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How Well Is Coffman Representing His District?

Seth Masket | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Seth Masket

Mike Coffman is right on the Republican trend line. That is, he represents his district the same way Republicans do everywhere. Yes, he's somewhat conservative for his district, but no more so than other Republicans tend to be.

Hancock Celebrates Connection, Touts Power of Public Sector In 'City' Speech

The Colorado Independent | Tessa Cheek | Posted 07.17.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Tessa Cheek. DENVER—In an upbeat State of the State address Monday, Mayor Michael Hancock expressed a vision wher...

Label-Loving Congressman Suddenly Hates Labels

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.24.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

There's a desperate quality to Mike Coffman's actions these days, typified by his No-Labels maneuver, and with any luck it will be fully dissected by reporters the 2014 election nears.

Colorado Women Want Women to Run

Pat Waak | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Pat Waak

Inside and outside the political parties, women are the movers and shakers from the local to the national level. They provide the special connection to the voters that have moved the State of Colorado forward in its politics.

Denver Post Publisher Says Colorado Republican Party Is "Dead"

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I can see the veins popping out on the necks of conservatives when they hear that Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton thinks the Republican Party is "dead in Colorado."

PR Bonanza for TV Station That Uses Some Political-Ad Revenue to Hire a New Reporter?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think television stations, whose news departments at least try to lay claim to an aura of public responsibility, would take a bit of their campaign windfall and give back.

Fracking Matt Damon, Boulder, Walmart, and Creationism

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 04.02.2013 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

We go underground this week with 5280 assistant editor Chris Outcalt to learn a thing or two about fracking. You know, hydraulic fracturing. It's what that new movie with Matt Damon is all about (we think).

Watching Colorado Republicans Continue to Self Destruct

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I could go on here, but why make a blog post long when a short one makes your point -- and you have other stuff to do, like go on a walk with your 83-year-old mother in Commons Park, where you can relax and watch the GOP self-destruct on its own?

Watch Out for Nice-Sounding Gobbledygook From Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Reporters should be on the lookout for Republicans who try to make themselves sound like they support reducing college tuition rates for undocumented college students, but when it comes to specifics, they actually say nothing but gobbledygook.

Celebrating (or Surviving) the Mayan Apocalypse With Joshua Berman

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 02.19.2013 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

For our last podcast of the year, Ron, Josh and Vanessa invited travel writer and Maya 2012 expert Joshua Berman for a closer look at 13 B'ak'tun, a.k.a., December 21, a.k.a. Winter Solstice 2012.

30-Second Denver Voter Guide

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 12.19.2012 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

On this week's podcast, we present our special "30-second Denver voter guide," in which we each attempt to explain each of the big initiatives on this year's ballot in under half a minute.

Should There Be a Consumer Protection Law for Campaign Ads?

Luis Toro | Posted 12.04.2012 | Denver
Luis Toro

Why can't political ads be held to the same standard as investment prospectuses or ads for consumer products? In all of these cases, Americans are making important decisions and should be entitled to base their decisions on truthful information.

Mayor Hancock's Permanent Property Tax Increase the Wrong Way to Solve Denver's Spending Problem

Mike Krause | Posted 10.07.2012 | Denver
Mike Krause

Denver is recovering some housing value, and property tax revenue will rise along with the housing market. But the mayor's new money grab could jeopardize an already shaky local economy.

Whose Side Is Representative Mike Coffman on?

David Bouchey | Posted 05.11.2012 | Denver
David Bouchey

When I lost my job and couldn't find another one, I became very concerned with the politics surrounding unemployment. Times are tough for a lot of people, and it's important to find out who's on our side, the side of working people.

Open Letter to a Student Dreamer

Alvina Vasquez | Posted 06.24.2012 | Denver
Alvina Vasquez

In Colorado we are fighting hard to bring your dreams closer: The ASSET bill will award hard work and good grades with lower tuition costs to undocumented students who have grown up in our community.

Driving Fast and Slow on I-70

Miller Hudson | Posted 06.12.2012 | Denver
Miller Hudson

Five studies each reached the same conclusion -- that the preferred solution would require the construction of an Advanced Guideway System that provides rapid transit service around the I-70. Yet, much of Colorado remains unconvinced.

Stop Illegal OHV Riders by Getting Their Number

David Petersen | Posted 06.11.2012 | Denver
David Petersen

Problems arising from in-our-faces off-highway vehicle abuse are within the public's power to meaningfully curtail... if we really want to.

Leading Republican Says Dem Bill to Help Kids Afford College Intended to "Rile" Up Hispanics to Get their Votes

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.05.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rile 'em up? As if the Hispanics are like children who should be winding down before bedtime? Yes, Hispanics are upset, and rightly so.

Building a Working Class Movement in Denver

Alice Cochran | Posted 05.19.2012 | Denver
Alice Cochran

We all know things have gone out of balance in America. In neighborhoods across the country, working families understand what's happening.

The Grown-Up in the Room: DPS Board Candidate Emily Sirota

Nancy Cronk | Posted 12.21.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Above all the din of the warring factions, one rational, knowledgeable voice continues to bring voters back to the reason the school board exists: doing what's best for the children and families of Denver.

Paul Sandoval: Maker Of Kings, Deals, Tamales

Posted 12.03.2011 | Denver

He's been called a 'political kingmaker,' 'The Godfather,' and a 'backroom maestro.' But by his account, Paul Sandoval is 'just a lowly tamale maker....

Colo. Rep. Tipton Apologizes For Daughter's Emails

AP | By KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 07.27.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton has written a letter of apology to House ethics officers for emails his daughter sent trying to drum up busi...

Denver Mayoral Race Heats Up With Hecklers and... a Romer Running Mate?

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 07.26.2011 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

From the looks of the ballot, there are two men left standing: Chris Romer and Michael Hancock. But last week, Romer signs began appearing around Denver with a second name, James Mejia.

Fathers and Sons, Then and Now

Craig Alan Silverman | Posted 07.18.2011 | Denver
Craig Alan Silverman

After our drive time radio show, I fought the weather and traffic to get downtown to moderate a mayoral debate. There was plenty of parking in front ...

Romer vs. Hancock On The Issues

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.06.2011 | Denver

The Denver mayoral runoff has just begun and the last candidates standing, Michael Hancock and Chris Romer, are already pushing hard to differentiate ...