By next Monday, all signatures for potential ballot initiatives are due at the Colorado Secretary of State's office. At least 86,105 legitimate signatures are needed to put a citizens initative before the voters on November 4, and several efforts are still collecting signatures. One of those is Init ... 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 >>
Denver blog posts have total recall. Colorado Pols thinks Governor John Hickenlooper's statement about "disturbing reports" related to recall efforts targeting John Morse and Angela Giron were at least party inspired by a "gypsy vote" courtesy of the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara. The Ralph ... More >>
Denver blog posts are curious, but not yellow. Bronco Talk's Jon Heath lauds the rise of Tony Carter and Chris Harris, who've stepped up big-time in the absence of under-the-weather Tracy Porter. Coyote Gulch: The snowpack news for Colorado are all bad.... Jon Caldara shares his thoughts after th ... More >>
The Independence Institute's annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms party is "the most politically incorrect event of the year," as we tagged it years ago, and the tenth annual ATF event lived up to that billing Saturday even if it didn't make the news that the 2010 incarnation did -- when then-Senate ... More >>
Denver blog posts are fire-resistant. Denver Stiffs' Nate Timmons on the Nuggets signing Andre Miller to a three-year deal for what he sees as a reasonable price. Colorado Pols: If Obamacare survives, could one of Jon Caldara's future children die? The Redheaded Slut: I pierced a girl (and I like ... More >>
Denver blog posts want you to want them. The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic chats with Jon Caldara about two "game-changing" Obamacare briefs the Independence Institute has filed with the Supreme Court. The Grazing Mind's Jarod Ballentine presents a Trinder Farms tour. South Stands Denver's ... More >>
Denver blog posts won't be meeting with John Elway tonight. At People's Press Collective, Jon Caldara ends a column about John Hickenlooper's recent Hickenbloopers by joking that Hick's wife has photos of him in the shower. Oh, the humanity. Big Media's Jason Salzman on more questions he'd like Se ... More >>
Denver blog posts fight the good fight. Colorado Pols shares Senator Greg Brophy's tweets about the college student Rush Limbaugh dubbed a slut, including one that calls him a hero and an icon. The Independence Institute's Jon Caldara: It's time to sink or swim. Mile High Hockey's Mike offers the ... More >>
Update below: Not so many decades ago, stations across the country employed overnight talk-show hosts, who kept lonely listeners company as they lingered in the dead zone between yesterday and today. Now, they're almost all gone -- victims of sinking revenues and budget cutting. So it's no surprise ... More >>
Osama and... friends?Just for you: three Denver blog posts. Colorado Pols: Jon Caldara (via Ann Coulter) tweets that if Americans can deal with a shot of Hillary Clinton's ankles, they can handle Osama bin Laden's death photo. WhoSaidYouSaid: Rollie Heath, aspiring taxman. Purple Row' on R ... 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 >>
Jon Caldara.Yesterday, a U.S. District judge allowed a Virginia lawsuit attacking the new federal health-care law to move forward. The ruling surprised those certain that suits like one joined by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers would be laughed out of court -- and cheered the Independe ... More >>
Jon Caldara.Jon Caldara's Channel 12 show is now called Devil's Advocate, and plenty of politicians are dancing with the devil. Not only did Caldara get his job as head of the Independence Institute after Tom Tancredo moved on to Congress, but Tancredo was at the Institute's annual ATF party ... More >>
Jon Caldara."There's nothing more enjoyable than pissing off liberals," said Jon Caldara, head of the Independence institute, at the think tank's annual ATF -- Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms -- event on Saturday, a free-for-all of free-market talk, drinking alcohol, smoking cigars and shooting ... More >>
Baby April, not Baby W.C. Fields.As part of its cutest baby photo contest, KOA is asking listeners to pick the best baby snapshots of station personalities. The pics are alternately adorable and hilarious, with April Zesbaugh's drunk-on-milk image and Jon Caldara's aggressively sullen shot s ... 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 >>
President Jon Caldara helps celebrates 25 years as Denver's premier conservative free-market think tank. Editor's note: This week's Westword cover story is a cartoon by Kenny Be that celebrates twenty-five years of the Independence Institute. Check it out in its entirety below:
The Independence Institute's Jon Caldara last foray into YouTubery was decidedly low rent: He pimped 2008's Amendment 49 using sock puppets. This time, he's opted for a more high-tech approach, creating the animated video above to attack the Obama administration's version of healthcare reform. In h ... More >>
Jon Caldara makes his feelings known.Late Thursday afternoon, the Independence Institute, a right-leaning think tank, published an article revealing that only one of Governor Bill Ritter's cabinet members had filed a conflict-of-interest report despite an executive order requiring that everyo ... More >>
And we're not talking Jon Caldara.FoxNews contributor Michelle Malkin is now an unlikely resident of Colorado Springs -- not exactly the state's hot spot for barbecue. So where did she get the whole roasted pig (and rolls) that she brought to the State Capitol yesterday for Caldara and company's "no ... More >>
In addition to buying a full-page ad needling President Barack Obama, who's in town today to sign a $787 billion economic-stimulus bill, Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams is also taking part in a protest at the Colorado State Capitol co-starring a number of big names in local conservat ... 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 >>
Jon Caldara mugging for the camera. Once upon a time, this very newspaper named previous Westword profile subject Jon Caldara the city's "Best Media Manipulator" -- and one reason he so richly deserved this honor is his willingness to make an ass of himself in the name of his cause of the moment. ... 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 >>
Saturday, June 28, was a good day for the Independence Institute. Its sixth annual ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) Party attracted a record number of participants to the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club for the “most politically incorrect” event of the year. But while Jon Caldara’s group advert ... More >>
ProgressNow has successfully embarrassed KOA talk-show hosts for unwise statements in the past. Remember that in May 2007, the left-leaning organization made headlines for whipping up an advertiser boycott aimed at rabble-rouser Bob Newman, who'd declared, "I want every Muslim immigrant to America w ... More >>
A think tank levels a bias accusation.
Sealed With a Kissoff
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A media column about secondhand smoke stirs up a cloud of controversy.
President, Independence Institute
Jon Caldara has been unmatched at using the media during this election season. He couldn't be prouder.
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