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Devils Advocate Archive 2010

2010 Catalog of Shows


January 1st and 4th – 2010 Political Predictions

So whats on tap in Colorado politics for 2010? Tune in to Independent Thinking to find out as Dan Haley from the Denver Post and Adam Schrager from Channel 9 News join host Jon Caldara for a 2010 political predictions show. If you are a Colorado politics junkie, this is a great way to get your first fix of the New Year. Watch this episode here.


January 8th and 11th – Medical Marijuana Showdown

Is State Senator Chris Romer‘s bill to regulate medical marijuana in Colorado just a government solution looking for a problem? Or has the medical marijuana business grown beyond what voters originally intended? On this weeks Independent Thinking, Senator Romer and Denver attorney Rob Corry join host Jon Caldara to hash out their differences over medical marijuana regulation. Watch this episode here.


January 15th and 18th – Jared Polis on Health Care “Reform”

Can 2,000 plus pages of new and increased taxes, mandates and regulations really insure the uninsured, reduce health care costs and bring down the deficit? There are a lot of big promises coming out Washington D.C. these days. On this week’s Independent thinking, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis joins host Jon Caldara to talk about the health care bills being reconciled in Congress, and what the result might mean for Americans. Watch this episode here.


January 22nd and 25th – Will the Hickenritter Strategy Work?

Can Colorado Republicans stick Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper with the political baggage Bill Ritter has collected as Governor? Or is Hick too much his own man for that strategy to work On this weeks Independent Thinking, Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams and Denver Post writer Chuck Plunkett join host Jon Caldara to talk about the merits of the Republicans Hickenritter strategy. Watch this episode here.


January 29th and Feb. 1st – Who is John Hickenlooper?

Mayor John Hickenlooper is extremely popular in Denver. But will Hick be able to work his magic outside the metro area in the governors race? On this weeks Independent Thinking, reporter Lynn Bartels and columnist Susan Greene from the Denver Post join host Jon Caldara to talk about Mayor Hickenlooper and his chances at going all the way to the governors mansion. Watch this episode here.


February 5th and 8th – Can the State Be As Transparent as Jeffco?

Colorado’s largest school district has become a national leader in transparency by posting detailed spending online for citizens to search. Will the state of Colorado and other government agencies follow the example of Jeffco Public Schools? On this weeks Independent Thinking, Jeffco’s chief financial officer Lorie Gillis and Independence Institute policy analyst Ben DeGrow join host Jon Caldara to explore the growing trend of governments opening up their checkbooks. Watch this episode here.


February 12th and 15th – Let’s Get Smart on Crime Instead

For two decades Colorado lawmakers have enacted tough on crime legislation. But with a budget gap to close, and sentencing reform recommendations flowing out of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), is it finally time to start being smart on crime instead? On this weeks Independent Thinking, State Representative Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) and State Senator Pat Steadman (D-Denver) join host Jon Caldara to talk about the work of the CCJJ and the chances of sentencing reform legislation coming out of this years General Assembly. Watch this episode here.


February 19th and 22nd – The “Dirty Dozen” Discussion

Just how dirty did the debate over the Dirty Dozen tax bills get on the floor of the Colorado Senate? Now that the dust has cleared, State Senators Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) and Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) join Jon Caldara to talk about the package of recently passed bills, otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen, that both undo existing tax credits and incentives and raise new taxes in Colorado, including the questions around raising taxes without a vote of the people as required by Colorados Constitution. Watch this episode here.


February 26th and March 1st – Beer Policy Bash on Indepedent Thinking

Should convenience stores be allowed to sell full strength beer? And if so, why can’t liquor store owners operate multiple locations? This weeks Independent Thinking takes a look at Colorado’s complex and antiquated liquor laws and the bills currently in the legislature that would change the way beer is sold in Colorado. Joining me is Eric Wallace from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont and Dennis Dinsmore from Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Ft. Collins. It’s a beer policy bash this week on Independent Thinking. Watch this episode here.


March 5th and 8th – How’s That Wallet Feeling So Far?

