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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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IITV: Why is Latin so important for Constitutional studies?

Posted by on Oct 01 2014 | Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, U.S. Constitution, Video

In the latest episode of IITV, our constitution scholar Rob Natelson sits down with host Justin Longo to discuss why learning Latin (the “dead” language) is so important for fully understanding our nation’s founding and the Constitution.

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IITV: Dave Kopel Interviews Nat Hentoff

Posted by on Sep 17 2014 | Civil Rights, U.S. Constitution, Video

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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Did You Know About Hick’s Time Machine?

Posted by on Sep 15 2014 | Capitol Crazies, guns, Video

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.

Below you’ll find our latest IITV segment (just over 2 minutes long) titled, Governor Hickenlooper Has a Time Machine.

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New Hampshire Delivers Good News for School Choice

Posted by on Aug 28 2014 | education, Video

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.

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Introducing… Independence Institute Television (IITV)

Posted by on Aug 18 2014 | U.S. Constitution, Video

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!

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UPDATED! Article V Symposium featuring Rob Natelson

Posted by on Apr 09 2014 | Article V, Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, U.S. Constitution, 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)

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Amendment 66 Resources: Billion Dollar Ed Tax Hike

Posted by on Oct 07 2013 | education, Taxes, Video

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.

The big:

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.

The small:

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.

Colorado K-12 Scholarships Gives Kids Hope

K-12 Scholarship Tax Credits Could Help Colorado Kids

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VIDEO: Dougco School Reforms, Billion Dollar Ed Tax Hike

Posted by on Sep 23 2013 | education, Video

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.

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