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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 10, 20173min279

Just as you were beginning to fear politics was, once again, getting way too serious, along comes a creative smarty-pants like Denverite to put things back into perspective. To wit, it asks the right question: How much does it cost to remove all that Donald Trump graffiti from Denver’s public spaces and places?

Denverite’s Megan Arellano comes up with dollar figure and other intriguing facts that she posted today. The total cleanup bill? $21,230. That’s based on the Denver Police Department’s tally of some 151 incidents of graffiti related to the president, in one way or another, since last November’s election, according to Arellano.

How many expressed support for the president as opposed to those that had a bone to pick with him? Twenty-one were positive in referencing Trump; 117 were negative, and 13 were deemed “other,” in most cases because the message was unclear.

Which month since the election has seen the most Trump graffiti? March.

There’s more (but for details you’ll have to read Arellano’s full story; here’s the link again): There are charts and cool maps — a signature feature of Denverite — depicting the incidence and concentration of the graffiti. There’s also an explainer at bottom about methodology: i.e., how do they draw the line between positive and negative Trump graffiti? Hint: the presence of four-letter words tends to make the call easier.

Now, a question Arellano’s story doesn’t take up: Who, in principle, should get the tab for this public display of affection (or lack thereof)? Those who are angry that Donald Trump occupies the Oval Office? Or, those who put him there?

You say that’s a trick question? You’re right, of course. The real answer is taxpayers will pay for it, whatever they think of The Donald.


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Getting a sense of what the citizens of the City and County of Denver think are key issues their elected officials should address depends on who is asked. So, Denver City Council, like many other governing bodies in other cities, often seeks survey results to help tell them what they should spend their time — and taxpayer dollars — on as they make policy and budget decisions.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 7, 20177min423

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 10, 20179min401

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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisJanuary 27, 20176min380

In 164 pages, the U.S. Department of Justice eviscerated the Chicago Police Department. After a year-long investigation, the DOJ found the CPD “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional use of force.” The detailed report details a systematic failure, not only in the CPD, but the entire city government for its failure to oversee and provide adequate resources to avoid such an outcome. While the rest of the country may look at the DOJ report and snicker at Chicago, it should serve as a warning to state and local governments across the country. It would be easy to get lost in the dramatic headline and believe that Chicago is an unfortunate, but unique circumstance. But in an era when police conduct across the country has come under ever-increasing scrutiny, Chicago could foreshadow future revelations across the country. Every state and municipality should take this chance to review and revise its police training programs and conduct standards.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackDecember 9, 201610min466

Denver and other Colorado cities stand in the crosshairs of President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to cut off federal funding to "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants. Sanctuary cities refer to cities that make no more than mediocre efforts to block illegal immigrants from employment or to deport them. Denver city and county officials have sought to accommodate immigrants, sometimes regardless of their legal status. Mayor Michael Hancock called Denver “a city of opportunity for everyone.”