4 episodes

In 1992, Colorado voters took away politicians' ability to raise taxes. This is the strange and sometimes unbelievable story of how a man named Douglas Bruce convinced them to do that -- and what's happened since. Reported and hosted by Rachel Estabrook, Ben Markus and Nathaniel Minor from Colorado Public Radio News.

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In 1992, Colorado voters took away politicians' ability to raise taxes. This is the strange and sometimes unbelievable story of how a man named Douglas Bruce convinced them to do that -- and what's happened since. Reported and hosted by Rachel Estabrook, Ben Markus and Nathaniel Minor from Colorado Public Radio News.

    Episode 3: Douglas Bruce’s New Battle

    Episode 3: Douglas Bruce’s New Battle

    Douglas Bruce defends TABOR from attacks, and tries to defend himself from what he sees as retribution. Meanwhile, politicians who don’t like what TABOR’s done to Colorado attempt to get around the law.

    • 33 min
    Episode 2: The State Strikes Back

    Episode 2: The State Strikes Back

    Douglas Bruce was riding high after TABOR’s big win in 1992. But the afterglow didn’t last long. And when the economy fell off a cliff, the political establishment mounted a massive attack on TABOR.

    • 37 min
    Episode 1: How Douglas Bruce Won

    Episode 1: How Douglas Bruce Won

    Douglas Bruce was an ex-lawyer with a love for the U.S. Constitution when he moved to Colorado in 1986. He earned a reputation as a rabble rouser and was seen as little more than that. Then he won, and changed everything.

    • 37 min
    Coming Soon: The Taxman

    Coming Soon: The Taxman

    The story of Colorado's most famous freedom fighter, Douglas Bruce, like you’ve never heard it before.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

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Can’t access episode 1

I have been trying to listen to this, but every sight has a brief intro, episode two and episode three. Very frustrating!

joish ,

Must Listen for All Coloradans

I finally feel like I get TABOR (Tax Payers Bill of Rights). Learning the history of it's passing and effects was much more fascinating than one would expect thanks to these great CPR reporters.

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Helped me understand the issues

It was hard for me to follow this story in the paper. This brings it all together. Educational and entertaining.

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