U.S. Congress

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Rachel Maddow Broadcasting From Denver About Guv Race That's "Off the Hook"

    In case you doubted the importance of Colorado when it comes to next week's election, here's evidence that it's seen as a key to control of the U.S. Senate and more: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will be broadcasting from Denver tonight for a program that's expected to take a close look at Colorado through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    U.S. House votes to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in Colorado, other MMJ states

    Over the years, marijuana activists have frequently talked about the tipping point -- the moment at which so many states have legalized pot that the federal government is forced to change its policies in regard to a substance still considered a Schedule 1 narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Agency. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Eight reasons why Congress offers the worst job in America

    Imagine, in a moment of suspended disbelief, that your job pays 174 grand a year. And comes with a $1.3 million expense account. And a staff of eighteen Ivy League yes-men whose sole duty is to bray loud and wide about the miracle that is you -- when they're not babysitting your kids or fetching you ... More >>

  • News

    June 20, 2013
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    March 12, 2013

    Civil unions bill on way to governor's desk, One Colorado plans celebration event

    It's been a long time coming. After a bill to legalize civil unions in Colorado fell short in both 2011 and last year, the measure finally passed the Colorado House today. Next, the legislation heads to the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper, who's promised to sign it. This breakthrough delights B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Reader: DEA's equating of marijuana and heroin responsible for smack's new popularity

    Yesterday, we featured a video in which Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart refused to say marijuana was less harmful than heroin while under questioning from Representative Jared Polis at a U.S. House subcommittee. The clip, and Leonhart's bizarre responses, frustrated a number of comme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Jared Polis, zombie killer, dispatches undead oil shale subsidies

    Compared to the billions-a-day standard flow rate of tax dollars pouring into and out of Washington, $25 million amounts to scarcely more than chump change. But the passage of an amendment by Congressman Jared Polis yesterday, cutting that amount in oil shale subsidies, is a remarkable break with wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Ken Salazar gets lots of gas for rising gas prices

    There must be days when Ken Salazar wished he'd stayed in the U.S. Senate, rather than joining the Obama administration as Secretary of the Interior. There must be entire months like that. March, for example, when Mitt Romney called for Salazar to be fired.

  • News

    February 16, 2012
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    November 3, 2011
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    August 10, 2011

    Gratuitous randomness: House with a boom box

    House in da house.​There's probably no better case for the ubiquity of TV's Dr. Gregory House than the fact that, if you Google the word "house," the series absolutely dominates the first page of results -- over the U.S. House of Representatives and the common noun, no less. And when you're so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Top five ways to make your "Anthony Weiner" look bigger in photos

    Congressman Weiner's infamous boomstick.​Between Scottie Ewing's Michael "Handcock" affair and Congressman Anthony's "Weinergate," our elected officials have kept the headlines hot and their constituencies (and probably their wives) as cold as a case of Otter Pops over the last couple of weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Civil Union Act should pass in CO House if not blocked by extremists, says Sen. Pat Steadman

    Pat Steadman.​Update below: Today, in all likelihood, SB 172, intended to legalize civil unions in Colorado, will be okayed by the state senate, following debate yesterday that warmed the heart of its sponsor, Senator Pat Steadman. Next, however, the bill must be approved by the Republican-con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Medical marijuana advocate's call not to disturb legislative process for bill stirs controversy

    Greg Goldfogel.​ The Cannabis Therapy Institute sent out an "action alert" to its members regarding today's planned second reading of HB 1260, a bill to set THC driving limits. But after a similar alert last week regarding HB 1250, which originally sought to ban all MMJ edibles, infused-produc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Mike Rosen plagiarizes himself in Denver Post column? He says he did nothing wrong

    Mike Rosen.​Update below: This week, a tipster informed yours truly (and Colorado Pols) that KOA talk show host Mike Rosen had basically copied a 2008 column he wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and republished it in December as a Denver Post piece. Rather than simply running side-by-side exce ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
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    November 25, 2010
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    August 13, 2010

