Journalism is dead: That seems to be the familiar refrain among the public these days. But last night, a panel of practitioners and free-press advocates at a preview event for the National Conference on Media Reform taking place in Denver next month, begged to differ. In their view, journalism is a ... More >>
Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, an organization devoted to changing media and technology policies, is among the headliners for "The Perfect Storm: Democracy in the Age of Big Money and Big Media," taking place tomorrow at the Tivoli Center. But while the event can certainly stand on it ... More >>
This week in print, we take an in-depth look at Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has faced ongoing accusations of suppressing voters. We published the story the same day that Republican lawmakers at the start of the new legislative session put forth a bill they crafted with Gessler that would ... More >>
Colorado voters -- and even small children -- were exposed to a seemingly absurd amount of political advertising this year in a battleground state that wound up not being a key to President Barack Obama's victory. Perhaps that is why residents overwhelmingly passed the state's other measure on the ... More >>
Throughout Colorado today, hundreds of poll watchers will be monitoring activity to ensure that there is no law-breaking or fraud. But they won't be the only volunteers at election sites. Hundreds more will also be dispatched throughout the state with the central mission of protecting voter's rights ... More >>
As we reported earlier this week, the presidential campaigns and supporting super PACs have already spent a whopping total of $25.7 million on advertisements in Colorado. That number is going to continue to skyrocket in this key swing state -- and experts expect spending to reach $1.1 billion across ... More >>
Nearly 4,000 registered voters in Colorado received a letter this week from Secretary of State Scott Gessler asking that they prove their citizenship or otherwise remove themselves from voter rolls. Gessler, who says he is preventing fraud, identified these residents through the Division of Motor Ve ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler wants to make it easier for political groups to remain secretive about their spending by rewriting election rules and weakening disclosure laws. That's according to two watchdog groups, who praise a court ruling that blocks most of Gessler's efforts. Denver District ... More >>
Political groups in Colorado have more freedom to pour money into campaigns without disclosing their finances thanks to Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has overstepped his bounds and rewritten election rules. At least that's the charge of Colorado Ethics Watch and Colorado Common Cause, which ... More >>
Yesterday, state Republicans killed a bill that sought to make it a felony-level crime to intentionally mislead citizens about voting information during an election. Known as the Fairness in Voting bill, it came under political fire during its tenure in the legislation over accusations that it was a ... More >>
In January 2008, the night before the presidential election, Gilbert Ortiz received his first strange phone call. The following morning, the Pueblo county clerk and recorder would receive thousands repeating the report, but his relative caught him first. She asked why he had changed her polling loca ... More >>
Elena Nunez.Growing up and watching Crossfire in Tempe, Arizona, 33-year-old Elena Nunez learned to trust her local government approximately as far as she could throw it. In the late '80s, Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was impeached on grounds of misusing funds and obstruction of justice, and ... More >>
Ken GordonOccupy the Courts supporters met on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol at 10 a.m. holding signs that read "Corporations Are Not People" and "Restore Democracy" -- step one in their two-part protest of corporate personhood under the umbrella title Move to Amend. CleanSlateN ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler's suit against Denver, intended to prevent Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson from sending ballots to any voter he considers inactive (meaning they didn't vote last year), has provoked outcry from assorted progressive organizations in Colorado. And now, MSNBC's Rachel ... More >>
Block the vote. Mike Coffman, Colorado’s secretary of state and the Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat, beat out Democratic rival Hang Eng this week in an election that Coffman himself supervised. Weird? Yes. A conflict of interest? Perhaps. And it’s one of several v ... More >>
A banner from the Colorado Progressive Coalition's website. Earlier today, the news from the Colorado Progressive Coalition sounded dire. A press release from the nonpartisan group, which had been conducting get-out-the-vote campaigns in Weld County, said that Spanish-speaking voters were "running ... More >>
Mike Coffman On Wednesday, an agreement was reached by a trio of local watchdog groups and representatives of Mike Coffman, Colorado's Secretary of State, that reinstated the voting rights of around 30,000 people whose names were purged from the state's rolls -- but they'll have to vote provisiona ... More >>
Progressive causes find a new home in a modern-day commune.
Consumers should raise the roof over this legislative session.
Four November ballot measures could change Colorado politics, starting in the living room.
Ed Thomas shoots from the hip, but this former cop just might have enough brass to be mayor.
US West is squeezing state legislators, but it's Colorado customers who may be gasping for breath.
Jerry Ritchie doesn't like Meridian retirement homes or owner Trish Nagel. She'd like Jerry to keep quiet -- and she has the money to make him.
Laundered money, the shadow of big tobacco, and a blubbering court reporter: The wild trial over Colorado's Amendment 15.
Is Roy Romer violating the law by holding two jobs? Dick Sargent claims he is--but then, he wanted one of those jobs for himself.
Westminster's novel campaign-finance rules aim at the politicians, not the donors.
The story of Gale Norton's last-minute return of campaign contributions from Lloyd's of London investors.
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