Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 30, 20173min710

ProgressNow founder, national activist, way-left-of-center Renaissance Man and relentless Bronco fan Michael Huttner is an author, too. It seems like just yesterday, and yet so long ago (it was in fact 2009), that his “50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America” was released.

Now, with that other party — grrrrrrrr! — back in the Oval Office, Huttner and fellow prominent left thinker Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos have penned a sequel of sorts befitting the new regime in Washington: “The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump.”

And tonight at 7 at the venerable Tattered Cover Book Store (2526 E. Colfax, Denver, 80206), Huttner will be on hand to sign copies. He sent out an email this afternoon urging all to stop by.

His bookishly academic side notwithstanding, Huttner is also a noted prankster and certified master of political stuntcraft. Some of his gags are near-legend, like when he had a plane flown over Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High just before the 2008 general election towing the banner, “McCain is a Raiders Fan.” That was the election Obama won, in case you’ve forgotten, and perhaps Huttner can take some of the credit for delivering Colorado. Perhaps.

The caper of which he is said to be proudest, though, had nothing to do with politics but rather with his other passion — his hometown team: He snuck into Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego in 1998 — that’s when the Broncos beat the Packers — dressed as a soda vendor. And just for Huttner’s fans, we grabbed the photo from his Facebook page. (Thanks.) So that they, in turn, could see what a true blue (wordplay intended) Bronco fan looks like.

It’s a safe bet even Republican John Elway would have been proud at the time to know a Bronco loyalist would go to such trouble to watch him play. Of course, Elway had other things on his mind. Like winning his first Super Bowl.


Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 13, 20177min730

It’s been a busy week in Colorado Politics, with campaign cash, coal’s slow-motion collapse and the ever-evolving candidacy of Ed Perlmutter in the headlines.

Our staff re-evaluated the week, and here are the stories we think you should keep in mind in the days and weeks ahead:


In this Sept. 26, 2011 file photo, raw coal from a coal mine pours off of a conveyer belt, near Trinidad, Colo. Cole production is reportedly down in the state. (Mark Reis/The Gazette via AP, File)
In this Sept. 26, 2011 file photo, raw coal from a coal mine pours off of a conveyor belt, near Trinidad, Colo. Cole production is reportedly down in the state. (Mark Reis/The Gazette via AP, File)

5. Coal communities need a new engine, Bennet says

U.S. Sen Michael Bennet is proposing legislation that could steer federal grants into six Colorado counties struggling since King Coal was deposed. The money would help support economic development, as well as job training for ever-diminishing workforce of miners in the Colorado.

Read the full story here.


Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, and House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, display “The Deal” on the afternoon before the release of a long-awaited bipartisan transportation funding package on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in a photo tweeted out by the Colorado Senate Repblicans. (Courtesy Colorado Senate Republicans press office)

4. Road money still rumbles in the Colorado House

Bipartisanship only goes so far, and apparently it ends where the rubber meets the road. After House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Republican from Castle Rock, called out Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Democrat from Denver, on transportation funding, Duran reminded her counterpart it was the GOP that killed the bipartisan House Bill 1242 (and couldn’t come up with a serviceable replacement).

Read the full story here.


An election worker collects a mail-in ballot from a voter in Denver. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

3. Hold off on hyperventilating over the primary, says GOP chief

Our Ernest Luning told readers to dial back their angst and outrage about Colorado Republicans cancelling their primary, rather than let unaffiliated voters participate. State Party chairman Jeff Hays told us that it’s a long shot, not the looming reality our competitor suggested it might be.

Read the fuller story here.


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Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton will speak at ALEC’s lunch Thursday in Denver. (Colorado Springs Gazette file photo.)

2. A whole lot of money waiting on Stapleton’s run

If state Treasurer Walker gets in the race for governor — he will — he has a well-heeled group of people waiting to help him. That’s the takeaway from the leaked invitation to an Aug. 21 fundraiser in Cherry Hills Village with names such as Elway, Coors, Anschutz and Mizel attached.

Read the full story here.


U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, declares he's running for governor of Colorado on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Golden. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, declares he’s running for governor of Colorado on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Golden. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

1. Perlmutter retirement sputters

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said in April he was leaving Congress to run for governor. The he said in July he didn’t have the fire in his belly and dropped out. This week he said he might run for re-election the 7th Congressional District. Stay tuned. You can bet the Democrats who jumped in to replace him are.

Read Peter Marcus’ big scoop here.


Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway on Monday threw his support behind U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The Colorado star’s endorsement came as Gorsuch, who is also from Colorado, was facing U.S. Senate confirmation hearings. A letter Elway wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee was first reported by Colorado Politics. “A native of Colorado, […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 31, 20174min510

No sooner had we breathlessly blogged our discovery Monday that Democratic state Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton was in fact the “Steve” in the “Run Steve Run” mystery campaign — it urges him to launch a bid for governor — than Colorado Peak Politics chimed in to tell us what boobs we were for missing their post outing Lebsock weeks ago. Fine.

Well, no sooner had that happened than Lebsock himself told us Monday afternoon he actually is open to the idea. He assured us he had nothing to do with the briefly mysterious online ads, website and Twitter account — “I didn’t know they were doing it,” he maintained — but he wasn’t exactly shocked, either, mind you.

“I have been asked to run for governor since I was mayor pro tem of my city, Thornton,” he said. “So, it’s not a surprise.”

Then, he closed the deal: “I am considering it.”

Closed the deal, that is, only insofar as he confirmed he’s interested. Not declared, of course, and not even certain. He’s thinking about it over the coming year.

Which means he’s just like most of the undeclared, still-exploring-the-option gubernatorial prospects in his party as well as the GOP. All of whom, in turn, are unlike John Elway, who recently confirmed  he was NOT interested in running for governor despite perennial attempts to drag him into the fray. Ah, to be the one who could clear the field if he wanted to…

As for Lebsock, he also wanted to make clear just what kind of governor he would be if he were interested. For one thing: “I am not part of the establishment.” A prudent stance, no doubt, on the heels of an election year defined by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Lebsock had underscored the point a little earlier that afternoon in a tweet in response to our previous blog post:

And yes, we soon may be tempted to start a list of those who are not interested in serving as the state’s next chief exec. Besides Elway, of course.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 3, 20173min320

Just before starting his search for a new head coach for the Denver Broncos, John Elway denied any plans to throw his name in the hopper with others already mentioned as potential candidates for Colorado governor in 2018. Speaking to 9News on Monday, Jan. 2, the Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback said he planned to continue working for the Broncos, despite his contract ending in another year. He and Broncos president Joe Ellis have discussed extending that contract since October.


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 13, 201616min420

DENVER — Good Tuesday to you … And for those keeping tabs: 11 days until Christmas, 18 days until New Years and 37 days until the inauguration of Donald Trump. Or as detractors call it, the end of civilization as we know it. Outside of a federal judge calling the lawsuit of two electoral defectors a ‘political stunt,’ the best story of the morning is continued speculation that Broncos superhero John Elway has sights set on being Colorado’s next governor. Elway is probably more likely to return as Bronco quarterback than run toward the gal of becoming Colorado’s next captain. But … every year, like children waiting for Santa to squeeze his spare tire down the chimney, it's fun for the GOP to dream, we guess.