There’s a gun behind every law.
– PJ O’Rourke
Mike Krause is Director of Public Affairs, a position created to help keep a lid on the many indiscretions of the Institute’s president, Jon Caldara. In addition, he edits the Institute’s state-wide editorial syndicate and is executive producer of the the Institute’s weekly public affairs television show, Devil’s Advocate (airs Friday nights at 8:30 and re-broadcasts Mondays at 12:30 PM on Colorado Public Television). Mike is also Director of the Local Colorado Project, the Institute’s local government policy effort.
He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and served in the United States Coast Guard from 1987-1991, 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, but ended up an asst. supervisor in the Steamboat Springs ski-racing department (fence-building and hauling stuff around the mountain), actually requiring him to work a 40-hour week. Mike previously earned his living swinging a hammer as a commercial construction carpenter, and was a senior fellow title-holder and editorial writer for the Independence Institute for several years before landing his full-time, paid think tank gig.
He lives in Edgewater.
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At a recent dinner party, the talk turned to the City of Denver’s use of condemnation to allow Mile High Development to get the property Ilios restaurant occupies to build a parking garage.
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