We’re about a third of the way through the 2010 Colorado legislative session; does your wallet feel lighter yet? On this Friday’s Independent Thinking, reporters Ed Sealover from the Denver business Journal and Eli Stokols from Fox 31 News join me to discuss the legislative session thus far. If you are a Colorado politics junkie, be sure to tune in and get your political fix from the reporters who cover the capitol. Watch this episode here.


March 12th and 15th – We Told You So: Transportation Edition

It’s a transportation policy wonkfest on this Friday’s Independent Thinking. Jon Caldara is joined by Chuck Plunkett from the Denver Post, and Randal O’Toole, director of the Independence Institute’s Center for the American Dream and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. Tune in for a lively discussion about trains, buses and automobiles, and the future of transportation in Colorado. Watch this episode here.


March 19th and 22nd – Guns on Campus

On this weeks Independent Thinking, host Jon Caldara is joined by Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden and Denver Post Columnist Mike Littwin to discuss the recent decision by the Colorado State University Board of Governors to ban concealed carry permit holders from carrying guns on campus. Tune in for a discussion about guns on college campuses, and the difference between campus policy and state law. Watch this episode here.


March 26th and 29th – Renewable Energy Madness

The recently passed House Bill 1001 mandates that 30 percent of Colorado’s energy be generated from renewable sources by 2020. But can mandates and subsidies really get us to the “New Energy Economy”? On this week’s Independent Thinking, Sate Senators Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) and Mike Johnston (D-Denver) join host Jon Caldara for a lively discussion on markets versus mandates and the future of renewable energy in Colorado. Watch this episode here.


April 2nd and 5th – Obama Care and Medical Privacy

It’s Obama Care and medical privacy on this weeks Independent Thinking as the Independence Institutes Health Care Policy Center Director Linda Gorman and Colorado Transparency Project Director Amy Oliver-Cooke join Jon Caldara to discuss the political and policy implications for Colorado of the recently passed federal health care reform bill (otherwise known as Obama Care), and the implications for medical privacy in Colorado should the state legislature pass House Bill 1330, the All-Payer Database, which would allow the state to collect and store your personal health care information without your consent. Watch this episode here.


April 9th and 12th – One on One with Andrew Romanoff

So will Mr. Romanoff go to Washington? Tune in to Independent Thinking this Friday night for a one-on-one conversation between host Jon Caldara and former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, and candidate for U.S. Senate, Andrew Romanoff. Watch this episode here.


April 16th and 19th – Colorado’s Current Business Climate

On this week’s Independent Thinking, host Jon Caldara is joined by economist and Independence Institute Senior Fellow Barry Poulson, and Tom Flanagan, Division President of Citywide Banks, for a conversation about the state of Colorado’s business climate and economy and the economic outlook for 2010. Watch this episode here.


April 23rd and 26th – Is it Too Easy to Amend the State Constitution?

Is it too easy to amend Colorado’s constitution? Tune in to Independent Thinking and find out as Alicia Caldwell from the Denver Post and Elena Nunez from Colorado Common Cause join host Jon Caldara to discuss draft legislation that would significantly impact the ability of citizens to put initiatives on the ballot in Colorado. Watch this episode here.


April 30th and May 3rd – The Colorado Model

Did you hear the one about the three millionaires who flipped Colorado from a red state to a blue state? Check out Independent Thinking this week as co-authors Adam Schrager and Rob Whitwer sit down with Jon Caldara to talk about their new book, The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care). Watch this episode here.


May 7th and May 10th – Arizona and Immigration: an Epic Debate

Sparks fly as Tom Tancredo and David Harsanyi debate the recent immigration reform in Arizona. Can a libertarian and a conservative agree on this contentious issue, and what concessions must be made for reasonable reform to actually take place? Get the right prescription for solutions from these two heavyweights as they join Jon Caldara in a discussion for real reform. Watch this episode here.


May 14th and May 17th – The Politically Correct University

A higher education marks an important chapter in one’s life, but what happens when this chapter is being distorted by a demonstrable lack of intellectual diversity and debate? Author Robert Maranto joins Jon Caldara to discuss a number of the problems, the scope, and reforms for higher education that are in his new book The Politically Correct University. Jessica Corry of Independence Institute steps up to discuss some of the issues surrounding the civic direction of CU at Boulder. Watch this episode here.


