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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.

Rosen Joins Hands With Coffman and Puts Head in Sand on Global Warming

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.17.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Denver Post's Mike Rosen doesn't try to defend Rep. Coffman for being the climate-change denier that the ad accurately says he is. Instead, Rosen holds hands with Coffman and questions whether humans are causing climate change.

Denver TV Station's Partnership With Denver University Should Be National Model for Local TV Stations

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.17.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

"Their jobs didn't require source building, or other pieces of journalism that are more difficult. It was database work. And at the end, the experienced political journalist had to decide what to call the ad. Was it true? Exaggerated?"

Biplane From Another Planet

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You're feeling pretty good right now if you were one of the gun-rights activists who paid to have a biplane fly over the Colorado Capitol Monday carrying a banner: "Hick: Do Not Take our Guns."

Coffman's Opposition to Promising Medical Research Rooted in his Extreme Anti-Abortion Position

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

One of the more memorable ads this election is the House Majority PAC's attack on Coffman for opposing embryonic stem cell research. In its Truth Test on this topic, 9News should have said more about the ramifications of Coffman's position.

Coors Was Against Abortion, Even for Rape and Incest, Before He Was for It

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

How did Joe Coors come around to endorsing (and donating to) the personhood amendment? And even if he's not supporting the personhood amendment this time, why has his abortion position, changed?

A List of the Best Political Reporting in Colorado This Election Season

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Compared to the 2010 election in Colorado, this one has been mostly a snoozer, journalistically. Still, reporters have turned out some excellent work this time around, and I've listed my favorite reporting below.

CO Media Say Mitt Won But News Stories on CO Undecided Voters Don't Support This

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado news outlets are reporting that Mitt Romney won last night's debate, but we all know it's the undecided voters who count, and news stories about undecided voters in CO showed that they mostly weren't swayed by the debate one way or the other.

You Never Ducked Us, Congressman, but What About the Rest of the Media?

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Mike Coffman thinks he's being unfairly targeted for his birther comments. As if it's unfair for journalists to simply want to talk to him about it? What's a reporter to do when he will only take questions from conservative talk-radio hosts?

Radio Host to Congressman: "You're Not Coming on to...Pump Yourself Up"

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.20.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last month, after Representative Mike Coffman said he didn't know whether President Obama was an American. But the Congressman, who is usually willing to talk about anything, won't return KNUS morning show host Steve Kelley's phone calls,

"Weenie" or Hero? A Congressman's Twisted Birther Apology

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.18.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rep. Mike Coffman's "apology" for saying President Obama isn't an American "in his heart" has turned into a multi-part series, with dark overtones, disappearances, repeat episodes, and passion.

Can Coffman Be Moderate and Oppose Abortion for Rape Victims?

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.14.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Mike Coffman has opposed abortion even in the case of rape and incest going back to at least 2008, according to the Colorado Right to Life website. But he has yet to comment this election cycle on his abortion stance or on this year's personhood measure.

Rosen Shouldn't Slam 9News for Its "Coffman's Birther Moment" Headline

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.02.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Just when you thought birthers were running away from their inner birtherness, a new birther jumps out of the closet on the op-ed pages of The Denver Post.

Can Coffman, Who Supports Personhood and Calls Social Security a Ponzi Scheme, Have a Moderate Image?

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I'm tainted, I know, and possibly unable to fathom the mainstream image of Coffman, but my perception is that Coffman is pretty far to the right on the political spectrum, a far cry from a "moderate."

WATCH: 'Meet The Press' Host Says Colorado Vital To Obama In 2012

Posted 05.03.2012 | Denver

9News anchor Kyle Clark recently interviewed David Gregory, host of "Meet The Press," and asked him, among other things, about Colorado's "swing state...

Congressman Was for Tax Cut Before He Was Against It

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If a year-long payroll tax cut was so important to Rep. Gardner, if he felt so passionately about it that he would risk passage of any bill, even one supported by Senate Republicans, why didn't we hear about it the week before the vote?

WATCH: Denver POLLice Asking Questions After Photo Radar Stories

Posted 12.05.2011 | Denver

Let's get the obvious out of the way first: nobody likes getting tickets from red light cameras. While cities such as Houston, which voted to turn th...

Why Do Some Local TV Stations Have Political Beat Reporters When Most Don't?

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.04.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you watch local TV news in different cities around the country, and I'm not suggesting you do so, you see that a small number of stations have political beat reporters, but most do not.

Stokols Becoming the Face of Political Journalism on Local TV News

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

What Fox 31 is doing, dedicating a reporter to the political beat and airing stories most nights, is turning heads because it's just not done much anywhere by local TV news, much less in Denver.