For more than a decade, the trains ran on time at Denver International Airport with no more than a few bossy reminders from Pete Smythe and Reynelda Muse that "you are delaying the departure of this train." After those two personalities exited Denver (Smythe to his final reward, Muse to work out of ... More >>
Because Scott Gessler decided to make a run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination (tough luck, Honey Badger), the Colorado Secretary of State's office is up for grabs in November. On the Democratic ticket is Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado's second district for the University of Colorado B ... More >>
Most politicians like to hear themselves talk, but Mayor Michael Hancock may have taken an appreciation for his own voice to a new level over the past three years. During that time, the mayor has recorded at least seventeen messages that been played inside the terminal trains at Denver International ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we noted that the Republican National Committee was on the cusp of determining the finalist sites to host the Grand Old Party's 2016 convention. Denver was one of eight contestants -- and a short time ago, the Mile HIgh City made the final cut, along with Cleveland, Cincinnati ... More >>
We won't be pressing charges against Scott Gessler for taking more than five copies of Westword -- although there have certainly been hints that we should call the Denver District Attorney's office to see if Colorado's controversial Secretary of State could be prosecuted for violating the state's ne ... More >>
Welcome to another round of the back-and-forth between Secretary of State Scott Gessler and the Independent Ethics Commission. In response to an IEC investigation launched in November, Gessler, as represented by attorney David Lane, is seeking a temporary restraining order; see it below. Gessler spo ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler is the subject of this week's cover story in part because he's facing criminal and ethics investigations for his alleged misuse of funds. On Monday, the state's Independent Ethics Commission voted unanimously to continue its investigation despite his requests for dis ... More >>
On Wednesday, we reported on a disturbing phone call made to Secretary of State Scott Gessler, in which a man said he knew where the Republican lived and wanted to kill him. We now have information about a second violent threat -- specific details of which are outlined in Gessler's formal response t ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler has faced a lot of pushback for his efforts to identify immigrants who are illegally on Colorado's voter rolls. But over the summer, those criticisms escalated to a new level when he received multiple violent threats, some targeting his family. Through an Open Record ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler is touring the state this week, soliciting feedback from voters on the election. But in the meantime, attorneys for Gessler, who is facing both criminal and ethics investigations into the alleged misuse of public funds, are asking for more time to respond to the com ... More >>
While Secretary of State Scott Gessler continues to face backlash for his efforts to remove potentially illegal voters from the rolls, his communications team last week was also forced to respond to more serious allegations -- that the Republican official misused public dollars for his private, poli ... More >>
Scott Gessler is not only making it harder for people to vote, he's using public funds to help support the Republican Party. At least that's the charge of Colorado Ethics Watch, an advocacy group that is accusing the Secretary of State of spending public dollars to fund trips to political events. Wi ... 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 >>
Update below: Paul Ryan is just a regular outdoorsy guy who likes to climb mountains. At least that's the image Ryan presented in one of his first rallies as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party -- in a speech last month at Lakewood High School where he mentioned his love of Colo ... More >>
Last night, a number of folks with Colorado ties spoke at the Democratic National Convention, including Representative Jared Polis and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. But the one to arguably get the most attention was Colorado's Maria Ciano, who conservative media outlets like this one have d ... More >>
On the heels of an initiative designed to weed out immigrants who may be illegally registered to vote in the November election, Colorado Secretary of Scott Gessler has launched a campaign aimed at increasing voter registration in the state. The $850,000 effort unveiled yesterday is not, however, a d ... More >>
After last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Mitt Romney has taken a break from the campaign trail to focus on debate preparation. But that doesn't mean he's ignoring the key swing state of Colorado. Yesterday, the campaign brought Craig Romney, the candidate's youngest son, to Lakew ... More >>
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Scott Gessler asked nearly 4,000 registered voters to prove that they are citizens as part of an effort, he said, to prevent fraud. The results are now in and one in eight voters who showed a non-citizen document to the Division of Motor Vehicles remain ineligi ... More >>
Yesterday, CBS4's Shaun Boyd got a one-on-one opportunity to quiz presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- a nice coup for a local reporter. But Boyd's chat with Romney, seen in multiple clips below, made more news for his refusal to talk about Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin than the ... More >>
J. Wohletz Tony's Market facilitated two good holiday deeds last night: It hosted a food-tasting gala for Colorado Gives Day to benefit Street's Hope, and it also presented guests with fruitcake that was actually worth eating. Street's Hope is a faith-based, non-profit ministry that provide ... More >>
There's a certain political group that pays a lot of lip service to individual property rights -- raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Lower taxes, gun ownership, capitalism! As it turns out, there seems to be one aspect of individual property that certain group does not seem to respect ... 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 >>
Maurice Schwenkler, aka Ariel Attack.When news first broke yesterday that eleven windows had been smashed at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver, initial speculation pinned the blame on conservative anger over Democratic heathcare reform efforts. When it emerged that one of the ... More >>
Allen Toussaint.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>
Ward Churchill, in an image from HBO's documentary "Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech." Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech, debuts Monday, June 29, on HBO -- and judging by its trailer, Colorado's own Ward Churchill is a significant player in the documentary. The ... More >>
Mr. Schwartz is on the right. Some stories are too good to be true, and although we should sympathize with Colorado Republican delegate Gabriel Nathan Schwartz, who says he was robbed by a woman he took to his hotel room during the GOP convention, we hope this one holds up. Schwartz, a personal i ... More >>
Mo Rocca. I'm looking out over the Platte Valley, the scene of so much celebration last week. Invesco Field at Mile High, which filled with a record crowd for Barack Obama's speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president. The Pepsi Center, where politicos and stars and Joe Citizens gathe ... More >>
Sam Waterston and Fred Thompson in the L&O glory days. Was it just a year ago -- it feels like decades -- that Fred Thompson finally officially entered the Republican race for president on September 5, 2007? After all the slow, coy buildup to that announcement, Thompson's campaign fell flat, and ... More >>
Phyllis Schlafly seen in a Focus on the Familiy report. Did anyone really think that Focus on the Family chieftain James Dobson wouldn't back the Republican ticket this fall? Doubt it -- but Dobson managed to keep his name in the press for months pretending to be non-commital while acting as parti ... More >>
This fomer cop car is art. Really. When Miami artist Steven Gagnon decided to bring his latest "video sculpture" to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, he had no idea how good his timing would be. Gagnon’s Border Cruiser is a converted police squad car designed to make some pointed c ... More >>
Tim Blumenthal hopes Bikes Belong at the DNC.
Getting signatures on petitions isn't rocket science, and that's a good thing. If the people in charge of Marc Holtzman's effort to petition his way onto the Republic primary ballot were running NASA, we'd still be chasing Sputnik. After Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis threw out almost half ... More >>
The wheels came off Marc Holtzman's campaign for governor late yesterday afternoon, when Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis threw out almost half the signatures Holtzman had submitted in an effort to petition his way onto the GOP primary ballot. But don't rule him out yet. Holtzman, the forme ... More >>
Manly comic bats one for two.
Alternative rockers are getting behind Alternative Radio.
Red Rocks has Friends in high places.
Bill Richardson's political aspirations go up in smoke.
A COLORADO NONPROFIT FUNNELED GINGRICH'S GOPAC FUNDS.