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2015 Founders’ Night VIDEO Invitation

Posted by on Feb 27 2015 | Events, Video

Julie Mallon cordially invites you to attend our 30th anniversary Founders’ Night dinner on Thursday, April 9th! Our keynote this year is comedian, actor, author, magician, and Cato Institute H.L. Mencken Fellow Penn Jillette! To purchase your ticket on the phone, call us at 303-279-6536. If you’d like to purchase them online, visit our webpage here.

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VIDEO: Is There a War on Women debate

Posted by on Oct 30 2014 | Events, Video, war on women

We’d like to thank everyone who came out on Tuesday to see our debate on the age old question: Is there a war on women?

If you couldn’t make it out to the Denver Post building to catch the debate in person, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube here.

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Is There a War on Women? Live Stream the Debate

Posted by on Oct 28 2014 | Events, Video, war on women

We hope to see you all tonight at the Denver Post building for our war on women debate. Doors open at 5:30, the debate goes from 6-7p.

But if you can’t make it in person, you can live stream the debate here on our UStream channel.

The stream will start when the debate begins at 6.

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The Ultimate Cat Fight

Posted by on Oct 23 2014 | Events, war on women

The 2014 election season has largely revolved around the “War on Women.” Is this just Leftist spin, or is the Right truly oppressing women?

So, at the last meeting of our all-male “Uterus Control Council,” we were discussing how to best lower the glass ceiling when it hit me.”What if we let the broads talk for themselves?!” I exclaimed.

Dick Cheney grumbled, “What? Like we’d listen or something? And where’s that chick to finish my foot massage? This bunion doesn’t rub itself.”

I said, “No, don’t talk crazy Dick. We let the skirts blather away at a debate over the War on Women while we play golf. They squawk away about how mean we are to them, and they get it out of their system. Government birth control, Obamacare, IUDs, everything.”

“You know how many of our boys lost their limbs in Iraq from IUDs?” George Bush woke up. “You’re playing with fire if you let ‘em talk among themselves. They get ideas. Remember that time Condi talked with Babs about teaching Islamic girls to read? Nutty stuff man. Nutty stuff.”

“Guys!” I said, “I’m talking the ultimate cat fight here.”

I’ll save you all the details, but over the objections of Ann Coulter, who said only fertile married women should be allowed to attend, we are hosting a full-on debate over the “War on Women” moderated by Westword’s Patty Calhoun. The panelists will be:

Kelly Maher – Revealing Politics

Susan Greene – Colorado Independent

Laura Carno – I Am Created Equal

Laura Chapin – Democratic Political Strategist

Ladies, ask your husband or father if you can come! RSVP now. Gentlemen, of course you can come without asking anyone (like I need to say that).

For more information and to RSVP, visit our Eventbrite page here.

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VIDEO: Prop 105 GMO Labeling Debate

Posted by on Oct 23 2014 | Events, Proposition 105, Video

This past Thursday, Oct. 16th, the Independence Institute hosted a debate at the Denver Post building about Colorado’s Prop 105. Prop 105 would require labeling on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Below you’ll find the debate video.

Also, don’t forget about our upcoming firecracker of a debate titled, “Is there a war on women?” We will be hosting again at the Denver Post building from 5:30-7p on Tuesday, October 28th. Do not miss this one!

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Devil Inside the Beltway: A Small Business Nightmare

Posted by on Oct 16 2014 | Events, Video

On Wednesday October 15, the Independence Institute hosted author and former small business owner Michael Daugherty. His book, “Devil Inside the Beltway” is an ongoing tale of the big guy (government) vs. the little guy (Michael and his company). Listen as Michael tells a magnificent tale of government overreach and cronyism. And he’s still fighting to this day.

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Wining, Women, and Weapons

Posted by on May 06 2014 | Events

Have you noticed that the sun is coming up earlier and staying out later? Well there’s a scientific reason – the Colorado legislative session is drawing to a close. There’s only one day left.

And you can tell it’s an election year because the Democratic controlled legislature did not attack our gun rights, massively increase our power costs with renewable mandates, open our voting system to even more mischief, or put a massive tax increase on the ballot. And hell, Governor Hickenlooper actually vetoed something this year! So, time to celebrate!

Well, around here we’ll use just about anything as an excuse to celebrate (read: “drink”). So next Wednesday, May 14th, the ladies of II are hosting another one of their “Wining with Women” parties (read: “drinking without men around to kill their buzz”). And the ladies’ very special guest speaker (read: “person to make this look like a legit event instead of a bunch of women chugging red wine like Slurpees”) is Julie Gunlock from the Independent Women’s Forum in DC.

