Alright guys. If you’re anything like me, you’re nervous right now. Really really really nervous. SAT day nervous. Will you marry me nervous. Meet your mother in law nervous. The fact is, Obama might be our next President, and that’s…*shudder*. I’m not going to say anything more about Obama’s chances or who’s winning again until tomorrow. Trust me, knowing is better than the anticipation. For now, breathe. Just breathe.
However, if you want to stretch your nerves a little further, check out the live blog on the results here, on Conservatism Today. I’ll be there a little later, once we have something to report on, instead of sheer speculation. (Okay, I’m breaking down: it’s currently 13 to 3, McCain, and if he wins, I will never be more happy to have been wrong).
I figured I’d put up this little quiz to take your minds off the election, for as long as possible.
Here in Colorado, we have more constitutional amendments than any other state in the country. It’s ridiculous. We even have an referendum to make it harder to get amendments on the ballot. With this many amendments, we’ve been seeing a heck of a lot of advertising, and it gets hard to keep the amendments straight, but the slogans…those are hard to forget.
See if you can match Amendments 46-59 and Referendum O with their slogans! (Keep in mind, the positive or negative slogan may be used)
Amendment 46: Ends discrimination by eliminating quotas (i.e. you must have ten black people work here)
Amendment 47: Makes it illegal to force a worker to join and to pay dues or fees to a labor union
Amendment 48: Defines a fertilized egg as a person
Amednment 49: prohibits any public employee paycheck deduction, except for deductions required by federal law; tax withholdings; court-ordered liens and garnishments; health benefit and other insurance deductions; deductions for savings, investment, and retirement plans; and deductions for charitable, religious, educational, and other tax-exempt organizations
Amendment 50: Expand casinos and give the money to community colleges
Amendment 51: increase state sales tax by two cents on every $10 purchase in order to raise $186 million annually to fund services for Colorado’s developmentally disabled residents
Amendment 52: half of severance tax funds to be redirected to maintenance projects
Amendment 53: holds business executives criminally responsible if their business failed to perform a duty required by law
Amendment 54: prohibits those who have no-bid government contracts from funding the political campaigns of those who negotiate those contracts
Amendment 55: requires employers to establish just cause before firing anyone
Amendment 56: requires every employer that employs twenty or more employees in the state of Colorado to provide major medical health care coverage for its employees (paying 80% of the cost) and their dependents (paying 70% of the costs).
Amendment 57: Allows an injured employee to seek damages in court beyond workers compensation benefits
Amendment 58: increase the amount of state severance taxes paid by oil and natural gas companies, primarily by eliminating an existing state tax credit, and allocate the increased severance tax revenue to college scholarships for state residents, wildlife habitat, renewable energy projects, transportation projects in energy-impacted areas, and water treatment grants
Amendment 59: eliminate rebates that taxpayers receive when the state collects more money than it is allowed, and spend the money on public education
Referendum O – Makes it easier to get statutory amendments on the ballot and harder for the legislature to overturn them while making it a bit harder to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Four of these issues have been pulled from the ballot. Can you guess which?
- Better roads now.
- Just say no: Vote Yes!
- Isn’t every person worth protecting?
- A safe workplace, a healthy work place.
- Prepare our kids. Protect our taxpayers.
- The gag amendment.
- Bring Colorado together.
- It’s risky. It’s reckless. It’s wrong.
- We don’t need a brand new requirement.
- Keep lobbyists in check.
- They don’t need a tax subsidy. Enough is enough.
- Colorado is a clean government state.
- Helping those who need it most.
- It’s a Godsend.
- Strengthen the work force.