Mike Krause is Vice President of Operations at the Independence Institute. He also runs the Justice Policy Initiative, the Independence Institute's criminal and civil justice policy center and is Executive Producer of the Institute's public affairs television show Devil's Advocate which airs Friday nights at 8:30 on Colorado Public Telelvion 12.  He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, which included search and rescue operations in the North Atlantic Ocean and joint agency drug and immigration patrols in the Caribbean Sea.

He originally came to Colorado to be a ski bum in Steamboat Springs, but they made him a supervisor in the racing department, actually requiring him to work a 40-hour week.

His work for the Independence Institute has appeared in numerous Colorado newspapers, including the Denver Daily News, Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Gazette, Aurora Sentinel, Boulder Weekly, Gunnison Country Times, Wheat-Ridge Transcript, Golden Transcript, Longmont Daily-Times Call, Lakewood Sentinel, Salida Mountain Mail, Pueblo Chieftain, Summit Daily, Greeley Tribune, Commerce City Beacon, Glenwood Springs Independent and The Cheyenne Wells Range Ledger.

His radio and television appearances include "Independent Thinking" (Channel 12, KBDI, Denver), "Colorado Inside Out Live" (Channel 12, KBDI, Denver), the "Jon Caldara Show" (KOA 850, Denver) the "Peter Boyles Show" (KHOW 630, Denver), the "Amy Oliver Show" (KFKA 1310, Greeley/Ft. Collins) and "Metroside" (KGNU 88.5 FM, Boulder and 1390 AM, Denver).

He has written nationally for National Review Online, both Reason magazine and Reason Online, and American Outlook magazine.

His work on America's drug war policies in Latin America has been translated into Spanish by the Agencia de Noticias Nueva Colombia (News Agency New Colombia), into Portuguese by the Brazilian daily newspaper Hora do Povo and into Italian for the journal L'opinione.

He is a contributor to several books, including the limited edition Liberty in Media Awards, Volume 2 (RP/LIMA, 2003), The New Prohibition, Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War (Accurate Press, 2004), Homeland Security, At Issue series (Greenhaven Press, 2004) and the recent monograph, The Drug War Against Civil Liberty and Human Rights, published world-wide by the Liberale Institute of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Potsdam, Germany.

He writes regularly for the Independence Institute's main blog The Cauldron and for the Huffington Post Denver


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November 24th, 2015
The cost of electricity for Colorado residents skyrocketed 63 percent between 2001 and 2014, far outpacing median income in the state at just 24 percent over the same time period, according to Independence Institute analysis of electricity rates provided by the Energy Information Administration and census data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Retail residential electricity rates [...]