11:10 am, Apr 19, 2005
Did you know that Colorado is one of two states in the country where identity theft is not a crime? The legislature is considering a bill to rectify the problem, but passage appears dubious.
For the second year in a row, lawmakers have scuttled proposals to make identity theft a felony, saying they don't have enough money to prosecute and... MORE
8:50 pm, Apr 17, 2005
The April 25 issue of Time includes a report on "The Five Best Big-City Mayors" (article available only to Time subscribers). Honored are Chicago's Richard Daley, Baltimore's Martin O'Malley, New York's Michael Bloomberg, Atlanta's Shirley Franklin, and -- you guessed it -- Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
When Hickenlooper, who is called Mayor... MORE
12:55 pm, Apr 17, 2005
John Farrell, writing for the Denver Post, says if Republicans would join Joel Hefley in repealing the new ethics rules and restoring the Ethics Committee to a functioning unit, DeLay might save his hide.
The most important of the new rules changed the number of votes required to trigger an ethics inquiry. The ethics panel is evenly divided... MORE
7:26 am, Apr 16, 2005
The national media is trumpeting news that Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo thinks Tom DeLay should resign his leadership post. But did he really say that?
"I don't think we should try to oust him," he said in an interview Thursday at the Capitol. "Right now, I would not encourage him to leave. If he chose to resign as majority leader until... MORE
3:55 pm, Apr 13, 2005
Well, we didn't win.
Still, as they say, it was an honor just to be nominated. Twice. And like a wise woman said to me this afternoon, if you're gonna get your butt kicked, it might as well be by the New Yorker.
After the emotional roller coaster of the last few weeks, Max and I are both feeling a bit drained. But it was a helluva ride,... MORE
3:40 pm, Apr 13, 2005
The bill to track purchasers of beer has died in the Colorado Senate. It would have required the installation of an identification tag in every keg of beer sold. Its purpose was to reduce the number of kegs purchased by adults for minors. But Democrats broke ranks and joined Republicans in opposing the measure:
The bill roused strong... MORE
2:43 pm, Apr 12, 2005
MSNBC's Connected Coast to Coast, a new program hosted by Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley, had a segment today on Gov. Owen's veto of the bill that would have required hospitals to tell rape victims of the availability of emergency contraception.
Colorado's governor has vetoed a bill that would require all hospitals to disclose to rape victims... MORE
10:49 pm, Apr 11, 2005
Things to do in Denver when you're snowed in on a Sunday. (Purely hypothetically, of course.) Watch far too much television, until the point of physical discomfort from that nagging kink in your neck and the headache caused by your sad, strained eyes. Take digital pics of your kids/dog/flowers in the snow and send them off to every news channel... MORE
1:00 pm, Apr 11, 2005
With John Hickenlooper continuing to run so strongly in early polls of the 2006 Colorado governor's race, it was only a matter of time before the right-wing focused its slime machine on the popular Denver mayor.
The opening salvo was fired yesterday on Political State Report, a usually responsible blog.
The site's Republican correspondent... MORE
9:36 am, Apr 11, 2005
Gov. Bill Owens does not want any more Indian casinos in Colorado. The Golden-based Native American Land Group wants to build a $400 million casino near DIA. According to Michael Brendzel, vice president of the company, Owen's exact words were "Over my dead body."
Brendzel says he will just wait until Owens is out of office and try again. His... MORE
11:14 am, Apr 8, 2005
Congrats to Colorado Pols, a blog about Colorado Politics written by three anonymous bloggers who obviously are wired into the state political scene. The Denver Post today writes an entire article about them...and who's reading them. MORE
9:56 am, Apr 7, 2005
At least he's talking. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper says he's leaning against a run for Governor in 2006 -- but he won't rule it out.
"I honestly don't think I'm going to run," he told The Denver Post. "I'm not looking at it. I'm not investigating it. I'm just focusing on running the city."
But, like all politicians, the Mayor has learned to... MORE
6:01 am, Apr 7, 2005
Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar has joined in a request for an investigation into the exclusion of three Denverites from President Bush's social security talk in Denver. Salazar has asked a Treasury Department official and a local prosecutor to review the matter. The Secret Service is an agency within the Treasury Department.
Congressman Mark Udall... MORE
10:48 am, Apr 6, 2005
U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar is front and center today as he stands with Senators Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) who have introduced the SAFE Act, which will eliminate some of the most controversial and privacy intrusive features of the USA Patriot Act.
Salazar says he arrived at the need for revision of the Patriot Act by... MORE
5:59 am, Apr 6, 2005
David Lane, lawyer for Ward Churchill, has written a five-page letter to University of Colorado's acting chancellor Phil DeStefano, asking how the faculty committee intends to establish that Churchill is or is not a Native American.
In a series of references to infamous historic efforts at defining race, Lane asks rhetorically how the school... MORE