Today marks the beginning of what's expected to be a two-week trial pertaining to a suit filed by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and more than fifty of his colleagues against gun-control laws passed last year. Included among them are a ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds ... More >>
If you see the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara smiling today, here's one likely reason: He provided the de facto name for the lead segment on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show last night. Sitting to the side of a continental-U.S. map plastered with the Caldara-uttered phrase "Wave of Fear," Maddow exp ... More >>
Earlier this week, we talked with the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel about a lawsuit against Colorado's new gun-control laws supported by 55 sheriffs throughout the state; see the suit and more below. Today brings a rebuttal from Colorado Ceasefire's Tom Mauser, who became a gun-control advoca ... More >>
As we noted last week while covering the tragic death of Anastasia Adair, who accidentally killed herself with a new assault rifle, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 colleagues have joined a complaint against newly passed Colorado gun-control laws, including a ban of all magazines that can ... More >>
Last week, we noted a section of the main bill to regulate Amendment 64 that essentially treated marijuana magazines like porn. In the days that followed, High Times warned that a lawsuit would be in the offing if the language was included in the final version -- but it was. Now, attorney David Lan ... More >>
Denver blog posts think you've been working too hard. Colorado Pols shares a CBS video suggesting that some freshman Republican Congressmen who promised a new way of doing business are happily collecting perks. Featured: Cory Gardner. At People's Press Collective, T.L. James shares the get-togethe ... More >>
Is the Colorado Department of Transportation looking at hiking taxes on gasoline and electric cars? That's the implication from an Independence Institute report, which quotes from CDOT e-mails. But spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says there's no proposal yet, and one is unlikely this year.
On June 17, 1971, President Richard Milhous Nixon announced that the United States of America would commits its vast resources to armed conflict against a hostile enemy known as "drugs." Yes, that's right. Next week, the War on Drugs officially turns forty years old, and it's showing every bi ... More >>
Ken Buck.When I met Ken Buck at the Independence Institute's ATF event Saturday, I asked what he thought about Jane Norton injecting gender into the race with a new commercial asking whether he was "man enough" to be a senator. Buck responded by telling me that Norton had recently said the di ... More >>
Mason Tvert doesn't think many current rules about petitioning make sense.On Tuesday, we told you about a lawsuit over the rules pertaining to ballot initiatives that's supported by some strange bedfellows -- among them the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara and Mason Tvert, the marijuana a ... More >>
"I agree with Mason Tvert about something? AARGH!"At first blush (and second) (and third), marijuana advocate Mason Tvert and Jon Caldara, frontman for the conservative Independence Institute, are strange bedfellows. But today, they're partners in a legal love match. They're among the plaint ... More >>
Jon Caldara would have looked like this had Scott Brown lost.Yesterday, the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara was among the driving forces behind a large gathering at the state capitol in favor of opting out of any federal health care plan, either via legislation or a ballot measure. Then, ... More >>
The fight over medical marijuana in the state legislature is ramping up, with Republicans being perceived as the group most resistant to policies that allow the proliferation of dispensaries across the state. An exception to that rule is the Independence Institute's Jessica Peck Corry, who looks a ... More >>
If we could get a couple more of these, betcha everybody would be psyched.Even when times are good, fiscal conservatives often rail against public spending for the arts -- because, apparently, life would be better if we lived in a joyless, monochromatic society modeled on George Orwell's 1984 ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Education is eliminating several regional director jobs, disappointing Coloradans hoping for an appointment, the Denver Post reports today. According to a notice outlining the job eliminations,"These political appointees have not had substantial policy or administrative func ... More >>
Before we were panicked about swine flu and twisted by torture-memo leaks, we were terrified by the Devil Horse, Luis Jimenez's killer sculpture that stands guard outside Denver International Airport, its red eyes shooting deadly lasers at unsuspecting passersby. Or are those glowing orbs actually i ... More >>
The Rocky Mountain News sign came off the Denver Newspaper Agency building (and how long will it have that name?) on Sunday. But this speedy erasing of the past didn't extend to the Sunday Denver Post, which included numerous reminders of the two papers pairing to promote a charitable endeavors, i ... More >>
Peter Boyles's show isn't popular for its intelligent discourse. Sure, the longtime Denver radio shock jock is a smart man himself and he gets plenty of intelligent people on his program, but things typically devolve quickly. As with most radio shows, ratings trump reason. But Vagina DeJette? Serio ... More >>
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. News organizations routinely shrug off criticism from Colorado Media Matters because the website operates from a liberal perspective -- something its overseers don't hide. Yet CMM frequently finds examples of journalistic errors and oversights that should dismay any ... More >>
Perfect for the toe-sucker on your Christmas list. "Jon Caldara, Colorado's Wackiest Conservative, Socks it to 'Em," a blog published earlier this month, concerned a YouTube video assembled by the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara to pimp Amendment 49, which he calls an "ethical standards" meas ... More >>
The "Idiots" stamp proves more important than Jon Caldara thinks. "Where Democrats Dumb Enough to Write This 'Idiot' Memo," the October 9 Message, deals with documents related to the left-leaning Colorado Democracy Alliance, including one whose authenticity has been disputed: It features a notatio ... More >>
"Speak up! I can't hear you!" During coverage of the DNC on The Ride Home, KOA's afternoon-drive show, host Lois Melkonian said that because of coaching responsibilities at Mullen High School, her usual partner, Dave Logan, wouldn't be sitting at her side in the outlet's Pepsi Center space. Instea ... More >>
"The Colorado Model," an article in the July 21 Weekly Standard, gives coast-to-coast exposure to what its author, conservative Beltway Boy Fred Barnes, refers to as "an ambitious scheme" by well-heeled lefties to "crush Republicans" in the state. The tack "isn't a secret," Barnes writes, but "it ha ... More >>
The wormwood wonder may be legal now, but good luck finding any in this city.
It's hard to know who deserves the most blame: Bill O'Reilly's staffers, whose apparent lack of research really hung their boss out to dry, or O'Reilly himself, for blustering on ignorantly in a manner that confirmed just about every negative thing his critics say about him. Then again, the segment ... More >>
That's Brad Jones in the upper-righthand corner. Twenty-three-year-old Republican political consultant Brad Jones has been the subject of much furious typing on local liberal blogs since earlier this week, when it was revealed that he was behind the ousting of state Representative Mike Merrifield ... More >>
From the week of October 12, 2006
Diana DeGette gets played, not laid, on The Colbert Report.
I Am Curious, Yellow
Japanese design is showcased at the CVA, while more art censorship hits Colorado.
From the week of November 18, 2004
The Second Amendment triggers dialogue.
A new measuring technique may allow higher broadcast emissions on Lookout Mountain.
President, Independence Institute
Rail-happy RTD candidates want to solve Denver's traffic nightmare. Are they just spinning their wheels?
Light-rail opponents plot ways to jump the tracks--with an RTD boardmember leading the charge.
THE BATTLE LINES ARE FORMING IN THE BREWING POLITICAL SKIRMISH OVER PARENTS' RIGHTS.