Colorado has an official State Dance (square), an official State Fossil (stegosaurus) and not one, but two official State Songs ("Where the Columbines Grow" and "Rocky Mountain High"). It has no official food -- but Governor John Hickenlooper's reference to favorite munchie snacks could soon change ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper gave this election a real sound bite when he warned that the passage of Amendment 64 doesn't change the fact that "federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or [Goldfish] too quickly."
Barack Obama's supporters think he's a remarkable man. But if what Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper revealed on Meet the Press yesterday is true, he's even more astonishing than even his biggest fans believed. Why? Because as you can see in the video below, Hick said the U.S. economy had been she ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper joined the Obama campaign yesterday to rally voters to support the president. In addition to expressing his worries about a possible Mitt Romney presidency, the governor told us he is also concerned that another Republican official, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, may b ... More >>
The Obama campaign is hauling surrogates all over the Denver metro area today as part of a bus tour to champion the president -- a week after he struggled at the University of Denver in the first debate against Mitt Romney. At one stop, Governor John Hickenlooper told supporters that they have a cle ... More >>
After Governor John Hickenlooper ate cafeteria food and danced with elementary school students yesterday, we asked him about another issue that, at least according to him, is relevant to youth: the regulation of marijuana. Following up on a statement his office sent out last week announcing that H ... More >>
Late yesterday afternoon, in the biggest surprise since the sun rose in the east, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his opposition to Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Amendment proponent Mason Tvert responded with a statement charging Hick with hypocrisy -- a theme that echo ... More >>
When accepting the presidential nomination at the 2012 DNC in Charlotte tonight, Barack Obama will speak at the Time Warner Convention Center, a quick switch from the Bank of America stadium. The official reason for the move is weather, although conspiracy theorists have their own ideas, including t ... More >>
In the latest installment of a long-running saga, yesterday Governor John Hickenlooper reappointed five of the ten public trustees who resigned last month -- at his request. And he appointed three new trustees in three counties, including one who really puts the "public" in public trustee: sometime ... More >>
Bringing the 2022 Winter Olympics to Denver has the potential to bring people together in a way that nothing else can, Governor John Hickenlooper said today, expressing serious interest in a possible bid. The governor chatted with Westword this morning about what the Olympics could mean for Colora ... More >>
A Good Samaritan bill aimed at ending busts after 911 overdose calls cleared the Colorado Senate in February. But while the measure passed the House prior to the civil unions logjam that prompted a controversial special session and awaits John Hickenlooper's signature, it was diluted in ways that l ... More >>
With a scribble of his ceremonial pen this morning, Governor John Hickenlooper set Colorado on a path not unlike that of the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr. No, our fair state isn't going to rehab. Instead, lawmakers, film-industry insiders and Colorado boosters hope that the beefed-up film inc ... More >>
Colorado's special session, which begins today, is earning nationwide attention for Governor John Hickenlooper due in large part to the civil unions legislation whose death largely inspired it. But in conversation with the net's Candy Crowley (see it below), Hickenlooper avoided espousing same-sex m ... More >>
As we've reported, Governor John Hickenlooper called for a special legislative session following the blockage of a civil unions bill. The governor's office has identified seven bills that Hickenlooper hopes will be addressed beginning on Monday, including the controversial THC driving bill. Does tha ... More >>
The U.S. Forest Service is now admitting that the Lower North Fork Fire near Conifer, which appears to have led to at least two casualties (one woman is still missing), was started by a prescribed burn that got out of control. Meanwhile, Governor John Hickenlooper has suspended such burns until aft ... More >>
National pundits have been touting John Hickenlooper as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, with perhaps a slot as Barack Obama's 2012 running mate as a warm-up. And lately, Hick's been sounding very vice-presidential -- if Obama is looking for a veep as gaffe-daffy as Joe Biden.
