12:40 pm, Jan 20, 2005
Last night, a strange thing happened. A new neighbor moved in next door to us in our Wash Park duplex. Not so strange so far, right? But here's the thing. He bopped around the neighborhood earlier this week, ringing doorbells and dropping off casual flyers, inviting the people on the surrounding blocks to drop in for an open house to meet him... MORE
12:33 pm, Jan 20, 2005
A Colorado man writes to the New Haven Advocate explaining that Jesus may have had the munchies. The more interesting part of his letter concerns deceased Secretary of State Vickie Buckley and her alleged attempts to keep a marijuana initiative off the Colorado ballot:
In 1998 a medical marijuana (cannabis) amendment should have been placed on... MORE
4:42 pm, Jan 19, 2005
Don't tell Rep. Tom Tancredo, but the Colorado House just approved a bill to allow legal immigrants to receive Medicaid. Two years ago the legislature cut the benefits as a cost-saving device. Court challenges prevented the cuts from going into effect, but last month, the funds to continue providing the benefits ran out.
...lawmakers now say... MORE
11:40 am, Jan 19, 2005
National Public Radio (NPR) is running a two part series on the growth of Colorado Springs' evangelical movement, highlighting James Dobson's Focus on Family Values and Ted Haggard's New Life Church.
The city has become a special place for evangelical Christians, like Ted Haggard, pastor of the 11,000-member New Life Church and president of the... MORE
10:59 pm, Jan 18, 2005
Colorado Pols.com observes that Wellington Webb's campaign for chairman of the Democratic National Committee is faltering, largely because he can't even get Colorado Democrats to line up behind him.
The post and its comments include a lot of speculation as to why this is true, but I think the best explanation is simplest: Big city mayors... MORE
7:34 pm, Jan 17, 2005
I suppose the interesting substantive point in this report about Governor Owens' meeting with the legislature's Republican caucus is that there really isn't a tremendous difference between the two parties' current proposals to resolve the state budget crisis -- both are advocating some form of permanent tax cut coupled with relief from the TABOR "... MORE
8:23 am, Jan 17, 2005
We know from our server logs that lots of folks come to 5280.com looking for our May 2003 interview with John Elway, in which the Denver Bronco Hall of Famer candidly discussed his life after football, shared the pain of the recent deaths of his father and sister, and reflected on the end of his marriage.
Interest in the article when it was first... MORE
7:06 am, Jan 17, 2005
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle is spending a lot of time these days talking about the "vote center" concept his county used in the 2004 election.
Basiscally, instead of staffing thousands of precincts, the county operated 31 vote centers at which voters from every precinct were welcome.... MORE
1:03 pm, Jan 16, 2005
TABOR amendment author and newly sworn in Colorado Springs County Commssioner Douglas Bruce is making headlines again. Now he wants to donate his $63,000 commissioner's salary to a non-profit under his control that advocates his political views --bypassing federal withholding laws.
At the root of the problem is Bruce's refusal to provide his... MORE
11:21 am, Jan 16, 2005
The Denver Post reports that all may not be smooth sailing for U.S. Attorney John Suthers at his confirmation hearing for the position of Colorado Attorney General. The reason is that he was the subject of a Justice Department ethics investigation into whether he improperly engaged in political activity while serving as U.S. Attorney.
9:37 am, Jan 16, 2005
The long knives are out for the TABOR amendment, with even the conservative Denver Post comparing TABOR's "one-way ratchet" unfavorably with the situation in Wyoming, where legislators are actually permitted to save money during boom economic times for use during down periods, instead of being forced to return "excess" money to taxpayers during... MORE
9:00 am, Jan 15, 2005
This is when you know you have good friends. Colorado Trail for MS is a seven-month long fundraising effort for the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Society that begins this weekend. The effort will cumulate with a group of friends -- one of whom was recently diagnosed with MS -- who will hike the 471-mile Colorado Trail in August. This epic... MORE
11:00 am, Jan 14, 2005
When the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center announced it was moving to the campus of Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Aurora, it was thought that a new Veterans Administration hospital would be a perfect companion to the complex. But in recent days, that idea has been considered dead after a letter to Congress from outgoing VA Secretary... MORE
6:11 am, Jan 14, 2005
U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard spoke at a town hall meeting in Greeley. He isn't towing President Bush's line on social security. According to the Greely Tribune, the Colorado Republican told the 20 or so constituents in attendance:
"I believe we have a problem with Social Security that will emerge in 2018...At that point in time, Social Security pay... MORE
6:30 am, Jan 13, 2005
Colorado's Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo has declared war and it's not against the Democrats. His target is President Bush and his plan for immgration reform.
Bush in an interview with the Washington Times published on Wednesday said he plans to force a debate in Congress this year on his proposal that would allow some illegal immigrants... MORE