May 21st and May 24th – Should the FCC Regulate Broadband?

There are lovers of the First Amendment on both sides of the argument when it comes to Net Neutrality. Decide who makes a better case: Barry Fagin of the Independence Institute or Tony Shawcross of the Open Media Foundation who argue over the intricacies of internet ownership and control. This under-the-radar, wonkish policy issue turns into passionate discussion concerning property, morality, and democracy. Watch this episode here.


May 28th and May 31st – 2010 Legislative Wrap-Up

Longtime reporters Lynn Bartels from the Denver Post and Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal are in studio with Jon for a review of this past year’s legislative session. Topics include medical marijuana, teacher tenure reform, and the legacy that Governor Bill Ritter will leave behind. Watch this episode here.


June 4th and 7th – Is Education Reform Too Costly for Colorado?

Colorado has turned in its Round 2 application for federal Race to the Top education reform grant dollars, but are there too many strings attached? State Board of Education member Peggy Littleton and State Senator Michael Johnston debate whether the requirement for Colorado to sign on to national Common Core Standards is a price too high for $175 million in Race to the Top money. Watch this episode here.


June 11th and 14th – What’s Next for Sentencing Reform?

In May, Governor Ritter signed into law six criminal justice reform bills generated out of the work of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ). On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, State Representative Claire Levy (D, Boulder) and Adams County District Attorney Don Quick, both members of the commission, join Jon Caldara to discuss the significance of the CCJJ bills and where the work of the commission might go from here. Watch this episode here.


June 11th and 14th – What’s Next for Sentencing Reform?

In May, Governor Ritter signed into law six criminal justice reform bills generated out of the work of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ). On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, State Representative Claire Levy (D, Boulder) and Adams County District Attorney Don Quick, both members of the commission, join Jon Caldara to discuss the significance of the CCJJ bills and where the work of the commission might go from here. Watch this episode here.


June 18th and 21st – Let’s Talk About Some Primaries Primary elections are coming up soon enough, do you know what you need to know to make a choice? On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, Denver Post Columnist Mike Littwin and Kelly Maher from WhoSaidYouSaid.com join host Jon Caldara to talk about the primary races in Colorado and the candidates who are running running. Watch this episode here.


June 25th and 28th – One on One with Ken Buck: Ken Buck is in studio with host Jon Caldara for a one-on-one discussion about his candidacy for U.S. Senate. He talks about the differences between himself and his opponent Jane Norton on the Republican side, and why he is the candidate that will the Democrats in November. They even make a foray into a variety of different issues from health care repeal, to unfunded liabilities, to Gov. Bill Ritter as the best man. Watch this episode here.


July 2nd and 5th – The Newspaper Editorial Process On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, the editorial page editors of Colorado’s two biggest newspapers join host Jon Caldara to discuss the process of editorial writing; what goes on the opinion page, and how those decisions are made. Check out Dan Haley from the Denver Post and Wayne Laugesen from the Colorado Springs Gazette on Devil’s Advocate this Friday at 8:30 PM on Colorado Public Television 12, re-broadcast the following Monday at 1:30 PM. Watch this episode here.


July 9th and 12th – Kopel on ‘McDonald’ and Elena Kagan On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, Independence Institute Research director David Kopel joins host Jon Caldara to discuss the recent, and hugely significant, U.S. Supreme Court case McDonald v Chicago, and what the decision means for the Second Amendment and gun rights. Dave also discusses his recent testimony at the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nominee hearings. Watch this episode here.


July 16th and 19th – Nick Gillespie on the Nanny State and the Libertarian – Conservative Riff On this week’s Devils Advocate, host Jon Caldara goes one on one with Reason Magazine editor-in-chief Nick Gillespie (our esteemed ATF keynote speaker this year!). Nick gives his take on the emergence of new media and how his Reason.tv is leading the charge. With Jon’s encouragement, Nick pulls no punches when discussing his distaste for the nanny state or why conservatives and libertarians should wear leather jackets. Watch this episode here.


July 23rd and 26th – Jane Norton on Gender Politics On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, Jane Norton is in studio to talk about her candidacy to the United States Congress. She talks about the differences between herself and opponent Ken Buck, in addition to what role gender plays in politics. Watch this episode here.


