Chris Romer.Can the big dog ever win a mayoral election in Denver? Since 1983, the victor has always been an underdog, someone who barely registered a blip on the radar five months before the first round of voting. Chris Romer was definitely the big dog in this mayor's race, and he wound up ... More >>
Tom Clements.This week, the Colorado Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Tom Clements as Department of Corrections executive director. It's not one of the most glamorous posts in Governor John Hickenlooper's cabinet, certainly, but it's one of the most crucial if the state is goin ... More >>
Bill Vidal.Now that John Hickenlooper has been sworn in as governor, and Bill Vidal is officially Denver's interim mayor, the focus will soon shift to the race for the next mayor. A dozen candidates have already declared, and two high-profile names -- Linda Alvarado and Walter Isenberg -- are ... More >>
Krystal VossEven under the best of circumstances, prison is an exercise in humiliation. But life just got a little less nasty for female inmates at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, who no longer have to spread open their genitalia for invasive cavity searches after a family visit. P ... More >>
A few months ago we first reported on the "labia lift" -- an extremely invasive search process that the Colorado Department of Corrections has started using at its Denver women's prison. Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has taken notice -- and demanded that the DOC immedia ... More >>
State representative Glenn Vaad was appalled to discover recently that corrections officials have delayed opening a $200-million supermax because of Colorado's fiscal woes. There's nothing that offends Vaad, a Republican who represents the Greeley area, more deeply than the idea of a brand-ne ... More >>
It's old home week in the Ritter administration, as multi-pensioned top cops who worked with the guv when he was Denver's DA find new state criminal-justice jobs. Former Denver police chief Ari Zavaras was recruited to try to fix the bloated budget at the Department of Corrections -- again; and toda ... More >>
From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.
The dangle angle
When it came time to elect a mayor, Denver got creative.
The little guy went big time...and the results are monumental.
Bright spots in a down-and-dirty campaign season.
No parking zone
Feud for Thought May 1, 2003
The candidates are spit-shining their images, trying to prove that, really, they're not all the same person.
Cheesman neighbors worry that their park is going to the dogs.
All Politics Is Loco
March 20, 2003
From the week of March 20, 2003
When pollsters start dialing the denizens of a small city, it's all Opie gone bad.
Strategic talk about winning Denver's most coveted seat.
It takes more than money to make a mayor. You have to know your way around Colfax, when to cry Republican and how to handle a drag queen.
January 16, 2003
Spy vs. Spy
From the week of August 29, 2002
There's nothing intelligent about the way the DPD kept its spy files.
An ambitious plan to expand Denver's parks may take root if the political climate is fertile.
There oughta be a lawyer
Shakers and movers
The camera doesn't lie -- but every picture tells more than one story.
A jailbreak before election day could have been a PR disaster -- if anyone had known about it.
Dueling articles about police shootings spur plenty of newsroom fireworks.
Is there a problem between reporters and DIA's media staff? Depends on whom you ask.
From the week of December 7, 2000
Too much brass has made the Denver Police Department a little top-heavy.
These cops have a beat, but can you dance to it?
The youthful offender system was supposed to save gang kids. Now it’s about snitching, fronting—and growing numbers of teens headed for adult prison.
Squeezing the truth out of the Department of Corrections.
Sex harassment in the state prison system is no joke. So why is this man laughing?
Colorado faces a boom in parolees--and rising evidence that parole isn't working.
Colorado's cheap solution to prison overcrowding has cost inmates plenty. It could cost the state millions.
BOB BOCCARDI PUT HIS SON RICHARD IN PRISON. HE MAY NEVER GET HIM BACK OUT.BAD COMPANY IT'S BEEN A KILLER OF A YEAR FOR TIMOTHY STARKEY'S CELLMATES.