In this episode of IITV, Independence Institute Research Director Dave Kopel speaks with legendary music critic, journalist, syndicated columnist, and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. They discuss the current state of civil liberties in America and Nat explains why Obama has been the worst president of all-time when it comes to our individual freedoms.
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So apparently Governor Hickenlooper owns a functioning time machine and the mainstream media is choosing not to report on this miracle of modern science.
Well, either he has a time machine or he is lying about talking to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I’ll leave it up to you fine folks to figure out which it is.
Our latest IITV episode:
Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno talks with Ben DeGrow about good news for educational freedom. The New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling limiting families’ choices by saying they could only use tax credit scholarships to help pay for a certain kind of private school. Another favorable judicial ruling in one of the 14 states with scholarship tax credit programs gives momentum to support for a similar program that could expand choice in Colorado.
You may or may not have known that the Independence Institute has had a podcast for years called Independent Voices (iVoices for short). Over the past 6 or so years we have amassed almost 700 podcasts ranging from transportation to education to gun rights to women’s issues. You can visit our iVoices webpage here for a full archive.
However it is now 2014 and if you hadn’t noticed yet, videos on the Internet are kind of a big deal. (Just peruse your Facebook feed for 5 seconds and you’ll come across 10 cat videos and 3 guys hitting themselves in the junk with a Wiffle ball bat).
In order to get with the times, we built a video cast studio in our building and will start doing video casts rather than podcasts – meaning you’ll be forced to both hear AND see us. That’s great news when one of our ladies is in the studio. That’s bad news when it’s yours truly in high definition.
We figured we’d announce the launching of IITV with none other than our leading constitutional scholar Rob Natelson. In this first edition of IITV, Rob introduces himself, his work, and discusses his approach to researching the Founding era.
Please check back to our YouTube channel to catch the latest from the Independence Institute… in full high definition video!
The other day I posted 4 of the 7 videos of the Article V Symposium that Rob Natelson moderated/MC’d. Below you’ll find the 3 missing videos for the whole collection!
Here are Rob’s opening remarks (8 minutes)
Author Bob Berry outlines several amendment ideas (20 minutes)
Michael Farris’ remarks (17 minutes)
Here’s the roundtable discussion (48 minutes)
Senator Kevin Lundberg and Representative Lori Saine’s resolution (13 minutes)
Questions and Answers (33 minutes)
Here’s Mark Meckler’s closing comments (11 minutes)
There may be a lot of information out there about the enormous tax increase (“for the children”) called Amendment 66, but most of what you’ve heard is probably wrong. Our job at the Independence Institute is to give you the facts about this tax increase – how it affects families, working people, small business, and the children of Colorado. Below you’ll find some important Amendment 66 resources, from big to small.
Our scholars have written two important papers about Amendment 66. Linda Gorman’s fiscally focused Issue Paper titled, A Billion Dollars Worth of Bad Ideas: The Amendment 66 Tax Hike Leaves Kids and Teachers Behind, Harms Colorado’s Working Families, Enriches a Broken Bureaucracy is great companion piece to Senior Education Policy Analyst Ben DeGrow’s Issue Backgrounder titled, Amendment 66: Unfair and Overpriced. Linda’s will give you the low down on the enormous financial burden a billion dollar tax hike will be on our state, while Ben’s focuses more on the lack of education reform in the A66 bait and switch.
Ben also penned a fantastic overview article on Complete Colorado’s Page Two, appropriately titled, Rather than Amendment 66, How About Some Real Reform?
And because there are people like me who… don’t read good… Linda decided to come up with a one page Issue Backgrounder called Amendment 66: Spend More, Get Less with lots of pretty pictures and graphs. Even I can understand it! Job well done Linda!
Our Constitution scholar Rob Natelson wrote an op-ed about the absolute constitutional nightmare Amendment 66 is, titled Amendment 66 mutilates state constitution, enriches greedy bureaucracy.
Even though we didn’t write it, we have to mention a fantastic editorial from the Colorado Springs Gazette. In Teachers unions support massive tax hike, oppose modest reforms in Amendment 66, editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen goes after teachers unions for putting a tax increase (big money) ahead of real education reform (our children). Here’s a sample of Wayne’s critique,
This isn’t the first time supporters of this tax have tried to hoodwink the public. Before exposing the hush-hush lawsuit arrangement, The Gazette revealed how the Legislature’s Democratic majority quietly sat on a $1 billion-plus revenue surplus this year without substantive new education spending. They did so to create an illusion of school poverty, so voters might be fooled into approving the tax hike.
Learn about REAL education reform: The Independence Institute just launched a project we call Kids Are First. KidsAreFirst.org is a direct response to Amendment 66, with a motto that says it all – “Raise expectations, not taxes.” There are plenty of ways to improve education in Colorado, but raising taxes is not one of them.
And last but not least, the videos:
Here are two videos produced by the Education Policy Center that explore some alternatives for quality education in Colorado that have nothing to do with taxing hard working families a billion dollars.
First up, Damon Sasso from Dougco Champions for Kids joins me to talk about all the success Douglas County has had education wise. Hear what it takes to put kids first.
Next, Jefferson County school board member Laura Boggs joined me to talk about the $1 billion education tax hike that promises very little reform for an enormous crushing tax hike.
I wanted to make sure you saw the media release we sent earlier today, along with the video we made. Below you’ll find the release followed by the video.
The Independence Institute president will exercise his legal voting rights in next week’s recall election, casting a ballot in a district outside his current residence.
Independence Institute president Jon Caldara’s decision to vote in the Senate District 11 recall kicks off the “Bring in the Vote” educational campaign, highlighting the significant legal changes in Colorado’s “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act,” signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 10.
Calling attention to the lax new election law sponsored by Senators John Morse and Angela Giron, both facing recall elections, Caldara announced that he has the “intention” to make his permanent home in Senate District 11, currently represented by Morse.
Under HB 1303, the “intention” to establish residence along with a few minor requirements such as being 18 years of age, living in Colorado for 22 days, and having an address in the district, permits almost anyone to “Bring in the Vote” and cast a ballot in any district.
“It is my belief that this extremely sloppy new election law was designed to legally move voters into districts where their vote is most useful. I will show how this dangerous new law works by easily and legally voting in the John Morse recall election,” explained Caldara.
“John Morse sponsored this law and worked its passage through the Senate. And now, sadly, under this law future Colorado elections will be decided by which candidate has the most buses.”
To inform voters concerning their voting rights under the new law, the Independence Institute has launched an educational website: www.BringInTheVote.com.
“Though we may disagree on issues and candidates, I hope we all will agree that all Coloradans should be fully informed of their new voting rights and how to exercise them,” Caldara said.
In case you couldn’t attend this year’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Party this past Saturday, we have compiled videos of all the speakers below. (See the playlist here). I kicked things off and then handed it over to Weld County sheriff John Cooke who said a few words. Following Sheriff Cooke, Dave Kopel spoke about our lawsuit against the new gun laws and introduced this year’s keynote speaker – Cam Edwards. Cam has been the host for NRA News since its inception. And boy, can he give a speech!
First up, Dave Kopel joins me to talk about the latest with our lawsuit against the new anti-gun bills signed by Hick.
Then Scott Gessler joins me to discuss the silly mail-in ballot law.