Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns, Politics and Government

Nicolais: Giellis campaign for Denver mayor goes from incompetent to shameful

On Tuesday night, for the first time since I worked as a senior research analyst on a presidential campaign, I watched a political debate with a pad of paper and a pen. It turned out I couldn’t scribble fast enough to capture some of the most jaw-dropping moments during the Denver mayoral debate. In particular, […]

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Nicolais: Sadly, the STEM School shooting will become just another statistic

Wracked by emotion, students attending the STEM school vigil plead, “What happened at STEM is awful, but it’s not a statistic.” Tragically, awfully, in the long-term another set of statistics is exactly what STEM will become. Students were right to condemn the immediate, mechanical call for gun control at their vigil. Politicians and special interest […]

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Nicolais: If the chaotic session didn’t whet business’ appetite to participate in Democratic primaries, it should have

Six years ago, I sat across from several Colorado business leaders and warned, “If you don’t choose to play in Republican primaries now, you’ll be forced to play in Democratic primaries down the road.” After a legislative session that many businesses found harrowing, I wouldn’t be surprised if that time has already come. The rapid […]

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Nicolais: Mark Kennedy’s journey on LGBTQ issues outweighs his congressional record

The debate over Mark Kennedy, the sole finalist to be the University of Colorado’s next president, has been consumed by votes he took a decade and a half ago while serving as a member of Congress. Specifically, opponents have highlighted Kennedy’s 2004 and 2006 votes to ban same-sex marriage. That singular focus is not only […]

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Nicolais: What’s going on in the Galindo recall in Greeley?

The scuttlebutt at the state Capitol these days revolves around recalls. Nine committees containing the word “recall” have been registered with the Secretary of State’s Office since 2019 began. U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, made recalls a central part of his victory speech after winning the Colorado Republican Party Chair election. As I wrote a […]