Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 19, 201815min1340
Jimmy Sengenberger was that way-older-than-his-years, way-ahead-of-the-pack kind of kid you sort of admired and sort of envied — and, admit it, sort of resented — back in middle school. He began listening to Rush on the radio at 12 and was attending Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club breakfasts by 13. He was putting together high […]

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Parking is the second-largest revenue driver for Denver International Airport, but according to City Auditor Timothy O’Brien, lax oversight with Lyft and Uber could be letting money slip through the cracks. In a report released Thursday, O’Brien found the airport charges Lyft and Uber $2.60 for each pickup and drop off at DIA. But the […]

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Rep. Dan PabonRep. Dan PabonMarch 21, 20175min481

A few years ago, Colorado triggered a wave of innovation when it became the first state to update its laws so that ride-sharing digital platforms, Uber and Lyft, could continue to thrive while establishing proper safety and consumer protections. What we know now, two years after that effort, is that it was crucial for Colorado’s economy and lifestyle that our laws continue to keep pace with developments in modern commerce.


Steve PeoplesSteve PeoplesMarch 20, 20177min494

Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor group — under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide — to coordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 10, 20178min407

If you were hoping to tune out politics by tuning into Super Bowl Sunday, then you turned to the wrong place.

Viewers were bombarded by commercials seeking to capitalize on the civil unrest stemming from controversial and brash decisions by the Trump administration.

The move by corporate America to weigh into the ongoing debates seemed to start before the Super Bowl when Uber and Lyft engaged in a race to the moral high ground.

Uber was accused of breaking picket lines connected to nationwide protests at airports. That criticism extended to protests at Denver International Airport. The protests were in response to executive orders by President Trump temporarily suspending immigration to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries and offering a sweeping prohibition of refugees entering the country.

Competitor Lyft took advantage of the bad publicity against Uber, telling its customers that it wholeheartedly opposes Trump’s directives. The company put its money where its mouth is, donating $1 million over the next four years to the ACLU to fight any unconstitutional actions by Trump.

Uber was compelled to issue a statement largely blasting Trump’s directives. The company is working on a process to identify impacted drivers and compensate them pro bono over the course of the temporary orders. Its chief executive, Travis Kalanick, backed out of sitting on Trump’s business advisory council in the aftermath of the uproar.

Overall, there has been a surge in donations to humanitarian groups and those who defend them in the wake of Trump assuming the Oval Office.

Many commercials during the Super Bowl, which cost a whopping $5 million for a 30-second ad, focused on inclusiveness in the wake of orders that many feel divide and segregate people.

Budweiser ran an ad that showed Adolphus Busch’s journey to the United States from Germany in the 1850s and the discrimination he overcame on his way to success. It was a story of how immigrants shaped the fabric of America.

Coca-Cola aired an older ad depicting Americans of many ethnicities signing a version of “America the Beautiful.”

Airbnb ran a spot that displayed the message, “The world is more beautiful the more you accept.”

Audi advocated for equal pay for women. And 84 Lumber highlighted a Spanish-speaking mother and daughter making their way to the United States.
The reaction to the ads was enormous, with topics trending on social media. Some criticized the companies, but many applauded them for entering the fray.

Some feared that Lady Gaga would turn the game itself political during her halftime show in Houston.

“I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love, and compassion, and kindness,” Gaga said during a press conference ahead of her performance. “My performance will uphold those philosophies.”

While Gaga opened her performance by singing lines from “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” and announced we are “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” she did not use the massive platform to make overt political statements during her routine.

But that didn’t stop people on social media from turning the contest between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons into a political competition. Many made it a referendum on the recent election, with the Patriots falling in Trump’s camp and the Falcons falling in the anti-Trump squad.

With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft all having relationships with Trump, people found it hard to disconnect the team from the administration. Brady in 2015 drew fire for placing a red Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker.

Meanwhile, Atlanta has been called a “black mecca,” and it was a hotbed of the civil rights movement, birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the aftermath of Trump’s presidency, civil rights debates have taken centerstage.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank trolled Kraft ahead of the Super Bowl about his close relationship with Trump. When asked the most famous person in their phones, Blank answered, Kenny Chesney, and then pointed to Kraft and said, “Donald Trump over here.”

After the Patriots secured a stunning comeback win over the Falcons, esteemed political analyst Nate Silver tweeted, “At least the Falcons won the popular vote,” a quip referring to the fact that Trump won the election, despite Democrat Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote.

Drummer and frontman of the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, Questlove, tweeted after the game, “This is how I felt on election night. #SuperBowl.”

How people reacted to the Patriots win appeared in many cases to revolve around where their support for Trump stood.

“2017 IS THE YEAR OF THE PATRIOTS, FIRST DONALD J TRUMP AND NOW TOM BRADY WHO’S NEXT????? #SuperBowl #TomBrady #MAGA” read one tweet following the game.

“Patriots won on November 8th, 2016. Patriots win again on February 5th, 2017. #MAGA” read another.

“Brady made the NE Patriots great again. Must’ve been the hat! #MAGA”

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJanuary 30, 201710min295
Uber and Lyft are accustomed to competition. But a new race toward good conscience — highlighted by protests in Denver — offers a glimpse into the morality battle in a Donald Trump era, a war that is reshaping both business and politics. Across social media, #DeleteUber is trending, a plea by those opposed to Trump’s Muslim ban […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 24, 20173min385
Lawmakers could make it little easier to become an Uber or Lyft driver this session by passing Senate Bill 43. The legislation would eliminate a requirement for a certificate of good health for those driving their personal vehicles to get people around. The legislative term for that is transportation network company. The bill is blessed […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 2, 20168min726

Close to 2,200 taxi, shuttle and limousine drivers will likely face fewer regulations in the New Year, when the City and County of Denver is expected to stop requiring them to qualify for and obtain “Herdic” licenses. Such licenses were named for the Herdic cab, a horse-drawn carriage invented by Peter Herdicin in 1881. Herdic cabs were designed as passenger vehicles for public transportation, often painted bright yellow, and were predecessors to the modern taxi cab. The Denver City Council's Business, Arts, Workforce and Aeronautical Services Committee, at its Wednesday, Nov. 30, meeting, sent an ordinance repealing the Herdic license portion of the municipal code to the full council for consideration. Once approved, the city attorney's office will drop an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court of a state preemption ruling against the city regarding the rules and regulations.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 1, 201618min435

DENVER — Happy Thursday to you and yours from all of us at the Colorado Statesman. Has it been hard for you getting back in the swing of things following the long (not long enough) Thanksgiving holiday? There, there, we understand. We’ll continue to carry on — making your mornings in Colorado politics more interesting is our goal. (emoji, emoji, emoji!) As we head into the home stretch of 2016, it’s good to see the wrangling and jockeying taking place at the state Capitol. Twenty-three days after the election, things were just too quiet. And who could ignore the whispers and rumors of political races in 2018, 2020 or even the upcoming assemblies? Let the games begin!