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COPO BEST OF THE WEEK: Hick’s water legacy, pot politics and more

Author: Mark Harden - June 22, 2018 - Updated: June 23, 2018

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Here’s our recap of some of our best stories of the week from the Colorado Politics staff.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper fishing in the Cache la Poudre River in Larimer County. (Photo by Evan Semón Photography, provided by the governor’s office)

> COVER STORY: Hickenlooper’s legacy of water

> Pot businesses are a growing source of campaign cash

> INSIGHTS: Hickenlooper spiked the ball with his veto pen

> Marijuana lobbying gains potency in Colorado

> PAC backing Johnston for governor gets another $1M from Bloomberg

> Republican Mitchell loans his campaign another $1M for gubernatorial run

> Hundreds of primary votes in El Paso County won’t count. Here’s why

> Colorado revenue forecast: Severance taxes on the rebound

> Bennet takes on gerrymandering, even as Colo. voters are set to decide it

> Medal of Honor recipient reflects on Vietnam War, politics during Pueblo portrait unveiling

> Poll: Colorado’s unaffiliated voters favor Democrats, strongly dislike Trump

> Colorado regulators raise Xcel’s energy-efficiency target by 25%

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> Mike Coffman vs. Joe Salazar (and they’re not even in the same race)

> Secretary of State Williams takes over campaign finance enforcement

> Trump orders creation of ‘space force’

> Pot use by Colo. teens is decreasing, fed report says

> Denver withdraws bid to host 2020 Democratic National Convention

> Q&A with Bob Gardner | Policy maven, military veteran, school-choice champion

> ENDORSEMENT WATCH | Colorado candidates notch support as primary looms

> Colorado lawmakers react to Trump dumping border policy

> Trump nominates new U.S. attorney for Colorado

> Colo. Supreme Court recharges Xcel’s challenge to Boulder utility

> Denver Post staffers to launch digital news venture (VIDEO)

In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who’ve been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

> US House OKs farm bill but says no to hardline immigration measure

> Gardner among GOP senators calling for end to forced separations at border

> Hickenlooper: Separating immigrant families is ‘immoral and un-American’

> Debts, financial difficulties in El Paso County candidates’ pasts

> Super PAC’s ad blitz blasts Coffman, other GOP lawmakers on Obamacare repeal

> Denver chamber leads sales tax hike for local scholarships

> Bennet joins bipartisan Senate push to renew conservation fund

> WATCH: Republican candidates stand by Trump in final gubernatorial debate

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.