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Conservative Pundit Praises Democrat Morgan Carroll

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last week on Colorado Public Television's Colorado Inside Out, Dave Kopel showed real independence, not allegiance to the ideology of the right-leaning Independence Institute, where he works, when he called Democrat Morgan Carroll a "really excellent" candidate.

Stop Screaming at Your Television

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rather than scream at your television, whether you won or lost Tuesday, come down to the Denver's Independence Institute Friday morning to level your media critiques directly at those responsible: journalists themselves.

Denver Measure 2A: Who Thinks a Forever Property Tax Increase Is a Bad Idea?

Mike Krause | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
Mike Krause

If approved by voters in November, Denver Measure 2A would remove property tax revenue limitations imposed by Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), resulting in a forever and unlimited tax increase for Denver property owners.

KFKA's Oliver Advocates Government Dismantlement but Forgets About It When Gardner Jumps on Board

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think she would embrace Gardner's dismantlement position, not deny it. It's not every day that a Congressman jumps on board with dismantlement of a major federal agency.

Fiscal Conservatives Should Want Colorado Parolees to Succeed

Mike Krause | Posted 06.21.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Technical parole revocations back to prison (where there is not a new crime, but rather some violation of the terms of parole) is an available area for lawmakers to seek out reforms for cost savings.

Republican Shakeup Begs the Question: Who Will Become GOP's Election Lawyer?

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.30.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

So who does the GOP turn to now? Gessler's successor should anticipate the financial pain associated with representing conservative causes.

Foster Care for Kids Whose Parents Won't Pay More to Take Them to the Doctor?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last week, state Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) got on conservative radio and said parents of poor kids should pay more for their children's state-subsidized medical care.

Give a Listen to Ideas for Criminal Justice Reform in the 2011 Colorado Legislature

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

In early February the Independence Institute, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and the Pew Center on the States hosted a panel event on ...

Sentencing Reform in the 2011 Colorado General Assembly

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

The legislature's ability to affect the prison caseload, and thus the corrections budget, rests in its prerogative to write, and when necessary, re-write the state's criminal sentencing and parole laws.

Independence Institute Founder Jon Caldara Not Yet Endorsing Amendments 60,61, Proposition 101

The Denver Post | Chuck Plunkett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

For those who know Jon Caldara, it's difficult to imagine him facing difficulty making up his mind. But the dilemma in which Amendments 60 and 61 a...

End of an Era for Colorado Ballot Initiatives (We Hope)

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Amendments 60 and 61 and Propositions 101 and 102 all failed, and questions raised by supporters' failures to disclose may have contributed to those defeats.

Colorado Ballot Initiatives Mostly End In Failure In 2010

Statebill Colorado | Angie Knepell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- Out of more than a hundred initiatives filed for the 2010 election cycle and with petition deadlines looming, only a handful will make it to...

Colorado Anti-Health Care Reform Initiative Officially On The Ballot

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As health reform legislation begins taking effect in Colorado and around the country, the Colorado Secretary of State Thursday deemed the signatures s...

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Colorado Petition

The Durango Herald | By Joe Hanel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER - Conservative activists convinced a federal judge Friday to block a state law that makes it harder to put initiatives on the ballot. U.S. D...

Colorado Health Care Reform

Denver Daily | Peter Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Conservatives are raising the message of Paul Revere in an attempt to convince lawmakers to repeal federal health reform legislation recently pushed t...

Modest Sentencing Reform Bill is Long Overdue

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

On April 15, the Colorado House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1352, which nibbles at the edges of some of the more egregious asp...

Colo. GOP Makes Desperate Attempts To Kill Health Care

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As health care reform seems poised to become the law of the land, opponents of the legislation in Colorado are seeking ways to subvert the newly enshr...

After Skirting Ethics Rules, Colorado Governor Rewrites Them

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

Ritter went on to say that the Owens ethics order was a decade old, and thus needed updating. Ethics can be squirmy like that.

Bachmann At Denver Rally: Obamacare Would "Tear The Guts Out Of Freedom"

The Colorado Independent | Ernest Luning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- In a fiery speech that had her conservative Colorado audience cheering, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann railed against the dangers of health care...