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Communities of Color Make History in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 6:25 PM

The U.S. Census Bureau reported last month that in 2012, for the first time in history, the percentage of voting African Americans outpaced the percentage of voting whites in the United States. In 2012, 66.2% of African Americans voted compared to 64.1% of whites.

This voting pattern is remarkable...

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Innocence Lost in Boston

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 6:04 PM

Unlike any other sport, the marathon is a contest that pits amateurs against professionals, mixes the genders, and allows crowds to line the entire 26.2 mile course within inches of the athletes. For years the athletic community has maintained the tradition, innocence and simplicity of this pure sport of human...

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Latino Vote Grows in Complexity and Importance

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 4:05 PM

This year, the Latino vote surpassed 10 percent for the first time in the history of U.S. presidential elections. If you are surprised, you haven't been paying attention or you're Mitt Romney.

From the looks of it, the Romney camp either underestimated the power of the Latino...

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Denver's Public Safety Department: Building Trust Through Leadership, Transparency and Accountability

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 1:25 PM

Public safety is one of the most pressing issues awaiting the next mayor of Denver. Public safety commands nearly 50% of Denver's general fund budget and affects every citizen every day. Recently, our public safety officers have come under increased scrutiny. The unwise actions of a few have negatively impacted...

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Denver Public Schools: Putting Children First and How Adult Politics Have Clouded the Discussion

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 12:22 PM

In Denver's mayoral election, there has been a great deal of focus from candidates on the importance of improving our education system, particularly the discussion of reform efforts at Denver Public Schools (DPS).

Several candidates for mayor have suggested that mayoral control of schools is an option they would...

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Supporting and Celebrating Denver's Arts and Culture

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 4:23 PM

Denver has a rich history of arts and culture dating back to our indigenous peoples and the first Spanish settlers in Colorado. Colorado's culturally rich roots are the foundation for our vibrant community of painters, sculptors, actors and musicians. Our city is home to the second largest performing arts complex...

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Denver's Sustainable Future

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 4:45 PM

Sustainability must be at the heart and conscience of all the city of Denver does -- now and in the future. We can no longer afford the days of wanton consumption without regard for the future. Denver already has a strong culture of sustainability and the state of Colorado is...

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At Home in Denver -- My First Sleepover

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 3:19 PM

For the next ten weeks I plan to spend each week in homes across the city. I'll be chronicling my stays across Denver here and on my blog at If you have a bed or a sofa I can call home for a night, please get in...

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Moving Denver Forward Through Economic Development

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 11:23 AM

For nearly three decades, great mayors have led Denver. Thanks to the vision and sound leadership of Mayors Pena, Webb and Hickenlooper, Denver is indeed a Great City. Today, the Queen City of the Plains enjoys a world-class airport and convention facilities, four major sports franchises, and LoDo, which is...

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Denver: A City of Resilience, High Expectations and Determination

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 12:23 PM

My name is James Mejia, and I am running to be the next Mayor of Denver, Colorado.

Over the past six months I have traveled to every corner of our city to listen to people talk about Denver's future. In many conversations people talked about our unmatched arts...

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What You Won't See in the New Denver Justice Center

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 5:42 PM

This month, the Denver Justice Center will open its doors. On the East side of Tooley Plaza stands the 1,500 bed Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center clad in shot sawn Indiana limestone designed to match the US Mint. The pillared entry emblazoned with the City Seal resembles a library or civic...

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Middle-Income Families Can Slip Through Cracks of ECE Policy

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 12:56 PM

Early childhood education is again on the minds of our elected officials.

Last month, the House passed the Early Learning Challenge Fund, which gives states a chance at $8 billion in competitive grants to fund early childhood education. Soon, the Senate will consider the same bill aimed at advancing...

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