Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20179min13840

Cole Wist, Colorado's assistant House Republican leader, says he’s “thinking seriously” about running for state attorney general in next year's election if GOP incumbent Cynthia Coffman decides to run for governor, and he expects to announce his plans within weeks, he told Colorado Politics. Coffman said months ago she was weighing a bid for governor rather than run for a second term but has yet to declare her intentions.


Clarice NavarroClarice NavarroApril 18, 20175min1010

There is an opioid crisis in Colorado and across the nation. Colorado, and especially southern Colorado, has seen an increase in use and abuse of opioids. Traditionally, when we hear the word opioid we think of the “junkie,” but that’s not where it ends or begins. With the rise in use and abuse, we see a rise in crime and opioid-related deaths. The use and abuse can be attributed to many things including cost, over prescribing and especially mental illness. As with other drugs that are abused, there are all of the negatives that follow, and our communities are seeing it firsthand. Our law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed, our hospitals must cope and we see a rise in crime rates. All of which beg the question, "What is being done?"

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 16, 20174min68
Police and prosecutors on Wednesday protested a bill that aimed at increasing transparency when officials seize property under forfeiture laws. Supporters of the bipartisan Senate Bill 136 seemed dismayed that law enforcement would so passionately oppose a bill that only aimed at accountability. The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the measure on a party-line vote, with Republicans […]

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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisJanuary 27, 20176min710

In 164 pages, the U.S. Department of Justice eviscerated the Chicago Police Department. After a year-long investigation, the DOJ found the CPD “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional use of force.” The detailed report details a systematic failure, not only in the CPD, but the entire city government for its failure to oversee and provide adequate resources to avoid such an outcome. While the rest of the country may look at the DOJ report and snicker at Chicago, it should serve as a warning to state and local governments across the country. It would be easy to get lost in the dramatic headline and believe that Chicago is an unfortunate, but unique circumstance. But in an era when police conduct across the country has come under ever-increasing scrutiny, Chicago could foreshadow future revelations across the country. Every state and municipality should take this chance to review and revise its police training programs and conduct standards.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 13, 201617min72

Avoiding the use of force by Denver sheriff's deputies, recognizing and knowing how to treat mental problems among people deputies contact, and handling a growing jail inmate population are among issues Sheriff Patrick Firman highlighted in an end-of-year letter to Denver City Council. Dated Monday, Dec. 12, the letter also noted the hiring of 200 new deputies this year, an administrative restructuring and newly required training, among other areas.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackDecember 9, 201610min105

Denver and other Colorado cities stand in the crosshairs of President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to cut off federal funding to "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants. Sanctuary cities refer to cities that make no more than mediocre efforts to block illegal immigrants from employment or to deport them. Denver city and county officials have sought to accommodate immigrants, sometimes regardless of their legal status. Mayor Michael Hancock called Denver “a city of opportunity for everyone.”


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 22, 201616min790

DENVER — Good Tuesday to you and yours. If it’s a traveling day (“over the river and through the woods …") for you, we do hope you arrive safely and possibly hungry. As you’ll notice, we are sharing several topics concerning our law enforcement today. With the recent police shootings (four this weekend) they have been top of mind and frankly … in our prayers. As Thanksgiving approaches, we hope you will keep those who wear a badge in your thoughts and prayers as well. More today as well ... Let’s get started!


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 18, 20167min89

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to have occurred, the city ordinance that regulates lobbyists by requiring registration and the reports does not identify specific oversight. Like many other areas of municipal and state regulations, it is basically a self-reporting arrangement that is only investigated upon complaint, according to Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.