When I heard that the last Furr's Cafeteria in Colorado had closed, I was sad. But only in the nostalgic-for-something-I-haven't-been-nostalgic-for-in-a-long-time kind of way. Furr's had become a place I always talked about visiting as an adult -- mostly to see if it was as good as it was when I was ... More >>
Back in October of last year, Don Fox, the CEO of Firehouse Subs, a national chain with thirteen outpost in the metro Denver area, had this to say about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "October 1st will be a watershed moment," wrote Fox in Forbes magazine. "On that day, the Affordable Care Act's 'Hea ... More >>
Colorado students are among those suffering due to this week's doubling of student-loan rates, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. And all because of Congressional inaction. Granted, that's not exactly news -- but things usually get expensive when Congress does something.... How best to process this ... More >>
Comedian Mara Wiles hasn't had it easy the last few years. After establishing herself as an intelligently goofy performer on the local comedy scene, she was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening kidney disorder that, to say the least, interrupted her ascending career as a standup. And Denver ... More >>
Update below: The time has come to question whether many liberal arts degrees are really worth it. So says Representative Mike Coffman in a recent newsletter, in which he also admits to regretting his own political science major and notes that he probably would've been better off primarily studying ... More >>
Further underscoring the importance of Colorado as a key swing state in the presidential election, Paul Ryan, the newly named Republican vice presidential candidate, is holding events in metro Denver tonight and tomorrow -- just two days after Mitt Romney announced his running mate. Ryan began his ... More >>
Big news today for Barack Obama and, you know, tens of millions of Americans across the country: The Supreme Court of the United States has finally issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, essentially deciding to keep most of it intact. And advocates in Colorado are cheering the news, saying it ... More >>
Last November, we introduced you to ThanksObamacare.org, a local website aiming to transform "Obamacare" from an attack label used by opponents of the 2010 health-care law to a term of endearment. This week, the site's released a new video, "Don't Deny Us," which expands on this theme as political o ... More >>
She wasn't named chief of the Denver Police Department -- although she was rumored to be a leading contender until Michael Hancock decided to go outside of the DPD to tap Robert White. But tonight Captain Tracie Keesee will get another honor: She's the alumni recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Women ... More >>
This week, President Barack Obama talked to CU-Boulder students about college affordability. But how affordable is CU? According to a list of four-year public colleges compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, the university costs more than 79 percent of the institutions on the roster.
Update, below: Wells Fargo will be the target of several actions this week by the Colorado Progressive Coalition, including plans to "move in" to a branch on Thursday with lamps, pillows and coffee pots to protest the bank's high number of foreclosures. Dubbed the Mile High Showdown, the acti ... More >>
Last year, when state lawmakers set about reining in the sky-high interest rates of payday lenders in Colorado, the industry howled and moaned that tighter regulation would cost bunches of jobs. But a new report from the Colorado Attorney General's Office suggests the biggest impact of the reform ha ... More >>
The Denver Children's Advocacy Center has won a $50,000 federal grant to educate parents and pregnant women about Medicaid and other health insurance for low-income families. The grant is the second such award for the center, which serves children who have been sexually abused, neglected or ... More >>
Illustration from Colorado Progressive Coalition.Linda Stapel was a field researcher in February 2009, making enough money to buy a home by herself. But that's when she was blind-sided a by a woman in her car while collecting data for work. Stapel was left with Annular tears in her neck, seve ... More >>
Our post about this past weekend's Tax Day Tea Party in Loveland turned into a lively forum for debate about whether this grassroots movement is a good thing or a bad thing. Here's a post from someone representing the latter point of view.
