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Denver’s pols have a bone to pick with President Trump’s budget

  … But of course, that comes as no surprise. Sure, the depth and breadth of the cuts in federal funding proposed by the White House have sweeping implications for urban centers like the Mile High City. Then again, it’s not like Denver’s Democratically inclined political establishment has had many kind words for The Republican Donald since his unexpected elevation to the […]

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‘Compromise’ or ‘casserole’? Rural-sustainability bill does a lot; here’s an in-depth look

As we mentioned in passing just a day ago when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the wide-ranging Senate Bill 267 into law, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” (the measure’s title) can mean a whole bunch of things. It’s all very complicated. In other words, Tuesday’s signing was about more than Hick and Senate President Kevin Grantham shooting hoops […]

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Assisted suicide gets a ‘no’ — and then a ‘heck no’ — from the church

Terminally ill patients who invoke Colorado’s new law permitting  physician-assisted suicide will, of course, need a place to carry out the act. And their loved ones likely will want a funeral. To which the Catholic Church responds: Don’t expect much help from us. Not only have two of the state’s largest hospital systems, both Catholic-affiliated, opted […]

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Denver sets high bar for hate crimes, lowers it for panhandling, breaking park curfew …

… urinating in public and other such “quality of life” offenses. Which is to say they diminish quality of life — but not enough, in the eyes of Denver’s City Council, to warrant sending someone packing to his native land over a violation. Denverite’s Erica Meltzer reports the changes represent a sweeping sentencing reform of the city’s […]

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Hyper-local politics in Denver: It’s all about parking

The Gorsuch debate? Obamacare repeal? Fracking, perhaps? Nope. It’s all mere coffee talk in Denver. If you really want to watch tempers flare over a contemporary political issue in Colorado’s capital, raise the subject of parking. It’s a staple of local news coverage and a thorn in the side of business owners and homeowners alike in a number of […]

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U.S. Senate vote to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood is moot in Colorado

Some perspective is in order — and usually overdue — when hot-button issues are debated in Congress and aired in the press. Planned Parenthood, for example. And Denverite’s Erica Meltzer offers a timely dose of perspective in the wake of last week’s U.S. Senate vote to let states withhold federal Title X funding from family-planning clinics that perform abortions. The […]

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If not a White House bid, then how about a U.S. Senate seat for Hick?

Cory Gardner’s, in particular. The notion was posed — where else? — on Facebook. Sure, anyone can start a Facebook page. Even if it only recycles another item off a long-standing wish list periodically warmed over by aficionados of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Aficianados who acknowledge they have no connection to the governor. They just like him, and they like the […]

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I-70 expansion in Denver: freeway ‘without a future,’ or without an alternative?

State lawmakers embroiled in the 2017 session’s Great Transportation Debate may want to take a moment away from the standoff over how to raise highway revenue so they can ponder a parallel issue — what kinds of transportation projects the public gets for the money. It’s an old question in its own right: Even if transportation dollars grew on trees, are […]

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