Patricia Calhoun's post about the great press garnered by John Hickenlooper nationally -- including his name surfacing as a possible vice-presidential candidate -- didn't convince one reader, who's a bit lukewarm about the governor's idiosyncrasies. Here's his take.
They like us! They really like us! Denver has long seemed like the Sally Field of cities, eager for any national recognition. And this past weekend, Denver got plenty, for everything from its beer to its beer-drinking governor....especially its beer-drinking governor.
Governor John Hickenlooper met with newspaper reps in town for the Colorado Press Association's annual convention at the Governor's Mansion yesterday. There, he talked about Iowa, Christo, the coolness of Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia...and how Westword was a very good neighbor during the Wynkoop B ... More >>
Despite concerns raised by the EPA and alarms sounded in a state report, Colorado officials are moving forward with a plan to divert more water from the Upper Colorado River to the Front Range -- which is why anglers, rafters, tourism interests and others will be rallying in protest on the we ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.As the USA Pro Cycling Challenge proved, Coloradans love their bicycling races. Governor John Hickenlooper hopes to tap into that passion and bring attention to an often neglected part of the state with "Pedal the Plains," which his office announced today. The three-day race ... More >>
John Hickenlooper might not like wearing a tie, but he has a thing about hats these days. He donned a giant cowboy hat for his speech at the Citizens of the West dinner Monday night (scary photo at right and below); he modeled a Denver Broncos cap during his State of the State speech yesterday. But ... More >>
During Tuesday night's broadcast of the 34th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the cameras frequently swept over the President's box occupied by Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as honorees Sonny Rollins, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Meryl Streep and Yo-Yo Ma -- and there, just to the president's right ... More >>
The word of the year? Our money (and yours) is on "fracking," the shortened term for "hydraulic fracturing," a practice that shook neighborhoods (in some cases literally) around the country this year, and has fueled the oil and gas boom in northeastern Colorado. But if energy execs really want to dr ... More >>
In recent decades, this state has been the focus of numerous doomsday predictions that Colorado -- if not the world itself -- was in imminent danger of disappearing. The most recent furor involves the Mayan calendar's prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012 -- a prediction deb ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Denver blogs posts are having a helluva week. Who Said You Said hypes a video of John Hickenlooper expressing disappointment with the redistricting process. Didn't the results supposedly benefit Hick's fellow Democrats? Burning Down the House's Andi shares a moving essay a ... More >>
Yesterday, amid an unusually genial gathering of environmental and energy leaders, Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled new state rules requiring detailed disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") methods of drilling for oil and gas -- a major step toward transpa ... More >>
This week, governors in Rhode Island and Washington asked the federal government to concede that marijuana has medical uses. A Colorado official is required to send a similar message by year's end -- but would John Hickenlooper consider following the lead of these fellow governors and do the deed hi ... More >>
The Thunderdome's brief meeting with Governor John Hickenlooper has been captured on video -- and on YouTube -- and you can watch it below. Pay special attention around the 3:53 mark, when Hickenlooper exits the Denver Rescue Mission and is immediately subject to loud questions from the protesters. ... More >>
Thanksgiving began a day early -- and a bit shaky -- for Occupy Denver this morning when the group's kitchen collective, the Thunderdome, took to the Denver Rescue Mission to confront Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper. The politicians acted as symbolic hosts of a holiday benefit t ... More >>
Occupy Denver's sphere of influence (and the bad PR it occasionally invites upon city officials) has traveled well beyond Colorado borders, and its most recent stop earned it a spot in Connecticut. On Thursday, students at Governor John Hickenlooper's alma mater of Wesleyan University took official ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Coverage of the Occupy Denver tent city being dismantled early this morning wasn't only seen by Denverites. Also watching was London-based Adam Jung, a prominent figure in the protests associated with the 2008 Democratic National Convention owing to his role with Tent State Univ ... More >>
Hickenlooper.The political triumvirate of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers held a joint news conference this morning aimed firmly at dispersing the ever-growing camp at Occupy Denver. Protesters will no longer be allo ... More >>
Members of the Occupy Denver movement will hold a press conference at 10 p.m. in the wake of Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock's announcement that the group can no longer camp out on the grounds of the Colorado State Capitol overnight. The group issued a press release this ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, Governor John Hickenlooper said Occupy Denver protesters can't continue camping overnight near the State Capitol -- but he acknowledged that jurisdictional issues have complicated things. Such issues have yet to be resolved, says a Colorado State Patrol spokesman. Bu ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Earlier today, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman said the law-enforcement approach to Occupy Denver's tent city is evolving, and could be finalized soon. But rather than waiting to see how agencies might try to enforce Governor John Hickenlooper's apparent wish to end overni ... More >>
The tent city that sprang up in relation to Occupy Denver, the local version of the Occupy Wall Street protests, can't become a permanent fixture at the State Capitol, Governor John Hickenlooper said today -- and the Colorado State Patrol confirms that discussions will be underway soon to det ... More >>
Alan Prendergast's recent post quoted Governor John Hickenlooper as calling the prospect of contamination from fracking "inconceivable." But one reader thinks he wouldn't have any problems conceiving of this prospect were he not buddying up to the oil and gas industry.
