Mile-High Headlines for Tuesday, November 11
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The Next Election
I was trying to spare you from having to think about elections for a while. But those egocentric politicos, and the reporters who chase them, are already speculating about which Republicans will challenge Democrats Bill Ritter and Ken Salazar in the 2010 races for governor and U.S. Senate, respectively. Some hope former Governor Bill Owens, still a party leader, will take on Salazar, although Owens seems happy in the private sector, according to The Denver Post. Other names floating around are former U.S. Senator Hank Brown and state Senator Josh Penry. There’s also former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, who appeared at a recent McCain-Palin rally. Joe Tone atÂ Westword isn’t very impressed, wondering why the GOP would want an allegedly “slightly concussed” man at the pinnacle of state government. Don’t count out illegal-immigrant-fightin’ U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo, who is considering a bid for governor and invited former Congressman Bob Beauprez to his office recently for a political chat meant to avert a primary,Â The Hill recently reported. As forÂ Marc Holtzman, a Barclays Capital vice chairman who failed in his challenge against Beauprez for his party’s nomination two years ago: He hasn’t made a decision yet, according to this Denver Post blog.
The Best Place in Colorado to Raise Kids
Sorry, Denverites. Our city is not the best place in the state to raise kids. But however envious you might be that Fort Collins wins out, don’t mention the dead body found along the Poudre River over the weekend. Okay, that’s a low blow, especially since I like my one-time hometown at least as much as Business Week, which says the northern Front Range city is the best place in the state to raise kids. The town of 126,500 has excellent schools, low crime, a charming Old Town, and plenty of trails and parks. Business Week, which limited its choices to towns of at least 50,000 people with median family incomes between $40,000 and $100,000, considered school performance and safety as its most important criteria, followed by amenities and affordability, which explains why places like pricey Greenwich, Connecticut, didn’t make the list. Colorado’s two runners-up are Aurora and Loveland.
Despite the economy, publications continue to launch in Denver. The newÂ Denver Independent leads its online “news” coverage with an old opinion piece, noting what most of us learned on Tuesday. (FYI, Obama won the presidential election in a “landslide.”) There’s also the new bi monthly 1 Magazine (so named because Denver is one mile above sea level). According to theÂ Denver Business Journal, the 248-page debut was distributed to 35,000 of “the most high end, exclusive readers,” including spas and hotels. The magazine’s claim to be “an essential guide to local issues, dining arts, entertainment and living well in the Mile High City” gives 5280 editor Daniel Brogan a strange sense of deja vu. Referring to Saks Fifth Avenue as “Sacks” doesn’t help matters, as Westword points out. And, the Journal implores, don’t confuse 1 with One, a publication of HealthONE hospitals, or One Magazine, which is published by the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
Videodose: Colorado’s resounding defeat last week of the “personhood” amendment, which aimed to define a fertilized human egg as a person, hasn’t stopped a new group, Personhood USA, from embarking on a national campaign to pursue the idea. Feministing has the promo video (scroll down).
Videodose II: Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a 200-year-old, 55,000-square-foot mansion with its own bowling alley? Barack Obama and his family will soon find out when they move to the White House. This tour from ABC News highlights more amenities.
Cheapest Gallon of Gas â€˜Round Here: $1.80, Pecos Sun Mart,Â 7170 Pecos St. (via www.gasbuddy.com).
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