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Aaron HarberAaron HarberApril 3, 20178min310

I was honored to receive the “Broadcaster of the Year Award” — the highest honor given by the Colorado Broadcasters Association — at such a turbulent time for journalists and would like to thank everyone associated with the CBA for the award. I also would like to thank Bob Call, CBA chairman and vice president of Bonneville Communications, for his magnanimous introduction of me at the CBA’s Awards of Excellence event.


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Aaron HarberAaron HarberDecember 6, 20165min399

OK, I admit I am a bit behind on my reading as I recently perused the April 30 edition of The Wall Street Journal. Albeit accidentally, it was a good exercise as I read David Greenberg’s extensive column comparing the Republicans’ situation on that date to that in 1976, to wit: “But as in 1976, there is ominous talk today that the GOP is in crisis — possibly headed for extinction, like the antebellum Whig Party.” However, in short order, the party possibly headed for “extinction” won the presidency, kept control of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, gained control of 33 out of 50 governorships, and won control of both chambers of the legislatures in 32 states (with Democrats controlling both chambers in only 5 states).


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Aaron HarberAaron HarberAugust 2, 201613min282

Hillary Clinton’s substantial post-Convention bump in the polls was not a surprise to those who attended the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Having created a well scripted Hollywood production, the Democrats seized the Ronald Reagan theme of “Morning In America” and, in a jiu-jitsu move, took advantage of the Republicans’ “Nighttime In America” theme, trumpeted best by their presidential nominee, which posited the country was in decline. The contrast in themes was stark yet both have the potential to appeal to millions of people.



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 29, 201652min458

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Friday ... and National Lasagna Day. Safe travels to those of you who are headed back to Colorado from the Democratic National Convention. But my advice, stay away from lasagna before hitting the friendly skies or they may become far less friendly. Today, another passenger soaring the friendly skies — with much more leg room — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, will host a town hall meeting in Colorado Springs at 2 p.m. and a rally in Denver at 7 p.m., events we will have Statesman reporters on hand to cover for you. All this following Hillary Clinton's historic acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president last night in Philadelphia during the DNC's fourth and final day, an event studded with speeches from two Colorado politicos, one of them delivering a "low energy" but nonetheless inspiring speech about how he was laid off from a job 30 years ago almost to the day. It's all over now folks. Both conventions behinds us. We are fully inside the belly of the general election season beast. Good luck to you. Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics …



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 28, 201636min300

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Thursday, the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention. Two Coloradans take the stage today,Gov. John Hickenlooper and House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran. Hickenlooper, who ran into some protesters right up in his face yesterday while in Philly, will speak not long before Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. And, more details for you on this week's upcoming Donald Trump visit to our own little slice of paradise — including news on a Denver rally. Also, Darryl Glenn responds to the 1983 arrest controversy ... Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics ...



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 27, 201649min295

DENVER — Colorado helped drive in a major, historic marker yesterday. With the help of 36 of Colorado's 78 delegates — Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a major party nomination for President of the United States. While Floyd Ciruli has surmised Colorado is no longer a battleground state, we expect to see Clinton and her opponent Donald Trump come around Colorado often nonetheless — starting this week, in fact — as they campaign through the general election. Happy Day No. 208 of 2016, only 104 days remaining until Election Day! ("That many!" groan the laypersons. "That few!?" exclaim all the wonks). Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics ...



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 26, 201642min357

DENVER — Well, none of us can say we didn't see the rough and tumble conventions for both parties coming from miles away right? Happy Day # 2 of the Democratic National Convention ... and All or Nothing Day (more encouragement for the Bernie Sanders supporters). This morning Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he didn't believe the stolen DNC emails were a "coincidence." "All I know is what the experts and the reporters are telling us, what they're saying is it was likely Russian actors. I think the timing around our convention was not a coincidence." So everyones' suspicions are confirmed. Trump connection, though? "Absurd" says his campaign. But the email hacking caused somewhat of a total upheaval on Convention Day 1, and a subsequent bowing out of Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her place in the chair of the convention yesterday — the festivities were instead gaveled in by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Meanwhile, leaders in the Colorado for Bernie Sanders movement are calling for party unity and (at least eventual) support for Clinton. But it wasn't all butterflies and cordiality.