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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 1, 201618min700

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!


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonSeptember 27, 20166min750

Almost any weekday this summer you could spot Denver conventioneers on 16th Street Mall shuttles by the colorful lanyards adorning their necks. It’s usually easy to discern whether these are visiting dentists, geologists, accountants or lawyers after a quick glance at their badges. But the recent 84th Annual Meeting of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) was a head scratcher. Seriously, who knew there was an International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association? Hosted in Denver by our very own E-470 Authority, the operators of tolled roads, bridges, HOV/HOT lanes and their vendors from across the country — and world —— assembled to rub elbows and celebrate what they view as a promising business opportunity. With politicians afraid to raise taxes and, in Colorado, voters reluctant to approve them, tolling has a bright future.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 19, 201626min1110

Casper Stockham idles at the curb on a crowded LoDo street at about 10 p.m., scanning the pedestrians who are surging and meandering in front of a popular Mexican restaurant. The Denver Broncos are playing just blocks away and the night is bustling, the sounds of cheers and music spilling onto the sidewalk. After a few minutes, a woman in her late 20s pokes her head in the open passenger window and asks, “Are you Casper? Are you my Uber?” Stockham smiles and leans across the seat. “That’s me,” he says. “Get in, and we’ll get you where you’re going.”


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Peter BlakePeter BlakeJune 1, 20167min700

Colorado’s newest taxi company has been authorized to be its largest right off the bat. The Public Utilities Commission just approved the 800-member Green Taxi Cooperative’s application to serve seven metro Denver counties. President Abdi Buni said it plans to start operations on the evening of July 4 by offering four hours of free rides. Metro Taxi, largest of the legacy cab companies, protested Green’s application and has the right to request a rehearing but probably won’t. Green, the first company to get started under the legislature’s 2015 law liberalizing taxi regulation, won approval from the PUC’s staff and an administrative law judge before getting a unanimous thumbs-up from the three-member PUC.