This has been a tricky election year, with bogeymen from outside Colorado pouring tens of millions of dollars into a grab bag of candy-coated campaign gimmicks. A week from now, it will all be over but for the shouting...and the indigestion. In the meantime, here are the top six tricks and treats of ... More >>
The February 26 Denver Post featured a lengthy article on Joneen Mackenzie and how she became a crusader for abstinence education -- a crusade she leads through her Center for Relationship Education, which is funded by a pair of grants, including one approved by the Colorado Board of Educatio ... More >>
Campaigners are getting serious about the next election, but would-be candidates missed a golden opportunity in the Golden Triangle when they failed to lease the space at 1100 Bannock Street most recently occupied by the Michael Hancock campaign.
Otis Taylor may or may not be one of them.In its five years of existence so far, the Curious Theatre Company has lured some pretty prodigious figures into its annual Denver Stories production, where it pairs local celebrities with playwrights and has them produce autobiographical short plays; ... More >>
Brian Vicente.Yesterday, with as little fanfare as possible, Governor Bill Ritter signed two bills, HB 1284 and SB 109, designed to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana industry. MMJ advocates like Matt Brown hail the legislation. But Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente sees them as flawed l ... More >>
Stephanie Villafuerte's U.S. Attorney nomination just keeps getting more complicated.The nomination of Stephanie Villafuerte as U.S. Attorney wasn't supposed to have been this complicated. But in recent weeks, implications that she may have improperly participated in accessing a criminal data ... More >>
Jon Caldara makes his feelings known.Late Thursday afternoon, the Independence Institute, a right-leaning think tank, published an article revealing that only one of Governor Bill Ritter's cabinet members had filed a conflict-of-interest report despite an executive order requiring that everyo ... More >>
This week's shmuck is state Senate minority leader Josh Penry of Grand Junction. He's also gunning for Bill Ritter's Governor job, and the short version of the past few weeks' convoluted saga of schmuckitude is that Penry cares a lot more about his political future than his constituents. (Whi ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter took a break from his budget-busting business last week to pop by the Paramount Theater, where he presented Loretta Lynn with a plaque commemorating her induction into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. The Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame? Yeah, I hadn't heard of i ... More >>
Right before he headed into his lovefest/confirmation hearing for the Secretary of the Interior post, still-Senator Ken Salazar and new Senator Mark Udall sent President-elect Barack Obama the names of three candidates for U.S. attorney, since that post generally goes with the winning party, and Rep ... More >>
At gatherings on New Year's Day, the talk was all about when Governor Bill Ritter will announce a new senator -- and, of course, just who his pick will be to replace Ken Salazar, Barack Obama's choice to head the Department of the Interior. Technically, there's no hurry; Salazar's confirmation hear ... More >>
The holidays push most action off the public calendar this week. Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Denver City Council will start the process of stuffing someone's stocking with coal: Over the next few weeks, councilmembers will decide whether to grant landmark status to two, '60s-era Hornbein and Whi ... More >>
At 9:30 a.m. this morning, Governor Bill Ritter will announce Colorado's next secretary of state, the culmination of a six-week process that officially started on the night of November 4, when Mike Coffman was elected to replace Tom Tancredo in the sixth congressional district. Although Ritter had ... More >>
For lease: the luckiest building in Denver. Four years ago, this space at 11th Avenue and Bannock Street was home to the Ken Salazar for Senate campaign -- a race that Colorado's then-attorney general won easily when the Republicans lined up behind Peter Coors, whose candidacy fell flatter than ... More >>
Dean Singleton. An October 3 Denver Post editorial headlined "11th Hour Deal Puts Colorado First" praises a coalition of business and labor leaders for reaching a bizarre agreement to pull four initiatives -- Amendments 53, 55, 56 and 57 -- from the November ballot. But there's no shortage of vitr ... More >>
It's The Bill and Feddy Show! Considering the amount of cheese the folks at the Democratic National Convention Committee have been churning out in the weeks leading up to this year's big show, they must think the forthcoming festivities are taking place in Wisconsin. Exhibit A is a video teasing C ... More >>
Federico Peña, Leah Daughtry and Bill Ritter talk tickets at Invesco Field. Despite the term typically used to describe them, the bowels of Invesco Field at Mile High looked pretty spic-and-span at around 2:30 p.m. on August 6, and that made sense. After all, a press conference was scheduled then ... More >>
Plane talk about the state's homegrown airline.
