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BEST OF THE WEEK: Making Colo. better, Trump vs. Kochs, trade trouble and more

Author: Mark Harden - August 3, 2018 - Updated: August 4, 2018


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

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> COVER STORY | Imagine a great Colorado: 7 perspectives on how to lift up the state

> Billionaire conservative funder Koch takes on Trump over trade at Colorado meeting

> More on Koch Colo. conference: Another blast from Trump on trade criticism

> Now it’s the RNC going after the Kochs following Colo. conference

> As trade war escalates, Colo. faces broadening impact on export economy

> Colorado woman’s son to receive posthumous Medal of Honor

> INSIGHTS | Colorado beat the Russians at its election games

> Q&A with Henry Sobanet | Colorado’s fiscal Jedi moves on

> Colo. lawmaker Leonard drops re-election bid over child support issues

> HUD chief Ben Carson tours Aurora complex, touts partnerships to ease housing crisis

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, flanked by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, left, and Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare, discusses federal housing policy at the HUD-funded Village at Westerly Creek complex in Aurora on Monday, July 30, 2018. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

> Initiative 97: Backers of oil & gas measure allege buyout of a signature gatherer

> Initiative 108 could blunt local land-use rules, officials warn

> Initiative 108: Opposition ramping up against pro-oil & gas ballot measure

> Initiative 108: A record 209K petition signatures turned in

> Polis, Stapleton commit to debates (but not all the same ones)

> Polis’ plan to skip Club 20 debate kicks up a fuss on the Western Slope

> Campaign cash: Stapleton raises $255K, Polis drops $1.6M into gov. campaign

> ENDORSEMENT WATCH | EMILY’s List gets behind Democratic legislative candidates

> Obama endorses Polis, other Colorado Democrats for midterm elections

> Attorney general says state Constitution doesn’t bar sports gambling, but …

> Tight timetable on federal oil and gas lease sales is scrambling protests

Charles Koch in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, in 2012. (Bo Rader/Associated Press – File)

> California filmmakers throw their talents behind long-shot CD5 Democratic challenger

> Colorado, Kansas reach settlement over Republican River

> Senate searches for ways to reduce health care administrative costs

> Republicans raise the $10K needed for Trump portrait at Capitol in less than 36 hours

> Does a Wyoming governor candidate live in Colorado?

> Federal freeze of fuel-efficiency requirements would hamper Hickenlooper’s plans

> Trump, Clinton donate campaign cash to 6th District rivals Coffman and Crow

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.