U.S. Senate

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    June 23, 2014

    Marijuana: Rand Paul-Cory Booker MMJ amendment hits a snag

    Late last month, the U.S. House voted to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in Colorado and other states that have legalized MMJ -- an unprecedented development that was greeted with cheers by many cannabis reformers. But the next step in the legislative process -- passage by the U.S. Senate -- hit ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Photos: New looks for new candidates Bob Beauprez and Cory Gardner

    When GQ offered to make over Colorado Congressman Jared Polis -- caught on camera wearing a polo shirt with a bow tie -- we couldn't resist offering our own makeover suggestions for the Boulder Democrat. So when two Republicans recently announced they were going to join the hordes going for statew ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Immigration bill: How would reform measure affect those in deportation proceedings?

    What would the immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday mean for undocumented immigrants who are already in deportation proceedings -- such as those featured in our cover story, "Out of the Shadows"? According to the office of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, who is one of the "G ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Mike Coffman calls for vote on Violence Against Women Act he's rejected twice

    Denver blog posts know the feeling. Colorado Pols on the post-close-election reinvention of the Congressman Dems refer to as "Mike 'Forcible Rape' Coffman," including his call for a vote on the U.S. Senate's Violence Against Women Act, which he previously eschewed. Denver Stiffs' Colin Neilson pre ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Colorado lawmakers inclined to legalize hiking the Manitou incline

    While the clock ticks away on last-minute negotiations to avoid plunging the nation's economy over the dreaded fiscal cliff, the U.S. Senate did take steps late last night to provide a path up the side of a mountain -- and in the process transform thousands of Colorado scofflaws into legal hikers. A ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Ken Salazar's salary at center of David Vitter ethics complaint, CREW tells Keith Olbermann

    Ken Salazar.​During last night's sophomore edition of Countdown on Current TV, Keith Olbermann featured an extended segment about Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filing an ethics complaint against Louisiana Senator David Vitter. But the man in the middle of the cont ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Ken Salazar: Democrats holding Senate might've been easier if he hadn't taken Obama's job offer

    Ken Salazar.​Tired of the endless Ken Buck/Michael Bennet attack ads that have made it unsafe to turn on your television for the past month? Blame Barack Obama, who pulled Ken Salazar from his spot in the U.S. Senate and put him in the cabinet as the Secretary of the Interior. How's that worki ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    DREAM Act rejection will come back to haunt Republicans, warns CO immigrant advocate

    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 >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Colorado politics 2010 tarot deck

    ​Note: This story cartoon will appear in this week's issue of Westword. Politicians and tarot decks are amazingly similar. Both were created for trick-taking games, and both are largely used by the foolhardy to foretell the future. The personalities of Colorado's most widely known politicians ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Top ten political thefts of music

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Andrew Romanoff gets boost from White House job controversy

    "It's nice to feel wanted."​In recent weeks, senatorial hopeful Andrew Romanoff has been under increasing pressure to talk about alleged job offers from the White House if he wouldn't challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet in November, especially in light of similar claims made by Penns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Personhood Amendment gains support of once-skeptical Republicans

    Fetuses are people, too, according to Personhood USA.​Back in 2008, when 21-year-old Kristi Burton was pushing her "Personhood Amendment" -- an aggressively anti-abortion measure that claimed "person" applies to humans from their biological starting point -- even normally anti-choice Republica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario: U.S. Senate candidate celebrity look-alikes

    Colorado's political stars will shine as the candidates in the U.S. Senate race take to the stage. Don't be surprised to feel that you've seen it all before... In western wears and folksy airs, the seven Republican candidates (from left to right: Gary Kennedy, Vincent E. Martinez, Steve Barton, Jan ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Andrew Romanoff on staying in the Senate race: "If the fix is in, the fix should be thrown out"

    Andrew Romanoff doesn't plan on going anywhere.​Earlier today, Andrew Romanoff defied the rumor mill by announcing his intention to continue his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Michael Bennet. After delivering a speech that can be read in its entirety below, Romanoff spoke to yours truly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Now in the center ring: two Senate candidate supporters

    In this corner, Gary Hart, the former senator who turned out to be very prescient on terrorism, stumping for Michael Bennet: "My twelve years serving Colorado in the U.S. Senate provides a unique perspective in defining an effective senator. Like most Coloradans, I take very seriously who represent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Dick Wadhams calls Bill Ritter, Stephanie Villafuerte and the Denver DA's office "liars"

    Dick Wadhams has a big stick, and he's not afraid to stir with it.​The pressure on Stephanie Villafuerte's nomination for U.S. Attorney shows no signs of diminishing. The release of a letter to Senator Mark Udall in which Villafuerte attempted to squash accusations that she'd accessed a crimi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Frazier's congressional run no trial balloon

    ​Ryan Frazier made a smart move, even though his announcement last Thursday that he was switching from a run for the U.S. Senate to go for the 7th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Ed Perlmutter was completely overshadowed by a certain silver balloon. But someone took notice: ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Ryan Frazier dumps a clunker for a new race

    ​Ryan Frazier is trading in a clunker in favor of a much sleeker vehicle. Six months after the two-term Aurora City Councilman announced that he was running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, he's pulling out of that race and making a fast course correction for the 7th Congress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Jane Norton's introduction not too mavericky

