The 2014 elections may seem a long way off, but not to Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Hogue came to Colorado to speak at a weekend fundraiser for Colorado NARAL that attracted numerous political heavyweights. But she's sticking around today to meet with locally based activists, ... More >>
A lot can happen in a year, and "in the interests of memorializing the efforts of survivors of gun violence who fought to win historic state reforms" over that time period, ProgressNow Colorado has released a timeline of the aftermath of the July 20 Aurora theater shooting, says the oganization's A ... More >>
Today is the first day of the new legislative session in Colorado -- and in a clear sign of contentious debates to come, a group called Guns for Everyone is staging a "pro-gun rally" to counter expected firearms-control proposals from Democrats this cycle. Organizer Edgar Antillon, a former House di ... More >>
Former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm is speaking out about the last-minute deal in Washington D.C. to avert a fiscal cliff -- and backing Senator Michael Bennet, who defied his party and a Senate majority to vote "no." Lamm, who is part of the national Campaign to Fix the Debt effort, slams the plan, ... More >>
Update: On Monday, KHOW talk-show host and syndicated columnist David Sirota created a WhiteHouse.gov petition calling on the Obama administration to back a law protecting the right of states to establish their own marijuana policies, as the voters of Colorado did by passing Amendment 64. Such petit ... More >>
After the passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, Governor John Hickenlooper released a statement advising folks who voted for the proposal to wait before they break out the Cheetos and Goldfish. But he recognizes that the question of federal intervention over the measure i ... More >>
Mike Coffman has been declared the winner in the race for the 6th District, with Joe Miklosi, his Democratic rival (update), waiting until past 1 a.m. to concede; see his statement below. This loss demonstrates once again the power of the incumbency even in the case of what seemed to be a vulnerable ... More >>
Want to watch the 2012 election results as they come in but don't want to sit at home alone, screaming at the television? Or maybe you just want to celebrate an end to political campaign ads (until next election). Whatever your reason or affiliation, there's an election-watching event for you tonigh ... More >>
If enough people really understood just how backwards Mitt Romney's policies were in so many different areas, the race for the White House wouldn't be as close as it is a week before election day. This was a recurring message from ex-President Bill Clinton, who came to Denver yesterday for Obama, a ... More >>
Since James Holmes purchased an AR-15 assault rifle and shot twelve people dead in an Aurora movie theater, we've asked different local officials if they think stricter gun control laws could help prevent this kind of tragedy in the future. Recently, Denver mayor Michael Hancock told us that he woul ... More >>
Speaking one week after a former Denver resident shot six people dead in Wisconsin, and less than a month after James Holmes killed twelve and injured dozens more in Aurora, Denver police chief Robert White told Westword it's time to make progress on gun control. We spoke with White over the weekend ... More >>
The same day Barack Obama made several campaign stops in Colorado, a national gun control group launched an advertisement in Denver calling on both the president and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to put forth a plan to curb gun violence across the country. The spot, which references t ... More >>
Since James Holmes fired shots into a movie theater in Aurora, killing twelve people, politicians across the country have launched heated debates about gun control. Now, Representative Diana DeGette has entered the fray with proposed legislation that she says could help prevent this kind of tragedy ... More >>
Only weeks after the Aurora theater shooting, CU Denver philosophy professor Chad Kautzer has created a petition to stop concealed weapons from being allowed on state campuses. But the two ideas are not connected, he says: Kautzer has been contemplating the response since the Colorado Supreme Court ... More >>
The heated gun control debates that have emerged in response to the Aurora theater shooting that left twelve dead have reached elected officials at all different levels of government -- whether they want to talk about it or not. Since Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, arguably the most prominent Colorad ... More >>
Days after accused gunman James Holmes fired shots at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, there have been heated discussions about gun control, along with debates on whether it is an appropriate time to tackle the subject. We gave Denver Mayor Michael Hancock an opportunity to wei ... More >>
For those keeping track at home, the investigation of the April 2009 on-camera beating of Michael DeHerrera has lasted more than three years -- and it's not done yet: The Colorado Progressive Coalition announced today that the case had been delayed for five more months. Over the past three years, th ... More >>
The RTD Board FasTracks monitoring committee will announce its pick of the three options for the Northwest Rail Line at 5:30 p.m. today, with a final board vote on March 27. You can watch the announcement live -- as well as public comment that promises to be lively, since all the options would requi ... More >>
Update: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revised an earlier statement that ICE is screening traffic summonses in Aurora to identify undocumented immigrants who are fugitives, have been previously deported or have been convicted of crimes. The revised statement, sent two hours after the origin ... More >>
The Center for Responsive Politics has released a personal finance overview for each member of Congress. We did a little number crunching and found some interesting figures regarding Colorado's congressional members. Collectively, Colorado's nine-person delegation is worth $166,900,678.
