Michael Hancock.And so it begins. At a Monday hearing, Occupy Denver and the City and County of Denver will face off in a courtroom over attorney David Lane's motion for an injunction against the enforcement of municipal ordinances seen as restricting the protest's free speech -- like, for in ... 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 >>
Michael Hancock.Michael Hancock has good timing. He was in the right place, right time when Denver voters were looking for someone, anyone but Chris Romer to be mayor, and managed to edge out James Mejia, the other leading someone. And even as Snobama was descending on the city, Mayor Hancoc ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock and several Denver City Council members are talking up a potential overnight camping ban in public places, including the 16th Street Mall. Given the brouhaha over camping by Occupy Denver, which has been joined by numerous homeless protesters, is this notion a preemptive ... More >>
Michael Hancock Concerns about public education and the need to improve communication between city officials and citizens about everything from parking to park usage were hot topics this morning at Mayor Michael Hancock's first community forum. Comments such as "City personnel need to be more ... More >>
Michael Hancock.This week's cover story, "The Victim Lobby," examines the victim rights movement in Colorado -- its remarkable growth and accomplishments, as well as the controversy over who truly "speaks" for victims in court or in the legislature. But few in high places speak as powerfully, ... More >>
Michael Hancock. After spending the morning with W., Mayor Michael Hancock (who the former president said was classy), launched his Denver Education Compact, a committee of big brains set to tackle the city's school system, which graduated just 51.8 percent of students on time last year. Hanc ... More >>
Update, 5:18 p.m. October 18: When asked to describe Occupy Denver's meeting with Hancock this afternoon, protester Al (full name withheld) went with, "It was neutral." The less-than-exciting introduction matches the results, which take neither side any further toward agreement than before th ... More >>
Hold your horses! Cowboys only have to stay on a buckin' bronc for eight seconds, but the debate over the proposed National Western Stock Show relocation continues to bump along. Five weeks ago, Mayor Michael Hancock gave NWSS officials until October 1 to come up with an explanation of why they wan ... More >>
Inspired by President Obama's American Jobs Act campaign performance at Lincoln High School, Mayor Michael Hancock can now claim that new trash fees are needed to create new jobs...
Michael Hancock.Grief doesn't respect demographic boundaries, and the devastating impact of a homicide in the family can be found in all walks of life. On Monday, a coalition of victim groups gathered outside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse downtown to remember lost loved ones and listen to a ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Shortly after taking office, Mayor Michael Hancock had suggestion boxes placed in Denver Police substations, and an anonymous selection from districts 5 and 6 provides a fascinating insight into the thoughts of some officers. The focus of the notes -- fifteen pages of which a ... More >>
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's proposed 2012 budget was released yesterday and revealed that city government can continue business as usual as long as city employees keep taking furlough days without pay. The complete budget breakdown is shown below...
On his thirtieth day in office, Mayor Michael Hancock really got down to business yesterday, outlining a better, faster, stronger city government in a speech at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce's State of the City Luncheon that included his opposition to Initiative 300, the paid sick leav ... More >>
Appearing as a guest star on the lineup of upcoming reality TV shows might give new Denver mayor Michael Hancock the national media attention he craves...
Michael Hancock.Political correctness isn't an exact science. Congressman Doug Lamborn has been pilloried in some quarters for saying that being associated with Barack Obama is like touching a tar baby -- a term previously used by Westword writers, albeit in a non-racial context. But did West ... More >>
It's become a rite of passage for Denver mayors to record a welcome greeting for Denver International Airport's underground train. John Hickenlooper started the trend; then came Bill Vidal's bilingual version. Now, Michael Hancock has gotten into the act with his own DIA train greeting -- but ... More >>
Hancock.A week after his inauguration, Mayor Michael Hancock really takes the reins today. This morning, he'll hold his first Mayor-City Council meeting (five of the reps are complete newbies -- unlike Hancock, who was on council for eight years). That'll be followed by the initial gathering ... More >>
Michael Hancock hasn't yet taken office as mayor of Denver. That's on tap for later today. But Hancock's already being pressured by some arts advocates to take another look at the recent merger of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Division of Theatres & Arenas into Arts & Venues ... More >>
5280 Shadow.Now that Michael Hancock is officially Denver's mayor, does he already have a mole... who tweets? That's the political guessing game surrounding 5280 Shadow, a mysterious Twitter feed that purports to offer inside scoop, most of it Hancock-related. Check out some examples.
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.
This week, proponents of the Denver Paid Sick Leave Initiative turned in more than triple the number of signatures needed to make the ballot. But they face plenty of obstacles, including the newly announced opposition of mayor-elect Michael Hancock.
Patricia Calhoun's post about Denver Police retirees urging Michael Hancock to hire a "fair" Manager of Safety drew a strong post from a member of the force. He sees the decision as impacting the public in ways the average resident may not have considered.
Hancock.As Patricia Calhoun reported in yesterday's Wake-Up Call post, Denver Police retirees want Michael Hancock to hire a Manager of Safety who's fair to cops. But does fairness mean siding with accused officers even when there's strong evidence against them? One reader has some ideas abo ... More >>
While mayor-elect Michael Hancock continues to collect resumes for the numerous appointments he must make, a group of retired police officers will be gathering today to ask Hancock to appoint a new safety manager -- the sixth person in that position in a year -- who will be more sympathetic t ... More >>
Hancock.Our post about the Denver Police Department obstacles being thrown in front of Complete Colorado's Todd Shepherd as he tries to get more information on the Michael Hancock prostitution story didn't spawn a lot of sympathy for his plight. Here's one particularly cutting post.
