10:18 am, Jun 13, 2005
The Rocky Mountain Newsprofiles Colorado's freshman Representative John Salazar today. Salazar serves in the Third District, occupying a seat previously held by Scott McInnis. Salazar, it appears, like his brother (Senator Ken Salazar ), does not feel constrained to vote the party line.
Nearly a third of his votes have sided with Republicans,... MORE
8:02 pm, Jun 10, 2005
Jim Spencer, writing for the Denver Post, alleges a coverup in the Denver Three affair -- the matter of the three local activists who were ejected from President Bush's Social Security event almost three months ago.
Colorado Reps. Dianna DeGette and Mark Udall, and Sen. Ken Salazar, wrote a letter to the Secret Service last Thursday asking for... MORE
9:40 pm, Jun 4, 2005
No one can say Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper doesn't know how to have fun. Here he is at yesterday's re-opening of the Globeville swimming pool.
Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero also got in the act:
Hickenlooper followed Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero, who wore a black and white dress but no shoes, as she went down the slide... MORE
4:57 pm, Jun 3, 2005
If you're listening to the radio in Denver this weekend, you may hear some ads criticizing Rep. Marilyn Musgrave for her connections to Rep. Tom DeLay. Move-On.Pac , a liberal political action committee, begain running the ads yesterday.
Musgrave, of Fort Morgan, defended her ties to DeLay, saying he's a talented political leader who has... MORE
8:58 pm, Jun 2, 2005
Denver is under a tornado watch. There's also big thunderstorms and hail about to hit. I hear Dick Cheney is in Denver tonight, giving an award at the Mizel Museum Dinner at Wings Over the Rockies.
1,600 people are expected at tonight's event. It's a yearly event; I attended as a guest of the Mizels two years ago when Gov. and Mrs. Owens were... MORE
8:56 pm, Jun 2, 2005
Democrat and multi-millionaire Rutt Bridges announced today he will run for Governor. That means a primary contest between Bridges and former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter. According to Bridges,
"Most politicians form exploratory committees and waffle about their 'final' decision," Bridges said in a news release. "Not me. I'm running for... MORE
11:58 am, May 27, 2005
It's a done deal. The Woody Creek Caucus met to hear plans for the private Hunter S. Thompson memorial service to be held on August 20, the six month anniversary of his death. Sponsors promised it would not be another Woodstock.
"This is not going to be Woodstock revisited. People are not going to be running around half-naked in the mud like... MORE
11:53 am, May 26, 2005
As predicted, Gov. Bill Owens has vetoed six bills passed by the Colorado legislature. He made his "personal best" veto record ever -- 17 vetoes in one year.
Here's a list of Owens' vetoed bills:
HB 1020: To expand eligibility for unemployment compensation.
HB 1115: To allow employees access to their personnel files.
HB 1207: To allow... MORE
3:13 pm, May 25, 2005
Sen. Ken Salazar, one of the chief brokers of the nuclear option compromise, cast his vote against Bush judical nominee Priscilla Owen today. Yesterday, he went on the attack again against the radical right:
"I don't want us to become another Saudi Arabia or another Iraq, and I think that people who are part of that radical right would have our... MORE
3:11 pm, May 25, 2005
Colorado Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill is fighting back. Defending himself before CU's committee on conduct yesterday, for the first time he had the opportunity in person to let the University know what he thinks of their investigation into plagiarism charges and charges that he misstated his ethnic identity.
"He ended by saying this... MORE
3:11 pm, May 25, 2005
As Congresswoman Diana DeGette continues to earn national accolades for her sponsorship of the stem cell research bill, her compatriot, Rep. Bob Beauprez, is on the hot seat for his ties to embattled House Leader Tom DeLay.
Public Campaign Action Fund, which is tracking contributions made by DeLay to other Congressional campaigns, reports that... MORE
3:10 pm, May 25, 2005
Sometimes change is good. For the Revoluciones Collective Art Space, this is not one of those times. The gallery has been a community gathering place for urban art, experimental music, performance artists and general counter-culturalism since it opened in 1997. The original space was in a fixer-upper warehouse on 8th Avenue near the Santa Fe... MORE
6:51 pm, May 24, 2005
In a major victory for Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette, the stem cell research measure passed the House of Representatives today, despite a threat by President Bush to veto the bill. Background can be found at this post from yesterday.
The vote was 238-194. Under the terms of the bill,
[research funding would extend to] embryonic stem... MORE
6:52 am, May 23, 2005
Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is the chief architect and co-sponsor of the stem cell research bill pending before Congress. Against all odds, it is scheduled for a hearing in the House of Representatives Tuesday, and likely to pass. President Bush has said he will veto the bill.
But that doesn't reduce DeGette's accomplishment. It is... MORE
6:51 am, May 23, 2005
Colorado's senators have been front and center on the "nuclear option" and filibuster battle heading for a showdown in Congress.
Sen. Ken Salazar has been a chief spokesman for a compromise, offering to allow an up-or-down-vote on all of President Bush's nominees in exchange for the Republicans agreeing to keep the right to filibuster alive for... MORE