Democracy in Action

"I am not a member of any organized party -- I am a Democrat."

Representative Bob Gardner, a Republican, uttered Will Rogers's classic quote on Thursday, as the Statehouse was hurrying through business before the three-day Easter holiday.

But the line described the action a few blocks away even better, where, at the Webb Building, the city was trying -- again -- to complete its "transparent" permitting process for city parks before and during the Democratic National Convention in August. And despite Denver's postponing the lottery for two days to avoid any appearance of impropriety, protesters are already protesting the process -- because the DNC Host committee managed to draw the choice Civic Center park date of August 24.

Which is where, and when, Re-Create '68 wanted to start its anti-war march to the Pepsi Center -- and so Re-Create '68's Glenn Spagnuolo is now promising to take action.

Democracy in action. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun