Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is among the most powerful figures in conservative politics thanks to his "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" -- a promise to oppose tax-rate hikes for individuals or businesses that 41 U.S. Senators and 238 U.S. Representatives have signed. In rec ... More >>
Votes are still being counted, but the suspense when it comes to the two biggest measures on ballots statewide is over -- if there was ever any at all. The Denver Post has made the call on Proposition AA, the marijuana tax measure, and Amendment 66, an education proposal, with the former winning han ... More >>
Some fiery back and forths popped up on our post spotlighting data cited by proponents of marijuana tax measure Proposition AA suggesting that the measure should pass easily. Among the arguments against Prop AA is this one, which sees the measure as contradicting Amendment 64.
Earlier this month, a group opposed to Proposition AA, the measure to establish tax rates on recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, staged a rally at Civic Center Park during which attendees were given free joints. Now, that same group, No on Proposition AA, is planning a second free-joint event ... 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 >>
In coverage of last week's final Amendment 64 task force meeting, our Charles Trowbridge noted that in addition to a recommendation about a 15 percent excise tax at the wholesale level, an idea about a 25 percent point-of-sale tax was also floated. Task force member Christian Sederberg stresses that ... More >>
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney squared off inside the University of Denver's Magness Arena last night, once again bringing the national spotlight to the Mile High City -- as the two candidates discussed the economy and the role of government in a surprisingly un ... More >>
As the nation debates the role of government programs and taxes in the American economy -- in response to a leaked video of Mitt Romney -- Colorado taxes are now at the center of a vicious back-and-forth between two candidates battling for a local congressional seat. Yesterday, the re-election campa ... 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 >>
Whenever an athlete is as successful, and as charming, as Centennial's Missy Franklin has been, politicians will attempt to latch on. Witness Mitt Romney name-checking her at a Jefferson County Fairgrounds appearance yesterday. Another example? A call by Senator Marco Rubio (often mentioned as a pos ... More >>
Underscoring the importance of Colorado in the presidential election -- and the significance of Jefferson County in the race to win this key swing state -- Mitt Romney held a rally today in Golden, marking his first campaign stop since returning from his trip in Europe.
Illustrating the importance of Colorado as a key battleground in the presidential election, Mitt Romney is campaigning in the state this week -- and the Dems aren't letting him get away without a counterattack. Romney is hosting a fundraiser in Aspen tonight and has an event tomorrow morning at a hi ... More >>
Marijuana, even of the medical variety, remains illegal at the federal level -- meaning that dispensary owners can't take business deductions on tax returns they submit to the feds. But since MMJ is legal in Colorado, shouldn't they be able to deduct legitimate business expenses on state forms? Mitc ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsOccupy Denver has launched a call-to-action in advance of Barack Obama's trip to Denver. The plan is for the president, here for a fundraiser and a jobs speech, to receive a bag of letters from the local 99 percent. Although the details of that plan are under wraps, the group ... More >>
Jared Polis.Although the so-called Gang of Six's proposal for averting debt-ceiling catastrophe is getting the lion's share of attention right now, Representative Jared Polis has floated some revenue-raising ideas of his own, which the media has largely winnowed down to this: Legalizing marij ... More >>
John Suthers.The Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which requires tax increases to be okayed by popular vote, was approved in 1992, meaning that it's been in place for nearly two decades -- and a pain in the neck to legislators for the same amount of time. Now, a coalition of lawmakers and notables ... More >>
More pics below.An event last night illustrates the growing power of the medical marijuana biz not just in Colorado, but nationwide. The stars of the show were Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a new, Washington, D.C.-based lobbying organization, a ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.After the uproar over three tax-cutting initiatives on last year's ballot, at least two bills introduced in the 2011 legislative session are designed to head off similarly furtive petition strategies in the future -- and keep anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce from repeating the pe ... More >>
Douglas Bruce on a picnic with his lawyer David Lane. Douglas Bruce, the California Democrat turned Colorado Republican, is the embodiment of the classic bad boy character of children's literature. Of course, he isn't trying to be bad, it's just something that's natural. Everyone and everythi ... More >>
Tambor Williams.Dan Maes will announce his lieutenant governor pick at noon today -- and the choice will reportedly be Tambor Williams. In some respects, Williams fits the lieutenant governor wish list of Northern Colorado Tea Party director Lesley Hollywood, given her experience as a four-t ... More >>
Ali HasanMembers of the Hasan family, the wealthy backers of Colorado GOP causes, whose award of a $300,000 fellowship to Scott McInnis erupted last week in a plagiarism scandal, are also the largest single donors to three tax-cutting initiatives on the November ballot. The measures -- Amen ... More >>
Lionel Rivera.Lionel Rivera, the Republican mayor of Colorado Springs, says his city has a chance to resurrect itself from pummeling budget cuts brought on by the recession and the state's tax law that limits the city's ability to fund its coffers. The medical marijuana industry boon, among ... More >>
This man would like to see some ID.Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis has been spending plenty of time on KHOW's airwaves lately. On Monday, for instance, he attempted to counter suggestions that he's not especially charitable during an appearance on the Caplis & Silverman show b ... More >>
"Don't you miss my mustache?"At this hour, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is in Pueblo to make a speech about what he considers to be job-killing tax increases on candy and other items that were passed by the Colorado senate on Wednesday. And according to McInnis spokesman S ... 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 >>
"Can't we all just get along?"Political observers have spent a lot of time har-dee-har-ing at Scott McInnis over the years -- and indeed, he's made plenty of errors and gaffes during his time in the public eye. Note his prediction that fellow Republican Bob Schaffer would lose the 2008 Senat ... More >>
Earlier this week, ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo said former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, then on the cusp of formally announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, wasn't "ready for prime time" and was only running because she'd been urged to do so by Arizona Senator John McCain. Since ... More >>
As we pointed out yesterday, a climate-change rally in Greeley on Wednesday didn't exactly qualify as a grassroots uprising, given the participation of EnergyCitizens.org, an affiliate of the American Petroleum Institute, which opposes legislation to cap greenhouse gases recently passed by the U.S. ... More >>
Your daily recommended dose of blog. Send us links. Is Jared Polis a crony for his rich friends? (Colorado Pols) Or simply trying to help small businesses? (Square State) Tax-cutting petitions circulating. (Face the State)
Over $80 million in fees has flowed from the Wastewater building The June 9 Westword feature "Down the Drain" examined how Denver officials are using funds designated for the improvement and maintenance of the city's storm-water drainage system to pay for various non-storm expenses. The investig ... More >>
Yesterday, the Regional Transportation District took the wraps off an RTD-financed survey in which more than 60 percent of respondents said they'd "generally support" a tax increase to complete current FasTracks exansion by 2017. This info spawned prominently placed stories in the Denver Post and th ... More >>
Douglas Bruce began his career as a Colorado representative with his best foot forward. On January 14, the pride of Colorado Springs booted Rocky Mountain News photographer Javier Manzano for the sin of snapping a shot of him during the state house's morning prayer. The kick, as captured on video, w ... More >>
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