Initiative 135, which would expand gambling in Colorado to racetracks, is heading into the homestretch, with a campaign chest that could make this one of the most expensive issues on the November 4 ballot. Earlier this month, the 135 campaign and Coloradans for Better Schools announced that they had ... More >>
If a Colorado county or district does not allow gas or oil production within its jurisdiction, should it be given tax revenue produced in other areas of the state that allow these companies? No, says initiative 121, an industry-driven proposal that's one of several measures focusing on fracking that ... More >>
One of the biggest arguments for the passage of Amendment 64 was the potential tax revenue limited recreational marijuana sales would generate -- and yesterday, the Denver City Council Government and Finance Committee met to discuss how to spend the city's share of money.
"Shining Cities," a new report from Environment Colorado, compiles an incredible amount of data about solar power, including a ranking of the top ten solar cities in the United States. Yes, Denver made the list -- barely. But while this accomplishment might seem worthy of praise, Environment Colora ... More >>
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a lower-court decision okaying Douglas County's controversial school voucher plan, which allows parents to use taxpayer dollars to enroll their kids at religious schools. That's great news for the ACLU of Colorado, which has been battling ... More >>
Last week, opponents of Proposition AA, the measure to establish tax rates for recreational marijuana, staged a rally at Civic Center Park at which adults 21 and over who attended were given free joints. In the days that followed, board members of Colorado NORML came out against Prop AA, too. Does ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, the Amendment 64 committee of the Denver City Council was scheduled to talk about a proposed retail marijuana tax ordinance, as well as a presentation by Denver Health for a pot-education program to be funded by the city. How much money are we talking about? Plenty. According t ... More >>
If you didn't think an excise tax of 15 percent and a 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana was enough, consider moving to Boulder. The Boulder City Council is considering adding a measure to the ballot in November to create local taxes of up to another 15 percent excise tax and 10 percent ... More >>
Earlier today, Governor John Hickenlooper made his mark on six marijuana bills, pushing retail sale of recreational pot closer to becoming a reality and putting at least a temporary end to quandaries that occupied the legislature throughout much of the just-concluded session. "Clearly, we are chart ... More >>
When Amendment 64 was passed last November and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper the following month, most Coloradans figured it was a done deal -- unless the federal government decided to oppose it, that is. But no: Last night, Senator John Morse, seen here, and a slew of colleagues cam ... More >>
On Tuesday, at 12:29 a.m., just as Colorado began celebrating the New Year, Senator Michael Bennet's staff released a statement explaining why, in a break from his Democratic colleagues and the president, he voted against the plan to avert the fiscal cliff. The decision made him one of only eight se ... More >>
Ninth time's a charm. President Barack Obama was back in Colorado this morning, marking his ninth visit to the state this year and his third campaign stop here in just three weeks. The crowd of thousands flocking to Golden -- and the surrounding traffic jams and street closures -- served as yet an ... More >>
Yesterday, members of the Legislative Council Committee asked for changes in the Blue Book description of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, suggesting along the way that the initiative is likely to spur lawsuits. Opponents pounced on these assertions and others, but a 64 backer ... More >>
Update:A Colorado Center on Law and Policy study predicting the economic impact of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has become a political football for proponents and opponents. Now, CCLP reps are defending the methodology of the report, whose totals differ from those of state ... More >>
Put up or shut up. After a group of Democratic leaders staged a press conference last week to demand that Mitt Romney release more of his tax returns, ABC News asked the group if they would make public their 1040s, too. Several refused to do so -- but not Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, whose tax posture ... More >>
A feud between Boulder waste oil recyclers has reached a legal conclusion after a libel suit and disparagement claims filed by recycOil, a recycling and biofuel company, were settled in its favor. The firm filed the former against Jennifer Hronkin, a Boulder biofuel advocate, for making false and de ... More >>
Doug BruceAs we mentioned earlier this week, Colorado Springs conservative Douglas Bruce had petitioned the Colorado Title Board to change the title of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 to include TABOR-related tax language. The hearing on that challenge was yesterday morning, b ... More >>
