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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisSeptember 28, 20165min530

Tick-tock, tick-tock. The political world is officially measuring the distance to this November’s election in days, now. What once seemed endlessly far, the race to Nov. 8 is in the homestretch. But Oct. 7 is even closer. If the date doesn’t make anything jump immediately to mind, that’s all right. It probably doesn’t for most people. For United States senators and Supreme Court justice nominee Merrick Garland, though, it is a critical date. Oct. 7 is the last scheduled day the U.S. Senate will be in session before his year’s election.


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Bill BarrowBill BarrowAugust 26, 20168min59

Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians. The same afternoon, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine praised another, more liberal group of black church leaders in Louisiana for their "progressive values that are the values of Scripture," and he urged them to see Hillary Clinton as a kindred spirit.


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Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 25, 201642min940

DENVER — Good day and welcome to the Hot Sheet revolution — the idea that you can get all your insider Colorado political news in one place without having to scour the Internet and wade through the political catacombs yourself, a process that would take you hours a day and leave you filthy and exhausted at best. Trust me, I know. So here it is, The Hot Sheet, cooked up just for you ... you're welcome. Today is the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary! For those of us growing up or living in the American West, it's a day that shares a special place in all our hearts. What a privilege to share the incredible beauty of our public lands! On August 25, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law to create the National Park Service to oversee the already-established national parks and “such other national parks and reservations of like character as may be hereafter created by Congress.” To the National Park Service, "Let the Eagle Soar"


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Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 23, 201640min701

DENVER — Good morning and congratulations on soaring through another Monday and successfully into Ride the Wind Day. Ironic since Colorado's skies are full of national political figures riding the cool mountain currents and burning rubber down our own little old airstrips this week — all before teacher (us) calls them back in from (congressional) recess Sept. 5. "Teachers, winds, flying machines ... mix metaphors much?" you ask me. Yeah, yeah, let's just move on, shall we? ...


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Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 22, 201642min730

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Back-To-School Monday! Hopefully your smaller versions of self (if you have them) are off to a great start today. The weekend had lots of small tweak-type developments on Colorado's political path to enlightenment (at least that's what they keep telling me this is all about). Don't buy it? Me either. Also, lots of national political figures will be raining down on Colorado this week. Read on for your ultimate daily download in all things Colorado politics ...


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Lisa LererLisa LererAugust 16, 20168min46

Scranton isn't a standard stop on the Democratic fundraising circuit. Yet Hillary Clinton put the working class Pennsylvania town on her itinerary — several times. The Democratic presidential nominee and her family have made four visits to Scranton donors since launching her campaign last August, raising millions of dollars in a former industrial city more known for needing economic aid than giving it out.