    John Elway for Senate? Pollsters tested that two years ago

    John Elway.​The playbook in which John Elway makes a run for Colorado governor may not be mythical. That's according to one person who commented on yesterday's "John Elways for Governor?" post. The claim: a polling firm actually asked about that possibility a few weeks ago.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Party on! Register now if you want to vote August 10

    ​The August 10 primary ballot promises to be a wild one, what with contested races for both the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, as well as a GOP face-off for governor and other legislative competitions. But if you're not yet registered to vote, in order to participate in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    G.I. Jane Norton ready to kick some terrorist ass

    "Remain silent? Only when you're dead!"​Taking a cue from the Rambo fantasies of Gary Brooks Faulkner, U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton has revamped her website to suggest she's ready to bring us the head of Osama bin Laden. And that of Barack Obama. And all those liberal milquetoasts in Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Andrew Romanoff edits his former reporter, Dana Milbank

    ​On Sunday, Washington Post writer Dana Milbank weighed in on his "prickly" former editor at the Yale Daily News: one Andrew Romanoff. Romanoff, who's challenging incumbent Michael Bennet for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, may have left journalism behind, but he still knows h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Andrew Romanoff, prickly college paper editor? Get him rewrite!

    ​While Facebook entries will come back to haunt college students of today, earlier generations get to hide their more humiliating chapters -- unless, of course, they worked on their college papers, as Andrew Romanoff did. Not only do those papers mean hard copies of history exist, but so do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Andrew Romanoff: "A great deal of misinformation was filling the void"

    Andrew Romanoff feels he's getting attention for the wrong things.​Andrew Romanoff's confirmation that the White House floated three jobs past him after he announced his intention to challenge Senator Michael Bennet in the 2010 Democratic primary isn't his favorite subject, and he admits that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Ken Buck endorsed by former candidate Tom Wiens; Sarah Palin stiffs Jane Norton

    One endorsement for Ken Buck, none for Jane Norton.​Republican senatorial hopefuls Ken Buck and Jane Norton spent much of last week dishing about wannabe veep Sarah Palin, who was said to be planning a Norton endorsement during her Magness Arena appearance in Denver on Saturday. Problem is, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Jared Polis questions attorney general Eric Holder about Jeff Sweetin, medical marijuana

    When Congressman Jared Polis got his chance to quiz Attorney General Eric Holder during his first appearance on the U.S. House judiciary committee yesterday, he hit on two topics of particular interest to his Boulder area constituency -- medical marijuana and immigration. He began by noting his Feb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Jersey Shore nicknames for Colorado's political contenders, bro: Guido for Governor!

    J-Muscle, indeed.​Is the media beating this whole Jersey Shore thing to death? Definitely. Are we here at Westword going to join in on beatin' up the beat? Damn right. Being the thoughtful and responsible journalists that we are, we decided to use the "Jersey Shore Nickname Generator" to crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Is Andrew Romanoff about to raise the white flag?

    "Running seemed like a good idea at the time..."​Update, 10:42 a.m.: The Denver Post is reporting that Andrew Romanoff is announcing that he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate, not drop out, as has been rumored. Consider that in light of our original item below: Just past noon today, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Denver Blogs: Is Daniel Briere French for "little pussy"?

    Daniel Briere, alleged va-jay-jay.​Try these Denver blogs on for size. Mile High Hockey's David Driscoll-Carignan's recap of the Avs 5-4 win over the Flyers notes that Scott Hannan was knocked out of the game by a "sleazy post-whistle cross-check" by Daniel Briere -- "Briere being french for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    A Crush on Cans: Steamworks, Upslope and more

    It's American Craft Beer Week - seven days that even the United States Congress felt should be set aside for drinking micro brews. But Colorado's beer culture is worth a deeper look, since 100 craft breweries operated here in 2008, producing 75,000 barrels of delicious beer. Of particular interest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    A Crush on Cans: Ball Packaging

    It's American Craft Beer Week - seven days that even the United States Congress felt should be set aside for drinking micro brews. But Colorado's beer culture is worth a deeper look, since 100 craft breweries operated here in 2008, producing 75,000 barrels of delicious beer. Of particular interest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Party down with Bob Schaffer's margarita

