He's gay, he's Republican, he's one of Denver's greatest standup comedians. Talk to anyone who's been in the scene for more than a few years, and they'll tell you: Chuck Roy has been instrumental in creating what is now known as Denver comedy. After years spent warming up crowds for Craig Kilborn in ... More >>
Comedy festivals are the perfect antidote to a nasty breakup. Not only because laughing activates several different sections of the brain, strengthening neurons that lead to insight and emotional balance, but because so many comedians love to bitch about heartbreak. Like Morrissey records or the fil ... More >>
In an interview last week, former gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo argued that true conservatives should have supported Amendment 64 -- but he doubted that more Republican support would have driven many young voters to the GOP. One reader agrees in language that would likely please the ex-Congre ... More >>
Sell the house. Lay off employees. Shut down the business. Prepare for the children to move back home. These are some of the stories of gloom, doom and dread that Mitt Romney supporters at Denver's official GOP watch party shared as news broke -- rather suddenly, and before they even knew Colorado ... More >>
There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>
In Colorado, there is a roughly even split between Democrats and Republicans registered to vote this election -- but based on a report sent out this morning, 38,059 more Republicans than Democrats have cast ballots so far in early voting, which ends today. Yesterday, at Obama's Boulder rally, we ask ... More >>
There's no question that the President -- in town this evening to debate Mitt Romney -- is a huge music fan. From quoting Sam Cooke during his '08 acceptance speech to randomly singing Al Green verses during a fundraiser to citing Stevie Wonder as being responsible for his marriage, Obama is far and ... More >>
Former Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has purchased an advertisement in tomorrow's edition of The Metropolitan, the student newspaper for Metro State University of Denver -- one that could cost the school plenty. Tancredo confirms that the ad (see it below) seeks plaintiffs for ... More >>
If you're a woman, you would be totally friggin' insane to vote for Mitt Romney. That was the theme of most speeches at the official launch of Obama-campaign-sponsored Women Vote 2012 Summit Tour, which took place in Wheat Ridge yesterday afternoon with celebrity support from actress Eva Longoria.
Over the weekend, while reporting at the launch of Mitt Romney's Colorado campaign headquarters, we asked some of the state's GOP officials in attendance, what they thought of President Barack Obama's new policy about deportations and undocumented youth. Unsurprisingly, they're not pleased.
This week's feature, "Sucker Punch," traces how an assault at a heavy metal concert turned into a habitual criminal prosecution in Arapahoe County, with one of the defendants facing a mountain of time while the other got probation. In the three-way race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial Dis ... More >>
John Hickenlooper and Mike Coffman aren't exactly ideological twins. But at the end of this big political week in the State of Colorado, they both face political fallout, albeit for very different reasons: a special session that failed to pass civil unions and comments questioning Barack Obama's bir ... More >>
Last night, as One Colorado's Jace Woodrum noted during a talk with supporters, GOP leaders in the House sacrificed dozens of other measures in order to kill a civil unions bill. Prominent among them was the controversial THC driving bill, a version of which died last year. The result was a stunning ... More >>
Ryan FrazierPerennial politician and former Westword cover boy Ryan Frazier has done what many people expected and joined the race to become Aurora's next mayor. Four other candidates have already announced their intentions: Debbie Stafford, Steve Hogan, Sheilah Thomas Davis and Jude Sandvall ... More >>
Ali Hasan.Muhammad Ali Hasan is older and wiser. There is less swagger and more introspection when he talks. He's a Democrat now. And interfaith, reaching out to Jews and Christians as well as Muslims. Oh, and he's changing his name -- to Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan -- in order to honor his rec ... More >>
Michael Steele.Michael Bennet's camp knows turnout will decide if he retains his Senate seat or loses it to Ken Buck -- and so does Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. In conjunction with the launch of NoMoreFrankens.com, a website using the SNL performer turned Minnesota s ... More >>
Dan Maes.These days, Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes isn't getting much love in Colorado, where one poll shows him with just 5 percent support, to the delight of Tom Tancredo. But the national press he's getting of late may be even uglier, with one major source wondering if he's the ... More >>
Dan Maes.Another week, another series of disasters for the Dan Maes campaign. First came photos of Maes collecting cash in a burlap bag, in apparent violation of campaign rules (but beyond the statute of limitations). Next? News that he'd filed for personal bankruptcy in 1989 -- the sort of i ... More >>
Dan Maes.Last week, Colorado Republican Party boss Dick Wadhams said he wasn't worried about Dan Maes falling beneath 10 percent support. But plenty of other folks seem to be, judging by today's Denver Post, which outlines the prospect of the GOP winding up with minority party status if Maes ... More >>
Pat Waak.Yesterday, state GOP chieftain Dick Wadhams weighed in on the upcoming election, predicting much ugliness for Democrats. Shockingly, head Dem Pat Waak has a very different take. She doesn't foresee the kind of Democratic apocalypse plenty of pundits are predicting.
