The Denver City and County Building
There's a reason Colorado is a general election swing state: More than one-third of voters—around a million total—are unaffiliated with a political party. That makes the Centennial State one of just a handful where independent voters outnumber both Democrats and Republicans. And the numbers...
May 3 2016, 3:45 PM
Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran
Colorado Representative Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) is already a change-maker in local politics. Now, the House Majority Leader—the first Latina and the youngest woman ever elected to this role in Colorado—is receiving national recognition for her accomplishments.
In late March, EMILY’s List, a...
April 5 2016, 12:00 PM
After vetting candidates for the past several months, Governor John Hickenlooper this week chose Kaiser Permanente executive Donna Lynne to be his second in command.
Lynne, whose nomination must be confirmed by Colorado state legislators, would succeed Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, who...
March 25 2016, 9:45 AM
To frack or not to frack? —Courtesy of Shutterstock
After all the angst and accusations about fracking we've witnessed in Colorado over the past several years, we could be right back where we started.
A group called Coloradans for Community Rights is attempting to gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would grant more...
March 18 2016, 11:30 AM
A student asks a question at Inspire Colorado's 2016 Youth-Led Candidate Forum. —Courtesy of Inspire Colorado
This week, I had the pleasure of moderating an unusual political forum. What made it out of the ordinary was that the assembled candidates—seven in total from three Colorado state races—refrained from the name-calling, inflammatory rhetoric, and general hostility that's polluted this year's...
March 11 2016, 2:00 PM
Voters wait in line to enter a caucus location in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. —Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock
Coloradans showed up on Super Tuesday in unprecedented numbers, and our feeble caucus system couldn’t handle the masses.
Last week, caucus-goers voiced their presidential preferences in the yard of Lincoln Middle School in Fort Collins, as volunteers used their phones’ flashlights...
March 10 2016, 11:49 AM
If Utah can figure it out, why can't we?
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When you think of states in terms of progressiveness, Utah doesn't usually soar to the top of the list.
Yet our neighboring Rocky Mountain sibling, whose politics are normally about as fire engine-red as they come, has set an example that all forward-thinking American governments should...
March 8 2016, 10:36 AM
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on November 5, 2015. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
It may have been a Super Tuesday for Hillary Clinton nationally, but here in Colorado, Democrats were feeling the Bern.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders scored a conclusive victory over the former Secretary of State in the Colorado caucus on Tuesday night, earning nearly 59 percent of votes...
March 2 2016, 11:43 AM