After speaking in Denver today, President Barack Obama will fly to the Western Slope for a campaign event at Grand Junction High School -- my alma mater! And if he looks out his window en route, he just might see the crop design pictured above. Who's responsible for this bit of political horticultur ... More >>
In Grand Junction circa mid July, advocates for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, launched an electronic billboard message featuring televangelist Pat Robertson, who'd spoken positively about the measure. Robertson subsequently asked that the message be removed, so it's now been ... More >>
The thorny political territory of gun control can be especially challenging for President Barack Obama's cheerleaders in Colorado, where debates about access to guns have great local significance after James Holmes shot seventy people in an Aurora movie theater. Since the attack, Obama has called fo ... More >>
Turns out that one half of Harold & Kumar just wasn't enough to get Colorado voters excited about reelecting Barack Obama. In May, Kal Penn, i.e. Kumar, came to a Denver youth summit to promote Obama, and this weekend, John Cho, i.e. Harold, is getting in on the fun and stopping by this key swing ... More >>
At this writing, thousands have gathered in Aurora for a prayer vigil following the shooting at the Century 16 during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Also taking part in the gathering is President Barack Obama, who earlier met with family members of victims -- among them Jordan Ghawi, brother ... More >>
In addition to campaigns and super PACs pouring money into local television ads, one of the many (dubious?) perks of Colorado being a key swing state in the presidential election is lots and lots of polls. And there's good reason for all the attention: It's shaping up to be a very close race here. ... More >>
Correction: A previous version of this post referred to Crossroads GPS as a super PAC, when Crossroads GPS is in fact a nonprofit group that is a sister organization to American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC. They didn't waste any time. Just hours after the latest unemployment statistics came o ... More >>
The Obama campaign is hoping to make news in Colorado for something other than today's presidential visit to the Waldo Canyon fire zone in the Springs. The fight for swing state votes will hit Wheat Ridge Sunday, when Obama staffers will join former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria for the lau ... More >>
Big news today for Barack Obama and, you know, tens of millions of Americans across the country: The Supreme Court of the United States has finally issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, essentially deciding to keep most of it intact. And advocates in Colorado are cheering the news, saying it ... More >>
Editor's note: This election cycle, Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. So far, Barack Obama's campaign is spending more money than Mitt Romney's on Denver TV ads. A lot more.
With the fight for Latino votes in the presidential race heating up nationally this week, Colorado GOP leaders recently criticized President Obama in this space for playing politics via his new policy easing back on deporting undocumented youth. Today, local Democrats struck back by criticizing the ... More >>
Over the weekend, while reporting at the launch of Mitt Romney's Colorado campaign headquarters, we asked some of the state's GOP officials in attendance, what they thought of President Barack Obama's new policy about deportations and undocumented youth. Unsurprisingly, they're not pleased.
Today brings big news, high hopes and timid reservations about immigration. The Obama administration has announced it will halt the deportation of undocumented youth who immigrated to the country as children and don't pose threats to national security, and will offer work permits to eligible student ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
President Barack Obama's visit to Boulder Tuesday was a quick one, but remnants of his stay -- specifically in the form of food -- will linger a little while longer in some of Boulder's favorite restaurants, The Sink and Rush on the Hill. Here are the deals they've put into place to honor Obama.