Governor John Hickenlooper has walked a taut tightrope on energy issues since taking office, pushing for more natural gas drilling in a state already leading the region in drilling starts, while at the same time nudging the industry toward greater disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Major news organizations continue to struggle with social media. Case in point: This weekend, the Denver Post's Facebook page mistakenly referred to Governor John Hickenlooper as Mayor John Hickenlooper in one item -- and although a prompt correction followed, that's not immediat ... More >>
We've noted in this space before before the tendency among Colorado governors to load up the state parole board with former Denver police officers, as if the job was essentially an $85,000-a-year private security gig. Judging from John Hickenlooper's new appointments to the board, that streak ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has renewed its promise to focus on serious criminals for detention and deportation. "A new policy directs ICE officers and attorneys to use appropriate discretion to make sure victims and witnesses to crimes are not put into deportation proceedings, ... More >>
9NewsThe most recent sweeps period, when ratings determine TV ad rates, ended in May -- but last night, 9News unleashed a blockbuster anyhow. The station reports that the Newhouse Hotel, across the street from the State Capitol, is the registered home of no fewer than eleven sex offenders.
Rob Corry.Last October, attorney Rob Corry wrote to John Hickenlooper to ask the then-Denver mayor to stop prosecuting Lacy Lee, a woman busted for smoking pot at a pro-cannabis rally; the case was later dropped. Now, Corry's written to Hick again, this time to offer expert analysis on HB 104 ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Governor John Hickenlooper is apparently not convinced a Judicial Watch investigation will be sufficient to solve the murder in Mexico of David Hartley. So he, along with senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Representative Cory Gardner, signed letters sent to the department ... More >>
Restaurateurs all over the state will be raising a glass at 3 pm. today, when Governor John Hickenlooper officially signs Senate Bill 60 into law...at the Old Chicago at 145 Union Boulevard in Lakewood. But then, the setting makes sense, since this is the measure that will allow bars and rest ... More >>
Turn that frown upside down! Yesterday, a bill that would remove restaurants and bars from the archaic, post-Prohibition laws regulating the sales of low-alcohol beers in convenience and grocery stores made it out of the House Economic and Business Development Committee -- 13 to 0. Senate Bi ... More >>
Hick.As an intro to a photo gallery featuring shots of John Hickenlooper and other attendees at the John Denver Colorado Hall of Fame induction concert, reviewed by Backbeat's Dave Herrera, I shared my strongly held feeling that JD's music is vomit-inducing. Unsurprisingly, there was some dis ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Denver blog posts are multiplying like rabbits... with calculators. Colorado Pols' NCAA-style bracket to determine the state's political powerhouse for the year is down to its final two contestants -- John Hickenlooper and Ken Salazar. Vote early and often. Square State's ... More >>