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Petition to Defund Obamacare Explodes after Ted Cruz Speaks to WCS

Earlier in Today’s Western Conservative Summit, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on American conservatives to start signing a petition asking for the defunding of Obamacare. Cruz explained that when the time comes to vote for another Continuing Resolution, Cruz – along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – have vowed to vote against any CR that includes funding for Obamacare. After Cruz’s announcement Continue reading

Centennial Institute announces fall programs

p>Education, Israel, state government, the news media, and the Tea Party are in the spectrum of topics for Centennial Institute public forums in Fall 2011, according to Director John Andrews.

In addition, he said, there will be closed sessions for major donors on constitutional law and for institute fellows on 2012 politics. Continue reading

Legislators reflect & spar at Issue Monday

(’76 Contributor) Four members of the Colorado General Assembly, two from each party and each house, reflected on the recently completed 2010 session before a crowded room at this month’s Issue Monday forum, hosted by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University.

Democrat State Senator Betty Boyd, first to speak, announced that she was pleased with the legislative session’s results. The legislature fulfilled its one requirement, balancing Colorado’s budget by cutting spending in K-12 education and closing holes in tax revenue. Continue reading

Marijuana, moral agnosticism, and Lincoln

(CCU Faculty) This week, The Centennial Institute hosted a debate on the question of whether, and to what degree, marijuana should be legalized in the state of Colorado. This is obviously a very important issue and extremely relevant. The Colorado legislature is currently attempting to deal with the continuing issue of how best to administer its current medicinal marijuana law.

During the Centennial Institute debate, the libertarian position favoring the easing of restrictions and possibly outright full legalization continued to surface. At the root of this argument is a belief that people should be able to make choices for themselves, without government restriction. Continue reading

Thoughtful questions enliven marijuana debate

(’76 Editor) Since our big debate on Colorado drug policy, Feb. 17 at CCU, I’ve been repeatedly asked who won or what conclusion emerged. There’s no simple answer in light of the cross-cutting perspectives from our five debaters – legislators Shawn Mitchell and Tom Massey, psychiatrist Chris Thurstone, and attorneys Carol Chambers (opposed to outright legalization of marijuana) and Jessica Corry (in favor of same) – and the three-layer complexity of the subject. Continue reading

Right turn could reach campuses, say student panelists

(’76 Editor) Student conservative leaders from three colleges told a Centennial Institute forum last night that they sense growing receptivity among their generation for a right-trending political mood of self-reliance and limited government. Continue reading

Advisors help plot think tank’s course

(’76 Editor) What’s the practical meaning of Centennial Institute’s goals about teaching citizenship, renewing the spirit of 1776, advocating for faith, family, and freedom? The Centennial Program Board, a new group that held its second monthly meeting on Jan. 19, helps me tackle those questions.

The board is made up of CCU students from all four classes—including Lawson Cheek and Natasha Starceski (’10), Joni Mitchell (’11), JT Weinroth (’12), and Drew Goorabian (’13)—plus faculty members Bill Saxby, Chuck King, and Greg Schaller along with retired pastor Jerry Nelson and businessman Kevin Miller and Wil Armstrong. Several of the latter are also Centennial Institute Fellows.

Got a suggestion for the Centennial Program Board in their advisory role with me, Director John Andrews? Email your thoughts to centennial@ccu.edu.