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Principles of Liberty 2017
Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Principles of Liberty! This year we are excited to announce that we will be expanding operations in both Wyoming and Oklahoma, extending the tools to help you be an involved and active landlord and hold your legislators accountable to citizens in these great states.
We are also doubling our internship program from 4 interns in 2016 to 8 interns in 2017! For information on our internship program, click on the “internships” link under the “about” dropdown box. In addition to being a great way to get experience in public policy, our interns are paid for their work!
For several years now, POL has held training sessions throughout the state of Colorado. The response has been tremendous with legislators, candidates and many others in attendance. We have had close to 500 leaders go through this training to date. We have had Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Unaffiliated voters in attendance. This year, we will have four training sessions in Colorado, two training sessions in Oklahoma, and two training sessions in Wyoming just prior to each state’s 2017 legislative session.
Why Principles of Liberty Matters
After six years of reading every single bill read in Colorado, the patterns are coming into focus. The answer is not “Republican”, “Democrat”, “Libertarian” or any other political party. The answer can only be found by first identifying what you believe the role of government is, and why. Until you can identify the principles from which you operate, you risk simply being an ideologue who wears the colors of Team Red or Team Blue. The aim of the Principles of Liberty is to engage everyone in a dialogue over those principles and their ultimate application in state government.
Using our defined Principles (which you can see on our website), we will review bills in state legislatures. As we review the legislation, we will post an analysis of each bill we rate. These bills are analyzed strictly based upon whether they support or subvert the Principles of Liberty. We rate bills immediately, before legislators vote on the bills, not cherry-picking bills after the fact.
Session Summary and Scorecards
At the end of the legislative session we tabulate every vote by every member of the first assigned committee and every vote on the House and the Senate floors in “Thirds”. We tabulate the votes by principle. This is important. You can review the record of every single legislator to see where they stand on each of our principles. It doesn’t depend on ideology or party. Talk is cheap – what matters is how they vote! In Colorado you can see the legislative scorecards for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 on our website. Pick the principle that matters to you and see how your legislator scored. This year wil be our first year in both Oklahoma and Wyoming!
By rating the bills before legislators vote, and by using every bill we rate in the scorecard (no cherry-picking!), we generate a statistically significant set of data that can’t be manipulated. The data will clearly and definitively identity voting trends for your legislators.
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