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Educators in the line of fire train to open fire, if needed, at a course in Greeley

Not long ago we took note of an independent effort to pick up where the 2017 legislature stopped short — training Colorado’s K-12 educators in the use of firearms to defend their campuses. A GOP bill passed by the state Senate would have provided the training to designated faculty and staff with concealed-weapons permits; as anticipated, […]

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A special session for wind power? So says Independence’s Amy Cooke

Citing unnamed sources, the Independence Institute’s Amy Oliver Cooke asserts in a blog post that Gov. John Hickenlooper has an ulterior motive in talking up a possible special session: He wants to promote wind power on a massive scale. And he wants to throw the keys to behemoth public utility Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest power provider. According […]

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Legislature’s Lundberg, i2i’s Caldara to headline gathering of tax-CUT-ters

The fiscally conservative Colorado Union of Taxpayers — whose “CUT ratings” of lawmakers’ voting records over the years could make or break the conservative credentials claimed by many GOP officeholders — doesn’t have quite the profile it did in the days of its late co-founder and all-around activist behind the scenes, Vern Bickel. Arguably, it doesn’t have […]

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Union-busting Wisconsin group has its dollars in Colorado politics, according to two investigations

Colorado labor and education are in the crosshairs of an anti-union Wisconsin foundation, according separate investigations by the Center for Media and Democracy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation that supported the anti-union efforts in support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who grew up in Colorado Springs, coincidentally) are spreading their efforts nationwide, […]

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Group picks up where legislature left off on training school staff for gun use

Remember the GOP bill in the legislature that would have provided gun training to designated staffers with concealed-weapons permits on Colorado’s K-12 campuses? The one that was approved by the Republican-controlled state Senate but, as anticipated, never made it past a “kill committee” in the Democratic-dominated House? Well, Coloradans for Civil Liberties isn’t about to let it drop. In a […]

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YESTERYEAR: Ritter, Caldara face off over School Finance Act

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A new welfare law was finally agreed upon and the Legislature narrowly averted a special session. “That’s the art of compromise,” Gov. Roy Romer said. He said he would sign the latest version of the state’s welfare reform law that had successfully met the requirements […]

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U.S. Senate, Colorado’s Cory Gardner lauded, scolded over methane vote

Colorado environmentalists cheered the nation’s Senate but jeered one of its members, Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, for their votes today regarding a proposed repeal of new curbs on methane emissions from oil and gas wells. Just reverse the order of those cheers and jeers, of course, to get the take of supporters of the state’s substantial oil and gas […]

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Q&A w/Jeff Hunt: Centennial Institute is a Christian voice in the public square

The Denver metro area — center of government, geographical hub and crossroads of commerce — has its share of think tanks from left to right. They are where ideas are born, nurtured and then, with some luck and a lot of work, handed off to lawmakers to turn into policy. Relatively new to that scene is Colorado Christian University’s […]

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Just how serious is the Independence Institute about its highway-funding ballot issue?

That’s essentially the question the Colorado Statesman’s John Tomasic puts to the libertarian-leaning think tank’s longtime director, Jon Caldara, in a story this week. The upshot is in the headline: “For what it’s worth, Caldara says he’s going forward on transportation initiative.” And then there’s also this item we stumbled across on Independence’s own website — a […]

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