The national newscasts this morning are full of speculation about which way Colorado will swing tomorrow. But whether the color wheel lands on red or blue, Colorado won't look as black as it did the morning after the 1992 election, when this state was labeled "The Hate State."
Yes, as Douglas Bruce told the old the Denver Post this week after he was sentenced for felony tax evasion, "There have been other political prisoners." But, Doug, you are not one of them.
Douglas Bruce.The conviction of controversy magnet Douglas Bruce on tax evasion charges has touched off some high-pitched gloating on liberal-leaning political websites, as well as the expected musings on the irony of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights godfather getting busted by the tax man. For th ... More >>
Photos below.Our 2011 mug shot showcase rolls on. Yesterday, we shared our picks for the year's ten most intimidating images. Now, cast your eyes on celebrities and notables who earned booking photos of their own, featuring several past and present Denver Broncos (what would Timmy say?), a Ho ... More >>
Doug BruceAs we mentioned earlier this week, Colorado Springs conservative Douglas Bruce had petitioned the Colorado Title Board to change the title of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 to include TABOR-related tax language. The hearing on that challenge was yesterday morning, b ... More >>
Brian Vicente.The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 continues to be a target more than a year before the November 2012 election for which it's aiming. First, rival organization Legalize2012 objected to any association with the terms "legalization" and "similar to alcohol." Now, prop ... More >>
Big pics below.April provided a bumper crop of mug shots. Not only do we have looks at unusual characters like Diaper Fetish Guy, Accused Tax-Cutting Tax Evader and Alleged Semi-Pro Basketball Player/Perv -- click on their names to learn about their stories -- but also the Denver Police Depar ... More >>
Big pic below.Douglas Bruce has made no shortage of enemies over the years -- and plenty of them are likely grinning at the sight of his mug shot, released in conjunction with word that he's been indicted for failing to pay taxes he earned in 2005-2007. His alleged method of evasion? Funnelin ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.After the uproar over three tax-cutting initiatives on last year's ballot, at least two bills introduced in the 2011 legislative session are designed to head off similarly furtive petition strategies in the future -- and keep anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce from repeating the pe ... More >>
Douglas BruceAn administrative law judge has slapped an $11,300 fine on a charity set up by anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce--the latest chapter in the murky maneuvering behind three tax-slashing amendments that opponents spent millions to defeat this fall. Bruce, of course, didn't bother to ... More >>
Link to full feature below. The Colorado leaders pictured in the UFO above, Gualberto Garcia Jones, Douglas Bruce, Jon Caldara and Jeff Peckman, were all responsible for placing measures on the 2010 ballot and all have great expectations for each Amendment passing. In short, they all have Gre ... More >>
Full space flight crews shown below.Boeing announced on Monday that it would be entering into a partnership with space tourism company Space Adventures to offer tourists rides on its CST-100 spacecraft. The rides will begin in 2015 and Boeing estimates that a passenger ticket on the spacecraf ... More >>
Douglas Bruce on a picnic with his lawyer David Lane. Douglas Bruce, the California Democrat turned Colorado Republican, is the embodiment of the classic bad boy character of children's literature. Of course, he isn't trying to be bad, it's just something that's natural. Everyone and everythi ... More >>
Douglas BruceOpponents of three tax-slashing ballot initiatives say their polling shows that the measures might actually be approved by voters -- despite a multi-million-dollar ad blitz starting this weekend designed to crush them. Coloradans for Responsible Reform recently spent $250,000 on ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.The resolution of the latest case against tax-hater Douglas Bruce has been portrayed by the press as a mixed bag. True, Bruce wasn't held in contempt for not testifying in a lawsuit involving Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 -- but the judge ordered him to testify about ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.Memo to process servers: The best place to find Douglas Bruce over the next few days is the Denver courtroom of Judge Brian Whitney. That's where Bruce sat this morning, listening to process servers explain their attempts to deliver subpoenas to the anti-tax activist -- part of ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.Coloradans for Responsible Reform has tons of money to fight tax-cutting amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, not to mention some heavy hitters in its corner; for instance, its spokesman, Dan Hopkins, used to do the same job for Governor Bill Owens. So what's one of its key ... More >>