Here's a nutty post-script regarding President Barack Obama's speech at CU-Boulder -- a Today show chat with CU frosh Kolbi Zerbest, whose yogurt spilled on Obama during his visit to The Sink. How important was this story, on view below? Important enough for anchors Matt Lauer and Ann Curry to spend ... More >>
Way back about 24 hours ago, The Sink, a favorite Boulder eatery for generations, was best known as the spot where actor Robert Redford once worked as a janitor. But the Sundance Kid will have to take second place from here on out. Before delivering a speech at CU-Boulder's Coors Events Center, Pres ... More >>
The Brown Palace has hosted every U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt first visited in 1905, thirteen years after the hotel opened, except for two: Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama. And now Obama has snubbed the Brown again, opting to stay at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek last night...after slumm ... More >>
While CU-Boulder prepares for President Barack Obama's visit this evening, memories of the reduced but still passionate 4/20 event there continue to linger like a certain kind of smoke. Below, check out three videos shot by Westword's Britt Chester -- clips of Wyclef Jean's brother, Samuel (seen her ... More >>
Residents who live around City Park got a bit of a surprise -- and a little mystery -- on Sunday when five massive military helicopters landed inside the park around 10:30 a.m. near Duck Lake. The copters, which all appeared to be Marine vehicles, hung out for a bit before flying off. But no one got ... More >>
At 2 p.m., hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at CU-Boulder, members of Colorado's medical marijuana industry will stage a press conference at which they'll ask the commander in chief to order call off federal law-enforcers such as U.S. Attorney John Walsh, whose seizure-threa ... More >>
Our post yesterday about footage of young Barack Obama introducing controversial Harvard professor Derrick Bell (a clip hyped as a blockbuster by provocateur Andrew Breitbart shortly before his death) attracted some sharp commentary. Here's an example from a reader who thinks such attacks are apt to ... More >>
Shortly before his death at age 43, provocateur Andrew Breitbart hyped what was supposed to be a bombshell video of young Barack Obama -- one that would supposedly unmask his radical racialist agenda. Well, the video's out -- see it below -- and the mainstream media is reacting with a collective ya ... More >>
It sits on the couch of his Washington, D.C. apartment: A black bag, still filled with supplies that could help President Barack Obama in a pinch: Tide stain remover, newspapers, papers, medicine. And even though thirty-year-old Reggie Love is Obama's former "body man," not his current minder, he co ... More >>
At 11 a.m. today, a rally will take place outside President Barack Obama's local campaign headquarters. But the participants won't be calling for his reelection -- at least not yet. Instead, the charter members of the Patient Voter Project, made up of numerous prominent marijuana advocates, will be ... More >>
Denver blog posts are enjoying a wacky Wednesday. Big Media's Jason Salzman on reports that there's a birther-driven petition movement underway aiming to ban Barack Obama from the Colorado ballot. Denver PR Blog on why a Denver Post paywall is coming. Geeks Who Drink's Gerry-oke provides this all ... More >>
Denver blog posts are completely house-trained. Big Media's Jason Salzman on John Sampson, a Coloradan who testified at a hearing to determine if the allegedly America-born Barack Obama is eligible for the Georgia ballot. Coyote Gulch on a Conservation in the West poll about the importance of publ ... More >>
With Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in Washington last week and with the president scheduled to be in Denver this Thursday, we're in a political mindset. And as anyone who's seen the recent GOP debates can attest, political spectating often drives one to drink. In that spirit, here are five drinking g ... More >>
Just in case this whole presidency thing doesn't work out this year for President Obama, it's good to know that our current Commander In Chief has something to fall back on. Maybe he and Clinton can put a band together or something. They can call it Presidents of the United States of America. Oh, wa ... More >>
Last week, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, threatening seizure if they don't close by next month -- an act that caused centers to scramble for scarce new locations and made some owners consider shutting down for good. Ag ... More >>
Colorado Democratic leaders are applauding the Obama Administration's newly proposed immigration policy, a measure that would permit undocumented spouses and children of United States citizens to remain in the country during the legal immigration process. Under current law, undocumented family memb ... More >>
Barack Obama.Denver blog posts have the most. Colorado Independent's John Tomasic says Colorado's Obama campaign team is already deep into battle plans for next November's election. But who'll be in their sights? Square State's Zappatero's not thrilled about the departure of Mario Solis-Mar ... More >>
A local Latina advocacy group is asking women to call President Obama and give him an earful about birth control. The details are complicated: As explained in this Washington Post story, Catholic bishops are pressuring Obama to dilute a proposed rule that would allow women access to birth control wi ... More >>
Big pics below.Neither snow nor SNOBAMA could prevent President Barack Obama from taking the podium at the Auraria campus this morning. During his address, he touted his jobs bill and a restructuring of student loans -- a topic calculated to appeal to a crowd estimated at 4,000. Photographer ... More >>
Obama! Snow! A flurry of announcements started coming in yesterday, all indicating that Denver is on a collision course with a made-for-TV disaster. President Barack Obama is coming to town for two fundraisers tonight, as well as one public appearance tomorrow, inspiring a number of official ... More >>
You've probably noticed by now that Comet Elenin didn't devastate Earth or cause Barack Obama to hide in secret DIA underground tunnels during his Denver visit earlier this week. Now, the space rock has the potential for improving the planet for all of us, says one reader.
