Melanie Harmon

Melanie Harmon is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

Stimulating Big Government


When President Obama signed the federal stimulus package at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, conservatives gathered just a few miles away at the Colorado state capitol to protest. Many of the protestors sought refuge in the state’s spending limits, which could prevent the stimulus from imposing new commitments on the state government. The […]

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Repealing the Bill of Rights


More than 15 years ago, Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) became a model of tax reform and fiscal responsibility. Coloradans have enjoyed an active role in where and how their tax dollars are spent, but liberals are crying foul in an economy where low revenue restricts them from spending on pet projects. Also known […]

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Rocky Mountain Blues


For most of this year, it looked like Republican Bob Schaffer stood a decent chance of resisting the blue tide sweeping Colorado and the country as a whole. He kept the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Wayne Allard’s seat close, constantly nipping at liberal Democrat Mark Udall’s heels. No more. The latest polls show […]

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Lower Tier Troubles


By now, the conservatives’ dilemma in the 2008 race is familiar: The three media-approved frontrunners — Rudolph Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney — all have problems with the right on several major issues. Yet the candidates in the race with the strongest conservative credentials lack the money, organization, and name recognition to go the […]

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