Losing our cool over Colorado's Cool Biz.
Talk about Cool Biz! Governor Bill Ritter was apparently very, very serious when he and Denver mayor John Hickenlooper whipped off their ties last Thursday to show how sincere they are about saving energy in government buildings this summer with their Cool Biz initiative. Because when he went on Mee ... More >>
Sleep in on Sunday (or maybe go to the Warped Tour) and miss Colorado guv Bill Ritter on Meet the Press? Look below for the transcript of his conversation with moderator Tom Brokaw and Wyoming's governor, Dave Freudenthal.
The June 29 edition of Meet the Press -- the first to be anchored by onetime NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw since he agreeing to helm the program through the presidential election following the death of longtime moderator Tim Russert -- will co-star Colorado's governor, Bill Ritter. Why? Ritter ... More >>
This is the second week in the federal trial of Cory Voorhis, the immigration agent accused of accessing the National Crime Information Center database and leaking information that wound up used in an anti-Bill Ritter ad back in October 2006, one of two involving Ritter's dealings with illegal immig ... More >>
Putting the high back into the Mile High City.
It's one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Colorado, but there are already some natural gas drilling rigs on private land on top of the plateau. Extending the drilling to the Roan's vast, untamed public lands could prove a billion-dollar windfall in lease payments to the state within a year ... More >>
The November 8 Message column about an editorial attacking Governor Bill Ritter discusses Post owner/publisher Dean Singleton's role in shaping the piece's message and placing it on page one. But it doesn't detail the item's possible repercussions in the newsroom -- one of several topics concerning ... More >>
For the first time since 2005, the Post's editorial board opines on the front page.
The editorial writers at the Denver Post didn't soft-peddle their displeasure with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter for issuing a November 2 executive order effectively allowing unions to organize bargaining units for state workers -- a move that bypassed the legislature, which is presently dominated b ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter's colossal snit over long-brewing federal plans to drill the hell out of the Roan Plateau is just what Colorado needs right now: a Sagebrush Rebellion in reverse.
When he left his job as city editor at the Denver Post, Evan Dreyer, the subject of this week's Message column, probably thought corrections were behind him. But Dreyer, who is currently serving as Governor Bill Ritter's communications director, recently had to revisit this territory. In this week' ... More >>
Onetime Post city editor Evan Dreyer has gone from covering the news to helping make it, as Bill Ritter's communications director.
Yesterday afternoon, after making my daily pass by the Darrent Williams shrine, I drove by the old Ritter/O'Brien campaign headquarters at 11th and Bannock. And what did I see but First Lady Jeannie Ritter, loading furniture into the big, green family van. Not supervising -- although she had a few h ... More >>
Five minutes before the polls opened this morning, signs pushing Bill Ritter sprouted every few feet along Speer Boulevard. His name was everywhere -- so omnipresent, in fact, that it was hard to remember that at this time last year, the Colorado Democratic Party was still on the Anyone But Ritter b ... More >>
Two weeks later than originally promised, Beauprez for Governor finally unsealed its Cold Case files critical of Bill Ritter's performance as Denver District Attorney. But in the days between the initial announcement and the actual delivery of those files, their contents took a hard turn to the rig ... More >>
The legislature redefines a public nuisance
Denver's entire law-enforcement community seems to think we need a bigger house. But a few holdouts say that first we need wiser law enforcement
The candidates in the Denver's DA's race refuse to come to order.
YOUNG DELINQUENTS CHURN OUT ARTWORK TO EARN MONEY FOR RESTITUTION.