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  • Senator Jerry Sonnenberg wins Californian of the Year 2017!

    Senator Jerry Sonnenberg wins Californian of the Year 2017!0

    • December 27, 2017

    Today, the Independence Institute proudly awards the 2017 Californian of the Year to Senator Jerry Sonnenberg. Colorado character is best described as craving the freedom to make our own decisions. By contrast, Californian character, which is taking hold of our once ruggedly individualistic, freedom-loving state, is best described as making decisions for other people. Nothing

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  • Last Nomination for Californian of the Year: Mutton Buster

    Last Nomination for Californian of the Year: Mutton Buster0

    • December 22, 2017

    Today we are proud to announce our last of five nominations for our 2017 “Californian of the Year” award. This award will go to the person who most exemplifies the drive and determination to change the character of Colorado into that of California. Colorado character means craving the freedom to make one’s own decisions. By

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  • Third Nomination for Californian of the Year: Green Roofs Guy

    Third Nomination for Californian of the Year: Green Roofs Guy0

    • December 20, 2017

    Today we are proud to announce our third of five nominations for our 2017 “Californian of the Year” award. This award will go to the person who most exemplifies the drive and determination to change the character of Colorado into that of California. Colorado character means craving the freedom to make one’s own decisions. By

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  • First Nomination for Californian of the Year: Christine Berg

    First Nomination for Californian of the Year: Christine Berg0

    • December 18, 2017

    Our first nominee is Christine Berg, Mayor of Lafayette, for her leadership and vote to make Lafayette the first city in Colorado to bar local restaurants from advertising “sugar drinks” on kids’ menus. The ordinance limits children’s default choices to water and milk, among other offshoots, such as sparkling water and non-dairy milk alternatives.

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  • Welcome to Colorful East California

    Welcome to Colorful East California0

    • December 8, 2017

    by Jon Caldara A fascinating recent report by The Denver Post’s Aldo Svaldi (which I’m pretty sure is the name he made up to start a budget winery) details the demographic shifts happening to our once ruggedly individualistic state. More people are still pouring into Colorado than sneaking out, but the gap is narrowing. Last

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  • Peggy Noonan, Calendars, and Dirty Jokes. Oh my.

    Peggy Noonan, Calendars, and Dirty Jokes. Oh my.0

    • December 1, 2017

    Writing on the recent avalanche of sexual harassment stories, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal welcomed this overdue housecleaning but shared the concern of the, “fear that things will get carried away—innocent men will be railroaded, the workplace will be swept with some crazy new Puritanism.” And she agreed it’s not wrong to fear

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