Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 31, 20187min254

George Washington didn’t use the internet. In the era the Constitution was written, information and opinions could travel no faster than a galloping horse or a ship at sea. And in that slower time, a remarkable group of intellectuals crafted what has become the longest lasting written constitution in world history. Pretty impressive, to be sure, but again, they didn’t have the internet.


Tim NevilleTim NevilleSeptember 24, 20176min1098

In the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly, I cosponsored legislation to create additional protections for free speech on Colorado university campuses, and the bill passed with unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats. Yet, what was most amazing was not the bipartisan support but the fact that the bill was necessary in the first place. Why is something as fundamental as freedom of speech suddenly under attack on so many fronts?


Peter MarcusApril 4, 20173min337
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed legislation that aims at protecting free speech on college campuses. Senate Bill 62 addresses “free speech zones” on campuses, where people are confined to an area of campus to express political and other views. The bipartisan bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and Reps. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 16, 20174min194
A federal judge in Denver was asked to consider whether a Muslim travel ban protester’s sign calling President Trump a “motherf—–” has the same free speech protections as an airport celebration to welcome veterans Eric Verlo was told he couldn’t hold the sign with the vulgar accusation at Denver International Airport on Jan. 29, two days […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 6, 20173min280
Protests over President Trump’s travel order at Denver International Airport are the basis of a free-speech lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver Monday. Two activists from El Paso County,  Eric Verlo and Nazli McDonnell, are suing  the city of Denver, its police department and the sergeant who told them they would be arrested at […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 2, 20172min364

Republican state Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton says it’s wrong to confine college students’ views to “free speech zones” on Colorado campuses. Neville’s Senate Bill 62, approved today by the Senate Education committee, would set them free.

The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Said Neville in a press release from the Senate GOP this afternoon:

“Free speech zones are counterintuitive to our core values. We should never falter in our defense of our constitutional rights or confine a free exchange of ideas…Students on Colorado campuses are growing into the leaders of tomorrow, and restricting their fundamental rights as they seek out truth and knowledge is contrary to the American spirit as well as the mission of universities.”

College brass have expressed some muted reservations about the proposal.

University of Colorado spokesman Ken McConnellogue told The Denver Post’s Monte Whaley: “The university has demonstrated a fundamental commitment to the free speech that is essential to our mission, but it is also incumbent upon us to maintain the safety and integrity of the learning environment for all our students.”

Which probably means they fear a riot when young campus firebrands of opposing views aren’t cordoned off from one another.

Whatever the merits of that concern, it’s worth noting that the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved the staunchly conservative Neville’s bill. That suggests that if the legislation passes out of the Republican-run Senate as now appears likely, it also might not get spiked the moment it enters the Democratic-controlled House.

And however it fares, it’s worth taking in the big picture here for a moment: When a right-as-they-come Republican takes a stand for free speech on campus — it ain’t your grandad’s GOP anymore.