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Colorado Politics

GOP Candidate Scott McInnis Silent On Wolf's Disgusting Billboard

Mario Solis-Marich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mario Solis-Marich

Is Scott McInnis ready to stand for all of Colorado or just the fringe right? Is Scott McInnis ready to denounce the racist, inflammatory billboard in Wheatridge?

Bad Dreams Needn't Come True

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

If there’s one overriding lesson from last night’s school-related elections along Colorado’s Front Range, it’s that voters in some districts are not happy with the status quo.

Colorado's War on Drugs a Fiscal Disaster

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Colorado's failed attempt to incarcerate away drugs costs taxpayers roughly $140 million per year just for prison beds. Budget hawks have turned a blind eye to one of the most extreme spending sprees in state history.

Colorado Republicans Split Over Anti-Tax Initiatives

The Denver Post | Tim Hoover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

One of the most noticeable partisan applause gaps in Gov. Bill Ritter's State of the State speech came about halfway through when he addressed three t...

Looking Back a Year From Now

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

In the spirit of optimism (spiced with skepticism) that accompanies the dawning of a new decade, here are 10 fearless predictions about what lies ahead for education in Colorado in 2010.

Ethics Commission Doubles Staff, Starts to Investigate Complaints

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

The addition of a second staff member is a signal that the IEC intends to be proactive about investigating complaints in the future.

For Sale: Top Post in Ritter Administration

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

A lesson in political philosophy from Gov. Ritter: When a corporation influences public policy by writing checks, it's evil. When a liberal foundation does the same, the move marks a step forward.

An Interview With Senate Candidate Ryan Frazier

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

I got the chance to interview Ryan Frazier yesterday. The gigantic impression I got of Ryan, both at first and throughout the conversation, is he is a...

Romer's Medical Marijuana Bill Raises Important Questions

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

As Colorado's medical marijuana community prepares for the legislative session to kick off, the focus will be on a proposal by Sen. Chris Romer. Its present language raises significant concerns.

One Democrat Less Haunted by Rumors Than Elections Past

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Now that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter won't run for reelection, it's likely some Democrats will worry that his recusal from the upcoming race portends a dismal, even disastrous, election this fall.

Josh Penry Mulling A Reelection Bid

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Gary Harmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

State Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, will decide over the holidays whether to seek re-election to his state Senate seat after backing out of the c...

Q & A with Governor Bill Ritter

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

I think making us the center for green energy is Ritter's primary driver and the new jobs are a wonderful additional benefit.

Western Liberalism and the New Blue Review

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Todd Hartley

Let's start by throwing this out there for debate: How would you define Western liberalism?

How Anti-Marijuana Romer Can Still Lead America's Most Pro-Pot City

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

Romer has isolated a grassroots community that includes thousands of Denver voters who see his actions not just as political posturing, but also as a threat to rights they utilize to live their daily lives.

The 'Statewide' Myth in Colorado

Laura Chapin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Laura Chapin

You're going to hear a lot of spin from Republicans that since Scott McInnis is from the Western Slope that's an advantage, because you have to win 'statewide' in Colorado.

Morgan Carroll Interview

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

I got the chance to interview Senator Morgan Carroll yesterday. How someone can be that positive & energetic after years in the sausage factory is am...

Boulder's Progressives Retain Power, But Only Barely

Bob Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Bob Wells

The nine-member council that's to be sworn into office Nov. 17 will reflect a sharply divided city, with the real progressives holding a tenuous 5-4 majority.

Cartoon: McInnis the Fossil

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

Former Congressman Scott McInnis was unlikely to stay off radar for too long, and sure enough, last week he announced his candidacy for governor of Colorado.

Colorado's Top 5 Scandals of 2009

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Here are the five scandals, from Scott McInnis' damning voice mail to Gale Norton's questionable oil industry work, we thought deserved to be remembered as we enter a new year.

Denver Banks More Dangerous Than Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

After a week of sensationalist headlines wrongly insinuating a non-existent link between medical marijuana dispensaries and increased violence, we were compelled to provide a voice of reason.

Cyber-Deported! My Personal Tragic True Story of Being Rejected by the Tancredo Campaign

Mario Solis-Marich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mario Solis-Marich

I believe that Tom Tancredo should be the Republican nominee for the Governor of Colorado. But I must say that I was shocked when I was kicked out of the "Draft Tancredo" Facebook page!

"Cadillac" Health Plans a Smooth Ride or a Bumpy Road?

Robin Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robin Baker

The Finance Committee's proposal would impose a tax on employer-sponsored insurance for plans with costs above $21,000 for a family. In Colorado, the average annual premium cost was $11,952 for a family.

The Crime of the Century

Gov. Dick Lamm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Gov. Dick Lamm

Never before has one group appropriated as much money that belonged to another group in the history of crime. It was literally and figuratively as easy as taking candy out of the mouths of children.

An Interview With Senate Candidate Ken Buck

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

Buck's a Republican -- but that doesn't mean he isn't in favor of passing regulations to prevent medical insurers from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

Is the Democratic Bench in Colorado Too Deep?

Laura Chapin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Laura Chapin

Thanks to the fact everyone wants to be on a winning team, Democrats have a full roster of fresh, smart, appealing candidates. Unfortunately, there are only so many seats available.