Congressional candidate Darryl Glenn likes to tell a story about a woman he met at a farmer’s market earlier this summer.
“She was an older black lady, independent,” he says. “I stopped by and introduced myself, and she was like, ‘You’re a — Republican?’” He scowled like he was sniffing a carton of milk that had turned. “‘I’ve never seen a Republican,’ she said. ‘Why should I even listen to you?’ And I was like, ‘Ma’am, I just want to have a conversation with you.’” Then he leans in, animated at the memory of their exchange.
Colorado Democrat Michael Baca, one of the so-called "Hamilton electors" who tried to derail Donald Trump's presidential win in the Electoral College, has signed on to a federal lawsuit charging Secretary of State Wayne Williams with voter intimidation because he wouldn't allow Baca to vote for someone other than the winner of Colorado's popular vote.
Democratic Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado and Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced legislation Friday to require a government audit of the White House commission on election fraud, calling the controversial panel a "sham" and charging it was wasting taxpayer money.
President Trump has tapped Walter G. Copan, an El Paso County businessman who helps entrepreneurs cash in on innovation, as undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology, the White House announced this week. If confirmed, Copan would have the dual role as director of the Boulder-based National Institute of Standards and Technology, which promotes U.S. innovation […]
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, applauded President Trump Thursday for working with congressional Democrats toward a compromise to preserve protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants living illegally in America.
The dog days of August are over, and now the political doghouse is howling in Colorado. These week we saw our governor on the national stage, his lieutenant governor step into the spotlight on the state’s biggest stage and President Trump asserting himself in a Colorado case involving gay rights.
So many stories this week didn’t make the cut into the top five, but here are the ones worth revisiting, because of their wide impact on Colorado politics and Coloradans lives. Here are the stories our staff thought ranked as the best in the first week of September.
5. Voters might weigh in on how districts get drawn
A bipartisan group is trying again to take some of the political gamesmanship out of how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in Colorado. The way it works now is that legislators draw them, which gives outsized advantage to the political party that has the majorities in the state House and Senate after the U.S. Census. As a result parties control the outcomes (and candidates) in most districts based on which voters are put in which districts. Opponents, however, see a scheme to take away political power from minorities and other “communities of interest.”
The Trump administration is siding with a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012 by filing a brief in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case. LGBTQ activists say it’s the clearest sign yet that President Trump harbors animosity toward their cause, regardless of what he said on the campaign trail.
In the last legislative session, raising sales taxes for transportation was a no-go for Republicans who opposed asking Coloradans to pay more. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, however, aren’t yet through with the idea of gathering petition signatures to get on the ballot in 2018.
2. Hick on the Hill: Colorado’s king takes healthcare national
A U.S. Senate committee and organizations on both sides of the political fence on healthcare got to hear from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper this week. Hick and Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich drafted the proposal as Congress continues its efforts to repeal, replace or fix the Affordable Care Act.
Things just got more interesting in the 2018 governor’s race, as Gov. John Hickenlooper’s second-in-command, Donna Lynne, joined the Democratic primary field that already includes such well-known candidates as Jared Polis, Cary Kennedy, Michael Johnston and Noel Ginsburg. Can she carve out a niche as the moderate pro-business choice with Hick’s team behind her? We’ll see.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman will sign a petition to force a House vote on legislation that offers a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, a spokesman for the Aurora Republican told Colorado Politics.
Colorado Lt. Gov Donna Lynne, a former top executive at Kaiser Permanente, entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary field Thursday saying her experience running big organizations makes her the ideal candidate to take over for term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman expressed optimism Wednesday that the GOP-controlled House will take up legislation to protect young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation, although the Aurora Republican also stressed that a rare maneuver he initiated earlier in the week might still be necessary to force a vote.