Josh LedermanJosh LedermanOctober 5, 20168min327

Republican Mike Pence won bipartisan plaudits for a calm and collected performance in the vice presidential debate. But Democrat Tim Kaine was claiming mission accomplished for forcing his opponent to confront —or not — Donald Trump's long list of provocative remarks. Pressed by Kaine to defend his running mate throughout the 90-minute debate Tuesday, Pence mostly dodged, sidestepped or let the moment pass by. He vouched for the billionaire's tax history, but was less vocal when challenged about Trump's temperament or his inflammatory words about women and President Barack Obama. "I can't imagine how Gov. Pence can defend the insult-driven, me-first style of Donald Trump," said Kaine, the Virginia senator and Hillary Clinton's No. 2.


Alan SudermanAlan SudermanOctober 3, 20169min360

With the first presidential debate complete and its spin cycle nearly over, the two understudies are getting ready to take the main stage. The vice presidential debate Tuesday will be the only time Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine will for the most part have the nation's political attention all to themselves, away from their much better-known running mates. The stakes will be lower than the three presidential debates, but will give each largely undefined candidate a chance to make a mark on a national audience.


Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisSeptember 28, 20165min339

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.


Bill BarrowBill BarrowAugust 26, 20168min309

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.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 25, 201642min431

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"

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 23, 201640min412

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? ...