Michael Hancock.Although the uproar over reports allegedly linking mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution operation has died down, one journalist -- Complete Colorado's Todd Shepherd, who broke the story in the first place -- isn't giving up. But he's hit a roadblock w ... More >>
Hancock.A Comment of the Day from last week condemning the media for overcovering the Michael Hancock prostitution story spurred a strong opinion from another reader distressed by the press' approach to the sensational (and unproven) allegations. Here's what he had to say.
Michael Hancock.Unlike former Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple, who penned a weekly column for years, Denver Post editor Greg Moore seldom writes pieces for the paper. But he made an exception Sunday with an item that attempted to explain the Post's approach to the claims allegedly link ... More >>
Michael Hancock.As a teenager, Michael Hancock told Channel 4 that one day he wanted to be Denver's first black mayor. Wellington Webb beat him to that title, but still, Hancock made history with one of the strangest-ever starts to a mayoral term. He was elected to the office by a huge margin ... More >>
Hancock.In the beginning, the alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring received only a smattering of media coverage -- but that certainly isn't the case now, much to the chagrin of one reader with knowledge of old-school, bare-knuckle politics. ... More >>
Michael Hancock.The latest developments in the story linking mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution biz suggest that everyone who's been slimed by it so far wants it to be over immediately if not sooner. And who's at the front of the the parade along with Hancock hims ... More >>
Big pics below.The document allegedly linking Denver mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution ring listed the cost for one session as $275. Which got us to wondering: What services would that buy? And what would you get if you played less... or more? To answer those que ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Folks at the Denver Post seem ready to put the alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring in the rearview mirror after reviewing the candidates cell-phone records. But while the Post accepted the Hancock team's conditions to exam ... More >>
Hancock on 9News.The story linking mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution ring has turned into an absurdist comedy. Note that from 3:35 p.m. yesterday to 12:57 a.m. this morning, a team of ten editors, reporters and researchers from the Denver Post and 9News examined H ... More >>
Michael Hancock.At this point, Denver Police Department reps aren't saying why they handed over the Denver Players prostitution investigation to the feds. But no need to exhume Nostradamus to figure it out. After all, there are approximately a gazillion reasons why the DPD would want to put ... More >>
Michael Hancock.The alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring was kept relatively quiet before Hancock's victory. But even after 7News and Fox31 joined in reporting the story on Thursday, the Denver Post and 9News held off. What made them finall ... More >>
Hancock on 7News.Update below: Yesterday, former Denver Players owner Scottie Ewing claimed that "EVERY reporter in Denver" wanted a look at records he said linked mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham -- and plenty obviously did. Last ... More >>
Hancock.Both 7News and Fox31 are now reporting about the alleged link between mayor-elect Michael Hancock and the Denver Players prostitution ring. But many major news agencies are still holding off. Why? CBS4 news director Tim Wieland explains his station's reticence to move forward with th ... More >>
Michael Hancock wasn't the only big winner last night. His campaign headquarters at 1100 Bannock Street just scored another major victory. This could be the luckiest address in town, a golden spot in the Golden Triangle.
Big pics below.During Michael Hancock's victory party at the Exdo Event Center last night, rumblings about Scott Ewing and Denver Players links took a backseat to celebrating a huge win over rival Chris Romer. Westword photographer Kate Levy was on hand to capture the scene. Check out her im ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Fresh off the high of winning the job of Denver mayor, Michael Hancock thanked voters and took his first step in his transition process by launching the website DenverForward.com. "Last night was a special night for me," he told supporters at Civic Center Park. "I'm honored b ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Update: A short time ago, we published a look at the Chris Romer campaign's election day strategy in the Denver mayor's race that pits him against Michael Hancock. The Hancock crew's take? Amber Miller, spokeswoman for the perceived frontrunner, offered the following takes on ... More >>
Michael Hancock.On Friday, we pointed to a CompleteColorado.com post claiming that mayoral frontrunner Michael Hancock's name and number had been linked to Denver Players, the prostitution ring that ensnared Judge Edward Nottingham. This morning, we'd hoped to talk to the site's Todd Shepherd ... More >>
Scottie Ewing.Old swinger stories never die. Late Thursday, Complete Colorado broke a story about Michael Hancock allegedly being one of the clients of Denver Players, the prostitution/escort business that three years ago ended the career of Chief Judge Edward Nottingham -- the only name tha ... More >>
Crisanta Duran.Turns out that Tom Tancredo was not the only Michael Hancock supporter to start shouting "Viva Romer." State representative Crisanta Duran gave $100 to the Hancock campaign, a donation recorded on May 10 -- the day before she endorsed Chris Romer and became deputy manager of h ... More >>
Big pics below.Yesterday, we shared pics of mayoral frontrunner Michael Hancock belting out "Jailhouse Rock" with Jonny Barber & the Living Deads at Jonesy's EatBar over the weekend -- see the shots below. Don't interpret the song choice as his fantasy about where he'd like to send rival Chri ... More >>
For most Coloradans, the term "spring runoff" has nothing to do with Denver mayoral candidates Michael Hancock and Chris Romer and everything to do with the whitewater competition between tubers and kayakers. The fiercest fight for foam is often found at the Clear Creek Whitewater Park in Go ... More >>
Big pics below.A recent poll shows Michael Hancock with a ten-point lead over Chris Romer in the Denver mayor's race. That kind of thing makes politicians feel like singing -- and sing Hancock did, belting out "Jailhouse Rock" with Jonny Barber & the Living Deads at Jonesy's EatBar over the w ... More >>
"Viva Romer!" That was the word from Tom Tancredo yesterday morning on Peter Boyles's radio show, responding to the dirty-tricks campaign designed to turn Latino voters against Michael Hancock by claiming that Tancredo has endorsed Hancock. Except, of course, that Tancredo has never endorse ... More >>
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