Thursday, June 23, 2011

Getting pushy on term limits

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Americans for Prosperity, a national organization that advocates for limited government and free markets, is pulling out all the stops in trying to force El Paso County commissioners to allow voters to revisit term limits.

The controversy arises from wording on last fall's ballot measures asking voters if commissioners, the assessor, treasurer, clerk and recorder and district attorney should be limited to three, four-year terms. Traditionally, such questions have been phrased in a way that asks voters if term limits should be extended.

Radio ads are airing on KVOR where AFP's state director, Jeff Crank, works. Here's the one-minute spot:

In addition, AFP is mailing out fliers like this one:

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We asked Crank how much AFP is spending on its campaign, to which he responded via e-mail: "I don't know the exact amount. Several thousand dollars at least in the next week for sure. Perhaps much more to come depending on the outcome."

Two public meetings are slated next week for commissioners to receive public input on the issue:
• 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Center, 2880 International Circle.
• 9 a.m. Thursday at the County Office Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave.

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