Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 20, 201724min33

Michael Hancock is a mayor on a mission. It’s the Friday before the election, and Hancock is promoting a once-in-a-decade, $937 million bond package filled with hundreds of projects to maintain and improve Denver’s transportation, public safety and cultural infrastructure. After a stop at a Spanish-language radio station to pitch the ballot questions, he tours a 100-year-old library that’s due for some repairs if the bond measures pass, and then he ambles up Santa Fe Drive for the monthly Art Walk.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 14, 20173min5940

Just to remind people how Donald Trump appears to have gotten to the White House, 15 Democratic senators the Federal Elections Commission to unmask who pays for online ads. Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet, you bet, is in the mix.

They cited Russian operatives who bought ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google to support Trump over Hillary Clinton last year.

The senators want the same disclosures you find on radio and TV ads.

“Over the past year, our country has come to realize the ease with which foreign actors can interfere in our elections, undermining the integrity of – and reducing public confidence in – the electoral process,” the letter states. “As part of a wide-ranging interference campaign during the 2016 election, Russian operatives used advertisements on social media platforms to sow division and discord, distorting public discourse and coarsening our political debate. The actions undertaken by Russia should not be considered an anomaly; they will be the norm in future elections if we do not take immediate action to improve the transparency and security of our election process.”

“We believe the FEC can and should take immediate and decisive action to ensure parity between ads seen on the internet and those on television and radio,” the senators continued. “The FEC must close loopholes that have allowed foreign adversaries to sow discord and misinform the American electorate…Failure to act threatens the very foundation of our democracy.”

Bennet’s office cited his past work on election transparency: “Je has urged the Government Accountability Office to investigate the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, introduced a constitutional amendment to fix the campaign finance system, and written a letter calling on the FEC to make campaign related spending more transparent.”

Bennet was joined by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Amy Klobuchar and Al Fraken of Minnesota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Dianne Feinstein of California, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 10, 20174min14860

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat running for governor of Colorado, on Thursday launched an attack tying Tom Tancredo to President Donald Trump, charging the GOP gubernatorial candidate and Trump are "ideologically one and the same" — but far from rejecting the attack, Tancredo fired back, calling Polis "just another whiny liberal elite."


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 7, 20177min10170

Douglas County Republican Roger Edwards plans to announce Wednesday that he’s challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in next year’s GOP primary, charging the five-term incumbent with paying lip service to conservative priorities and using “identity politics” to divide residents of the battleground 6th Congressional District, he told Colorado Politics.