Archive for October, 2009

John vs. John vs. Jon

Posted by on Oct 30 2009 | Uncategorized

How many more prison beds can Colorado afford? This week, Independent Thinking takes a look at sentencing reform and the work of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ). State Senator John Morse and Attorney General John Suthers, both commission members, join me to talk about crime, punishment, and the prospects for sentencing reform in the next legislative session. Tune in tonight at 8:30 PM on KBDI, Channel 12. Re-broadcast on Monday at 1:30 PM.

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2 Nights of Begging for Billionaires

Posted by on Oct 28 2009 | Uncategorized

The Independence Institute is holding two nights of Begging for Billionaires, so any excuse you were thinking of using to miss it are now less believable. This documentary about the attack on property rights under the guise of “public use” is not only award-winning, but comes highly recommended by our property rights guru Jessica Corry, which in my opinion is worth more than any stinkin’ award is.

The first night’s viewing is on Wednesday, November 4th in downtown Denver at Jackson’s Sports Bar and Grill. Festivities start at 6pm.

The second night’s viewing on Thursday, November 5th is even better. We will be showing Begging at the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park. Which means we are more than likely to have a certain someone show up and enjoy the movie with us. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In order to add to the experience, The Stanley Hotel is offering a special “billionaires” room rate of $89 for one night only to movie attendees. Go to their website to make your reservation.

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A New Strategy to Increase Student Achievement

Posted by on Oct 23 2009 | education, Idiot Box (TV Show)

A new strategy to increase student achievement in our public schools, portfolio management, has gained traction in several urban school districts. With this approach, local school boards oversee a variety of autonomous school operators to meet the diverse needs and interest of students in the community. On this week’s Independent Thinking, guest host Pam Benigno leads a discussion on the topic of school district portfolio management with special guests Dr. Paul Hill, director of the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, and Jim Weigel, a former school board member and consultant for the Colorado Association of School Boards. Check it out tonight at 8:30 PM on KBDI Channel 12. Re-broadcast the following Monday at 1:30 PM.

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Oct 23 2009 | Friday's Funny, Health Care, PPC

© 2008, Benjamin Hummel. To see more cartoons like this go to

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Attention Western Slope

Posted by on Oct 20 2009 | Events, PPC

Justice Policy Initiative director Mike Krause is taking on the issue of sentencing reform out on the Western Slope in Grand Junction. I’m not sure how many fans we have out there, but if you’re in the area and would like to be able to answer the question — “how many more prison beds can Colorado afford?” — make sure you check out Mike’s panel event.

Panelists include: State Senator Morgan Carroll; Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Chairman of the 9th JD Community Corrections Board Steve Reynolds, Colorado Department of Public Safety Director Pete Weir, and Colorado Department of Corrections Director Ari Zavaras.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main Street
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

Admission Free
Refreshments served

RSVP to Angeline Roles at 970-242-3246 or

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Free Market Movie Nights

Posted by on Oct 16 2009 | Environment, Events, PPC, Property Rights

Do you find yourself frequently at home on date nights? Is your mother worried that you no longer come upstairs to enjoy meatloaf on meatloaf night? Do you often have to listen to Captain and Tennille records to fall asleep? If so, we’ve got the solution for you. We are proud to reintroduce Free Market Movie Night, presented by the fine folks at the Independence Institute. Coming up this Sunday, instead of sitting at home watching another Cheers rerun with a pint of Double Fudge Rocky Road for company, come on out to the Harkins Theater in Denver and watch a movie with some other human beings – that are not your family. We will be premiering the Al Gore approved, anti-climate hysteria flick “Not Evil, Just Wrong.” For a taste, check out the trailer:

We are nearly sold out of tickets, so if you plan on going email or call us 303.279.6536.

Then, on Wednesday November 4th, we will be showing Begging for Billionaires at Jacksons Sports Grill downtown. In this movie, the filmmakers take eminent domain to task. Check out the trailer:

Again, if you plan on going email or call us 303.279.6536. Seating is limited.

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The Health Care Debate Hits KBDI

Posted by on Oct 16 2009 | Health Care, Idiot Box (TV Show)

Health insurance mandates in Massachusetts, health care rationing in Oregon, and don’t forget that whole national “public option” alternative.  The Independence Institute’s Health Care Policy Center Director Linda Gorman and former Colorado State Senator Ken Gordon join me on Independent Thinking to talk about the state of the health care debate.  Tune in tonight at 8:30 PM to KBDI Channel 12, or catch the re-broadcast on Monday at 1:30 PM.

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Charter School Victory

Posted by on Oct 14 2009 | education

From our Education Policy Center analyst, Ben DeGrow:

Last week brought a rare bit of uplifting news from the Colorado Supreme Court: The state’s top justices said they weren’t interested in hearing the Boulder Valley School District’s legal challenge to the Charter School Institute (CSI), the special state authorizer for many Colorado charter schools. As noted on our GoBash blog, this was a good decision. Listen as our Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno and CSI chairman Alex Medler discuss the legal victory for families and charter schools on a new iVoices podcast.

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Global Warm… Er, I Mean “Climate Change” Debate

Posted by on Oct 14 2009 | Environment, Events, PPC

You may remember Mr. Fire and Rain himself, James Taylor, from his devastating critiques of global warming (aka climate change) science, and smooth styling on the ol’ 6 strings. The man from the Heartland Institute made some crushing arguments here, here, and here – along with a great event at the Independence Institute last year. Well, it looks like James is back at it. He will be taking part in a global warming debate at Colorado Christian University, October 20th at 7pm. I’m kind of confused how we could have a global warming debate at this juncture in time…. as the planet has not warmed since 1998 (and this BBC article too), and if you’re old enough you’d remember the ice age alarmism of the 70′s. Last week a Rockies playoff game got snowed out for cryin’ out loud!  Rossputin has a nice global warming alarmist wrap-up in this letter to Lindsey Graham.

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Health Care Reform

Posted by on Oct 13 2009 | Health Care, PPC

Please enjoy (and pass around) our latest video, health care reform. It is less than 90 seconds and chock full of laughs and fun!

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