    Did you miss this weekend's Cinco de Mayo festivities in Civic Center Park? You can still get a taste of them by picking up a bottle of Coyote Gold Premium Margarita -- the margarita that former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer's wife, Maureen, is marketing along with her Fort Collins business par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Ryan Frazier throws his hat into the Senate race

    Two-term Aurora city councilman Ryan Frazier has announced that he's formed an exploratory committee for the Colorado 2010 U.S. Senate Race. The development, which Frazier will announce today at a Grand Junction tea party rally, makes the 31-year-old Frazier the first Republican to take official ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    From Kenny Be's Hip Tip time machine: The Gunbrella

    This Hip Tip was originally published in the February 11-17, 1999 issue of Westword, at the height of the go-go Nineties! On February 12, 1999, the U.S. Senate failed to get the two-thirds majority vote that it needed to convict and remove President Clinton from office for the perjury and obstructio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Televangelist Benny Hinn smacks down faithful at Pepsi Center

    I knew there had to be a reason why my hangover was magically cured Monday morning -- Benny Hinn was in town! The mega-televangelist brought his  Benny Hinn Ministries healing sideshow to the Pepsi Center for the first time in three years, drawing thousands of believers for the 2008 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Bob Schaffer’s election hopes are in the bag

    Keep away from children. If you’re a subscriber to the Rocky Mountain News, your Tuesday edition arrived in this nifty newspaper condom. The large print on the side you see above reads, "Vote Freedom First: NRA Political Victory Fund: Bob Schaffer for U.S. Senate." The fine print adds, “Paid F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Denver Post publishes partial election results online four days early

    How will the election turn out? The Post is 68 percent sure. The folks at the Denver Post must have some incredible sources. On Saturday night, November 1, a reader visiting the paper's election-data site,, discovered that partial results in a slew of races had already been pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Did you know Mike Coffman was running for Congress?

    Mike Coffman. With so many competitive races in Colorado this year, it's something of a novelty to discovery one that's not close at all. So it is with the 6th Congressional District, currently represented by outgoing Republican Representative Tom Tancredo. When GOP officials left positions elsewh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    The Post and the Rocky ask the same good question

    The September 30 headlines for the Rocky and the Post. Whenever the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News make similar editorial decisions -- like the day last year that both papers ran nearly identical photos of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba -- readers who don't quite understand the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    Jared Polis Endorses Himself

    Jared Polis Jared Polis, a former Westword profile subject who's running for the House of Representatives from the second congressional district (Mark Udall's seat), faces the voters earlier than many candidates; an August 12 primary will determine whether he, Joan Fitz-Gerald or Will Shafroth wil ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    November 13, 2007

    This Day In Colorado Rockies History

    It's a strange day for Rockies fans. Our delegation to the House of Representatives in D.C., upon hearing that the Massachusetts delegation had introduced a resolution honoring the Boston Red Sox, decided they would draft their own touchy-feely, this-land-is-your-land-this-land-is-my-land, version o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    First Lady

    Carl Bernstein's new book gets inside Hillary Clinton.

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    September 14, 2006

    Beneath the Rough Exterior, a Rotten Interior

    "Short of a crime, anything goes at the highest levels of the Department of the Interior." That's Earl Devaney, the DOI's inspector general, telling a House of Representatives subcommittee yesterday about the ethical black hole among the bureaucrats who manage one-fifth of all the land in the Unite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2006

    All the Pretty Horses

    Word came down from Washington, D.C., last week: No more horse slaughterhouses in the United States. To which most people responded, "Are there horse slaughterhouses in the United States?" Yes, there are. Three of them. All owned by foreign companies that are slaughtering tens of thousands of hors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2006

    More Messages: Barking and Biting

    When MediaNews Group CEO Dean Singleton and his partners ponied up $1 billion for three California Bay Area newspapers formerly owned by Knight Ridder (and one ex-KR paper in Minnesota), he earned the enmity of a relentless foe: Bruce Brugmann, the editor and publisher of the Bay Guardian, an altern ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 31, 2003

    Drunk of the Week

    Las Margaritas

  • Film

    December 7, 2000

    The Kindness of Strangers

    Archival footage illuminates a remarkable Holocaust story.

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    December 4, 1997
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