Hushed: Douglas Bruce.Tax crusader Douglas Bruce headed into a Colorado Springs grand jury room earlier this week defiant and expansive, determined not to be "bullied" or silenced and half expecting to go to jail for taking a stand -- by not taking the stand. He emerged with a grant of immu ... More >>
Tarred: Douglas Bruce.After a costly effort to unmask the creators of an anonymous website backing three controversial tax-relief issues, an administrative law judge has fined three of the listed proponents of the measures for violating state campaign finance laws -- and concluded that tax cr ... More >>
Douglas Bruce's bark and his bite are both pretty savage.Blogs about Denver don't suffer from a lack of oxygen, no matter what flatlanders say. Here are three examples. ColoradoPols highlights reporting by Eileen Welsome, a former Westworder turned Colorado Springs Gazette staffer, who detai ... More >>
It ain't easy being a shmuck. Not as mean as an asshole, not as ignorant as a shithead, a shmuck takes idiocy to an epic level, a moron whose fall from grace has far-reaching repercussions. We've been celebrating weekly shmucks for a long, long time -- but to be named one of Colorado's top 10 ... More >>
Mike Zinna and his editor, Fonzi.How odd, yet oddly fitting, that this week two of the state's most dogged and outspoken government critics won key victories in separate courtrooms within hours of each other. Call it a blow for... outspokenness. Down in Colorado Springs, the perpetually cran ... More >>
Back in 2002 a Westword cover portrayed the ever-irascible Douglas Bruce as a pit bull. The story was about his long-running battle with Denver officials over dilapidated properties, but the image is still apt. Throughout his dueling with tax-and-spenders over the TABOR Amendment, his short b ... More >>
Douglas Bruce at a news conference on Monday.Douglas Bruce is a victim. At least that's the story he told yesterday at a news conference in Colorado Springs, where he complained about the city violating his constitutional rights. The Springs' sin? Handing Bruce and a buddy a trespassing ticke ... More >>
On Monday, March 9, shortly after one in the morning, Denver police had a call of shots fired at an apartment house down the block from my home, in an otherwise placid section of west Denver. According to the cops, two Latino males wearing red fired several rounds through one of the windows of the a ... More >>
From the week of January 31
We know you're busy. So we've compiled this list of the essential stuff you might have missed, or might want to see again, from this week at blogs.westword.com. Enjoy. This slide show offers up some essential do's and don't's of Western wear from the National Western Stock Show parade. We caught u ... More >>
Douglas Bruce began his career as a Colorado representative with his best foot forward. On January 14, the pride of Colorado Springs booted Rocky Mountain News photographer Javier Manzano for the sin of snapping a shot of him during the state house's morning prayer. The kick, as captured on video, w ... More >>
Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce has long been an object of intense study here at Westword. This morning, media columnist Michael Roberts compiled this great list of notes we've taken on Bruce in his natural habitat. But it was the act that occasioned this list, the kicking of Rocky Mountain News pho ... More >>
An online newspaper takes on the big boys.
Wet cleanup on aisle eight
The father of tax limits offers a radical diet for lean times.
From the week of May 30, 2002
From the week of May 23, 2002
Who's a bigger nuisance -- Douglas Bruce or Denver's property police?
The Colorado Legislature has its Ten Commandments.
How hard is it to find 90,000 citizens who want a tax cut? Ask Douglas Bruce.
Boon or boondoggle, Bill Owens's highway plan has to get past Douglas Bruce before it goes anywhere.
Interpreting Amendment 1 can be quite a balancing act. On Monday, Fitzhugh Havens took the fall.