Julie runs their Culture of Alarmism Project and is the author of From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back. She’ll talk about how this culture of alarmism is weaving its way into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, making parents worry about common everyday products, food, and healthy activities. Her book encourages all Americans to have some perspective, use common sense, enjoy life, and to reject the culture of alarmism.

And Julie Gunlock’s last name should remind everyone to lock up their firearms before going to any alcohol-fueled event (read: “last time the women around here attacked the liquor cabinet they forced the male interns to do table dances at gun-point”).

RSVP online here or call Su at 303-279-6536, ext. 117.

In other news, we’re looking for some new male interns. To learn about our Future Leader’s Program contact

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VIDEO: Institute for Justice’s Clark Neily

Posted by on Apr 23 2014 | Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Events, U.S. Constitution

The Institute for Justice (IJ) fights for the little guy. IJ has a great track record of standing up to government when they refuse the right to earn a living here in the land of opportunity. Clark Neily is a senior attorney for IJ and has been on the front lines fighting for basic economic freedoms that Americans are promised in our constitution. As a result, he’s seen how our courts have failed in protecting our freedoms. In this speech given at the Independence Institute offices on April 16th, Clark discusses his new book, Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.

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Calling all entrepreneurs! (And wanna-be entrepreneurs)

Posted by on Apr 16 2014 | Events

Our good friends at Liberty on the Rocks will be hosting an incredible FREE weekend event for all current and aspiring entrepreneurs, here at the Independence Institute offices, May 2-4th. The event is aimed at folks who don’t want to just understand the theories behind free markets and liberty, but want to actually engage the free market in order to advance liberty. Below you’ll find the details of the event from Amanda Muell, President of Liberty on the Rocks and host of the Liberty Lab.

Have you heard about Liberty Lab? It’s the newest how-to-start-a-business-boot camp designed specifically for liberty minded entrepreneurs. Whether you live in Denver or wish to participate remotely, this event is for anyone with an idea for advancing freedom!

Do you have a project or a business idea that you believe will change the world, but don’t know where to start? Or have a project or startup you are looking to grow in a new direction? Liberty Lab is the event you can’t afford to miss – you will even have the chance to win up to $2000 in seed funding. And, it’s free to attend!

Held over the course of three days (and also streamed live online), Liberty Lab is your opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded freedom lovers, while learning how to launch your project from some of the best and brightest liberty minded entrepreneurs in Colorado. Don’t believe me? Here are a few people you will be learning from:

  • Jeff Proctor, Senior Instructor at the Koch Institute
  • Lani Langton, Business Coach at ActionCOACH
  • Brian Watson, President of Northstar Commercial Partners
  • Darrell Hornbacher, CEO of Midas Financial Company

Click HERE to see the full list of speakers, coaches, and mentors.

Spaces are filling up fast, and you don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity. Register today, mark your calendar, and get ready to change the world. And don’t forget to tell your friends!

Can’t make it in person? Register here to participate remotely.

Click Here to Register for your chance at $1500 in Seed Funding**

What: Liberty Lab

When: 05/02/2014 – 05/04/2014

Where: Independence Institute, 727 East 16th Avenue, Denver, Colorado

Why: Individuals, not government, are the answer to societies problems

Who: Hosted by Liberty on the Rocks

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Institute for Justice Event This Wednesday

Posted by on Apr 14 2014 | Events, U.S. Constitution

It isn’t easy being illiterate. My dyslexia makes everything more interesting, just like those dyslexic atheists. They don’t believe in dogs.

Anyway, when my staff emailed me all excited about getting the author of Terms of Engagement to speak here, I said “okay, do it.” You see, I thought they said the author of Terms of Endearment. Seemed like a chick flick to me, but Jack Nicholson was way cool in it so, you know, whatever.

Apparently Terms of Engagement is a book. Who knew?

Clark Neily is a senior attorney for one of the greatest outfits around – the Institute for Justice. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment, and other constitutional cases in both federal and state courts.

Thee new book, which doesn’t even have a forward by Jack Nicholson, argues that judges need to take a lot of the blame for the hard turn to the left our nation has taken. And he offers a solution.

Well, come hear him speak at the Independence Institute offices (727 E. 16th Ave. Denver, CO 80203) this Wednesday, April 16th. Event starts at 5:30p with light refreshments. Did I mention the event is FREE? All you’ve got to do is RSVP either online here or over the phone at 303-279-6536.

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