John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 22, 20176min596

Civil rights protesters gathered Wednesday at the Capitol to protest the “Colorado Politician Accountability Act,” a hot-button Republican House bill being heard in the House State Affairs committee. The bill, <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1134" target="_blank">HB 1134</a>, is sponsored by Colorado Springs freshman Rep. Dave Williams. It taps into the harsh view of so-called sanctuary policies that marked the Trump presidential campaign last year and dovetails with the immigration and deportation executive order issued by the president this week.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 10, 20174min375

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will co-host a public forum Saturday, Feb. 11, to help tell immigrants and other community members about what the city can and will do in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions regarding immigration. In a statement released the same day Trump announced a ban on immigration from several mostly Muslim nations, Hancock said it was unfortunate Trump took the action, after Denver and other cities across the country, "have continually looked to and asked for Washington to act on comprehensive immigration reform." "Instead, communities and families will now be penalized for the federal government’s failure to act," Hancock said. "The executive orders signed today put our economic security as a nation at risk, and I am deeply disappointed. We are a proud nation of immigrants and Denver’s number one priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone who lives in our city. That is why we will not support taking unlawful or unconstitutional actions on behalf of our federal law enforcement, while continuing to comply with federal immigration laws."

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 6, 20173min190
Challenges are being thrown down again. Donald Trump was instigated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge by Vince McMahon, Mike Tyson and Homer Simpson in 2014. He accepted, and Miss Universe and Miss USA dumped Trump-brand bottled water over the future president’s head. Now anti-Trump operatives on social media want to soak him again. Have you […]

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Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 26, 20164min416

Recently there’s been a groundswell of support for legislation to right a four-decade wrong: a restriction using federal funds for women’s health care that has predominantly hurt the underprivileged. This ban, known as the Hyde Amendment, prohibits federal funds in Medicaid and other health programs from being used for abortions. Now the restriction stops this coverage for all federal employees, military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, Native Americans on federal insurance and inmates in federal prisons.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinAugust 21, 20163min306

A proposed city charter amendment to put a police and sheriff accountability office on par with those and many other Denver departments will be on the Nov. 8 city ballot. Denver City Council voted 9-0 Monday night, Aug. 15, with four council members absent, to place a question on the ballot that would make the Office of Independent Monitor a permanent office. Council members Kevin Flynn, Paul Kashmann, Deborah "Debbie" Ortega and Rafael Espinoza were absent. Backers, such as the Denver Justice Project (DJP), said the move would help protect the office from being dismantled and improve transparency and accountability.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 11, 201621min587

More than three decades after its founding, the Independence Institute has grown from a free-market think tank into what Jon Caldara, its president of 17 years, calls Colorado’s “Freedom Embassy,” bringing together the state’s disparate right-leaning organizations — including those representing wings of the movement that aren’t natural allies — into a place where he says they can find common ground and build the foundation for conservative principles.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 1, 201622min559

Twenty-five years later, lobbyist Fofi Mendez, the principle at Mendez Consulting, Inc., says the memory still sends a shiver down her spine. She had an established career in Colorado working in the anti-violence realm, directing victim’s services for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program — now known as the Blue Bench — starting in the early 1980s. Working with the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Mendez — her given name is Florangel — became president of the Colorado coalition by the end of the decade and got involved in its successful efforts to make marital rape a crime in the state.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyJune 2, 201610min348

At a banquet dinner in his honor May 25, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was given the moniker — “the heart and soul of Denver.” And, it’s no wonder. As the mile high city’s principal executive, Hancock has navigated Denver through a period of rapid growth during his nearly five years at the helm. The city is thriving and burgeoning — Denver’s economy is booming and dynamic, attracting droves of new residents and undergoing a cosmetic facelift of sorts in historic neighborhoods, to the dismay of some residents. The city has been on showcase nationally for its recreational marijuana commerce, job creation and overall growth.