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Shawn Mitchell was elected to Senate District 23 in the Colorado General Assembly in November of 2004.
Shawn is an attorney at private practice in Denver and Adams County. Previously, Shawn served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General, where he was a legal policy advisor and one of the top aids to former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. In that position, Shawn worked on significant constitutional litigation, including the Amendment 2 case and First Amendment litigation on issues of church and state. Shawn also represented Colorado in fighting criminal appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
Shawn is a former Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute, a conservative and free-market think tank in Golden, CO. He continues to write and speak often on public policy issues. Shawn is the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of scholars, judges, and lawyers that promotes limited government and legal reform. He also served 3 years on the Denver Rocky Mountain News Board of Editorial Contributors.
Shawn Mitchell (May 20, 2013)
How many thousands of Americans unknowingly carry an internal death sentence, maybe an aneurysm or cancer that is beyond treating? Only the tragic time and circumstances... more
Shawn Mitchell (May 13, 2013)
Not too long ago, trashing George Bush was a Hillary-approved form of patriotic dissent. Back in the day, progressives and Move On types competed proudly and exuberantly... more
Shawn Mitchell (May 09, 2013)
What difference does it make if they drew down his security while England and other nations read the leaves of terror intelligence and withdrew their embassies from the... more
Shawn Mitchell (Apr 29, 2013)
The movie 42, about Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play Major League Baseball is an inspiring triumph that strangely made me want to go punch a liberal…or to be... more
Shawn Mitchell (Apr 22, 2013)
It’s too soon to make sense of anything, but too hard to focus on anything else. Please consider the following thoughts about the horror, kindness, hope, and courage... more
Shawn Mitchell (Apr 15, 2013)
Our professional talking class wasn’t particularly interested in an infanticidist butcher with an astonishing rap sheet: He gave preferential treatment to whites... more
Shawn Mitchell (Apr 08, 2013)
Our government says it absolutely cannot keep track of its own borders or the 12 million people who live here illegally, but, it absolutely can keep track of the... more
Shawn Mitchell (Apr 01, 2013)
Google scrambled some Easter eggs yesterday. Or, more precisely, it didn’t. It would be silly and counterproductive to exaggerate Google’s eye-poke at... more
Shawn Mitchell (Mar 25, 2013)
Look at England.
Self defense is all but illegal. "Call the Constable, lad. He'll file a report." Guns are rare, but violent crime is... more
Shawn Mitchell (Mar 18, 2013)
Part of Ronald Reagan’s brilliance was not apologizing to critics. Instead, he explained confidently and cheerfully why limiting government is a better approach than... more
Shawn Mitchell (Mar 11, 2013)
Bob Woodward may not appreciate how lethal the bullet was he fired at Barack Obama last week. In the last five years of American history, a national journalist... more
Shawn Mitchell (Feb 26, 2013)
Freshman lawmaker Joe Salazar, (D. Thornton) became an embarrassing distraction for the liberal juggernaut in Colorado last week when he blurted out what he really thinks... more
Shawn Mitchell (Feb 25, 2013)
Conservatives dislike big government. Liberals dislike big business.
Let's find common ground.
When big business gets in bed with big government, the baby is... more
Shawn Mitchell (Feb 18, 2013)
Editor's note: This column contains satire. This fact is noted for all the liberals that may be reading. That is all.
President Obama’s aggressive agenda... more
Shawn Mitchell (Feb 11, 2013)
Biblical scholar Chris Rock breathed the spirit of a Pauline epistle last week, as he urged children to meekly submit to their parents: “The president and the first... more
Shawn Mitchell (Feb 04, 2013)
It could happen--Barack Obama and John Roberts in an epic clash. For institutional, ideological, and personal reasons, the two charismatic heavyweights may be on a collision... more
Shawn Mitchell (Jan 27, 2013)
Let’s roll the tape:
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who... more
Shawn Mitchell (Jan 21, 2013)
The Old Media choir is making happy harmony, but a few cranks and screechers refuse to follow the hymnal and sing at the Church of Barack. They’re asking such inconvenient... more
Shawn Mitchell (Jan 14, 2013)
Sinclair Lewis was so 20th Century.
Progressives have effectively burnt the cross and the flag already. Thus, old-style patriotism and religiosity can’t even win... more
Shawn Mitchell (Jan 07, 2013)
What kind of collective insanity prevails when you have to show a pic ID to buy spray paint or cold medicine, but not to vote to choose government officials? Is citizenship... more