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Guess Who Made a Mistake

Guess Who Made a Mistake

The famed, curly-haired PBS painting teacher, Bob Ross, used to say, “There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.” He was a lovely man. Terrible driving instructor.

Hey, we all make mistakes, says the divorced guy who once bought a used Mercury Cougar and got a liberal arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Even the impeccable editorial writers of the Wall Street Journal get it wrong, like a few days ago when one of their house editorials praised our socialist Governor Jared Polis for “standing up to the climate lobby” by vetoing one bad enviro bill.

As we in Colorado know, Polis doesn’t stand up to the climate lobby. He is the climate lobby. He has done more to destroy the economic and personal freedom of Coloradans than any governor in our history.

Fortunately, our Jake Fogleman set the record straight for readers with his letter to the editor published in the Journal saying, “Mr. Polis didn’t buck the climate lobby. Rather, his prior capitulation allowed him to feign moderation in his veto of the latest bill.”

Polis is ambitious and I’m sure is eyeing a run for president. If we let him hoodwink out-of-state editorialists who should know better, then shame on us. We can’t let him do what he’s doing to Colorado to the rest of the nation.

Let us again remind the nation, Polis is no libertarian, even though he plays one in front of some desperate commentators.


Join us Wednesday, June 29th from 9am – 12pm to hear a special presentation on our federal finances from the one the only Mike Rosen. Space is limited and only a few seats remain! RSVP for your free ticket here.



The horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX brings the issue of school safety to the forefront once again. While many are debating the issue of gun control, culture, mental health, and police response, the hard reality is that these solutions will take years. We need to ensure that our children are safe going back to school in the fall. We need to keep them safe NOW.

In a recent column, I wrote that the time has come to arm school staff. Thanks to our work, schools in some 37 districts across Colorado are doing just that.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 19th at 6:30pm at the Castle Pines Library and learn about school safety solutions that we can enact today. Our very own Laura Carno (Executive Director of FASTER Colorado) will lead a conversation with Brett Titus (CoFounder and CEO of LifeSpot app), Quinn Cunningham (FASTER Instructor), Evan Todd (Columbine survivor), and John and Maria Castillo (Parents of Kendrick Castillo, hero from the 2019 STEM school shooting).

Tickets are free, please RSVP HERE.

In breaking news today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most important decisions ever on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen.

A huge victory for gun rights, the Court ruled 6-3 that New York’s regulations making it difficult to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun were unconstitutionally restrictive.

In his majority opinion in this case that will have widespread implications to many anti-Second Amendment laws across the country, Justice Clarence Thomas cited Independence Institute’s own Dave Kopel.

“Guns Kill People, and Tyrants with Gun Monopolies Kill the Most.” In the long term, disarmament often leads to mass murder by government. So explains Dave Kopel in a forthcoming article for the Gonzaga Journal of International Law. He also wrote a summary of the article for Reason magazine, on Reason’s “Volokh Conspiracy” website. Both articles are available with links on Dave’s website, davekopel.org.

In a new Epoch Times column, also available on our website, Rob commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Colorado River Compact. He does not discuss the merits of the water allocation in the compact, but how the process was a coordinated state effort to protect their own powers and their own citizens while preventing federal intrusion. Rob points out that the Compact came about through the efforts of a native Coloradan: Denver water lawyer Delph Carpenter.

Utility bills are skyrocketing. We can help you. We are now ready to gather signatures to support Proposed Initiative 93. The Colorado Secretary of State has approved our petition format, and petition sections have been printed. The proposal aims to require investor-owned utilities (i.e. Xcel) to pay their fair share of energy rates that you and I pay. Lower utility costs and increase transparency. It’s an idea whose time has come in Colorado.

More details to follow about how you can sign the petition and also how you can help.

In my latest column, I give you permission NOT to be proud of “Pride” Month. Find out why.

Reporter Sherrie Peif looks at Longmont’s push to restrict gun rights at the local level.

Of course, Longmont isn’t alone, as numerous local governments are targeting gun rights. You can see all of Complete’s local gun grab coverage here.

Sherrie also looks at the recent decision by the Durango school board to shoot down a new charter application, and why the school’s CEO is crying foul.

Also, guest author Joe O’Dea makes his case for being the GOP candidate for US Senate here.

And columnist Ari Armstrong takes a look at the Democrat dark money meddling in GOP primaries.

Think Freedom,