Yesterday during a debate with Republican gubernatorial rival Bob Beauprez, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper described Colorado voter's legalization of marijuana as "reckless." In response, Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, calls Hickenlooper a hypocrite -- and that's not all. See a ... More >>
In May, we told you about Chipotle stores announcing a no-guns policy after being targeted by a petition from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The organization has had similar success with a number of other national chains. But Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers and City Market s ... More >>
Those who feel political polls conducted long before an election frequently have very little news value can point to two new pieces of evidence to bolster their argument. Yesterday, media organizations ballyhooed a poll showing that Governor John Hickenlooper leads Republican challenger Bob Beaupre ... More >>
Our post about the reaction to Michael Bloomberg suggesting that Colorado Springs and Pueblo are so rural that they may not even have roads prompted a slew of comments from folks calling the ex-New York City mayor out of touch or weighing in on gun control, the topic that prompted the remark in the ... More >>
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a big fan of gun-control measures passed in Colorado following the Aurora theater shooting. But he just handed opponents of the laws an easy way to dismiss him as an out-of-touch elitist unfamiliar with the West. To whit: In a just-published interview, ... More >>
Denver blog posts believe in picking up after your pets. Colorado Peak Politics thinks Michael Bloomberg's backing of Amendment 66 hurt the measure despite his giant wallet. Denver Infill's Ryan Dravitz shares the latest update of the Skyline View Apartments project in Lower Highland. Colorado Po ... More >>
Outspoken Denver Public Schools board member Andrea Merida will not run for re-election. In a blog post on her website (the full text of which is below), she explains why: "I cannot, in good conscience, serve on a board whose only function now is to give tests." Merida was the subject of a 2010 Wes ... More >>
Denver blog posts are hair-raising. Mile High Report's Jon Heath on Vic Lombardi's "enhancement" of Joe Flacco banners all over town. Colorado Pols on NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's monetary support of senators John Morse and Angela Giron. Denver Frank wants to give pit bulls a second chance.
Gun enthusiasts have long accused Colorado's Democratic leadership of "following the script" established by major gun-control advocacy groups, such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), in their campaign to pass legislation expanding background checks and limiting magazine capacity -- two measures ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post last week about an appearance by Aurora theater shooting victim Stephen Barton at an anti-gun-violence rally featured a photo of him with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's also called for stricter firearms regulations. That prompted one reader to tee off on both for a ... More >>
Dueling gun-related events -- one condemning gun violence, the other condemning "big-city gun-grabbers" -- are scheduled tomorrow in Colorado. The first is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and will coincide with the anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting. The second "counter-rally" is ... More >>
Jessie Ulibarri.The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has sparked protests and prayer vigils and a seemingly endless discussion about race and guns, self-defense laws and justice in America. One of the oddest responses to cross our desk comes in the ... More >>
It should be all hearts and flowers when Governor John Hickenlooper signs the civil unions bill at History Colorado this afternoon. But we're betting that this historic moment will also have a history-making amount of security, given the vehement response to Hickenlooper's signing of three gun measu ... More >>
Doug Benson's appearance in Denver this weekend is a welcome addition to a long line of marijuana-themed events that have given Colorado a globally recognized identity as a THC utopia. As the co-star of The Marijuana-Logues and the documentary Super High Me -- in which Benson takes on the Morgan Spu ... More >>
Last week, onetime Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo revealed that he would take a single puff of a marijuana cigarette to settle a bet with a comedian-filmmaker. Once he does, he'll join a large number of politicians who've done likewise -- and most of them admit it. Continue to coun ... More >>
Last Friday, Stephen Barton, a survivor of the Aurora theater shooting and now a vocal advocate for stronger gun policies, was back in Colorado, doing outreach work. While in Denver, he heard the news about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It was hard to compreh ... More >>
Colorado is not facing any danger from Hurricane Sandy, but the effects of the storm can still be felt here, with the Obama and Romney camps canceling scheduled rallies. Today, we decided to check in with a local expert on natural disasters who also has a perspective on potential political ramificat ... More >>
The Independence Institute's annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms party is "the most politically incorrect event of the year," as we tagged it years ago, and the tenth annual ATF event lived up to that billing Saturday even if it didn't make the news that the 2010 incarnation did -- when then-Senate ... 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 >>
When asked about gun laws on Sunday -- two days after James Holmes fired shots into an Aurora movie theater in one of the largest mass shootings in American history -- Representative Ed Perlmutter backed reinstatement of the assaults weapon ban. The comments, on live national TV, made him one of the ... 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 >>
If New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on sugary drinks is enacted, it will give the health department the authority to slap fines on restaurants, movie theaters, food carts and sandwich shops that try to sell sodas larger than 16 ounces. Bad idea? Maybe on the surface -- for those ... More >>
Willow the cat.At long last -- and on national television -- Willow the cat was reunited with her family last week. The Today Show clip below finds Willow being lovingly caressed by family matriarch Jamie Squires while Matt Lauer asks predictable questions and she is confronted by Lola, a dau ... More >>
Michael Brown & pal.As the man in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the 2005 period when Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Michael Brown knows a thing or two about hurricanes, and the media's coverage of them. So what kind of grades does the current KOA talk-show h ... More >>
These three Denver blog posts should hold you until Monday. Colorado Pols offers a look at several "mailbombs" attacking Jeffco Democrat Debbie Benefield, including one alleged royal screw-up. Education News Colorado's Alan Gottlieb feels that parents' proud tears trumped a talk by New York ... More >>
More photos below.What brings New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Denver? An invite from his Denver counterpart, John Hickenlooper, to participate in tonight's Denver Scholarship Foundation fundraiser at the Colorado Convention Center Hyatt. But before then, he made a carefully scripted ... More >>
In the heat of Michael Bloomberg's quest to limit the use of salt in NYC restaurants, a recent study has found that a program aimed at reducing the nation's salt intake could shave 24 BILLION dollars from the national health-care budget. Healthy or not, we're siding with David Chang, who mak ... More >>
A Flickr photoThe thought of figuring out who's more stressed out than we are is stressing us out!It's been a month to the day since the Daily Beast declared Denver to be the fifth-smartest city in the United States -- and apparently the folks at the American Psychological Association think o ... More >>
The most dogged and enterprising journalist to write about the Rocky Mountain News' closure saga came from the Rocky's own newsroom. Business columnist and reporter David Milstead broke story after story. For example, he unearthed a confidential letter from executives at E.W. Scripps, the Rocky's fo ... More >>
Bye-bye, A.I. So the big NBA trade yesterday happened right here in Denver: Allen Iverson for, most notably, hometowner Chauncey Billups and former Nugget Antonio McDyess (plus Cheikh Samb). Nothing against Billups, who if not as good an all-around player as Iverson, at least has a good narrative ... More >>
Suddenly, there's no Ecko in here.
The cost of cigarettes could go up in smoke this November.
All Atkins, All the Time
The candidates are spit-shining their images, trying to prove that, really, they're not all the same person.
Competitive hot-dog eating requires steely nerves and a cast-iron stomach.