If a Colorado county or district does not allow gas or oil production within its jurisdiction, should it be given tax revenue produced in other areas of the state that allow these companies? No, says initiative 121, an industry-driven proposal that's one of several measures focusing on fracking that ... More >>
One of the biggest arguments for the passage of Amendment 64 was the potential tax revenue limited recreational marijuana sales would generate -- and yesterday, the Denver City Council Government and Finance Committee met to discuss how to spend the city's share of money.
In recent weeks, we've posted about several satirical Colorado marijuana sales stories that some are taking seriously, including one that claimed pot overdoses killed 37 people and another about Representative Michele Bachmann supposedly driving stoned that prompted an official denial from Fort Coll ... More >>
Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is among the most powerful figures in conservative politics thanks to his "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" -- a promise to oppose tax-rate hikes for individuals or businesses that 41 U.S. Senators and 238 U.S. Representatives have signed. In rec ... More >>
Earlier this month, a group opposed to Proposition AA, the measure to establish tax rates on recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, staged a rally at Civic Center Park during which attendees were given free joints. Now, that same group, No on Proposition AA, is planning a second free-joint event ... More >>
Sarah Kate Baie has seen Mixed Taste -- the recurring lecture series kicking off tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver -- grow exponentially over the last nine years, from its early days at Belmar to its current, summer-season mainstay status at the MCA. Programming curator Baie and her ... More >>
Earlier today, Governor John Hickenlooper made his mark on six marijuana bills, pushing retail sale of recreational pot closer to becoming a reality and putting at least a temporary end to quandaries that occupied the legislature throughout much of the just-concluded session. "Clearly, we are chart ... More >>
The League of American Bicyclists is out with its list of the best states for cycling -- and Colorado finished in impressive fashion. Not that the League thinks any state has achieved perfection when it comes to welcoming and protecting cyclists. In our top ten list below, we've included the organi ... More >>
Amendment 64 opponents are threatening to force a repeal of the measure allowing adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana if legislators don't approve a sales tax that's higher than necessary to cover costs. That's the claim of A64 proponents, who have scheduled a press conf ... More >>
Yesterday, we noted that the marijuana bills needed to implement Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis, would be facing their first tests. But the exams are far from over. The most high-profile of the bills squeaked out of its first c ... 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 >>
On Tuesday, at 12:29 a.m., just as Colorado began celebrating the New Year, Senator Michael Bennet's staff released a statement explaining why, in a break from his Democratic colleagues and the president, he voted against the plan to avert the fiscal cliff. The decision made him one of only eight se ... More >>
While the clock ticks away on last-minute negotiations to avoid plunging the nation's economy over the dreaded fiscal cliff, the U.S. Senate did take steps late last night to provide a path up the side of a mountain -- and in the process transform thousands of Colorado scofflaws into legal hikers. A ... More >>
Update: This weekend, Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen published a scathing piece in which he argued that Planned Parenthood was likely worse than Penn State when it came to covering up sexual assaults on children; our previous coverage is below. Laugesen explains the ti ... More >>
Denver City Council had an action-packed agenda last night, giving final approval on a ban for any outdoor advertising for medical marijuana dispensaries, voting any police-brutality pay-out, and giving the go-ahead to put a measure to de-Bruce Denver on this November's ballot -- exactly twenty year ... More >>
Rebecca Gershten and Becca Beall Oschner know the importance of rape kits. In 2005, both women were victimized by serial rapist Brent Brents. Their rape kits helped lead to his capture. "Thankfully, our rape kits were processed in record time, which provided the proof necessary to arrest him," Gers ... More >>
A year after taking office, Mayor Michael Hancock delivered his first State of the City address this morning, promoting a range of priorities, including restructuring the police department, increasing programs for children and a new online initiative he is calling "e-Denver." That's right, Denver is ... More >>
The Lower North Fork Fire has already resulted in two fatalities and remains uncontained at this writing -- and the conditions that have fueled it are clearly not lost on officials in other communities. Below, see information about newly announced fire bans in Boulder and Golden, as well as a releas ... More >>
The February 26 Denver Post featured a lengthy article on Joneen Mackenzie and how she became a crusader for abstinence education -- a crusade she leads through her Center for Relationship Education, which is funded by a pair of grants, including one approved by the Colorado Board of Educatio ... More >>
Yum! Brands -- parent company of such fast-food chains as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell -- is currently lobbying the Kentucky state government to allow people to use their food stamps in its restaurants. Is this an example of unabashed corporate greed trying to divert state benefits from buyi ... More >>
Hunger Free Colorado opened a satellite office today at the Save-a-Lot at 15220 East Sixth Avenue in Aurora. Why is the project so needed?
