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BEST OF THE WEEK: Killing the gerrymander, missing candidates and more

Author: Mark Harden - August 17, 2018 - Updated: August 17, 2018

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


This cartoon by Elkanah Tisdale– published in a Boston newspaper in 1812 — satirizes the redrawing of electoral districts for the Massachusetts state senate to favor Democratic-Republican Party candidates supported by Gov. Elbridge Gerry over those of the competing Federalist party. The figure in the drawing, representing a redrawn district, is seen as resembling a salamander, and the term “gerrymandering” was coined as a combination of Gerry’s name and salamander. (Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons)

> COVER STORY | Drawing the line on gerrymandering

> INSIGHTS | ‘Y’all Come’ isn’t on the playlist of Colorado’s candidates for governor

> Colorado Springs Utilities reaches novel water-sharing agreement

> TRAIL MIX | Candidates clash over gun control in swing 6th Congressional District

> Denveright: The city plots its next 20 years of evolution

> Q&A w/Michael Fields | A new voice to keep conservatives on message

> Thud: Polis just dropped $3 million into TV ads in the governor’s race

> Colorado projected to gain congressional seat after 2020 census

> Jack Phillips, Masterpiece Cakeshop in another dispute over alleged discrimination

> Energy Secretary Perry in Colo.: No NREL cuts planned

> Hey Phil Weiser: Welcome to the world of campaign trackers

> Colo.’s senators on opposite sides as confirmation battle brews over Kavanaugh

> Club 20 won’t allow lieutenant governor Lynne to debate for Jared Polis

> ENDORSEMENT WATCH | Joe Biden throws support behind Jason Crow in 6th CD

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry (right), U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (middle) and Martin Keller, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, at NREL on Aug. 14, 2018 (Liz Forster / The Gazette)

> INTERACTIVE: Campaign fundraising supports predictions of blue wave in Colorado

> Republicans replace Colo. state House candidates on Nov. ballot

> With Rep. Coffman’s help, Colorado couple’s Peruvian daughter won’t be deported

> Denver’s air quality is worsening; city health officials want to change that

> Denver would match candidate contributions under campaign-finance measure

> Colo. senators meet resistance on historic-site proposals

> Oops, turns out Denver Archdiocese didn’t endorse oil & gas ballot measure

> EPA wrestles with how to regulate toxic chemicals in Colorado aquifer

A 1980s-vintage JanSport expedition pack is pictured with a 1970s-vintage North Face down sleeping bag. (Mark Harden, Colorado Politics)

> Parent of North Face, JanSport to camp in Denver thanks to big state incentives

> Coffman gives thumbs down to Trump’s proposed Space Force

> ACLU, Colorado sheriff square off in court over ICE holds

> Colo. county agrees to pay jailed woman $60,000 in ACLU lawsuit, $130,000 to others

> Hickenlooper’s legislative staff to depart for new positions

> Secretary of state dismisses campaign finance complaint against regent candidate Smith

> Colo. school districts are fighting new transportation law with lawsuit

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.