Colordao: Initiative Process Comes Under Siege
An unlikely alliance of some of the state’s leading liberal and conservative voices are sounding the alarm that Colorado’s ballot initiative process is facing an unprecedented assault from established interests and lawmakers.
“In Colorado, there has been attack after attack after attack on the initiative process,” said Paul Jacob, president of the Citizens in Charge Foundation — a national group dedicated to preserving the rights of citizens to initiate ballot measures — on May 26 at Denver’s University Club. He spoke at a panel discussion sponsored by his organization and the Independence Institute, the Humane Society of the United States and Colorado Common Cause.
Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund went further. In recent years, he said, Colorado has witnessed “the most outrageous attacks on the initiative process that I have ever seen.”