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.

    • 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.

    • 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
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

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Great podcast

Learned a lot about a complicated issue through the people involved in supporting it and fighting it. It also had a more balanced approach than I expected just because to me it’s pretty clear TABOR has many sneaky ways to essentially dismantle “government expenditures” like roads and schools here in Colorado, making it hard in my mind to have a balanced view of the amendment.

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.

2Lou ,

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!

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