National Western Stock Show: Will Aurora give Gaylord Entertainment the right to vote?

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What's next? Cows will get to cast ballots in Aurora? The Libertarian Party -- like the National Western Stock Show, an institution that got its start in Colorado -- is concerned that Aurora is about to give voting rights to a corporation: Gaylord Entertainment, the out-of-state company trying to rustle the Stock Show from Denver.

Here's the release from the Libertarian Party of Colorado:

Libertarians Condemn City of Aurora Granting Voting Privileges to Gaylord Entertainment Corporation It's come to the attention of the Libertarian Party of Colorado that the City of Aurora, Colorado is proposing to allow Gaylord Entertainment the right to vote, in addition to the $300 million dollars worth of incentives they plan on giving Gaylord to build their new private hotel complex in the northern part of the city.

The Libertarian Party of Colorado stands firm against corporations voting in elections. "Giving a corporation the right to vote is really a form of fascism. If we allow corporations to vote, there will be nothing to stop corporations from buying and influencing any elections that they choose." said Rob McNealy, Media Director of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.

The pertinent section and clause of the "incentive agreement" is on page 56, section 2 where it states: "WITH RESPECT TO ANY TAXABLE OR REAL PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE AREA OR PROPOSED AREA WHOSE OWNER IS NOT A NATURAL PERSON, ONE NATURAL PERSON WHO IS QUALIFIED TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THIS STATE AND IS DESIGNATED BY SUCH OWNER TO VOTE FOR SUCH OWNER, WHETHER SUCH NATURAL PERSON RESIDES IN THE AREA OR PROPOSED AREA OR NOT. SUCH DESIGNATION SHALL BE IN WRITING AND FILED WITH THE CITY CLERK. ONLY ONE SUCH PERSON MAY BE DESIGNATED BY EACH OWNER."

The Aurora City Council will be having a hearing about the Gaylord Entertainment deal, and we encourage all citizens concerned about this to have their voices heard by testifying. The public hearing will be held during the upcoming City Council meeting on Monday the 22nd, 2011 at 7:30PM, at the Aurora Municipal Center located at 15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012.

No cows will be allowed to speak at this cattle call, however.

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Mspalding
Mspalding

This whole Gaylord deal stinks.  I'm glad the Libertarians are blowing the whistle on this $300 million give away.  Taxpayers shouldn't be subsidizing any private businesses.

Randy
Randy

Whoa, Nelly. This isn't true. Aurora has not proposed "extending voting rights" to Gaylord. This was a publicity grab, and Westword is more than happy to take  the bait. Why not call Aurora City Hall and check this out, Westword before publishing a press release, Patty?

If you read the Daily Kos story posted yesterday, you find that the Libertarian Party is actually saying this could happen as a "logical consequence" of letting corporations be people -- aka the Citizens United ruling. 

How embarrassing. You should retract this, since it's shoddy and wildly misleading. This is what happens to good journalists when they start copying and pasting press releases rather than checking things out.

Randy the Retarded
Randy the Retarded

Actually, if you go to the Libertarian Party's website, lp.org, you'll see dozens of cases where someone wrote an article, and it was reposted on the lp website by someone other than the author.  Ya fucking idiot.  How embarrassing.  You should retract your statement, since it's shoddy and wildly misleading.  This is what happens to people when they think their shit doesn't stink and they start regurgitating propaganda without actually doing 5 minutes of research ahead of time.  Why not look into something before spewing a bunch of BS, Randy?

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