The Rundown - Tuesday 7/11/17: Playtime for kids; Perlmutter drops out

Well, that didn't last long. Ed Perlmutter, who I've criticized for being utterly invisible as a member of Congress, has dropped out of the governor's race three months after getting in. He probably assumed (and probably correctly) that he could not raise enough money to compete with Jared Polis (D-Boulder) whose personal fortune makes him an extremely formidable candidate in a state with such low political contribution limits.  Perlmutter will not seek re-election to Congress.

Here's his glorious announcement back in April:


This won't last long either: Seattle just passed (but almost certainly will never be allowed to implement) an income tax on "high incomes". It's illegal in at least three ways in that state, but I have to say that people really do get the government they deserve and to see a unanimous vote on this is remarkable.

Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor at Boston College, is a leading expert on the subject of children's play. I've talked a lot on the show in recent months about what I think is a substantial (though not completely) negative impact of technology and video games on kids, particularly on their playing outside which was such a great and important part of my childhood. 

At 6:36 we'll talk with Dr. Gray, author of "Free to Learn", about whether I should be more optimistic about the development of today's kids.


I'm an enormous supporter of anything to bring competition and parental involvement back to education. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation Colorado is making a push to educate Coloradans about how Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) might help in that effort. 

At 7:36 we'll talk with Jesse Mallory, the new head of AFP-Foundation Colorado about this issue.

More info here:

Here's a Denver Post article about ESA's and AFP's involvement:


Does Colorado have some of the most courteous drivers in the US? OK, this isn't much of a survey but I really like the question!

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