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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 12:36 AM
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Boulder council to take up 'corporate personhood' referendum
Source: Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder City Council will decide whether to put a referendum on the November ballot that calls for amending the U.S. Constitution to abolish "corporate personhood" after all.

Despite being turned down for discussion during the council's May 17 meeting, Councilman Macon Cowles plans to ask the group to put the measure on the ballot during the leaders' meeting on July 19 -- when the council is planning to give initial approval to several potential ballot measures.

... Cowles, an attorney, wants Boulder's referendum to clarify that money is not constitutionally protected free speech and that corporations should not have all the rights that people do.

"The Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case undid a hundred years of precedent and electoral reform by unleashing corporate treasuries to spend as much as they want to influence the outcome of elections," Cowles wrote in an e-mail to the Camera on Tuesday. "... I believe that Boulder voters should speak to this issue."

Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_18323...
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 01:07 AM
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1. My aunt lives near Denver. If they pass this, and if I go to see her anytime soon...
then I just might take a trip up US 36 to support their economy!
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kag Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 12:19 AM
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23. And you would be most welcome!! n/t
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 02:16 AM
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2. City by city; town by town
Let's take the legs right out from under them.
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 05:14 AM
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5. Exactly. n/t
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Macoy Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:22 AM
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9. End Corporate Personhood
If we ever want to take our nation back from the corporations, this will be how we do it. You can march and protest all you want, but nothing is going to stop the corporation with the BIG bag of money from telling our Congress critters how to vote.

Removing corporate personhood would be a great victory in the Second American Revolution.




Macoy
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 11:08 PM
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19. Yes....
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Corruption Winz Donating Member (581 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 04:19 AM
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3. What's the harm in corporations funding politicians? It's worked well so for....
For them, anyway.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 04:37 AM
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4. It's a start
may not go anywhere, but it's a start.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:02 AM
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6. Grass roots, baby. Poor people from Boulder (Ha!) fighting for all of us. n/t
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:02 AM
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7. K&R
This is only an exercise in basic common sense. Too bad the Boulder City Council seem to be the only exception to the rule.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:18 AM
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8. And so, the third and final phase of the American Revolution Began
Edited on Wed Jun-22-11 06:19 AM by Demeter
when, in a small city in the nation's heartland a bold group of citizens began the final transformation from a corporate colony to a free nation, governed by the rule of law, for the People, by the People, for the People....,
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JournalistKev87 Donating Member (79 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:47 AM
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10. We can only hope.
I hope this gains some traction but I doubt it will go very far. Hope I'm wrong and it sparks something.
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Esse Quam Videri Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 07:09 AM
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11. Love me some Boulder.
Unfortunately we live on the exact opposite side of Denver in Parker. The political spectrum here is also the polar opposite. Bleckkk!
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Slit Skirt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 09:14 AM
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15. if you want to fight Coffman in CD_6 may I introduce....
a facebook page that has activism
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_1935688506696...
These people are very active and looking for progressives just like you!
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certainot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 07:28 AM
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12. way to go boulder!
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:17 AM
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13. BRAVO! for Councilman Cowles!! I hope they vote on this soon. REC. nt
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sarchasm Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 08:49 AM
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14. Bravo!

I support Boulder, CO!
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 10:49 AM
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16. Awesome, we need more of this!
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kenichol Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:10 PM
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17. Warms the cockle of my heart
to hear this
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:50 PM
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18. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, Newsjock.
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 12:02 AM
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20. Every time I hear "Citizens United", my blood just boils.
Rise up America...we need to take back control.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 12:05 AM
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21. "Persons born in the US" --
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2banon Donating Member (794 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 12:17 AM
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22. outstanding... let us know how this goes,, thanks n/t
:thumbsup:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 01:59 AM
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24. Y'all sure you want to open up the Constitution for amendment these days?
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-11 01:43 AM
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27. Good point. Not with the current batch of clowns at the wheel in Congress.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 05:11 AM
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25. Boulder should make employment discrimination based on dreadlocks illegal too!
...and while they're at it, end discrimination based on bathing habits!

It will go national super fast!

Didn't they also cancel the PATRIOT act, with their bold actions? And defund the Pentagon? And stop war in Iraq?
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skepticscott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 08:32 AM
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26. And will this resolution also advocate
stripping corporations and other organizations of their 4th amendment and freedom of the press rights? Have they even considered the implications of that?

Just wondering...
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