July 30th and August 2nd – Tommy “the Tank” Tancredo Visits Your Devil’s Advocate If there ever was a can’t miss public access TV show, this is it folks. American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo joins host Jon Caldara this week for a one on one conversation. Tune in to hear a candid Tancredo on why he jumped into the race for governor, or better yet, just to hear a soundbite a minute. Watch this episode here.


August 6th and 9th – The GOP Meltdown On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, Chuck Plunkett from the Denver Post and Denver County Republican Chairman Ryan Call join host Jon Caldara for a half-hour examination of the uncanny ability of Colorado Republican candidates to self-destruct just in time for primary elections. Watch this episode here.


August 13th and 16th – Let’s Talk Primaries – Winners and Losers On this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate, host Jon Caldara is joined by Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin and Westword publisher Patty Calhoun to talk about Colorado’s recently decided primary elections. Who won and who lost, and what it all means for voters in November. Watch this episode here.


August 20th and 23rd – Will a Balanced Budget Amendment Solve Our Debt Crisis? Is a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution the solution to out of control federal spending? Check out this week’s Devil’s Advocate as Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman and Independence Institute Senior Fellow Fred Holden join host Jon Caldara to debate the potential merits, and pitfalls, of amending the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. Watch this episode here.


August 27th and 30th – AG John Suthers on ObamaCare Tune into this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate as Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joins host Jon Caldara for a one on one discussion about the details, status and constitutional basis of the ongoing State Attorneys’ General lawsuit over the constitutionality of the health insurance mandate recently enacted as part as part of the federal health care bill, HR 3590, also known as Obama Care. Watch this episode here.


September 3rd and 6th – Third Party Candidates Not Named Tom Tancredo With Tom Tancredo’s entry into the Colorado governors race this year, third parties are getting more airtime and coverage than ever before. Joining host Jon Caldara on this week’s Devils Advocate are third party candidates for Colorado governor Jaimes Brown from the Libertarian Party and Jason Clark running as an Independent. What exactly is the purpose and goals of these lesser-known candidates? How might they impact the race for governor this year? Watch this episode here.


September 10th and 13th – Let’s Talk About Debt Baby Got a spare $13 trillion to help Uncle Sam pay off the national debt? Check out Devil’s Advocate this week as host Jon Caldara is joined by economist Linda Gorman from the Independence Institute and founder of Mothers Against Debt (MAD) Amy Oliver Cooke to discuss the both the federal debt and deficit, and the debt load being incurred by local Colorado governments. Watch this episode here.


September 17th and 20th – 2010 General Election Update on Devils Advocate Can the Colorado gubernatorial race get any stranger? And what’s the status on Buck and Bennett in the U.S. Senate race? Tune in to Devil’s Advocate this week to find out as host Jon Caldara is joined by Denver Post reporter Tim Hoover and Fox 31 political reporter Eli Stokols for a general election update. Watch this episode here.


September 24th and 27th – Could the State GOP Become a Minor Party? Could Republicans become a minor party in Colorado? Check out this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate as the Denver Post’s Chuck Plunkett and Independence Institute investigative reporter Todd Shepherd join host Jon Caldara for a discussion of the Colorado Republican Party’s post-election prospects. Watch this episode here.


October 1st and 4th – Young Gun Republicans What’s it like for Republicans running for Congress against incumbent Democrats in the age of Obama and a Democratic majority? To find out, tune in to Devil’s Advocate this Friday as host Jon Caldara is joined by Colorado Republican candidates for Congress Ryan Frazier, Cory Gardner, Mike Fallon and Stephen Bailey. Watch this episode here.


October 8th and 11th – PJ O’Rourke is Back! Don’t miss this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate as renowned author and humorist P.J. O’Rourke, often referred to as “America’s most subversive conservative” sits down with host Jon Caldara to discuss his new book, “Don’t Vote, it Just Encourages The Bastards.”


October 15th and 18th – Prop 102 – Bail Bonds Debate Check out this week’s Devil’s Advocate as host Jon Caldara is joined by Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson and Robert Trucker from Safe Streets Colorado to debate the controversial bail bonds initiative, Proposition 102, which is on this November’s Colorado ballot. Watch this episode here.