Cary Kennedy.Michael Hancock may have gotten off to a sleepy start as the mayor-elect (more like a nightmare, dealing with that Denver Players mess). But with yesterday's introduction of his "Dream Team" to steer the city's financial future, Hancock's administration is definitely waking up.
Scott Tipton.Under pressure from ranchers to take as strong a stand against Army expansion in southern Colorado as his Democrat predecessor, freshman Republican congressman Scott Tipton managed to get a funding ban reinstated in a bill yesterday, earning him kudos from some of his sharpest cr ... More >>
Right now, National Public Radio is in turmoil, what with the resignation of CEO Vivian Schiller following anti-Tea Party comments from fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation), not to mention the crusade by the likes of Doug Lamborn to cut federal funding for public broadcasting. So has Colorad ... More >>
In February 2009, Barack Obama showed up at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to sign the $787 billion federal stimulus package. Since then, anyone who has been stuck behind an army of trucks on I-25, delayed by spates of lane closures on I-70 or winced at the infestation of orange cons ... More >>
From denvernorth.orgNorth High School. Six struggling Denver schools were awarded $14.4 million in federal money to help them "turn around" -- which is education-speak for raise test scores and graduation rates. The schools -- Montbello High School, Rachel B. Noel Middle School, Gilpin K-8 S ... More >>
Education commissioner Dwight Jones's op-ed got poor grades from the CEA.Update, 1:30 p.m., April 15: This blog, originally published yesterday afternoon, has been updated to reflect the comments of Education Commissioner Dwight Jones. A union that represents 40,000 teachers in Colorado is a ... More >>
Will Nancy Pelosi get so mad at Diana DeGette that she actually blinks?Just because the House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill this weekend doesn't mean it'll stay passed. Denver congresswoman Diana DeGette is leading a group of reproductive-rights supporters who are mad as hell th ... More >>
Pinnacol Assurance gets a glowing endorsement in today's Denver Post from former Governor Bill Owens, who notes that "in 2002, I signed a law requiring Pinnacol Assurance to operate like a business, meaning its liabilities would not be the state's responsibility, while its assets were specifically p ... More >>
Sweeping defeat in the 2008 elections hasn't made Colorado Republican Party boss Dick Wadhams any less feisty. On behalf of the state GOP, Wadhams purchased enormous advertisements in both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post featuring the banner headline "COLORADO REPUBLICANS WELCOME BACK PR ... More >>
Local political writer Ari Armstrong, author of FreeColorado.com and columnist for the Grand Junction Free Press, likes nothing better than to fire up his lowercase libertarian indignation against what he sees as the meddling of big government, abuses of personal liberty and the suppression of free- ... More >>
Yesterday, the Regional Transportation District took the wraps off an RTD-financed survey in which more than 60 percent of respondents said they'd "generally support" a tax increase to complete current FasTracks exansion by 2017. This info spawned prominently placed stories in the Denver Post and th ... More >>
John McCain will stop in Grand Junction on Election Day. Back on June 30, CNN posited that Colorado could become "the ultimate battleground state in the general election." Four months later, it looks like the war is over and John McCain will go down fighting in this state (sending Sarah Palin back ... More >>
Those wacky Republicans! The McCain-Palin Colorado campaign is hosting its seventh -- and final -- Iron Chef phone bank this evening, starting at 5 p.m. at the Centennial headquarters. This week's special ingredient is "Sloppy Joes," in honor of Joe the Plumber. Phone-bank participants are encourag ... More >>
It was a bad week for the city to turn down its air-conditioning and turn up the emphasis on Cool Biz, the energy-saving plan that Mayor John Hickenlooper had announced last Thursday. City Hall was already muggy on Tuesday, July 1, and the place really heated up after Rene Marie substituted the word ... More >>
Jazz singer Rene Marie's decision to sing different words to the National Anthem in advance of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper's July 1 state of the city speech got us thinking: If she can do it, why shouldn't we? The answer will be obvious when you see what we came up with -- a rewrite of Francis Sc ... More >>
Chrysalis, a social services program managed by Lois Clayton (pictured) that tries to get drug-addicted prostitutes off the streets and off drugs (profiled in this Westword feature), will graduate two participants from its intensive program today despite recent financial woes. Until recently, the pr ... More >>
Why so many parolees go back to prison, and how a new approach could help turn them around.
As the turks of Denver's black politics grow old, what's to be made of their legacy?
A candidate for state attorney general gets off to a messy start.
The anti-crime Weed and Seed program is leaving behind a lot of scorn and thorns in Denver neighborhoods.
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