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 >>
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 >>
Since August, Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been working with the federal government to try and identify voters illegally registered in Colorado in an effort to prevent voter fraud on election day. As of last Friday, 44 voters have been removed. His critics argue that the data he's using is n ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler likes to say that it should be easy to vote and tough to cheat, but his critics argue that he is a lot more focused on the latter -- especially when it comes to voters who aren't Republican. While Gessler has tried to disprove those accusations, his appearance this ... 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 >>
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 >>
I know, I know. There are lots of other folks out there struggling to make ends meet, unsung worker drones subsisting on sweatshop wages. But let's face it: Doug Lamborn is underpaid. I'm not talking about his base salary of $174,000 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That's standar ... 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 >>
It was the sixteenth anniversary of the Million Man March, October 16, 2011, and thousands gathered in Washington for a ceremony dedicating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Steve Justino, co-chair of Colorado's Move to Amend, remembers sitting by his computer in Colorado losing sleep -- ... More >>
Diana DeGette.As reported in this space on Friday, a new study from Common Cause tracks how oil and gas interests spent $747 million on lobbying and campaign donations since 2001 to win congressional support for "fracking," hydraulic fracturing drilling methods that involve using toxic chemic ... More >>
Colorado well pads. As the oil and gas industry has turned increasingly to hydraulic fracturing to extract reserves, fears about groundwater contamination from the toxic chemicals used in "fracking" have intensified. And that's prompted a $747 million spending spree by major industry players ... More >>
Through January, Ben and Jerry's is offering a promotional flavor at participating 'Scoop Shops' around the country. Yes Pecan is billed as "an Inspirational blend! Amber waves of buttery ice cream with roasted non-partisan pecans." Not only a good play on words, Yes Pecan is a ... More >>
Throwing a few back for Katrina relief.
A declaration from independents.
Ed Thomas shoots from the hip, but this former cop just might have enough brass to be mayor.
How hard is it to find 90,000 citizens who want a tax cut? Ask Douglas Bruce.
Laundered money, the shadow of big tobacco, and a blubbering court reporter: The wild trial over Colorado's Amendment 15.
Congressman Joel Hefley gets dragged into an Ethics Committee investigation.
Westminster's novel campaign-finance rules aim at the politicians, not the donors.
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