Campaigners are getting serious about the next election, but would-be candidates missed a golden opportunity in the Golden Triangle when they failed to lease the space at 1100 Bannock Street most recently occupied by the Michael Hancock campaign.
Friday, Sabor, hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver, filled the Denver Botanic Gardens with food, fun and some incredible fashions in the sold-out crowd of 3,000 guests. But one face was missing: Jeffrey Campos, the ex-Chamber head who'd resigned a week earlier.
Movers and shakers usually donate to political campaigns so that they can get the ear of an office-holder. But at today's debt-retirement fundraiser for Doug Linkhart, they'll be lucky if they get this lousy T-shirt... and the thanks of a longtime public servant.
Big morning for Michael Hancock. First, he actually survived an appearance on Peter Boyles's show -- during which he promised to call Theresa Spahn and James Mejia, and apologize for a supporter calling them "losers." And at the moment, it doesn't look like "loser" will be a label hanging fro ... More >>
Political circles have been going round and round the last two days over James Mejia's endorsement of Chris Romer. But conspiracy theorists should take note of this comment from Andrew Hudson, former spokesman for Mayor Wellington Webb and an early and ardent Mejia supporter, who weighed in w ... More >>
Chris Romer.Update: Why did James Mejia, who finished third in the initial round of voting for Denver mayor, choose to reject conventional wisdom and endorse frontrunner Chris Romer over second-place finisher Michael Hancock? Mejia spokesman Berrick Abramson says the decision had a lot to do ... More >>
You've counted down the days. May 1, May 2, May 3... Now it's here. Cinco de Mayo -- the biggest one-day holiday that spans dos días of food, drinks and fun in downtown Denver. On the big day on Saturday, the Cinco de Mayo Parade returns for its 19th annual walk-through -- after a two-year ... More >>
James MejiaUpdate: Who will get the Latino vote now that James Mejia is out of the race for mayor? That was the question on Colorado Public Television's Studio 12 last night. But following this morning's e-mail blast in which Mejia told supporters he's officially bowing out, the real questio ... More >>
James Mejia.It's official. Earlier this morning, James Mejia posted a message on his campaign Facebook page conceding in the first round of the Denver mayoral election. But while he offered congratulations to top-two finishers Chris Romer and Michael Hancock, he hasn't endorsed either of them ... More >>
Chris Romer.If you hurry, you can start your day with a helping of Chris Romer. The man who led the voting after the first round of the Denver mayor's race yesterday will be at Market Street Station at 7:30 a.m. -- the first stop in what he's calling his "Good morning, Denver" tour. And at 11 ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Yesterday, spokeswoman Amber Miller told us the Michael Hancock campaign would deliver ballots for voters -- and each one collected was important. Hancock finished second in the initial round of the Denver mayor's race, behind Chris Romer and so narrowly ahead of James Mejia t ... More >>
Ballots for the 2011 General Municipal Election were mailed out to voters late last week. With nine candidates running for Denver mayor, voters will need to keep a "cheat sheet" handy. My Speed Candidating profiles cut through the political rhetoric to awaken the truth. Today, we set the al ... More >>
James Mejia.James Mejia is now among the frontrunners in the race for Denver mayor, which makes him a target for attacks -- including an unexpected one from a group of Latino activists led by Lidia Ortiz. They've written an open letter blasting Mejia for using the phrase "illegal immigrants" ... More >>
James Mejia.Last week, mayoral candidate James Mejia wrapped up his campaign to sleep over at homes across the city. I was at the last slumber party on Friday night, as it was hosted by my boyfriend's house, Sleeptight, which he shares with four roommates in the Lincoln/La Alma Park neighbor ... More >>
Carol Boigon.Denver City Councilwoman Carol Boigon has run one of the more aggressive mayoral campaigns to date -- but it's over. According to campaign spokeswoman C.L. Harmer, Boigon is dropping out of the race, and she'll endorse fellow councilman Michael Hancock at a 10:30 a.m. press conf ... More >>
denvergov.orgDenver Justice CenterPueblo's elected leaders are peeved that the city is currently $1.4 million over budget in its ongoing effort to remodel Pueblo's historic City Hall building. Councilmembers there are comparing the project to their experience with the construction of Pueblo' ... More >>
Hancock.In a post yesterday, we praised Michael Hancock's new campaign ad in comparison with those released to date by rivals such as Chris Romer, Carol Boigon and James Mejia. But at least one reader wasn't buying what any of these candidates is selling.
