11:45 am, May 9, 2005
The smoking ban moves to the Colorado Senate today, where it is said to have a 50/50 chance of passing.
The bill was amended in the House last week to include a ban on bars and all establishments with a liquor license. Casinos, racetracks, bingo parlors and hospices are excluded.
Bar owner James Von Feldt, who owns Billy's Inn in northwest... MORE
9:53 am, May 7, 2005
After a two-year separation, Gov. Bill Owens and his wife Frances have decided to give marriage another try. He'll be moving his things back home. In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, the first lady is fairly open about it. She says it was not only the Governor's idea, but the first time he ever asked.
"I don't know if it will work... MORE
7:08 am, May 6, 2005
The Academic Freedom bill died Thursday in the Colorado House.
It would have protected free speech rights of professors, researchers and students. It also would have barred the use of political or religious views in considering rewards, promotions or discrimination claims.
The bill was introduced in the aftermath of the Ward Churchill... MORE
7:07 am, May 6, 2005
In a move that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, the CIA has announced it is moving its domestic operations from Langley, Virginia to Denver.
....current and former intelligence officials said the Denver relocation reflects the desire of CIA Director Porter Goss to develop new ways to operate undercover, including setting up more front... MORE
1:47 pm, May 5, 2005
As noted earlier today, Colorado Treasurer Mike Coffman is making some major changes in his life. Having decided against running for Governor in 2006, he has now decided to leave Colorado temporarily and serve as a Marine in Iraq, working in civil affairs.
"This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I had to choose between whether to... MORE
6:15 am, May 5, 2005
Ding, Dong, the Wicked Witch is Dead. In a stunning defeat for the radical right, the proposed constituional amendment to ban gay marriage in Colorado failed to make the ballot.
The House Judiciary Committee.... killed the measure on a 6-5 party line vote after Democrats said it was unconstitutional and would cost taxpayers to defend in court if... MORE
10:07 am, May 4, 2005
Just not yet. Maybe.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, riding high after last night's passage of the new jail initiative, tells the Rocky Mountain News:
"Someday I would love to run for governor," he said Tuesday night at the justice center victory party.
He said he would like to go around the state and "touch the gum under the tables."
7:19 am, May 4, 2005
The Colorado House "tentatively" passed a state-wide no smoking ban Tuesday after restoring a provision exempting bars that had been dropped by the Senate. The bill now goes to the House for a second vote and then back to the Senate.
The version passed by the House contains these exceptions:
The smoking lounge at Denver International Airport,... MORE
7:08 am, May 3, 2005
It's election day in Denver, and D-Day for the new Justice Center. Whether you intend to vote for or against the new project, please just remember to vote.
You can find the arguments in favor of the new justice center at SafeDenver.com. The arguments against are at Failthe Jail.org. MORE
7:07 pm, May 2, 2005
The emergency contraception law, vetoed by Gov. Bill Owens, is history for this legislative session. The Democrats, even with their new majority in the Colorado legislature, failed to get the necessary votes to override it.
The vote to override was 35-30, well short of the 44 votes needed. The bill had passed the House on a 44-20 vote, but some... MORE
2:17 pm, May 1, 2005
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo has a featured op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times (free registration required) in which he supports the Minutemen project and accuses President Bush of pandering to the Government of Mexico:
Bush must have some other reason for continuing to push his ill-conceived proposal for amnesty for illegal aliens and... MORE
11:40 am, Apr 29, 2005
A tip of the cycling helmet to our pal, Colorado Rep. Greg Brophy, who is profiled in today's Rocky Mountain News.
Brophy, a self-described "ultra-conservative," is pictured wearing a 5280 team jersey.
Who says we can't all get along? MORE
11:19 am, Apr 29, 2005
If the amount of money raised in support of or against a legislative initiative is indicative of its final success, then the Denver Justice Center will be approved May 3 by a large margin. The campaign to build the new jail has received 11 times the amount of contributions raised by opponents of the plan.
The opposition has received only $56,... MORE
11:18 am, Apr 29, 2005
As the White House today defended the practice of staffers asking people to leave public presidential events because of the staffer's belief that they will disrupt it, the Secret Service began it's backtrack into doublespeak.
Lon Garner, the Secret Service agent in charge in Denver, said he never told the three that the man was "a Republican... MORE
10:32 pm, Apr 27, 2005
The Denver Three are half-way there. They say they have identified one of the men responsible for their ejection from President Bush's social security speech.
Three people who were escorted out of President Bush's town hall on Social Security said the head of the Colorado Federation of Young Republicans was present when they were stopped at... MORE