The four candidates supportive of Denver Public Schools' brand of education reform swept the school board election yesterday. Barbara O'Brien, Rosemary Rodriguez, Mike Johnson and Landri Taylor will fill the four open slots on a seven-member board that has been characterized by clashes between its r ... More >>
A second round of campaign finance reports filed in the Denver Public Schools school board election reveals a familiar pattern: the four so-called reform candidates continue to raise the most money, thanks to donations from high-profile reformers, such as Texas billionaires John and Laura Arnold, wh ... More >>
Update: At least two of the nine Denver Public Schools Board of Education candidates -- Michael Kiley and Meg Schomp -- voluntarily disclosed all campaign contributions over $100 by midnight on October 25, fulfilling a request from a coalition of organizations that includes the Denver teachers union ... More >>
Like much of the rhetoric surrounding next month's Denver Public Schools school board election, the nine candidates are roughly split when it comes to who's funding their campaigns. The four so-called reform candidates have received big checks from Phil Anschutz, Daniel Ritchie and DaVita CEO Kent T ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Drawing the Line," delves into the Denver Public Schools Board of Education election -- possibly the most important political race you're not paying attention to. The future direction of DPS is at stake, with about half of the nine candidates in favor of continuing the di ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Drawing the Line," delves into the Denver Public Schools Board of Education election -- possibly the most important political race you're not paying attention to. The future direction of DPS is at stake, with about half of the nine candidates in favor of continuing the dist ... More >>
Joe Garcia, Colorado's coolest lieutenant governor, won't be going to Washington, D.C. -- not now, at least, and not as the head of the Department of Labor. Yesterday, the White House announced that Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, will take that post. Like Garcia, ... More >>
There is no question that Joe Garcia is a cool guy, as Governor John Hickenlooper pronounced in his State of the State speech; he called his lieutenant governor the "ever-cooler." And he's probably the coolest Colorado lieutenant governor ever, as Hickenlooper has suggested. No insult to Barbara O'B ... More >>
Colorado's general assembly doesn't convene until January, but Mark Ferrandino, who represents District 2, is already moving at full speed -- and no wonder. As the newly elected House minority leader, and the first gay man to serve in this capacity, he's got a big agenda, and he's dedicated to brin ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a fake webpage masquerading as the home base for One Chance Colorado, a coalition of school reform-minded organizations that actually launches today. Here's former Lieutenant Governor and coalition member Barbara O'Brien's take on what it's after and how it plans ... More >>
Myrl Serra.Colorado Attorney General's office spokesman Mike Saccone confirms that Myrl Serra, district attorney for the 7th Judicial District, which covers several Western Slope counties, is in Montrose County jail following his arrest this morning on three startling charges: unlawful sexual ... More >>
Back in 1977, Scott McInnis was the hottest new act in Colorado. He was the state's first successful crossover artist, largely due to his ability to sing out of both sides of his mouth. The title of his third album, pictured above, humorously referred to the delicacy of his effort to appeal ... More >>
Eleven Denver restaurants are taking part in tonight's SOUP! event at the Cable Center on the University of Denver campus, 2000 Buchtel Boulevard. The benefit, which raises funds for the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition, a local nonprofit that increases childhood immunization thr ... More >>
Did you know that the outdoors is a lot farther away than it used to be fifty years ago, and that the distance can be measured in chubby children? There is so much to learn in Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien's Colorado Outdoor Kids Report. Learn more below!
"I'm gonna talk -- but I'm not really gonna say anything."Update, 2:26 p.m.: Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton has jumped into the commenting-on-Bill Ritter fun. Look below for her take. Update, 2:13 p.m.: New statements just in about Ritter's withdrawal from Senator Mark Udall and Rep ... More >>
Lynn Bartels. "Senate to Repay Funds" reads the headline atop the Denver & the West section in this morning's Denver Post -- and there's little doubt Senate President Brandon Shaffer didn't enjoy seeing it. On the very day Shaffer was ostensibly the most powerful elected official in the state (beca ... More >>
Both Governor Bill Ritter and Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien were out of town yesterday (he to the Western Governors' Association meeting in Utah, she to an education confab in North Carolina). And who did that leave in charge? By the Colorado Constitution, the State Senate President. But Br ... More >>
At parties and openings, all the talk is about who's going to take Ken Salazar's seat in the U.S. Senate -- it's a lot more fun than talking about the economy -- and what spot might then open up. If outgoing Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff gets the nod, there's no game of musical chairs, beca ... More >>
Fresh from his ten-day eco-devo trip to Asia, Governor Bill Ritter is now off on the East Coast, attending a Democratic governors' conference, talking with the Obama team -- and definitely not interviewing for a spot in the cabinet, insists his spokesman, Evan Dreyer. Shortly after the polls ... More >>
Barack Obama had no sooner been declared the president-elect when the speculation started: Just which Coloradans would join his cabinet? The name of Federico Pena, an early supporter, was floated -- despite the fact that he's already done two turns in the cabinet, for Bill Clinton, and has ... More >>
The cost of cigarettes could go up in smoke this November.
ETHNICITY WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE AN ISSUE IN WELLINGTON WEBB'S SEARCH FOR AN EDUCATION CZAR. IT IS NOW.THE BLACKBOARD BUNGLE HOW MAYOR WEBB'S SEARCH FOR AN EDUCATION CZAR WAS HIJACKED BY RACIAL POLITICS.