Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper greeted the press Tuesday morning and answered the question before anyone asked: He's not running for president, not behind the scenes or in front of the scenes.
The press continues to speculate, as the governor continues to act as if he's laying down asphalt for a path to the White House. He's talked about a national bipartisan healthcare plan in Washington, Tuesday night he's talking international security with the prince or Jordan and he has an upcoming trip to Iowa -- you know, the early caucus state.
When Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was in Washington Friday to restart the bipartisan health care plan he helped create, he talked school shootings, political aspirations and third-party politics for Sunday's "This Week" on ABC News.
Last summer Govs. John Hickenlooper and John Kasich urged Congress to take a bipartisan approach to fixing the nation's healthcare system. Now the Colorado Democrat and Ohio Republican are trying again, according to an announcement Wednesday night from the Colorado governor's office.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and his Republican counterpart from Ohio, Gov. John Kasich, have teamed up once again, this time to plead with Congress to pass a long-term extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before its time expires on March 5.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and a bipartisan group of governors on Wednesday called on congressional leaders to come up with a legislative fix before the end of the year to protect immigrants brought to the United States when they were children from deportation.
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.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet roasted a last-ditch attempt by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare Tuesday as worse than the GOP's previous effort and contended the legislation could derail bipartisan work to repair the nation's health care system.
“I can’t decide whether this is Groundhog Day or the definition of insanity: every attempt is worse than the last," the Colorado Democrat said in a statement.
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.