Update, 11:01 p.m. October 29: Twenty people were arrested during what has been Occupy Denver's most violent day in weeks. All evidence of the Thunderdome and the front desk has been removed, and officers offered protesters the chance to claim their belongings one at a time as the area was cl ... More >>
Ryan FrazierPerennial politician and former Westword cover boy Ryan Frazier has done what many people expected and joined the race to become Aurora's next mayor. Four other candidates have already announced their intentions: Debbie Stafford, Steve Hogan, Sheilah Thomas Davis and Jude Sandvall ... More >>
Tim Tebow.Denver blog posts are fun. Because they're about Denver. Mile High Report's John Bena reveals that BoDog.com puts the Broncos' odds of winning the next Super Bowl at 60/1. It'll take a miracle, Mr. Tebow. Colorado Independent's Scot Kersgaard: Representative Ed Perlmutter is stepp ... More >>
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Kelly Maher.Seen those "They Spend, You Pay!" billboards? The ones in which Barack Obama looks kinda drunk, John Hickenlooper appears homicidal, and Betsy Markey, Ed Perlmutter, John Salazar and Michael Bennet seem amused by your pain? According to Kelly Maher of WhoSaidYouSaid, the website b ... More >>
Ken Buck.In late August 2009, Jane Norton had not yet entered the U.S. Senate race -- although her anointment by Republic Party powers was imminent. Former Congressman Bob Beauprez had just announced that he'd decided against a run. That seemed to leave just Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazie ... More >>
Ryan Frazier.Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier fought off stiff competition from Lang Sias last night to score the GOP's nomination in the 7th Congressional District. Now he faces a bigger challenge taking on Democratic incumbent Ed Perlmutter -- but as a 2008 Westword profile notes, Frazi ... More >>
"It was only a matter of time."At this hour, multiple news agencies, including Channel 4 and the Denver Post, are reporting that Denver mayor John Hickenlooper will run for Colorado governor, with an announcement anticipated this afternoon. The move is the biggest surprise since the sun came ... More >>
Is this the next Democratic nominee for governor?Update, 12:41 p.m.: John Hickenlooper has now released a statement regarding Ken Salazar's endorsement of him as a gubernatorial candidate. Read it below the original item. At least Ken Salazar didn't keep us guessing about his campaign intent ... More >>
A photo of an ICE bust in progress, from the organization's 2008 annual report.Since May, an interfaith group has staged a vigil the first Monday of each month at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility, 11901 East 30th Avenue -- and they'll be there again tonight at 6 p.m. Among the many rea ... More >>
"Not that you weren't a good employee, Mike..."Ryan Frazier did the smart thing when he dumped his campaign for the U.S. Senate to challenge Rep. Ed Perlmutter in the 7th Congressional District. The Republican hierarchy has clearly lined up in support of former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton ... More >>
Mike May is a jolly old soul.Mike May, minority leader of the Colorado House, is coming to the end of what he calls "my eighth and final year down there" -- but he's not going quietly. Yesterday, he introduced the 7th District electorate to Ryan Frazier, who dropped his U.S. Senate campaign i ... More >>
Ryan Frazier is trading in a clunker in favor of a much sleeker vehicle. Six months after the two-term Aurora City Councilman announced that he was running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, he's pulling out of that race and making a fast course correction for the 7th Congress ... More >>
President Barack Obama's Saturday appearance at Central High School in Grand Junction was a consistently civil event, particularly compared to healthcare town halls like the one staged by Representative Ed Perlmutter earlier this month. But predictably given the number of national media representat ... More >>
They're coming for you, Betsy Markey.Politico reports this morning that the battle over President Obama's health care-reform bill will be waged, and won, during the upcoming August recess. And Republicans is already identifying Colorado Democrats it believes it can persuade to stiff-arm the p ... More >>
Trouble Andrew. Is it almost the weekend again? Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Trouble Andrew at the Bluebird. • Over the Weekend: Iwrestledabearonce at the Marquis Theater. • Over the Weekend: Moderat at Beta. • ManeLine breaks in the Deuce's live stage as first local hip-h ... 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 >>
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HE WATCHED A CRIME FROM HIS OFFICE WINDOW. NOW THEY'RE WATCHING HIM.SHOOT TO CHILL WILL WITNESS INTIMIDATION TURN THIS ASSAULT ON THE 16TH STREET MALL INTO AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE?