Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 24, 20176min319

Remember those so-called "Hamilton Electors?" Of course you do. They were four of the nine Colorado Democratic electors who joined a national movement to try to thwart Donald Trump's election through the Electoral College process. The plan was to get enough electors nationwide to band together and vote for an alternate candidate, keeping Trump from the White House.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 17, 20175min398

While the state and federal governments have different definitions regarding the legality of marijuana, it's an even murkier picture when it come to marijuana's far less potent cousin, industrial hemp. And, as the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported, the differences surfaced over a water issue in southeastern Colorado. The Bureau of Reclamation denied a farmer's request for water because part of his crop was hemp. Further complicating the matter, the 2014 Farm Bill defined hemp as distinct from marijuana. There's a bill in the Colorado Legislature that brought the issue to light, so stay tuned.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 10, 20176min370

A couple of Mesa County women didn't fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall's general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn't sound like the SAT test this year's 11th graders took is anything like their parent's SAT tests. Could it be ... easier?


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 3, 20175min416

The City of Boulder is many things to many people, sometimes largely depending on your personal, political views. Some view them as one of the more forward-thinking local governments, others call them the "People's Republic of Boulder." Well, a story in the Boulder Camera reported that since the city is running out of space to develop, it wants the county to butt out of its land use decisions. Seems one of those intergovernmental agreements ...


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 21, 20175min459

Here's a whatever-happened-to update: If you remember Martha Ezzard from her time as a Colorado legislator, you should probably check out the story in the Denver Business Journal. A couple of decades ago, Ezzard and her husband, Dr. John Ezzard, moved to Georgia to run an Ezzard family farm. They turned it into a pretty successful winery and are now selling it and moving back to Colorado. Welcome back, Martha and John!


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 13, 20176min314

In Case You Missed It: Read our weekly political news recap on the lesser known topics you may have missed last week in Colorado political journalism. Last week: It's always interesting — sometimes pretty fun, too — when someone takes is upon themselves to act as a citizen watchdog. One of the more well-known such people in Colorado politics is back in news ...


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 26, 20176min293

You know all about the big political news of the past week: Hickenlooper says (projecting about two years out) he has no plans to run for president in 2018; support seems to be growing for the confirmation of Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court and the Trump administration may be about to take a get-tough stance on marijuana enforcement. Here's our look at some political stories you might have missed:

Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 12, 20177min370

Colorado lawmakers hope they can finally make some headway over the construction defects issue and help spur more condominium growth. But another bill is attempting to address the affordable housing issue from a different angle: mobile home parks and how their residents might be able to stay in them when an owner wants to sell the land they sit on. And two Colorado Democratic lawmakers who hoped they wouldn't have to open their state Capitol offices to the homeless to make a point about their bill, dubbed the Right to Rest bill, was to be considered for the third year in a row.