When Jessie Burke refused to honor an expired Groupon coupon for a long-time customer, a woman named Lucina, who wanted a bite to eat in Burke's Portland, Oregon cafe, Lucinda threatened to never return -- until, that is, Burke sat down with her and explained the trials and tribulations of a ... More >>
Reggie McDaniel.Radio personality Reggie McDaniel, who died Friday at age sixty, divided audiences simply by being himself. Some listeners loved his "Everyday People's Entertainment Guide" because of the way it rejected critical pretension, while others saw him as a throwback to an earlier ge ... More >>
A Flickr photoMore than a hundred new state laws go into effect on August 11, dealing with everything from clean energy to so-called "smart" government. But one of the most hard-fought reforms is House Bill 1351, which requires the payday loan industry to cap its annual interest rate at 45 pe ... More >>
Matt Brown: Is the marijuana jar half full?Earlier today, we told you about five new amendments being floated by Senator Chris Romer and others in relation to HB 1284, the medical marijuana regulatory bill, which the senate is scheduled to debate today. Just last week, Coloradans for Medical ... More >>
Representative John Kefalas, a democrat from Fort Collins, says consumers should be able to better understand their insurance policies.Last week, we told you about State Representative John Kefalas' bill to simplify the language in insurance policies, which requires, among other things, that ... More >>
Whereas the sentence of this line does lack reasonable syntax therein, devoid of wordiness or legalese or both, or otherwise does lack sizable font to a specified degree, or both, call John Kefalas consumers concerned about it should.Even as President Barack Obama and a divided Congress are o ... More >>
Assurant CEO Donald Hamm assured Congress his company's rescission process was "fair and thorough."Assurant Health, the country's oldest provider of individual health insurance policies, has had a few public relations problems lately. In addition to the debate over such companies making hund ... More >>
Assurant Health CEO Don Hamm told Congress his company saved $150 million by rescinding policies.Last week's summit on health care reform in Washington produced the expected speechifying and little consensus on what's to be done. But there's one point that Democrats and Republicans echoed eac ... More >>
"Hey, Barack. Remember that public-option thing you used to be so hot on?"Colorado's Michael Bennet is widely seen as being among the most vulnerable Democratic senators in advance of the November 2010 election -- hence President Barack Obama's fundraising visit to Denver last week before a p ... More >>
A 2005 collision with a meth dealer fleeing police demolished Jennifer Latham's car -- and her health coverage.This week's cover story, "You're in Bad Hands," follows a Lafayette woman's four-year battle with her health insurance company after a devastating car accident left her seriously inj ... More >>
Chances are that if you read or watch anything (besides McCommercials) regarding the state of our food system in the United States, it will mention the staggering amount of processed crap we manufacture and the integrity of our diets versus the price -- both financially and physically. Michael Pol ... More >>
Won't somebody flip this bird a name?Know a kid age twelve and under in need of some holiday cash? Then encourage him or her to come up with a name for this penguin, the mascot of the 35th annual Parade of Lights, scheduled for December 4 and 5. The winner will receive, among other things, a ... More >>
Jane Norton.Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee registered a couple of domain names on behalf of former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton -- and today, Norton's using one of them, JaneNortonForColorado.com. Up-front: A news item that declares, "Jane Norton official ... More >>
The lightning rod named Nancy Pelosi.The U.S. House of Representatives is on recess -- but that doesn't necessarily mean its members are having fun. They'll likely spend much of their time off pimping healthcare reform -- and to that end, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- the woman with giant eye ... More >>
Rich Boehne of E.W. Scripps. As word broke about six major layoffs at the Denver Post, media observers were getting their first chance to digest a memo from Rich Boehne, CEO of E.W. Scripps, which owns the Rocky Mountain News. In the note, Boehne announces salary cuts for supervisors at Scripps pub ... More >>
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Medicaid patients could be facing death by a thousand cuts.
Mile High Telecom promised to be an alternative to Qwest, but the line is going dead.
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A student at bankrupt Barnes got no grade or credit. But she got a bill. And a phone call about the bill. And a threat.
Barnes Business College may have shut down, but it's still giving taxpayers the business.
Columbine College students thought they had a future in the floral industry. But their hopes could wither on the vine.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOE ROGERS GOT INTO HOT WATER OVER STUDENT LOANS AND PROBATE-COURT FILINGS.
WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.
A SCHOOL-BOARD HOPEFUL DEFAULTED ON HIS STUDENT LOAN.