Monthly Archives: August 2010

Issue Monday Looks at Energy Insanity & Its Remedies

An overflow crowd packed the CCU Business School on August 9 as Centennial Institute resumed its Issue Monday series. “Energy Insanity and Its Remedies” was the topic. John Harpole, founder and president of Denver-based Mercator Energy, and Jim Felton, director of communications for the oil and gas heavyweight Bill Barrett Corporation, were the speakers. Continue reading

Party realignment hinted in three–way Colo. guv race?

Editor: After Vincent McGuire, CU political scientist and Centennial Institute Fellow, suggested Tom Tancredo’s third-party run for Governor of Colorado might drive structural changes in the way conservatives organize themselves politically, Centennial fellows Paul Prentice, Alan Crippen, and Bill Moloney weighed in with complementary or contrasting views. Here is the resulting symposium.

MCGUIRE: I am very ambivalent about Tancredo. On the one hand, I believe there is a real conservative grassroots movement occurring, possibly for the first time. I do not think the Reagan revolution was of this grassroots level nor was Newt’s takeover of the House. We can disagree on that of course. Conservatives have a unique opportunity here to attract a large group of people based on ideas. If we look at polling data voters are unhappy with both parties. Therefore, I think it is in the best long-term interest of conservatives to have the establishment Republicanism hitch its wagon to the tea party movement. Continue reading

Scotch verdict on McInnis–Maes

What is called in the law a Scotch verdict, an agnostic shrug of “not proved,” is my sad and reluctant conclusion about next week’s Republican primary for Governor of Colorado. At present I cannot support either of the two candidates.

I was intrigued with the businessman-outsider persona of dark horse Dan Maes, and went so far as to float the case for him in my Denver Post column last Sunday, posted here as “Maes and the Medicine.” But as the evidence mounts, I deem the case very insufficient. Continue reading

Breaking: Potential Government Takeover of Private Colleges

(CCU Press Release, Aug. 2) Leaders in higher education are voicing concern over a proposed new rule from the US Department of Education, which would place private colleges and universities under the ultimate control of state governments instead of independent accrediting agencies.

The notice of proposed rulemaking was posted in the Federal Register on June 18 for a public comment period ending August 2. It could take effect as soon as November. Continue reading