At the rally.On Monday, advocates rallied at North High School in favor of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented graduates from U.S. high schools. (See a recap and photos here.) But yesterday, Senate Republicans stalled the measure, likely killing it ... More >>
Ali Hasan.While Ali Hasan -- wearing a bolo tie as well as "Muhammed" in front of his name -- proudly proclaimed himself a Republican as he pushed for the controversial Muslim community center/mosque project near Ground Zero on Fox News last week, his mother was telling Talking Points Memo th ... More >>
Lesley Hollywood at April Tax Day rally.Update below: It's deadline day for Dan Maes to announce his choice for lieutenant governor, and speculation continues among his followers about who'll get the nod. But you can cross one buzzed-about name off the list: Lesley Hollywood, director of the ... More >>
Scott McInnis.Last night, most of us knew that plagiarism-troubled Scott McInnis had narrowly lost the Republican governor's nomination to Liberty Movement favorite Dan Maes -- but he put off conceding. Now, however, he's finally grasped reality after several hours of folks like GOP boss Dick ... More >>
Ali Hasan.Money can't buy you everything -- although it can certainly smooth the way for a while. The Hasan family fortune provided the base for the Hasam Family Foundation, which paid $300,000 to Scott McInnis for his "Musings on Water." And it also helped fuel the political ambitions of so ... More >>
Based on early returns, the U.S. Senate race in Colorado this year is shaping up to be one gloriously ugly mudwallow, with GOP candidate Jane Norton painting the opposition as terrorist-loving pansies and the Dems firing back with clips that depict Norton as a Tea Party nutjob.
Polly Baca sees comparisons to the treatment of Stephanie Villafuerte and Sonia Sotomayor.Talk about some potentially awkward timing. The day after Stephanie Villafuerte withdrew her nomination as U.S. Attorney for Colorado, a group of forty Latino leaders is scheduled to endorse the re-elect ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo wants to run for all the right reasons.A short time ago, Tom Tancredo was at Denver International Airport. "I'm going to Houston," he said. "I have a speech I'm making to the Texas Coalition for Immigration Reform, or something like that." But Tancredo took ... More >>
Destination: Ovum!Local blogs for locals like you. Former Colorado Independent staffer Wendy Norris launches Western Citizen, her new online news project, with a story about the tough financial times being faced by backers of the latest personhood amendment. Fetus don't fail them now. John ... More >>
Marilyn Musgrave's political career rose from the dead last week, as the former Colorado congresswoman and current director of the Susan B. Anthony List's Votes Have Consequences project campaigned for the election of Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate running for the 23rd Congres ... More >>
Adam Brickley on "The Colbert Report" last year. Alaska governor Sarah Palin's surprise announcement on Friday that she'll be leaving her office eighteen months early because -- well, just because -- distressed many of the GOP faithful. But it didn't upset Adam Brickley, the Colorado blogger credit ... More >>
Where were we? Today in Backbeat Online: • Lily Allen, Flight of the Conchords, Franz Ferdinand shows announced. • Is it too early to reminisce about mid-'90s rap? • Isaac Slade on the meaning of "You Found Me." • Update: Join the Photo Atlas video shoot. Today in Cafe Society: • Vesta ... More >>
Marilyn Musgrave will be singing a different tune.
From the week of August 29, 2002
Winning the Governor's Mansion could be a religious experience for the GOP.
Confusion reigns on Amendment 15, and the secretary of state takes heat for her campaign-finance edicts.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, GALE NORTON'S QUEST FOR THE SENATE WILL BE ANYTHING BUT A BREEZE.