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Sean Paige
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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.

Blog Entries by Sean Paige

Dionysians Decry Air Force Academy Discrimination

Posted May 4, 2011 | 18:42:17 (EST)

This report in today's Colorado Springs Gazette prompted the following letter of protest to Academy Superintendent Michael Gould, acting in my capacity as High Priest (3rd Degree) in the North American Temple of Dionysus, Colorado Springs Chapter. We Dionysians have long borne the brunt of various forms of...

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A Celebration of Civilization

Posted March 26, 2011 | 12:09:52 (EST)

Americans take reliable and affordable energy so much for granted that they've developed a reckless contempt for the companies and people that provide it to them. They must think their homes are electrified and heated by magic, given the disdain they show for coal mines, drilling rigs, power plants, nuclear...

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Is Hickenlooper a Reliable Ally?

Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:25:03 (EST)

Our new governor likes to strike the pose of a perpetual political amateur -- as a microbrewer first, politico second or maybe third, who's still really getting his bearings in the cold, hard world of rough-and-tumble politics. The aw-shucks shtick reassures the jaded, disarms critics and allows John Hickenlooper to...

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The Maguire Daisy: Regulatory Triumph or Bureaucratic Blunder?

Posted January 21, 2011 | 11:06:43 (EST)

"Tiny Flower Saved from Extinction," is how the New York Times headlined its report about the Maguire daisy, which was removed this week from the endangered species list after a near-miraculous recovery assisted by good old Uncle Sam. Or that's what readers were led to believe.

"The delisting...

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Only Wolverines Wearing Maize and Blue Welcome Here

Posted December 17, 2010 | 13:20:15 (EST)

As a Michigan native I'm partial to wolverines, even if they haven't won a Rose Bowl in too many years. But I still think Colorado would be crazy to welcome the reintroduction of the animals to the state, given the headaches we face with current listings and the...

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Kids Aren't Swallowing What Health Food Enforcers Are Feeding Them

Posted December 8, 2010 | 13:17:13 (EST)

Boulder's social engineers apparently never heard the old adage about leading horses to water.

Gang Granola is trying to force healthier eating habits on area school kids, but the effort is faltering and losing money, according to this report in today's Daily Camera, indicating that the kids can't...

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Will Hickenlooper Really Be Pro-Business, or Ritter Redux?

Posted November 5, 2010 | 13:38:41 (EST)

Governor-elect John Hickenlooper said all the right things during a Colorado Springs appearance Thursday morning, and he was rewarded accordingly, with three -- count 'em, three -- standing ovations from a crowd that seemed to be going out of its way to dispel nasty rumors that this is...

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Hickenlooper "Volunteers" You to Pay Higher Utility Bills

Posted October 29, 2010 | 13:52:49 (EST)

Microbrewmeister John Hickenlooper is touted as the most business-savvy of the gubernatorial candidates. It's this quality, above all others, that earned him the endorsement of the Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. But you can have success as a businessman while not knowing much about economics, as...

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Anti-Military Militancy Has Gotten Out of Hand

Posted October 25, 2010 | 13:02:04 (EST)

Rampant NIMBYism is reaching new heights, literally, as residents of rural Colorado rise up in opposition to a proposed modest increase in the number of low-level military training flights over the area. Perhaps this new permutation of NIMBY should be dubbed NIMA -- short for "not in my...

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Caught Between a Rock and Red Tape

Posted October 5, 2010 | 15:53:42 (EST)

If you want a quick snapshot of how maddeningly hard it can be to get anything -- anything -- done on federal land, given the endless layers of "process" one must wade through, consider the case of Kimberly Appelson, 23, whose body has been wedged under a rock in the...

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Josh Penry's High Voltage Hypocrisy

Posted September 28, 2010 | 12:33:32 (EST)

Writing in the Denver Post, State Sen. Josh Penry (who represents a district on the Western Slope) makes a convincing case for why an energy tax hike proposed by President Barack Obama would deliver a potentially-devastating blow to consumers and businesses in Colorado, at a moment in time...

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In Defense of the "D"

Posted August 31, 2010 | 12:12:12 (EST)

I may be a little biased on the subject, having "earned" a few "D"s back in the day, but I can't help suspect that the push to banish the "D" from school report cards represents yet another attempt to water-down standards, all in the name of inflating GPAs...

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No Whining About Not "Winning" Dash for the Cash

Posted August 24, 2010 | 19:07:52 (EST)

There are numerous silver linings in Colorado's not having made the final cut in Barack Obama's Dash for the Cash, the administration's crude attempt to spur school reform by bribing states with borrowed money.

The most obvious of these, as any 6th grader can tell you, is...

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Tea Party Wins Put Reaganfeller Republicans On Notice

Posted August 11, 2010 | 12:45:51 (EST)

Does the Tea Party movement have political muscle?

The question's been asked many times by reporters and pundits, applying an unusual degree of skepticism even for the media. Most were dismissive of the movement from the start, giving it snide or scant coverage. And when it refused to just...

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Ruling on Wolves Raises Questions About Our Mouse

Posted August 10, 2010 | 10:06:14 (EST)

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy -- the go-to guy for green extremists looking for a friendly court -- on Friday ordered that reintroduced gray wolves be returned to the endangered species list, ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could not delist the animals in two states...

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Howard Zinn's Unwholesome Influence

Posted August 4, 2010 | 12:00:03 (EST)

The American Spectator has a thorough write-up on the recently-released FBI dossier on Howard Zinn, whose textbook, A People's History of the United States, was widely used in many schools and undoubtedly left a lasting impression (the wrong impression, too often) on many a malleable young mind.

That...

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Rubbernecking at Republican Roadkill

Posted July 26, 2010 | 15:04:14 (EST)

Watching the self-destruction of Colorado Republicans is partly dreadful, partly fascinating, but almost impossible to ignore -- much like the way one feels when sneaking a peek while passing a car wreck. If there was any chance of the GOP mounting a respectable challenge to John Hickenlooper, that chance officially...

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John Hickenlooper Channels Ronald Reagan

Posted July 14, 2010 | 14:45:27 (EST)

I ran across a quote today I thought would make a good pop quiz.

So, who said the following?

I believe we should be providing the best quality government in the most efficient manner. The cornerstones for good government are engaged citizen feedback, dedicated customer service and continuous...
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Can Bennet Survive the Washington Post's Damning Praise?

Posted July 8, 2010 | 11:37:32 (EST)

It's the kind of fawning media treatment any politician would die for -- in any normal election year. But it might just be the kiss of death for Sen. Michael Bennet, given the angry, anti-Washington mood that prevails.

I'm talking about the swooning coverage Bennet has received not from...

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Pinon Canyon Protesters Put Goal Posts on Wheels

Posted June 30, 2010 | 10:46:21 (EST)

Folks who thought the Pinon Canyon controversy was all about expansion plans need to catch up. Protesters have moved the goal posts so often that they might as well be on wheels. Just when you think this dead horse can't be flogged any more, the flogging

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