Pot, Handmaids and Magpul: Colorado Politics’ hottest stories of 2017
Author: Colorado Politics - December 29, 2017 - Updated: December 30, 2017
Our most popular stories aren’t always the ones Colorado Politics journalists consider most newsworthy. Case in point: this list of our most viral-prone stories of 2017, which contains nary a mention of school choice, Neil Gorsuch, DACA, the #MeToo movement, transportation or special sessions, threatened or real. Without further ado, here are the headlines that were most important — to you, the readers — over the past 365 days.
10. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner: Obamacare backers ‘finally’ admit health care law needs bipartisan fix
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, this summer said Democrats are “finally” admitting they need to work across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions to the nation’s health care system, adding that the failure by GOP senators to overturn the Affordable Care Act won’t stop efforts to replace the legislation, known as Obamacare.
Colorado Springs voters sent a surprise message during a big April snowstorm, electing a potential majority bloc of City Council members that could push a more liberal agenda, results showed.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis announced in July that two women will lead the management of his campaign: Jenn Rider and Lisa Kaufmann.
7. Keating poll shows Democrat Cary Kennedy leading Republican Tom Tancredo in Colorado governor’s race
A November poll of likely Colorado voters showed Democrat Cary Kennedy ahead of Republican Tom Tancredo by 16 points in a general election match-up between the leading gubernatorial candidates.
Magpul Industries announced a mega-deal to supply ammunition magazines to the Marines in late December 2016, a boon for Cheyenne and a loss for Colorado.
5. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter to drop out of Colorado governor’s race; won’t run for re-election to Congress
Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter was expected to drop his bid for governor and announce that he would not run for re-election to Congress, Colorado Politics learned in July.
4. Protesters dressed as ‘Handmaids’ plan to greet Vice President Mike Pence at Colorado GOP fundraiser
Protesters dressed like characters in the novel and TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” planned to greet Vice President Mike Pence outside a fundraiser for Colorado Republicans in Greenwood Village in October.
After Republicans in the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax reform bill in December, passions, rhetoric and threats rippled across the Colorado political landscape, proving hyperbole is the mother’s milk of politics.
In October Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman defended the state’s nondiscrimination law to the U.S. Supreme Court — not a Lakewood baker who refused to serve a gay couple, citing his religion.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters March 6 that he thinks there is “real violence” behind the use of recreational marijuana. But Colorado’s marijuana advocates and others across the country used state and local-level data to push back on Trump administration claims that legalizing marijuana somehow increases crime rates.