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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayAugust 11, 20169min280

Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn’t join any club that would have him as a member. Bernie Sanders last week turned that on its head, saying he wouldn’t remain a member of any party that wouldn’t have him as its leader. Sanders decided to become a Democrat only last year and only so he could seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He went on to wage an energetic and occasionally entertaining campaign. In the end, which came at the Democratic National Convention last week, he endorsed Hillary Clinton. The next day he told reporters he again considered himself an independent, not a Democrat.



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 28, 201636min304

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Thursday, the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention. Two Coloradans take the stage today,Gov. John Hickenlooper and House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran. Hickenlooper, who ran into some protesters right up in his face yesterday while in Philly, will speak not long before Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. And, more details for you on this week's upcoming Donald Trump visit to our own little slice of paradise — including news on a Denver rally. Also, Darryl Glenn responds to the 1983 arrest controversy ... Read on for your daily briefing on all things Colorado politics ...


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 6, 20169min410

As Congress was fighting the debt ceiling in 2013, Dick Wadhams, Colorado’s political historian, passed on a New York Times story he knew I would enjoy: a 1983 feature on U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong and his brand of conservatism. “In one sense the Senator is a missionary, preaching the gospel of fiscal rectitude to the heathens on Capitol Hill. But, in another sense, he is a pragmatist who knows how to count votes and when to accept a deal,” the newspaper wrote. “I’m relatively inflexible on principles,” the Colorado senator told the Times, “but I’m flexible on the details.” I reprinted the articled in the Denver Post’s award-winning political blog, The Spot, and it’s worth rereading. Armstrong died Tuesday at the age of 79.


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayMay 12, 20168min341

Among the most serious charges that President Obama and his supporters have leveled against President Bush and Vice President Cheney: They “cherry-picked intelligence.” The phrase suggests that, while in office, they sorted through the information provided by America’s spy agencies, selecting the tidbits that supported their policies while discarding anything that might cast doubts on their conclusions. So what has been Mr. Obama’s record in this area? Thanks to an incisive essay by David Samuels in last Sunday’s New York Times magazine, we now know. To sell the Iran deal — which Mr. Obama considers his signature foreign policy achievement — the public was told there was “a new political reality in Iran, which came about because of elections that brought moderates to power in that country.”