Videos below.We were shocked -- shocked! -- when President Barack Obama gave a speech at Lincoln High School yesterday, as scheduled, rather than taking refuge from Comet Elenin in DIA's secret underground tunnels. But while some conspiracy theorists are conceding they were wrong, others stil ... More >>
Yesterday, President Barack Obama visited Colorado -- but the press passes worn by national reporters covering the appearance told a different story. As seen above, the states on the agenda are pictured in white -- but the pass mistakes Colorado for Wyoming. They're both big rectangles, so maybe we ... More >>
The right wing likes to portray President Barack Obama as either one of two things: the good-times party animal you can spot in a Tag Team video, or the stereotypical Angry Black Man. Neither image brings to mind a good leader (and both are, you know, quietly racist). But as we saw on Tuesday during ... More >>
On his swing through the West this week, Barack Obama spoke on Tuesday afternoon to a crowded parking lot of spectators in front of Abraham Lincoln High School on South Federal touting his plan to grow the economy and create jobs. No word on whether Obama plans to avoid Comet Elenin at DIA. P ... More >>
Last week, in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to the Denver area tomorrow, the Interwebs were rife were rumors that the trip was somehow related to the Comet Elenin or a secret nuclear test possibly involving Denver International Airport. Crazy? Maybe, but one reader warns not to di ... More >>
Conspiracy or coincidence? President Barack Obama will be returning to Denver on Tuesday, September 27 -- just four days after a major Homeland Security terrorism-emergency exercise in this city. And already, the web is running wild with conspiracy theories that Obama is coming here to 1) avo ... More >>
Will President Obama's new jobs plan save the country from a double-dip recession or burden our sliding economy with another $400 billion of deficit spending? Below, an easy-to-read chart explains the president's entire economic stimulus plan in a nutshell...
Barack Obama.Denver blog posts bring the heat. Colorado Independent's John Tomasic notes a new poll that shows Colorado voters are lukewarm on Barack Obama -- but outright cool toward Romney, Bachmann, Perry and Palin. Free Colorado's Ari Armstrong: Is an "ethics advocate" really a "shrill ... More >>
The toastmaster.I watched Barack Obama's speech about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan more closely than any presidential address ever -- but not for the expected reason. I was a (sober) judge in a speech-related drinking game suggested yesterday by none other than super-conservative Rush ... More >>
If President Barack Obama thought he'd squelch the birther movement once and for all by releasing his birth certificate, he was wrong. Readers continue to post items like this one, which acknowledges that Obama isn't Kenyan, but argues that he's not American, either.
Barack Obama.Look what we found -- three Denver blog posts! 5280's Vanessa Martinez sees Joe Biden's Friday appearance here as more proof the Obama re-election campaign is counting on Colorado. Colorado Independent's John Tomasic reports about Focus on the Family's anti-gay-marriage efforts ... More >>
Either way, Donald Trump approves.Admittedly, "Obama" and "Osama" are pretty similar names, so you can understand slipping up a little -- the big difference, really, is that one of them normally gets "president" in front of it, while the other is followed by "Bin Laden." Also, the former woul ... More >>