When is a Hiring Freeze not a Hiring Freeze?
When it’s a government hiring freeze, of course. H/T to Rossputin.com Back in September of 2008, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced a statewide hiring freeze in an effort to deal with a mounting state budget shortfall. Investigative reporter Jessica Fender of The Denver Post reports that the governor’s office estimates that it has frozen 463 spots and has saved the state $12 million. Yet her | Read More »
An Ordinary Man
An ordinary man lost his life in Iraq this past Saturday. Staff Sgt. Justin Bauer, 24, of Berthoud, Colorado, was killed by an explosion near his patrol. He was a husband, a son, and a brother. He was a standout lineman and wrestler for Berthoud High School only a few years ago. I’m a Jr. High and High School football referee, and I see ordinary | Read More »
Anti-Terror Rally to Support Israel’s Right of Self Defense
Promoted by Jeff. This is a great opportunity to engage in local activism. Another is this protest in the Bay Area, which is being planned apposite domestic terrorist Bill Ayers’ coming visit. -JE On December 27, 2008, Israel began defensive attacks against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has been attacking Israel with multiple daily rockets sent into their cities, even though both sides had | Read More »
Another Forty Years Wandering in the Wilderness
Colorado Republicans have taken a severe beating over the past four years. During this time, the following elected government entities went from Republican to Democrat control. * Governor (2006) * State Senate (2004) * State House (2004) * Both U.S. Senators (2004, 2008) * 3 U.S. House seats (2004, 2008) In addition, in 2008, for the first time since 1992, Colorado’s electoral votes went to | Read More »
Liberty On The Rocks
This Wednesday night, Jan 7, 2009, at 7pm I will be at the Uptown Tavern in downtown Denver to meet with other like-minded people who support limited government at Liberty On The Rocks. What is this Liberty On The Rocks, you ask? They meet on the first and third Wednesday nights of the month. This would be a great opportunity for Colorado RedStaters to get | Read More »
Taking Technology to the Next Level: Flip4.org Officially Launches
Conservative voices all over the internet have been engaged in a discussion of the future of technology in the Republican party. [One such piece is the one put up by David Hinz earlier today.] With that in mind, I want to echo the statement of Tim Goddard over at The Next Right: Only when technology is put to the pursuit of specific goals and in | Read More »
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Salazar for Interior, and Salazar for Senate.
Via the Denver Post (and Hot Air) it’s being reported that Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado is looking likely for Secretary of the Interior: U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar is a leading contender to become President-elect Barack Obama’s Interior secretary, two sources have confirmed. Reuters News Service used even stronger language in a report Sunday, saying Salazar had become the top candidate for the job. Alas, | Read More »
Boulder Liberals Against Choice
Education Choice, that is. The State of Colorado released the School Accountability Report this week. Four of the top five high schools are charter schools, including Fort Collins’ Ridgeview Classical School which came in at number three with a score of 2.33. Eight of the top ten middle schools were also charter schools, including Liberty Common School in Fort Collins. Both of these schools have | Read More »
Heroes at Home
I’ve always been a big fan of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. My first career was in the field of architecture, so I was a construction geek before I became a computer geek. The show has featured more than one military family, and Sears has been a big part of that. This year, Sears is collecting money to distribute to military families for Christmas (in | Read More »
Getting Local: Government Oversight.
A few weeks ago, Moe gave us a challenge to “Get Local” by writing about our home U.S. House district. Many of us have done that. Influencing our entire district can be difficult for those of us that live in districts that cover large land areas. CO-4, for example, covers most of Eastern Colorado and the farther northern part of the Colorado Front Range. This | Read More »
No Taxation Without Information
We all decry the amount of money spent by our government and complain about earmarks and other wasteful spending. How many of us are out there actually doing something about it? The Independence Institute of Colorado has been leading a been leading the way towards more spending transparency .
Happy Thanksgiving From Colorado
Today is the day when Americans reflect on what we are thankful for. Even with all the struggles we’re facing, it is important to realize how truly blessed we are. We live in the greatest nation in the world, and have so many wonderful things to be thankful for. Several other bloggers in the Rocky Mountain Alliance have written Thanksgiving messages, and I wanted to | Read More »
CO-4: A Microcosm of the 2008 Election Results
The results from Colorado’s U.S. House District 4 are representative of the nation as a whole in many ways. The voter demographic is approximately 1/3 each Democrat, Independent, and Republican. The less-populated rural areas voted for Republicans, while the heavily-populated urban areas voted for Democrats. An unpopular incumbent was replaced by someone from the opposing party, even though (s)he was quite liberal. At first glance, | Read More »
Muslims For America
The Independence Institute had its 24th Annual Founders’ Night Dinner, and awarded its highest honor to the inspiring and energetic entrepreneur Seeme Hasan – the David D’Evelyn Award. Hasan is the co-founder of Muslims for America: Muslims for America is a non-partisan organization. We are about getting Americans, and Muslims more involved and excited about the American political process! I often hear from people asking, | Read More »
Government Creates Panel, Panel Recommends Tax Increase, Government Calls it a Jobs Program
Governor of Colorado Bill Ritter’s Transportation Panel‘s study results in a recommendation to increase fees for everything from vehicle registration to rental cars, license plates and emissions. Priscilla Arvallo of Denver sees it differently, I think we pay too many taxes the way it is. I know there’s a big need right now. But, financially, I’m barely getting by as it is. But those of | Read More »