin to think about giving the government more money. 

The netroot ghouls at Colorado Pols probably have it right. Blame the politicians before you blame the people. You can't replace the people. 

 

ELECTION RESULTS: Up-To-The-Minute Coverage Of The Night’s Major Races

We will be updating as soon as the results hit the County and City Clerk and Recorder's websites. Check the timestamp on the post to find out how up-to-date our results are.

Proposition 103:

63.8% NO 36.1% YES (98% reporting)

Aurora Mayor:

37.49% Hogan 30.11% Frazier 15.28% Sandvall 11.3% Stafford 3.38% Davis 2.43% Yamrick


Denver school board

59.01% Haynes 11.47% Kilgore 10.99% Shumway 9.54% Deserino 8.99% Daniel 

66.17% Rowe 33.83% Sirota

50.26% Jimenez 49.74% Draper Carson

JeffCo school board

60.8% Fellman 39.2% Branaugh 

56.05% Dahlkemper 43.95% Powers 

DougCo school board

45.82% Richardson 37.76% Meek 16.43% Reilly

56.77% Larsen 43.23% Frances

51.55% Williams 48.45% McMahon

Initiative 300 (Denver)

64.37% NO 35.63% YES

 

PROP 103 GOES DOWN IN FLAMES: A Stinging Defeat For Liberal Legislators And The Teachers’ Unions

In a stinging defeat for teachers' unions, Colorado's liberal political network, and a brazen group of Democrat legislators who dared to ask for higher taxes in a record-breaking recession, Proposition 103 was soundly rejected by the voters tonight, losing statewide by almost 30% with almost half of the ballots in.

Now we guess we know why Governor John Chickenlooper Hickenlooper hid from taking a position. The Governor must have a pretty good pollster who told the state's CEO that this one was headed down in flames.  

And down in flames is an exactly accurate description, as the initiative was resoundingly rejected by voters from liberal counties like Pueblo to conservative counties like Mesa. In Mesa county, which had the highest turnout of any major county going into election day, unofficial results on the clerk's website show the ballot measure losing with a whopping 75% NO vote.


In Jefferson County, one of the most pivotal to Barack Obama's chances next year, the unofficial results show voters rejecting higher taxes at a 2:1 ratio. That's what you might call a harbinger of doom for Obama's political lackies sitting in campaign headquarters in Chicago. 

JeffCo was the site where Compass Colorado waged a spirited battle to defeat the measure. And it showed.

Tyler Q. Houlton, the President of Compass Colorado, had this to say about Prop 103's defeat:

Liberal special interest groups, and their allies in Colorado’s Legislature, simply do not understand that multi-billion dollar tax hikes lead to massive job loss and stifle economic recovery. Fortunately for our economy, Coloradans rejected this job-killing $2.9 billion tax hike that was never guaranteed to fund Colorado schools in the first place. The failure of Proposition 103 is a major set back for all left-leaning organizations that plan to force more tax hikes on next year’s ballot.

This is not the result Rollie Heath was looking for, nor was it one that gives any confidence to backers of Obama or the liberal political establishment who were hoping to run a bigger tax increase next year.

While Obama may be personally popular among Coloradans, his tax and spend agenda has been thoroughly rejected by citizens of the Centennial State. 

Tonight's vote was a repudiation of state Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder), state Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) and the liberal tax hike team who were too slow witted to get that a Great Recession is no time for a great big tax increase. 

Image: xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

REAL TIME ELECTION NIGHT NEWS: What We’re Covering At The Peak

Tonight, we at Colorado Peak Politics will be covering the big races across Colorado, with election results to be published on these pages and our Facebook page as soon as they start rolling in at 7 pm. Below is a list of the results and story lines we will be watching for and reporting on. 

1. Prop 103: The Big Kahuna. A job-killing $3 billion tax increase, it is the only statewide ballot initiative and the only proposed statewide tax increase in the nation. Supporters of the tax increase have raised $600,000 for their effort, far outstripping the amount raised by opponents, who have stuck primarily to a low-key, grassroots campaign. This race will set the narrative for the night and is likely to be watched around the country for insight into the Colorado electorate only a year before Obama's re-election. 

See the radio ads that have been run opposing Prop 103 here. Here is the Compass Colorado TV opposing Prop 103 that hit state Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster):

2. Denver school board: The Battle Of The Titans. This race is truly a matchup between Good and Evil with a slate of reform-minded candidates up against the far left teacher's union hacks. While the left-wing has tried to drive this race national by spitting conspiracy theories on MSNBC, the race is more about whether DPS goes in the direction of improvement or sticks with stagnation.
Here is Emily Sirota waxing crazy on MSNBC:
 

3. Aurora Mayor: The biggest non-school board race in the state. The race has two strong Republican candidates in Ryan Frazier and Jude Sandvall, a newly-crowned Ed Perlmutter pal in Steve Hogan, and a smattering of other folks that won't really affect the race much. With an expected fight between Aurora and Denver over the Western Stock Show and a proposed billion-dollar Gaylord Entertainment complex the next Mayor will have some big fights on their hands. The big question going into election day is, will Ryan Frazier’s positive name ID and risky choice to run a generally positive campaign withstand a tidal wave of negative advertising from Steve Hogan, Ed Perlmutter and the Unions?
Here is Ryan Frazier’s ad:

And Steve Hogan’s Ed Perlmutter carbon copy ad:

4. Douglas County. The question here is can a conservative school board and a tax increase for a pay for performance teacher compensation program pass on the same night? The Dougco school board has made national news as of late in their quest for a voucher program, in addition to accolades they've received on the national level for their other reform efforts. That makes the race matter, as it will be seen as a referendum on the current board's efforts. The DougCo mill levy override vote will give some indication into Douglas voters' thoughts on tax increases and whether there is any legitimate justification for any in this economic climate.

5. Jefferson County school board: This is probably the second most highly contested school board election in the state. As the largest school district in Colorado, at an annual budget of over $1 Billion, there is much at stake. The race pits two GOP-backed candidates Preston Branaugh and Jim Powers ("The Dads") up against two teacher's union stooges with significant backing from the education establishment and high profile liberal law firms

6. Mill Levy Overrides: There are a number of tax increases for local school districts in the form of mill levy overrides on the ballot, from Douglas to Mesa to Loveland. The big question to be answered is will Rollie Heath's tax hike jihad create an undertow that sinks local school district tax hikes too?  

 
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