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Thinker Thursday

 

Every Thursday 6:00 to 7:00 PM we take a deep dive into political and cultural issues with one of our special guest Thinkers.

Dick Wadhams

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Dick Wadhams is a Republican political consultant who was Colorado Republican state chairman from 2007 to 2011. He served as a political analyst for KCNC-TV/CBS 4 during the 2016 election.  He was campaign manager for Colorado Governor Bill Owens in 1998 when Owens became the first Republican governor to be elected in 28 years. He served as the governor’s press secretary from 1999 to 2001. Wadhams managed Colorado U.S. Senator Wayne Allard’s campaigns in 1996 and 2002 and served as Allard’s Washington press secretary in 1997 and 2003. He worked for Colorado U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong from 1981 to 1989 in both Colorado and Washington, D.C. and was press secretary for Armstrong’s 1984 re-election campaign. When Armstrong chose not to seek a third term, he managed Colorado U.S. Senator Hank Brown’s campaign in 1990.Wadhams was campaign manager for South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune in 2004 when he unseated Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle which was the first time in 52 years a sitting leader had been defeated for reelection. He worked for Montana U.S. Senator Conrad Burns in 1994 when Burns became the first Republican senator to be reelected in Montana history and helped Burns win reelection again in 2000. He served as chief of staff and campaign manager for Virginia U.S. Senator George Allen in 2005-2006. Wadhams was born and raised in rural southeastern Colorado and is a graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo.

 

Dr. Douglas Groothuis earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon in 1993. Since then he has served as a Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. He has written eleven books, including Truth Decay and Christian Apologetics. His academic articles have been published in two dozen professional journals, including Religious Studies. Bibliotheca Sacra, and Philosophia Christi.  His other writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books and Culture, The Christian Century, The Christian Research Journal, and many others. His popular web page is found at www.DouglasGroothuis.com, where he writes on moral issues, religion, and current events. Dr. Groothuis is heard on Tuesdays because of his fall 2015 teaching schedule. 

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Dr. Thomas Krannawitter is co-founder and President of Speakeasy Ideas, a Colorado-based company that produces educational materials and products, and one of the principal lecturers at the Leadership Program of the Rockies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland University, and George Mason University. Earlier in his career he was Vice President of the Claremont Institute, where he helped launch the Claremont Review of Books. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Krannawitter has been published in many journals and newspapers, and he speaks widely on matters of American politics, economics, education, constitutional jurisprudence, citizenship, and classical and modern political philosophy. His most recent book is Crisis Of Our House Divided: Talking Politics Without The Noise (2014). His 2008 book, Vindicating Lincoln, was featured by The History Book Club and was endorsed by the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission."

 

Dr. Rob Natelson is the Independence Institute’s Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence and heads the Institute’s Article V Information Center. He was a law professor for 25 years, serving at three different universities. Among other subjects, he taught Constitutional Law, Constitutional History, Advanced Constitutional Law, and First Amendment. He is also the Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Montana Policy Institute. Dr. Rob Natelson was cited again in the latest Supreme Court term, this time by Chief Justice Roberts. The total is now 17 times in five separate cases since 2013, by three different justices. In addition, parts of Justice Roberts’ 2012 opinion on the “Obamacare” health care law apparently derived from Rob’s original research on the Necessary and Proper Clause. He has published articles and books on many different parts of the Constitution, and is widely acknowledged to be the country’s leading scholar on the Constitution’s amendment procedure and among the leaders on several other topics.

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Ryan McMaken is the senior editor of Mises Wire, the daily commentary page of the Mises Institute, an economics research organization with a focus on monetary policy and laissez faire economics. 

He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and taught political science for eight years at Arapahoe Community College. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought (SAGE, 2013), and is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation State in the Western Genre. 

He his written hundreds of articles on economic policy at mises.org, and also keeps track of Colorado's economic trends at ryanmcmaken.com

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