Before embarking on present ventures, Paige for 5 years served as editorial page editor at The Colorado Springs Gazette, where he vigorously championed the paper’s libertarian editorial philosophy. He spent 14 years before that in the belly of the beast, Washington, D.C., straddling the worlds of politics, journalism and think tanks. His Washington work included stints at the White House and on Capitol Hill. He’s a former communications director and spokesman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a fiscal watchdog group; a former reporter for Insight, a one-time news weekly at The Washington Times; and he was Warren Brookes Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in the year 2000. He's the the editor of LocalLibertyOnline.org, writes The American Contrarian blog, and serves on the Colorado Springs City Council.