Fracking and the Urban-Rural Conflict

By |February 14th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) President Barack Obama has promised to make economic inequality the central issue in congressional elections this year. Similarly, urban-centric activists in Colorado have launched […]

Marijuana risks largely ignored by Denver Post

By |January 22nd, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) As recreational marijuana sales became legal in Colorado during the first two weeks of 2014, I tracked all Denver Post articles […]

Go west young druggie

By |January 20th, 2014|

I live in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and I am high, but wait. I mean that my house is 8,000 feet above sea level, not that I am giddily under the influence of marijuana legally purchased as a result of a historic development that could someday cause a teenager to think his TV is sending him secret messages. […]

Weld County: ground zero in the anti-fracking battle

By |December 17th, 2013|

In the last election, four Colorado cities voted to ban hydraulic fracking: Boulder, Broomfield, Loveland, and Fort Collins. Anti-fracking proponents promise to take their campaign statewide. Self-described ‘fractivist’ Shawn Davis stated “This is not an anti-fracking fight anymore, it’s a civil rights movement. Our civil rights to safety and protection have been taken away from us.” Davis represents organizations like Sierra Club, which oppose all fossil fuels, including natural gas. Anti-fracking bans have been enacted in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, and in 400 cities around the country. […]

Voters saw through Amendment 66

By |November 25th, 2013|

The crushing defeat of Amendment 66 was a seismic event in Colorado politics that will also reverberate nationally. By virtue of its size, audacity, and above all its setting, Amendment 66 was a potential template for those committed to growing government and redistributing wealth. As noted by 66 opponent Kelly Maher of Coloradans for Real Education Reform Colorado, Amendment 66 could answer a question long-posed by liberal political strategists across the country: “How do you sell a massive tax increase?” […]

A little "momentum" is a dangerous thing

By |November 13th, 2013|

For once my constant state of overwork was useful, in that my analysis of last week’s election defeat of Amendment 66 now appears after the euphoria has worn off. […]

Unsure about how to vote on marijuana tax? Me too

By |October 20th, 2013|

Proposition AA on Colorado’s Nov. 5 ballot would levy recreational marijuana with a 15% excise tax at the wholesale level and a 10% sales surtax (above the existing 2.9%) at the retail level. Unsure of how to vote on the measure, I surveyed three conservative members of the state House and Senate. […]

Do elections matter? Ask Coloradans

By |October 17th, 2013|

For this month’s Issue Monday on Oct. 14, Centennial Institute hosted a mixed panel to discuss current issues in Colorado, addressed through the larger lenses of policy and public attitude. […]

Recall earthquake: How far-reaching?

By |September 14th, 2013|

(Centennial Fellow) After the stunning recall of two Democrat state senators who led the legislature’s lurch to the loony left, maybe there’s still hope for freedom in Colorado after all – but only if more Coloradans become fierce defenders of their freedoms. […]

No Amnesty, None, Nada Until Enforcement Is Here to Stay

By |July 31st, 2013|

The United States enjoys and is benefitted by a wonderful attraction to immigrants, people who lawfully come here from other lands to live and be a part of this exceptional nation. Unfortunately, it also attracts migrants who either cross our borders or enter our ports illegally, […]