October 22nd and 25th – Judicial Retention in Colorado On this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate, host Jon Caldara sits down with Clear the Bench Colorado director Matt Arnold to discuss judicial selection and retention in Colorado. We’ll also discuss the three Colorado Supreme Court judges up for retention on the November ballot. Watch this episode here.


October 29th and November 1st – 2010 Elections, State and National On this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate, host Jon Caldara is joined by National Review Online’s Colorado political blogger Michael Sandoval and Mary Katherine Ham from Fox News and the Weekly Standard for some prognostication about the possible outcomes of the November 2nd elections, both here in Colorado and nationally. It’s a must see for political junkies. Watch this episode here.


November 5th and 8th – 2010 Post Election Wrap-Up Still haven’t had enough of election season? Then be sure and tune in to this week’s Devil’s Advocate as host Jon Caldara is joined by Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels and Fox 31 political reporter Eli Stokols for a reporter’s-eye view of Colorado’s election results. Watch this episode here.


November 12th and 15th – What’s in Store for Criminal Justice Reforms in 2011? Ever heard of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (or CCJJ)? On this week’s Devil’s Advocate, host Jon Caldara is joined by Colorado State Public Defender Doug Wilson and Adams County District Attorney Don Quick, both members of the commission, to check on what issues the commission has taken up this year, and what kind of legislative recommendations might come out of the CCJJ in the next General Assembly. Watch this episode here.


November 19th and 22nd – Local School Vouchers in Colorado? So what’s the big deal about the proposed school voucher plan in Douglas County? Tune in to Devil’s Advocate to find out as host Jon Caldara joined by Douglas County School District Board of Education President John Carson and Independence Institute Education Policy Analyst Ben DeGrow for a discussion of how a voucher system would work, and the kind of education choices it would open up or Douglas County parents and their children. Watch this episode here.


November 26th and 29th – The Original Constitution: a Discussion Dust off your copy of the U.S. Constitution for this week’s Devil’s Advocate as host Jon Caldara joined by the Independence Institute’s Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence Rob Natelson for a discussion of his new book, “The Original Constitution: What It Really Said and Meant.” Watch this episode here.


December 3rd and 6th – Let’s Talk Fed-enomics Quantitative Easing? What does that mean? On this week’s Devil’s Advocate host Jon Caldara is joined by economists Tom Binnings from Summit Economics and John Cochran from Metro State Business School for a conversations about inflating the money supply, buying back bonds, and other exotic sounding actions the Fed is taking. Will this actually stimulate the economy? Or is it time to put everything in gold? Watch this episode here.


December 10th and 13th – The 2010 Political Ride Just how wild a political ride was 2010 in Colorado? Tune in to this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate as host Jon Caldaa is joined by Denver Post editorial page editor Dan Haley and 9News political reporter Adam Schrager for a look back at 2010 from the perspective of the people who write about and cover Colorado politics. Watch this episode here.


December 17th and 20th – The Citizens’ Budget: Colorado’s Fiscal Roadmap How do you close a billion dollar state budget gap? Tune in to Devil’s Advocate this Friday as host Jon Caldara is joined by Penn Pfiffner, project director of the Independence Institute’s recently released “Citizens’ Budget” project, to lay out the road map to balancing the Colorado state budget and moving towards sustainable state government in the future. Watch this episode here.


December 24th and 27th – PJ O’Rourke is Back! (Rerun) Don’t miss this Friday’s Devil’s Advocate as renowned author and humorist P.J. O’Rourke, often referred to as “America’s most subversive conservative” sits down with me to discuss his new book, “Don’t Vote, it Just Encourages The Bastards.”


December 31st and January 3rd – What’s In Store for Politics in 2011? Quick, hide your wallet and your liberties, the new year is just around the corner and that means a new legislature and governor in Colorado. Tune in to Devil’s Advocate this Friday, Dec. 31st as host Jon Caldara is joined by Denver Post political reporter Jessica Fender and Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen for a look forward at what’s in store for Colorado in the 2011 political year. Watch this episode here.


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