Brian Vicente.The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 continues to be a target more than a year before the November 2012 election for which it's aiming. First, rival organization Legalize2012 objected to any association with the terms "legalization" and "similar to alcohol." Now, prop ... More >>
A past Player.Amid the controversy over a report tying just-elected Denver mayor Michael Hancock to Denver Players, the prostitution ring that brought down Judge Edward Nottingham, much of the attention has focused on previous Players owner and alleged burglary victim Scottie Ewing. But there ... More >>
Large photos below.This week, Brenda Stewart was indicted on charges related to tax evasion, racketeering, money laundering and more in relation to Denver Players/Sugar, a notorious escort business. A former escort known to her staff as "Katrina Carter" or simply "Carter," Stewart potentiall ... More >>
Brian Vicente.Update: The Sensible Colorado staff has been hard at work trying to determine if any of the community or county attempts to ban medical marijuana dispensaries were unsuccessful -- and they've found seven bright spots amid the disappointments in places like Aurora and Douglas Cou ... More >>
A former Denver Sugar girl.The really wild ride of Scottie Ewing, former ski pro turned porn purveyor and swinging entrepreneur, took another turn yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in connection with the sale of the Denver Sugar/Denver Players prostitution business ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill, the ever-expanding Denver-based burrito chain, which just opened its first international store in London, is now upping the ante in the local produce department by committing to use 50 percent of at least one produce item from locally grown sources in its restaurants. ... More >>
Kathy McIntyre believes she's found some muck -- and she's determined to rake it. The editor of Gateway News, she has devoted considerable resources to an investigation of a housing deal given to Jerry Flannery, city manager for Commerce City. As McIntyre writes in her summary of the story, entitl ... More >>
ClearTheBenchColorado.org's Facebook profile picture gives you a pretty good idea where Matt Arnold's coming from.It took the better part of a week, but Matt Arnold, the man behind ClearTheBenchColorado.org, has finally gotten the Denver Post to blink. On Tuesday, the paper published, "AG Su ... More >>
Viewers don't even need to look at the rooftop ladders to know the van pictured above belongs to a person who is handy. This northwest-Denver-parked paint job tells us that the vehicle's owner is resourceful in the handling of materials and fearless about getting his hands dirty. There is a ... More >>
Think the lines at the airport are long? They're nothing compared to the lines at the Denver Treasurer's office, where would-be dispensary operators are lining up to get their sales-tax licenses before any city ordinance might put limits on dispensaries. But the dispensaries will definitely ... More >>
Jeanne Faatz.Moments from now, Mayor John Hickenlooper will be meeting with the media to talk about a revision in his budget plan -- additional bucks to save the Byers library , which had been marked for closure, and keep other branches open for longer hours. And where is he getting the dough ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.The first specific cut listed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper in a letter to the citizens of the city about his budget-cut proposal involves reducing the programming on Denver's Channel 8 to "public-meeting coverage and select programming." The latter apparently includes a ... More >>
I'm pretty sure when DARPA was inventing the Internet back in the late '60s, organizing squirt gun fights and documenting them via tools such as YouTube and blogs were exactly what they had in mind (well, that and porn). Now Denver residents can fully reap the fruits of what DARPA sowed so long ag ... More >>
Those wacky Republicans! The McCain-Palin Colorado campaign is hosting its seventh -- and final -- Iron Chef phone bank this evening, starting at 5 p.m. at the Centennial headquarters. This week's special ingredient is "Sloppy Joes," in honor of Joe the Plumber. Phone-bank participants are encourag ... More >>
Jazz singer Rene Marie's decision to sing different words to the National Anthem in advance of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper's July 1 state of the city speech got us thinking: If she can do it, why shouldn't we? The answer will be obvious when you see what we came up with -- a rewrite of Francis Sc ... More >>
Chrysalis, a social services program managed by Lois Clayton (pictured) that tries to get drug-addicted prostitutes off the streets and off drugs (profiled in this Westword feature), will graduate two participants from its intensive program today despite recent financial woes. Until recently, the pr ... More >>
Medicaid patients could be facing death by a thousand cuts.
Dialing for dolours.
Impressionism Denver Art Museum
The city lays all its chips on the table in a risky play for a new hotel.
Mildred Bennett's lost her home, but she's got a $35,000 consolation prize.
The City of Denver declares war on the state legislature over a telephone bill.
Tobacco lobbyists do a smokin' business with politicians.
The streets aren't paved with gold down in the brand-new city of Lone Tree --yet.
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