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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 24, 20176min278

Remember those so-called "Hamilton Electors?" Of course you do. They were four of the nine Colorado Democratic electors who joined a national movement to try to thwart Donald Trump's election through the Electoral College process. The plan was to get enough electors nationwide to band together and vote for an alternate candidate, keeping Trump from the White House.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 21, 20178min339

A first-time, multi-department planning process in the City and County of Denver — known as Denveright — is working well, members of Denver City Council were recently told. The effort was announced nearly one year ago by Mayor Michael Hancock and is designed to show a vision for Denver over the next two decades. Four coordinated plans will help shape the future of Denver’s land use, mobility and parks and recreational resources.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 17, 20175min348

While the state and federal governments have different definitions regarding the legality of marijuana, it's an even murkier picture when it come to marijuana's far less potent cousin, industrial hemp. And, as the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported, the differences surfaced over a water issue in southeastern Colorado. The Bureau of Reclamation denied a farmer's request for water because part of his crop was hemp. Further complicating the matter, the 2014 Farm Bill defined hemp as distinct from marijuana. There's a bill in the Colorado Legislature that brought the issue to light, so stay tuned.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 14, 20177min331

A year after a Denver auditor's report found a nonprofit provider of services to the mentally and developmentally disabled residents of the City and County of Denver had mismanaged city funds, the picture is much better, City Council members were recently told. Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly called Denver Options, serves over 6,000 Colorado residents through case management and direct service programs.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 11, 20179min363

Instead of a sought-after additional five hours of business, Denver's recreational marijuana dispensaries seem likely to be allowed three extra hours, and city coffers could see between $664,000 to $1.3 million in extra revenue if all those dispensaries decided to take advantage of the extra hours that may soon be allowed under a City and County of Denver policy change. But the idea is not unanimously supported on Denver City Council or by the body's constituents. Currently, Denver’s hours of operation for both medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. State regulations allow all marijuana dispensaries to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight, subject to local regulation. Many other Colorado municipalities allow dispensaries to stay open until either 10 p.m. or midnight, including Aurora, Boulder, Commerce City, Edgewater and Glendale.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 10, 20176min330

A couple of Mesa County women didn't fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall's general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn't sound like the SAT test this year's 11th graders took is anything like their parent's SAT tests. Could it be ... easier?


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 7, 20177min375

Two City and County of Denver commissions will be busy this year, if recent actions by the federal government regarding minorities continue, a City Council committee was recently told by commission members. The Denver Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Commission works to advance social, economic and political equality for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, according to a one-page presentation to the Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 4, 20177min493

Relief for the always-crowded free 16th Street Mall shuttle service in downtown Denver is a main goal of an upcoming study of another free circulator route that city and Regional Transportation District officials think could be pulling more weight. The two entities are poised to approve an intergovernmental agreement that would call for the city to pay up to $1.5 million for the study, design and implementation of improvements to the Free MetroRide, which runs from Union Station to Civic Center Station on Broadway, Lincoln, 18th and 19th streets weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 3, 20175min378

The City of Boulder is many things to many people, sometimes largely depending on your personal, political views. Some view them as one of the more forward-thinking local governments, others call them the "People's Republic of Boulder." Well, a story in the Boulder Camera reported that since the city is running out of space to develop, it wants the county to butt out of its land use decisions. Seems one of those intergovernmental agreements ...