Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 13, 201720min922

“My name is Andy Kerr, and I am running for Congress,” the Democratic state senator told a crowd of family, friends, colleagues and supporters filling the gymnasium as he began his speech at Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon. It’s the same way U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter — at that time a former state senator from a nearby district — introduced himself, approaching “every hand in the room that would shake his” a little over a decade ago when he was running in the Democratic primary for an open seat representing the 7th Congressional District, Kerr recalled.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightApril 6, 201711min359

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Colorado U.S. Sen. Gary Hart officially announced his second run for U.S. president on his home turf at Red Rocks Amphitheater, saying, among other remarks, “I guarantee you that I’ll make some mistakes.” At a press conference the next Tuesday, in Denver City Council chambers, he said that he had referred to campaign tactical issues, not mistakes on issues. He told reporters that he would be better prepared for victory — or defeat in 1988.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 5, 20175min385

If you ride your bike along busy streets or even highways, you're probably aware of what "rolling coal" means. For those who don't, a bill before state lawmakers may not matter, but those who do are pretty excited. The Colorado Independent reported the legislation would impose a $100 traffic fine on motorists who change their vehicles, usually either with an alternate tailpipe or smokestack, to blast exhaust smoke at another driver, bicyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or other human target as they pass by.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackFebruary 1, 201710min407

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling is pending in a trademark registration case likely to influence policies in Colorado on the use of Native American names for sports teams. An Oregon rock band called The Slants is challenging a denial by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register a trademark for its name. Trademark officials say the name is offensive to Asian Americans. The Slants say denying the band a trademark infringes their First Amendment free speech rights. The case is being closely watched by the Washington Redskins football team, which had its trademark revoked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after complaints by Native American groups who said the team's name is an ethnic slur.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 23, 201711min623

Colorado would become the 32nd state in America to outlaw corporal punishment in public schools under a bill approved by the House Education Committee, after lengthy discussion and questions about disputed data about the number of such incidents in the Sheridan School District No. 2 and other districts. State Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, sponsors House Bill 17-1038 and told the committee Monday, Jan. 23, that studies and research has long found the use of corporal punishment - especially spanking - does not work and is harmful to a young child's learning and social development.