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CO Supreme Court's PERA Ruling
The Colorado Supreme Court granted some good news to the state’s troubled public pensions in October by upholding a key part of an important 2010 reform law. In the process, though, the court may have made it more difficult to enact more meaningful reform down the road says Joshua Sharf in this Page 2 op-ed.
RTD needs to...
Make Moving People the Top Priority
You'd think a government agency tasked with transporting people would make moving people it's top priority. Think again. Randal O'Toole discusses the many other special interests that seem to be above moving people for RTD in this Complete Colorado Page 2 op-ed.
Waiting for care...
Wait Lists Deny Medicaid Patients Access to Care
One of the many hidden costs of Obamacare is the ever-growing Medicaid rolls as patients get pushed into the program. Consequently, Denver Health has seen an increasing amount of Medicaid patients. These Medicaid patients can be stuck on waiting lists for months. Waiting for health care is not healthy says health economist Linda Gorman in this Greeley Tribune article.
Innovating in education...
Blended Learning Takes Off
Blended learning is a teaching method that combines in-person instruction with online learning in the classroom, lab, or other work space including home. This paper focuses on system-wide efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. How's blended learning coming along? Read the Issue Paper to find out.
Reaching the Hispanic Community...
Raaki Garcia Show
The Raaki Garcia Show is primarily in Spanish with experts in education, law, politics, policy, energy, and the goal is to educate Hispanic families about the ideas of liberty and free markets. Listen every Tuesday and Thursday from 11-12p on 1150 AM and online at

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September 17th, 2014
Dave Kopel
Former music critic, acclaimed journalist, and syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff joins Dave Kopel to discuss the fate of our civil liberties in the 21st century. Have we learned the lessons of 9/11? Why has Obama been worse on civil liberties than any president previous? Nat explains it all in this iVoices interview!
Nat Hentoff Talks Civil Liberties in the 21st Century (55:26 min).
Blended Learning Vision Coming to Life in Denver (21:52 min).
Should We Let the Courts Fix Tenure? (21:49 min).

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