Posts Tagged ‘Amendment 46’

Amendment 46 and Gov. Ritter

October 2, 2008

Bill Ritter gets it wrong yet again. Treating one group of people differently than another is not a moral thing to do, and using the power of the state to enforce laws that do that very thing is immorale.

DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter announced his opposition to a ballot measure that would ban affirmative action in the awarding of state contracts, employment and admission to Colorado universities, calling it a California import that doesn’t fit Colorado.

Ritter on Monday said Amendment 46 would destroy years of progress in education, health care and work force development. Supporters say affirmative action based on race and gender is no longer needed.

Amendment 46 is similar to initiatives bankrolled by former University of California regent Ward Connerly and approved by voters in California, Washington and Michigan. A similar measure is on Nebraska’s ballot.

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Colorado Civil Rights Initiative

July 24, 2008

This November, Colorado voters will decide if the state can discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any group or individual on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public contracting, or public education. Jessica Corry, executive director of the Colorado Civil Right Initiative, the force behind Amendment 46, and Brad Jones managing editor of Face the State join me on Independent Thinking to discuss the ballot measure and why it enjoys huge support in Colorado. Opponents of Amendment 46 either declined to participate or didn’t respond to repeated invitations. Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.

Discrimination based upon color, creed, or orientation is immoral. Let’s end all of it in a single swoop. No preferences at all, of any kind, for anyone, anywhere.


Amendment 46, leveling the playing field

July 2, 2008

June 30, 2008

Face The State Staff Report

Goodman, Corry and HartPacifica Network

While the November election is still months away, public attention is already heating up around Amendment 46, known as the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, with two debates televised over the last two days.

On Sunday morning, CoCRI Executive Director Jessica Peck Corry squared off against CU Law Professor Melissa Hart during KUSA’s “Your Show” with Adam Schrager.

Less than 24 hours later, the duo hit the national stage for a second debate – this time on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. The show was broadcast from the KBDI studios in Denver. Goodman’s show is traveling this week, airing two shows here before heading on to Aspen.

Amendment 46, if passed by voters this November, would ban discrimination or preferential treatment based on race or gender in government hiring, contracting, and education. Corry advocates color-blind outreach efforts, saying Colorado is too diverse to define disadvantage based on skin color and gender. Meanwhile, Hart believes past discrimination against women and minorities still demands race and gender-specific remedies.

As Face The State reported last week, a recent Wall Street Journal poll indicates that just 15 percent of Colorado voters are opposed to the initiative, with 66 percent saying they support it and the rest remaining undecided.

Corry and Hart have at least one more duel scheduled, with Schrager set to host a longer televised Oct. 6th debate from the University of Denver campus.


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