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
1:35 pm, Jan 12, 2005
The Colorado Legislature went back to work today, with its newly constituted Democratic majority. There is a joint session set for today on the state's budget crisis.
More than 100 bills were introduced, including one that makes it a crime for a person who knows they have AIDS to have sex. (I wonder if that means all sex or "unprotected sex"... MORE
9:45 pm, Jan 11, 2005
At least three more benefit events for the tsunami survivors in Asia and Indonesia are coming up this week. So whip out the wallet, and do what you can. You'll have fun, and feel good about yourself while you're at it. Wednesday, January 12, 6 p.m.: Hit the Walnut Foundry Events Center for FundNight, a benefit organized by Denver area event... MORE
9:42 pm, Jan 11, 2005
OK. I swore I wasn't going to get sucked in for the next round of ABC's The Bachelorette. I even avoided last night's season premiere -- but only because hubby had seized firm control of the TiVo for the night. So, like any other dating-show obsessive, I read the episode recap online.
And it seems that Colorado has two hunka-hunka's in the... MORE
12:37 pm, Jan 11, 2005
It's official. Mitch Morrisey is now the District Attorney for Denver. Replacing outgoing DA Bill Ritter, who was ousted by term limits, Morrissey can be expected to make some changes to the office.
At his swearing in Monday, Morrissey pledged to be tough on criminals but compassionate to those who show promise of reform.
"A prosecutor's goal... MORE
9:44 am, Jan 11, 2005
Getting voters to approve a new downtown jail has always been a hard sell. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper thinks he's got a new plan to win them over. It has three things the other plans lacked:
The new jail won't involve higher taxes, there will be a set limit on the size of a new downtown facility, and it will include a new courthouse.... MORE
6:00 am, Jan 10, 2005
The new, Democratic-controlled state legislature will convene Wednesday, and the Grand Junction Sentinel has a good preview. It looks like the new majority will first tackle the ongoing state budget crisis, and also cultivate their growing support in rural Colorado with a "basin of origin protection" water bill.
What we should not expect from... MORE
4:48 pm, Jan 8, 2005
The field of potential candidates for Colorado Governor in 2006 seems to grow daily. The Denver Post reports that outgoing Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter is considering a run.
"I'm talking to people about it. I certainly am actively considering the possibility," Ritter said.
Ritter may wait until Congressman Mark Udall makes his... MORE
10:06 am, Jan 8, 2005
Today is the opening of the annual National Western Stock Show, two weeks that connect Denver to its roots as a cowboy city. And just like it has for the last few years, the Stock Show will open with a celebration of the Mexican origins of rodeo through the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza that will be held tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 2:00. The... MORE
6:37 am, Jan 7, 2005
Joel Hefley's tenure as House Ethics Committee Chair likely is over, but no one has told him that. In fact, today House Speaker Dennis Hastert released the names of this year's committee chairs, and the space for the Ethics Committee chair was blank. Why? Hastert is searching for a suitable replacement. Luis provides the background here.... MORE