Since November 6, all sorts of venting has taken place on the White House's petition website, including a call for Colorado to break away from the United States. But that's not the only post-election attention Colorado is getting in citizen appeals to the Obama administration: A petition praising Am ... More >>
Update: A response from the official Amendment 64 campaign on the tourism question follows our original post, below. Would Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, hinder Colorado tourism or boost it?
Last week, Secretary of State Scott Gessler said his office had identified 300 more non-citizens illegally registered to vote who would be committing fraud if they did so. Gessler admitted that the timing of results from this second round of checks wasn't ideal. But county clerks were able to act be ... More >>
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has put a big emphasis on Colorado, as he made clear in our recent Q&A with the former New Mexico governor as well as a video post of his Monday appearance at CU-Boulder. But now, even some supporters are put off by a fan-created poster for Johnson th ... More >>
Kids are able to express their frustrations in ways grown-ups can't -- but often wish they could. Case in point: The following video, in which Fort Collins four-year-old Abigael Evans sobs because "I'm tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney." You're not alone, Abigael -- and your example may prompt f ... More >>
Our recent Gary Johnson Q&A found the Libertarian presidential candidate focusing heavily on Colorado. But he expanded his scope during an appearance at CU-Boulder last night, which turned the audience on its head -- at least judging by a video of his speech that we found, which is shot upside-down. ... More >>
Update: The Amendment 64 campaign has replied to Mayor Michael Hancock's comments below. The response is on page three, following the original post. In the intensifying endorsement war around Amendment 64, Colorado's Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has come out in ... More >>
Sam Levin's Q&A with Gary Johnson drew a huge response from readers hungry to learn more about the Libertarian candidate for president. A number of those sharing their thoughts rejected the suggestion that marking a ballot for Johnson is either a wasted vote or a de facto boost to Republican Mitt Ro ... More >>
Election day is rapidly approaching and it couldn't be clearer in Colorado where residents are bombarded with nonstop ads and weekly traffic jams due to Obama and Romney rallies. But those two aren't the only presidential candidates showing the state some love. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian pick, st ... More >>
Even though Mayor Michael Hancock says he likes to give people the benefit of the doubt, he believes Secretary of State Scott Gessler's actions echo a concerted nationwide effort to suppress votes. The mayor weighed in on this topic last week, and while he declined to directly slam Gessler, he still ... More >>
In advance of the presidential debate at the University of Denver, Sam Levin covered criticism of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson being excluded from participating. The post brought out a number of Johnson fans who were still frustrated by the decision to keep him off-camera even after the big ev ... More >>
When the University of Denver hosted the 2012 presidential debate last night, there were bound to be some colorful characters hanging around. We had Occupy protesters (including perhaps the world's only Occupy chihuahua, dressed appropriately in a skull-and-crossbones outfit); pro-Gary Johnson and J ... More >>
As Mitt Romney and Barack Obama prepare to attack each other head-on at the first presidential debate tonight, a group of Libertarians in Colorado -- and others dissatisfied with the two-party system -- are attacking the Commission on Presidential Debates for excluding third parties. A local Liberta ... More >>
Inside the University of Denver's giant press filing room -- where reporters in town for the presidential debate are already typing away -- we had a chance to sit down with Stephanie Cutter, President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager. We asked her about the latest attacks on the president as w ... More >>
In May, we shared a post featuring personal stories of victims in ten unsolved Denver murders, with the information provided by Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, an organization devoted to making sure no case or loved one is forgotten. Unfortunately, there are many more tragic event ... More >>
Barack Obama's appearance in Boulder on Sunday brought out Rich Black Mormons (one of them, anyway) and thousands of others -- a fascinatingly varied swath of humanity willing to swelter in the heat for hours for a chance to stand on CU-Boulder's Norlin Quad, sight of the annual 4/20 celebration, to ... More >>
Actor Kal Penn, who is campaigning for Barack Obama nearly full-time, stopped in Colorado yesterday to promote the president on college campuses. While his well-known character in Harold & Kumar may know quite a bit about marijuana, Penn, at a stop at the Auraria campus yesterday afternoon, didn't h ... More >>
Last week, we explored a theory that the ballot presence of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, could hurt Barack Obama in Colorado by boosting pro-weed legalization Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. One prominent advocate thinks this prospect could cause Obama administration mo ... More >>
The presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will likely be very tight in Colorado, a key swing state -- and a close vote is also expected for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. But could a big turnout for the latter undermine Obama in the state? This theory is b ... More >>
Colorado's minor political parties have banded together to express major gripes with new rules from Secretary of State Scott Gessler -- rules that the groups say create conflicts of interest and threaten to undermine the integrity of upcoming elections.
Editor's note: This election cycle, Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. So far, Barack Obama's campaign is spending more money than Mitt Romney's on Denver TV ads. A lot more.
Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, who is now running for president as a Libertarian, stopped in Denver yesterday for Pridefest. He took a break from schmoozing with potential voters to chat with Westword about his campaign, the Libertarian Party, marijuana, gay marriage and his ongoing bat ... More >>
The country's third-largest political party, the Libertarian Party, got its start here in Colorado 41 years ago. And this morning, the Libertarian Party of Colorado will fire up its state convention at the Double Tree in Aurora (a new convention hotspot), with a schedule that includes a presidential ... More >>
Amendment 64, previously known as the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has been approved for the November ballot, and thus far, its backers include former Colorado House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, the ACLU of Colorado and ex-New Mexico governor/Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnso ... More >>
Update: Now that the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act has been approved for the November ballot (get more details below), proponent Mason Tvert is busily lining up allies for what should be among the season's most interesting campaigns -- and at a 2 p.m. news conference, he'll be introducing thre ... More >>
When backers of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act turned in 12,000-plus signatures Friday to cure a 2,407 signature shortfall toward qualifying for the November ballot, a special guest was on hand: Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico. Johnson thinks the Regulate measure could be the b ... More >>
And here we thought marijuana made its proponents more mellow than our average cranky correspondents. Yesterday morning, shortly after Nick Lucchesi posted his piece on one of the products he'd seen at KushCon II, Prescription Lock, which ends the "need to hide your weed," Mr. Mezzrow poste ... More >>
Cheryl Shuman.KushConII, December 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center, has made news over its RTD bus ads, which have drawn protests from law-enforcement. But Cheryl Shuman, the event's international director of PR and media, would rather focus on the event itself, which she says takes me ... More >>
Mason TvertThe Grand Hyatt Denver will be hopping this Saturday, as folks gather to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, the local drug-policy reform organization better known as SAFER. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Denver City Councilman C ... More >>
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