I have had the pleasure of writing about Ken Gordon when he was a public defender; when he was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, where he served as speaker, and the Colorado Senate; when he was a candidate for Colorado Secretary of State and then as founder of cleanslatenow.org, an ... More >>
The Colorado Democratic Party is lambasting the Republican candidates for Senate for opposing access to contraception. The Democrats have declared that Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Representative Amy Stephens and state Senator Owen Hill "have lined up to support intrusive polices th ... More >>
Late last night, it became official: Senator John Morse and Representative Angela Giron lost recall elections prompted by their support of firearms-control bills. The defeats thrilled gun-rights groups and conservatives, while disappointing progressives who'd recently rejoiced over the measures' pas ... More >>
This is not the kind of news the Obama campaign wants to be making in a swing state as important as Colorado with election day looming.... Luke Buchanan, an Obama campaign worker, has been arrested for allegedly putting his hands on the breast of a woman in Loveland.
When employees of the Colorado Democratic Party office at 777 Santa Fe arrived to work on Monday, they were greeted with a nasty surprise: eleven smashed glass windows. But for many, it wasn't much of a surprise at all. "I'm more annoyed than anything else," says Matt Inzeo, the dems' communication ... More >>
Illustrating the importance of Colorado as a key battleground in the presidential election, Mitt Romney is campaigning in the state this week -- and the Dems aren't letting him get away without a counterattack. Romney is hosting a fundraiser in Aspen tonight and has an event tomorrow morning at a hi ... More >>
We're halfway through the last year of our lives. So what were all of us reading on the Latest Word? Out of the 1,804 or so posts published on Latest Word, here are the ten most popular of 2012. Those of you with a Latest Word elite membership will recognize many if not all of these headlines...
More than 4,500 people signed on to the Colorado medical marijuana registry from January to February of this year. That constitutes the biggest jump in registry numbers since June 2010, when the total rose 6,557 patients from the previous month.
Update below: Last month, a majority of attendees at the Denver Republican Assembly backed Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. And enthusiasm is even more widespread among Democrats. Saturday's Dem state convention and assembly in Pueblo formally supported Amendment 64 -- an actio ... More >>
In a 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, African-Americans and other minority citizens secured the right to vote. To honor their efforts, Colorado Democratic lawmakers, faith leaders and march veterans are urging citizens to utilize their voting rights by participating in toni ... More >>
The headlines say that Rick Santorum, of all people, was the big winner yesterday among wannabe Republican presidential nominees thanks to victories in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and the Missouri primary. But his prize didn't come in delegates, since none were at stake in any of the contest ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.As today's appearances by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum make clear, Colorado's caucus is a week away for Republicans, one of three major political parties in this state. That's right: Because Tom Tancredo did so well in the last gubernatorial election, the American Constitution Part ... More >>
We've noted in this space before before the tendency among Colorado governors to load up the state parole board with former Denver police officers, as if the job was essentially an $85,000-a-year private security gig. Judging from John Hickenlooper's new appointments to the board, that streak ... More >>
Dan Maes.Tom Tancredo was about to concede the gubernatorial race, but many more Colorado contests were up in the air when I walked into the ballroom of the downtown Marriott, site of the Colorado Democratic Party's election party. And what was on the TVs? Not CNN, not local newscasts shunted ... More >>
John Salazar.A winner wasn't declared in the Michael Bennet-Ken Buck senate race until this morning due to a razor-thin margin of victory for Bennet, who's making his victory announcement at City Park moments from now. In contrast, virtually every major news outlet in the state declared last ... More >>
Dick Morris.Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton hire-turned-Hillary Clinton loather, is the featured attraction at an August 17 fundraiser for Scott Tipton, who's running for Congress against incumbent John Salazar. But while Salazar has lately gotten some recent bad press over accusations o ... More >>
Ward Churchill.The Scott McInnis plagiarism brouhaha has been a gift to the Colorado Democratic Party, which has had trouble whipping up the faithful of late -- and they're taking advantage of it. The latest broadside: a statement from two CU regents, Michael Carrigan and Stephen Ludwig, who ... More >>
Note: This story cartoon will appear in this week's issue of Westword. Politicians and tarot decks are amazingly similar. Both were created for trick-taking games, and both are largely used by the foolhardy to foretell the future. The personalities of Colorado's most widely known politicians ... More >>
"Either way, I'm a winner."Yesterday, we told you about bickering between Republican senatorial hopefuls Ken Buck and Jane Norton over Sarah Palin's Denver appearance on Saturday. Buck said it would be rude of Palin to endorse Norton, which the grapevine says she plans to do, the same day as ... More >>
By now, the rest of the country knows that Colorado Democrats are either very tired or have fat butts. They must, because they keep talking about benches -- deep ones. "The Colorado Democratic Party has a deep bench, there are a lot of people who are able to step in and do this job," Governo ... More >>
"The Blurberry" is one of 50 strains of marijuana offered at Herbal Wellness. (Photo from the dispensary's MySpace page).As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile denti ... More >>
Ryan Frazier made a smart move, even though his announcement last Thursday that he was switching from a run for the U.S. Senate to go for the 7th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Ed Perlmutter was completely overshadowed by a certain silver balloon. But someone took notice: ... More >>
Maurice Schwenkler, aka Ariel Attack.The strange case of Maurice Schwenkler has entered a new phase now that the Denver District Attorney's Office has formally charged the far-left trangender activist also known as Ariel Attack with criminal mischief in the smashing of eleven windows at Color ... More >>
Michelle Malkin.The instant it became clear that Maurice Schwenkler, busted for smashing windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters earlier this week, was a far-left radical, not a right-wing healthcare-reform opponent, Republicans began to salivate, and that makes perfect sense. After ... More >>
A Colorado Democratic Party photo of damage at its Santa Fe headquarters."Is Alleged Colorado Democratic Party Headquarters Window-Smasher Maurice Schwenkler a LIBERAL Activist?," a Jared Jacang Maher blog published yesterday, pinpointed some contradictions in a story that was originally fram ... More >>
CU students, seen here assaulting a GQ editorial assistant, surely object to their douchey label.Our daily dose of worthy bloggage. Use as directed. GQ names CU among the country's douchiest colleges. Which is funny, because when your magazine reeks of bad cologne and man-bags, you're probab ... More >>
Maurice Schwenkler, aka Ariel Attack.When news first broke yesterday that eleven windows had been smashed at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver, initial speculation pinned the blame on conservative anger over Democratic heathcare reform efforts. When it emerged that one of the ... More >>
A broken window at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters.At his latest healthcare town hall this past weekend, Congressman Jared Polis said attendees were patriotic because they were expressing their opinions, whatever they might be. But he probably would have changed his tune had they been ... More >>
What's the deal, Schwenkler? The windows of the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters at 777 North Santa Fe Drive were smashed around 2:20 am this morning. As we reported earlier, 24-year-old Maurice Schewenkler was arrested for the crime. Apparently, an officer just happened to be driving b ... More >>
It's Judgment Day. The Moment of Truth. The Tuesday That Will Determine Whether Or Not All Those Threats to Move to Canada Will Make You Into a Liar, or Maybe a Canadian. Anyway, it's big -- which makes it as good a time as any to get drunk with friends. With that in mind, plenty of restaurants, ba ... More >>
Mike Coffman. Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman's been on a roll lately. First, his office didn't respond to a New York Times article claiming that thousands of names may have been illegally stricken from Colorado's voting rolls -- a public-relations botch he subsequently chalked up to "mis ... More >>
"Hi, my name is Robbie, and I'm with the John McCain campaign..." Yesterday, Shannon Barbare of Greenwood Village visited the Huffington Post and stumbled upon a Sam Stein piece entitled "Wave Of McCain Robocalls Reported, Some May Violate State Law," which warned about an initiative launched yest ... More >>
Shake, shake, shake... As the end of this seemingly endless presidential campaign finally draws near, the Colorado Democratic Party is trying desperately to maintain its massive army of volunteers for Barack Obama -- and what better way than to dangle a chance to gladhand the candidate himself? Af ... More >>
The Dems' first lady. Dear Billy Compton, You are hereby directed to come in to the Shmuck headquarters and explain your comments and why you would like to censor and intimidate a national delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in light of these comments. Sincerely, Shmuck of the W ... More >>
On July 6, the New York Times published "Delays and Rising Costs for Convention Raise Worries for Democrats," a compendium of information and speculation about preparations for August's Democratic National Convention. A lot of the most embarrassing items in it surfaced previously in the Denver daili ... More >>
In his first week running his new website, Brad Jones crashed a state representative. What will he do for an encore?
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 >>
Immigration writer Luis Alberto Urrea highlights a Celebration of Democracy.
Heaven Help Us
Four November ballot measures could change Colorado politics, starting in the living room.
A maverick makes a run for the Statehouse.
Shakers and movers
The dead school.
Bill Richardson's political aspirations go up in smoke.