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    ProgressNow Colorado takes aim at Jane Norton

    ProgressNow Colorado's Michael Huttner during a recent Fox News appearance.​How do you know that Jane Norton, who announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate yesterday, is the first Republican in the race feared by Democrats? Because she's already under attack by ProgressNow Colorado, the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Romanoff on the range

    ​"What's he doing in the Senate?" "Why, it's an honorary appointment. He's an honorary stooge." Frank Capra's classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was on TCM yesterday afternoon -- just the thing to warm up the set (and the sofa) before Jake Cutler returned to Mile High, particularly given a ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Bob Beauprez abandoning candidacy but not spotlight

    Bob Beauprez.​Despite signs earlier this month that Bob Beauprez was itching to take on Michael Bennet in the 2010 race for the U.S. Senate, the former congressman and failed gubernatorial hopeful has decided against taking the plunge. Still, it's clear that the temptation to run was strong. Y ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Republican candidates on parade

    ​Politicians were out in force at the Arapahoe County Republicans fundraising roast of former congressman Tom Tancredo on Saturday. John Suthers, the only GOP member currently elected to a statewide office. Mike Coffman, who moved from a statewide office to fill Tancredo's seat in the Sixth Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Denver Blogs: Are Republicans desperate enough to nominate Bob Beauprez again?

    He's b-a-a-a-a-ck....​Each day about this time, we cruise through the cyber-waters like sharks in search of bloggy chum. If you notice a rich, steaming bucket of news or opinion, scoop it our way. Insiders say Bob Beauprez is running for the U.S. Senate. Be still our beating hearts. (Colorado ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009
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    January 28, 2009

    Update: No delay in analog-to-digital conversion -- or in problems for some Denver viewers

    Update below: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of delaying the scheduled February 17 switchover from analog to digital broadcasting. If the House of Representatives follows suit, President Obama will sign the bill into law, pushing back DTV-day until June 12. But such a move will do nothin ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    The dollars and cents of Michael Bennet's Senate appointment

    More envy than pity has accompanied Bill Ritter's appointment of Denver Public Schools' Michael Bennet to fill Ken Salazar's soon-to-be-vacated U.S. Senate seat. But the folks at Face the State have found a reason to feel sorry for the rising political star: He'll be making less money in his new job ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Wrong again! Ritter to announce Senate candidate tomorrow

    I haven't been so wrong about a political pick since I predicted that then-Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers would lead a crowded pack in the Republican primary for the congressional seat ultimately claimed by Democrat Ed Perlmutter. Governor Bill Ritter just announced that he'll hold a news conferenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Colorado goes to the Dog

    The January Esquire features profiles of fifty prominent Americans, one pegged to each state, talking about "What I've Learned." And who did the mag pick to represent celebrity-starved Colorado? An elder statesman like Gary Hart?  (BTW, he's my dark-horse candidate to return to the U.S. Senate.) ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    DeGette withdraws name from Senate consideration

    Diana DeGette has told Governor Bill Ritter that she's not interested in replacing Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate. "After serious deliberation and consultation with my family, supporters and colleagues in Congress," she announced today, "I have concluded I can best serve the citizens of the First ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Wake-Up Call: Watch the fireworks...over the Senate nomination

    Denver's fireworks display won't officially start until 9 p.m. December 31 (with a repeat performance at midnight), but there have already been plenty of explosive discussions over who, exactly, Governor Bill Ritter should nominate to fill Ken Salazar's soon-to-be-empty Senate seat -- and what covet ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    December 22, 2008

    Wake-Up Call: Building -- and budgeting -- for the future

    The holidays push most action off the public calendar this week. Tonight at 5:30 p.m., Denver City Council will start the process of stuffing someone's stocking with coal: Over the next few weeks, councilmembers will decide whether to grant landmark status to two, '60s-era Hornbein and Whi ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Wake-Up Call: An open Senate seat means more musical chairs

    At parties and openings, all the talk is about who's going to take Ken Salazar's seat in the U.S. Senate -- it's a lot more fun than talking about the economy -- and what spot might then open up. If outgoing Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff gets the nod, there's no game of musical chairs, becaus ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Upcoming DNC roundtable: lotsa ugly politicians and a smokin' hot celeb

    Saving humanity one sexy photo at a time. Listen to this lineup for an August 27 roundtable discussion at Boettcher Concert Hall on the topic of "Combating Global Poverty," as announced by the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee: Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and co-chair of the ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    July 3, 2008
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    October 11, 2007

    Q&A With Carl Bernstein

    The item in the October 11 Westword advancing author Carl Bernstein’s appearance at the LoDo Tattered Cover on Monday, October 15, contains only a few snippets from the wide-ranging Q&A reproduced below. During his conversation with Westword, All the President’s Men co-author Bernstein proved t ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007
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    July 28, 2005

    Change Is Good

    Immigration writer Luis Alberto Urrea highlights a Celebration of Democracy.

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    March 24, 2005
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    October 24, 2002

    Off Limits

    Can't we all just get along?

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    October 17, 2002

    Mr. Stanley, We Presume

    It's ready, fire, aim for the Libertarian candidate for Senate.

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    January 29, 1998

    Dottie Lamm

    The Better Half

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