Monthly Archives: January 2012


Tea Party mom draws stark contrast with OWS

Here’s more from the March 2 debate, “Does the Tea Party or the Occupy Movement Best Represent the Needs and Goals of America?” Michelle Morin readies her “get in the game” football prop as Tom Tancredo, Daniel Kagan, and Pat Steadman respond to a joking remark by moderator John Andrews As the exchange began, State Rep. Daniel Kagan (D–Denver) and State Sen. Pat Steadman (D–Denver) disclaimed any direct affiliation with, or endorsement of, OWS but argued for its superiority to the Tea Party.

Tancredo calls Obama ‘Occupier in Chief’

“Does the Occupy Movement or the Tea Party best reflect the needs and goals of America?” That was the debate question at CCU on Jan. 30 as an overflow crowd cheered, laughed, and occasionally hissed at the crossfire between former congressman Tom Tancredo and Colorado Springs activist Michelle Morin on the Tea Party side and Democratic legislators Sen. Pat Steadman and Rep. Daniel Kagan on the Occupy side.

CCU again welcomes Santorum, Wed. 2/1 10am

Rick Santorum will campaign at Colorado Christian University, Wednesday 10am. The GOP presidential contender will hold a press conference to announce new Colorado endorsements, then talk with students about the Feb. 7 caucuses. Anyone may attend. Doors open at 9:30. Address for GPS: 180 S. Garrison, Lakewood CO 80226.

Land of the less and less free

(Denver Post, Jan. 29) So now we’ve heard the State of the Union according to Obama and the State of the State according to Hickenlooper. We’ve seen Gingrich’s debating prowess and Romney’s tax returns, Santorum’s sweaters and Ron Paul’s scowl. But how much does that really tell us about the shape America is in?

Why are we letting Medicaid cannibalize the schools?

Budgeting is about setting priorities. In most states, K-12 education is the top priority and receives the lion’s share of funding. Yet across the country, states are grappling with a budget monster that pits education funding against federal health care mandates.

NJ Tea Party hosts Moloney for school reform rally

“It’s time to take back our system of education from government control,” proclaims the New Jersey Tea Party Caucus in announcing its forum in Jersey City this Sunday, Jan. 22. Details are here

Candidates in stark contrast

Obama’s goals and record will make a stark contrast with those of Mitt Romney or whoever the GOP nominates, says John Andrews in the January round of Head On TV debates. Hardly, scoffs Susan Barnes-Gelt: Romney’s positions are vague and the overall Republican field is weak. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over the upcoming legislative session. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for January:

Iowa, New Hampshire, and beyond

(Centennial Fellow) Oh, what a relief it was when actual voters—normal human beings—began to cast real ballots! After fourteen months of the punditocracy telling us what voters would do, should do, or might do based more on Inside the Beltway vanity, than real insight into the American mind, the people—starting with Iowa and New Hampshire—began to talk back and in doing so left many a prognosticator’s reputation in tatters.

Rationality eludes judge in school funding case

When Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that the state will appeal a Denver court’s ruling that the state inadequately funds education, he acknowledged what Judge Sheila Rappaport—and previously the Colorado Supreme Court—would not: money is a finite resource, even when it’s spent on worthy causes and when it’s spent by government.