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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Aug 22 2008 | Friday's Funny

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The Coolest DNC Coverage Around

Posted by on Aug 21 2008 | democratic national convention, PPC

850KOA has fortunately pulled me from the dark dungeons of the night shift to the glowing rays of afternoon talk radio to co-host The Ride Home with Lois Melkonian during the DNC. I’ll essentially be the unathletic replacement version for Dave Logan. Lois and I will be covering the DNC live from the Pepsi Center from 3 to 7pm, Monday the 25th to Thursday the 28th, so be sure to tune in to hear me poke fun at all the liberal wacko’s running around the convention hall.

I am also trying to get more involved in the Colorado blogosphere’s coverage of the DNC. I’ve heard through the grapevine about this group, the People’s Press Collective, who will be covering the event from outside the convention halls and the media fed puppet shows. They are a team of Colorado bloggers who will be armed to the teeth with point and shoot cameras, video cameras, and live streaming cell phones to document all the shenanigans, beat downs, hippie love-fests, and wacky protests going down in the streets. Basically anything the mainstream media won’t be around for, they will. Some pretty big time Colorado bloggers like the Rocky Mountain Right, Rossputin, Slapstick Politics, and Drunkablog have already signed on. They’ve got some cool features on their site like a quick 1 minute DNC preview video, a DNC blog post aggregator, and even a comprehensive schedule of DNC events.

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49 Keeps Lobbyists in Line

Posted by on Aug 20 2008 | Amendment 49

It’s time government get out of the funneling-money-to-special-interests business. That’s why I’m so thrilled that Colorado Amendment 49 will be on this fall’s ballot. It stops government from bundling money through our public payroll systems and delivering it to special interests who lobby. Along with a number of other well-respected individuals and groups, former US Senator and CU president Hank Brown has endorsed Colorado Amendment 49. In doing so, he did this new radio advertisement for Ethical Standards Now. Check out the video below.

It looks like the biggest opposition to Ethical Standards Now is the union funded and backed Protect Colorado’s Future. You can read about their complaints on their website here.

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High School 2.0

Posted by on Aug 20 2008 | education

Call me old fashioned but I don’t do or quite understand the online dating thing or the online chat thing, let alone this: online high school! It’s certainly a testament to how far the Internet has come, and how acceptable online life is that students have this option. Insight School of Colorado is just one of a number of Insight charter schools around the U.S., offering more than 120 courses and 24/7 one on one guidance. Not only that, little Eddie over at Ed is Watching pointed out that Insight offers a good amount of social interaction as well. With school clubs, field trips, and even a school prom, students are not left socially deprived after completing their degrees. So if you are between the ages of 14 and 21 and online high school sounds like your cup of tea, take a look at Insight’s enrollment process.

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King Ritter: When Your Goose is Cooked

Posted by on Aug 19 2008 | Government Largess, Media

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for analogies. Especially clever ones that make me laugh. That’s why I’ve got to share this great allegorical bit with you. Unlike my graveyard shift at 850KOA, Amy Oliver’s got a prime radio spot on 1310KFKA, from 9 to 11am every weekday morning. (It’s a really great show. You should tune in). Working with KFKA has given Amy access to the KFKA Players, who adapted a humorous Face the State article into a hilarious 5 minute bit called, “King Ritter: When your goose is cooked.” Thanks to Andrew Ripemoff from Face the State for providing the inspirational story. And like they say… it’s funny because it’s true.

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Friend or Foe? CUT Weighs In

Posted by on Aug 18 2008 | Government Largess

The Colorado Union of Taxpayers does this really great thing every year where they compile State legislators voting records and reveal who has an insatiable appetite for our money and who doesn’t. With their 2008 newsletter comes their 2008 ratings, and it’s worth taking note of how your representative scored. No surprise that Mr. TABOR himself, Doug Bruce, ranked the highest among House members, and Dave Shultheis in the Senate. The newsletter also covers key bill summaries, the CUT pledge and who has signed it, in addition to Governor Ritter’s rating, which is probably as low as you imagine it to be. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers does a lot of good work, so don’t overlook their guidance this coming November.

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Colorado’s Energy Crisis: New Energy Economy or No Energy Economy?

Posted by on Aug 18 2008 | Events,

There seems to be two opposing modes of attaining the “new energy economy.” One, we’ll call the Ritter plan, utilizes Soviet style command and control measures while the other, we’ll call the Lundberg plan, relies on market forces. Representative Lundberg discussed his ideas versus Ritter’s on a podcast he did with Amy Oliver a few weeks back. In the podcast Rep. Lundberg briefly talks about the upcoming hearing on Colorado’s energy crisis. Well, the day is coming quickly and I just got my hands on the press release. Here are the details.

Turning up the Heat on the Energy Debate:Why are energy prices so high, and what can we do about it?

Statehouse Republicans are conducting an ad hoc hearing on the energy issue at the Capitol on Thursday, Aug. 21, to address that question.

The event is hosted by the Republican Study Committee of Colorado, and will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Speakers from several major think tanks, academia, the public sector and energy industries will be a part of the hearing.

The event will examine the advantages and drawbacks of different energy sources, including oil and gas, coal, nuclear, ethanol, solar, wind and oil shale. Participants also will examine Colorado’s policies toward those sources, and the reasons for the high cost of energy.

WHO: Reps. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, and Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, James Taylor, Heartland Institute, and other experts (see attached for complete list of speakers)

WHAT: Forum entitled: “Colorado’s Energy Crisis: New Energy Economy or No Energy Economy?”

WHERE: Old Supreme Court Chambers on the second floor of the Colorado State Capitol Building 200 East Colfax, Denver

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Amy Oliver will be speaking on the think tank panel with James “Fire and Rain” Taylor of the Heartland Institute and Mark Kelly of the Heritage Institute. The forum is open to the public, so if you can sneak out of work that day, definitely go check it out.

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When Will We Ever Learn?

Posted by on Aug 18 2008 | Government Largess

Let me see if I’ve got this. Cary Kennendy and Andrew Romanoff worked to pass Amendment 23 back in 2000, promising the spending mandate was written to work with TABOR. Now they admit it doesn’t. The same two pushed Referendum C in 2005 saying it would cost us about $3 billion. It’s now costing us almost double that. They passed a mill levy freeze that costs us $4 billion after we warned them it was unconstitutional. Then they acted surprised when the courts agreed with us. Now they are selling an initiative, #126, that “fixes” their mess with 23 and takes away our TABOR refunds, forever. When will taxpayers learn – every time these folks buy a taxpayer a drink, he wakes up the next morning in a bathtub full of ice and missing a kidney.

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Transparancy and Accountability Takes Center Stage

Posted by on Aug 15 2008 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Transparency

A slew of states, including our neighbor Kansas, has embraced transparency in government by creating publicly searchable databases for government expenditures and contracts. Texas requires school districts to put their check registries on-line for citizens to see. Why hasn’t Colorado embraced this movement? To answer that question and more about transparency and accountability in government, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and Denver Post editorial page editor Dan Haley join me tonight on Independent Thinking. Tune in to KBDI Channel 12 at 8:30 p.m.; repeated the following Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Aug 15 2008 | Friday's Funny


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