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When Will Coffman Hold his Promised Town Hall Meeting on Obamacare?

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.01.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The day after 9News broke the story about U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) exiting early out the back door of a library filled with people wanting to...

How Reporters Can Do a Better Job Representing the Poor

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.26.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Reporters covering the Medicaid debate at the Capitol should read Denver Post opinion writer Megan Schrader's column today and act on it. Schrader: "...

Beware of Colorado Republicans Claiming to Have Multiple Replacements for Obamacare

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.20.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Colorado Republican congressional delegation is talking a lot about replacements for Obamacare, as if they have something in mind, or many options...

Coffman Opposes Citizenship Path for Immigrants

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.21.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

9News anchor Kyle Clark did an excellent job interviewing U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Tuesday, and his Democratic challenger Morgan Carroll Monday, pressi...

Fact Check: Gardner Opposes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.27.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In an editorial this weekend holding out U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner as the model of the way forward for the Republican Party, The Denver Post claimed Gard...

TrumpWatch: Reporters Doing the Right Thing to Press Colorado Republicans on Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It seems sometimes that reporters see Democratic statements, calling on Republicans to denounce Trump's latest outrageous comment, as a political game. It's politics yes, but legit. Republicans up and down the ballot should be asked why they support Trump--or don't.

Reporter Doesn't Let Coffman Hide Behind his Spokesperson

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.06.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Good reporters won't let a politician, like Coffman, shove out a new position without, at a minimum, explaining why the new statement contradicts that of his spokesperson. Case in point: Denver 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman.

Colorado Republicans In a Pickle Over Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.04.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The local response to Trump's big win last night should catch the attention of journalists, with Colorado Republicans coming to grips (or not) with Tr...

TrumpWatch: Where Colorado Republicans Stand on Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.17.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

With Trump's wins continuing, the question of whether Colorado Republicans will vote for the mogul, if he's the nominee, becomes even more relevant, a...

Republicans Wrongly Blame Budget Woes on Obamacare and the Poor

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.12.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

A key component of Obamcare is to reduce the number of uninsured by allowing more people to qualify for Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for low-income people.

Are Republicans Proposing to Cut Health Care to Old, Disabled and Other Poor People?

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.10.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) told 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman last month that Medicaid spending is siphoning money from "every other program," including schools and roads.

Denver TV Station Shows Commitment to Politics Coverage

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.25.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In the nine long months after political reporter Eli Stokols left Fox 31 Denver, it looked like the local TV station's surprising reputation as a go-t...

A Conservative Psychoanalysis of Coffman's Labeling Obama as a "Recruiting Tool" for Terrorists

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.25.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colffman lacks the "sense of shame about transgressing norms and common decencies" that Podhoretz finds absent in Trump.

Coffman Has Now Voted Six Times to Defund Planned Parenthood

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.23.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you read Rep. Mike Coffman's recent explanations for his votes to defund Planned Parenthood, and you also know he used a Planned-Parenthood logo to promote himself in a political ad during his last election campaign, you might conclude that Coffman's turn is a recent change-of-heart.

Local TV Station Hits Home Run With Political Interview Show

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.19.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

"I don't know if it's Donald Trump. I don't know what it is, but I'm getting the sense that politics is beginning to have a bit of a renaissance on TV," says Rittiman. "Maybe because the presidential race is turning into a quasi-TV reality show. I don't know."

Businessman Behind 'White Appreciation Day' Says He's Leaving Republican Party

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Edgar Antillon, who's twice run for the Colorado State House and is promoting a "White Appreciation Day" at his rural Colorado BBQ joint, says he's leaving the Republican Party. He is, however, still promising to give white people a 10 percent discount on June 11 at his Rubbin' Buttz BBQ in Milliken.

Business Owner Offering Discount for White People Is Republican Candidate in Colorado

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.11.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The co-owner of a barbecue joint that will give "white Americans" a discount is an active Republican candidate for the Colorado State House. The story about the discount for white people has gone viral nationally. But news outlets haven't reported Antillon's connection to the Republican Party.

TV Reporter Looks Forward to New Job Where People Pay Like Politics More

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Eli Stokols, who came to Denver as a general assignment reporter in 2005, is leaving KDVR Fox 31 Tuesday as one of the state's top political reporters. He also became a Fox 31 anchor, launched his own public-policy TV show, and wrote nonstop on multiple platforms.

Beauprez, Gardner, and the Personhood Mystery

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Reporters looking for another source to counter senatorial candidate Cory Gardner's contention that "there is no federal personhood bill" can turn to Colorado's gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who cosponsored federal personhood legislation and, unlike Gardner, acknowledges that it exists!

Beauprez Says his Opposition to All Abortion Is Irrelevant. Not

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I don't envy reporters who are trying to uncover the logic in Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez's decision to withdraw his support for p...

Clock Ticking on Gardner

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's a big week for Colorado senatorial candidate Cory Gardner, as the clock ticks down on his opportunity to withdraw his co-sponsorship from a federal personhood bill, which aims to ban all abortion, even for rape and incest.

Reporter Has No Luck Understanding Gardner Hypocrisy

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

One of the biggest mysteries of the current election season, consistently overlooked by Denver journalists, is why U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner...

Ban Abortion Everywhere Except Here?

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez confirmed his continued support for a federal personhood law but said he doesn't support a state personhood amendment. The simple question reporters should ask both these candidates is, "What's the difference?" The simple fact is, there is no difference.

Republicans' Advice Lost on Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.28.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

After the last election, which saw Republican losses everywhere you turned, two well-known Republican operatives, Josh Penry and Rob Witwer, took to t...

Misleading Anti-Obamcare Ad Ends Up Promoting Truth about Obamacare

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Sometimes a misleading political ad has the unintended consequence of creating a backlash of truthful information that runs counter to unsupported claims in the ad.