Chris RomerMTV Cribs is a guilty pleasure for a lot of people, but spoofs of the show -- which typically features the rockin' homes of mega-pimpin' athletes, movie stars and rappers -- can be even funnier. A couple of weeks, ago, The Daily Show did its Cribs: Teachers Edition, an offshoot of ... More >>
While James Mejia may not be considered the front-runner in the Denver mayoral race, he's willing to push the publicity envelope to earn some attention -- and possibly a few more votes. Take his decision to sit down for a video interview with stand-up comic and former Westword writer Adam Cay ... More >>
James Mejia.The mayoral race is finally heating up, not because of TV ads, but because robocalls are burning up the phone lines -- of those Denver residents who still have land lines, at least. I heard a recent message from James Mejia too late for "Denver-made" breakfast at his headquarters, ... More >>
Butch Montoya.Former Denver Manager of Safety Fidel "Butch" Montoya is switching his endorsement in the upcoming mayoral election to James Mejia. In a strongly-worded letter e-mailed to friends Monday evening, Montoya writes that he originally intended to endorse former state senator Chris Ro ... More >>
Scott McInnis.The Denver mayoral race is finally starting to see some heat. Michael Hancock issued a press release Friday that called out contender Chris Romer for hiring an out-of-state political research firm to dig up information on other candidates -- a well-known campaign tactic known as ... More >>
More pics below.An event last night illustrates the growing power of the medical marijuana biz not just in Colorado, but nationwide. The stars of the show were Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a new, Washington, D.C.-based lobbying organization, a ... More >>
It's patio weather at Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe.Back in 1985, when the Aguirre family opened Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe at 33rd and Tejon, the neighborhood was looking a little run-down (to be kind). But just as the restaurant has grown, and the Aguirre kids have grown up, so has the neighborh ... More >>
Click on image to enlarge. The antiquated mayoral forum is a terrible framework to learn about the unique talents of Denver's current 16 candidates. Michael Forrester, Doug Linkhart, James Mejia and Nancy Spahn prove that the ballroom dance competition would be a far more captivating way to i ... More >>
Bill Vidal.Given how many people are running for Denver mayor, it's a relief someone has said no. But interim mayor Bill Vidal's latest statement that he won't join the race was preceded by an e-mail to supporters sent when he was considering a bid -- and its blunt language, including an accu ... More >>
With John Hickenlooper having been elected Colorado's governor, we know Denver will have a new mayor next year, and the race promises to be wide open. To introduce you to the players, we're offering profiles of official candidates. Next up: Danny Lopez. Danny Lopez hopes that not having an o ... More >>
Michael Forrester.With John Hickenlooper having been elected Colorado's governor, we know Denver will have a new mayor next year, and the race promises to be wild and wide open. To introduce you to the players, we're offering profiles of official candidates. Next up: Michael Forrester. "I do ... More >>
James Mejia.Now that John Hickenlooper has been elected Colorado's governor, we know Denver will have a new mayor next year -- and the race promises to be wild and wide open. To introduce you to the players, we're going to offer profiles of official candidates, starting with the first to decl ... More >>
Before James Mejia even announced he was running, "James Mejia for Mayor" was a Facebook page with a thousand fans (and no personal affiliation with Mejia). This morning, Mejia filed his formal candidacy for mayor of Denver, making him the first official candidate in the race, close to a ye ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Got some gaps in your culinary education? There are seven different culinary workshops, discussions and demonstrations this week, plus tons of wine tastings, Dining Out for Life and the inaugural Boulder Brew and Music Festival. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead: Monda ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter hosted more than thirty business leaders at the Governor's Mansion yesterday for a roundtable discussion of one of his major priorities for 2010: job creation. But Ritter had already given job creation a major push the day before, when his official announcement that he w ... More >>
After a lackluster and sometimes controversial tenure as Manager of Parks and Recreation beginning in 2003, Kim Bailey is resigning effective May 27 to become vice president of Urban Centers for Outward Bound USA in Golden. I learned the welcome news on Tuesday, April 8, and interestingly enough, I ... More >>
The greater Civic Center has delivered a one-two punch to the mayor's ambitions.
Now showing, Steven Holl -- for one night.
Denver Parks + Recreation
Is building a jail as an extension of Denver's Civic Center really the right thing to do?
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Outsiders swoop in and threaten area landmarks -- as usual.
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Painting tames the landscape, while politics rule the cityscape.
Cheesman neighbors worry that their park is going to the dogs.
From the week of August 29, 2002
The future of a great public space hangs in the balance.
An ambitious plan to expand Denver's parks may take root if the political climate is fertile.
Chuck Parson's summer solo at Artyard is refreshing -- even if the city's fountains aren't.
Winter Park's blend of public and private interests raises control issues.