Because many people choose to vote by mail in Colorado rather than on Election Day in a traditional polling place, we’re talking elections and politics this month. Early voting begins October 18th, and voters will decide on a host of regional and statewide positions and issues.

You can download the full episode, or listen here:

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“The Issue” from RMCR sister station KDNK: Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101
Roundtable: the Political Climate of Colorado
Our Libertarian Past: The Freedom School and Rampart College

Western Skies is a collaboration between KRCC News and The Big Something.

“The Issue” from Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KDNK: Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101

Conrad Wilson and Mathew Katz of KDNK take a look a trio of ballot issues that could greatly affect the way the state and municipalities spend money.

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The edited version comes from a show produced by KDNK called “The Issue,” which is available by podcast. The full episode regarding these ballot initiatives is here (17:50):

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Roundtable: the Political Climate of Colorado

The political climate in Colorado in some ways mirrors what’s going on nationally. To help make some kind of sense of what’s going on, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down with Colorado College political science professor Bob Loevy, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs political science professor Josh Dunn, and Colorado State University Pueblo political science David Mallet.

Here’s the version as aired, which begins with Bob Loevy responding to the question of what’s going on generally in Colorado, and how the state fits into the national context.

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Our Libertarian Past: The Freedom School and Rampart College

With a large Libertarian contingency here, some might wonder how the ideals took root in Colorado Springs. Part of the answer may come from a recent New Yorker article titled “Covert Operations” by Jane Mayer about Tea Party funders Charles and David Koch. It referred to a now-defunct Colorado Springs-based libertarian institution called The Freedom School. With the help of the Colorado College and Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections, Noel Black and Craig Richardson created this portrait of the Freedom School, which later became Rampart College.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Rampart College campus was sold in November of 1968. Rampart College remained open in Santa Ana, California until 1975. Many thanks to Jen Newman, Mike Procell, Jeff Bieri, Vicky Gregor and Craig Richardson for lending their voices to this piece.

 

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