Over the past week I ran across a few bits of information that led me to pose the following question: Is there something about being on the fringe extremes of the political spectrum that correlates to ethical lapses? First, Denver political activist Darrell Watson emailed me a copy of a complaint he filed against Denver […]
Nicolais: Clowns to the left, jokers to right, Michael Hancock in the middle continuing to govern
When a politician is attacked from all sides, there is a good chance he is doing something right. At least that is probably what Denver Mayor Hancock must be thinking right now. Under siege from clowns to the left and jokers to the right, Hancock continues to do the important work of governing Colorado’s largest […]
Wilson: Denver police are making the case for defunding on their own
When rioters sieged Denver police headquarters recently, I was a little confused. I wondered if there had been another police killing of a Black man that I was unaware of, and this was the immediate aftermath. I expected them to be shouting the name of whoever this victim was, raising awareness, and calling for justice. […]
The first two efforts to defund police in Colorado quickly failed. Will a push at CU be the first to succeed?
Massive protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death led to legislation to curb police brutality in Colorado. But two high-profile efforts to “defund” or reshape police departments and security forces have failed. The Denver City Council and the board overseeing the Regional Transportation District this month rejected reappropriating law enforcement dollars to mental health […]
What’d I Miss?: Why should politicians live in the past?
Myra has missed 30 years of her life, due to a coma, but has found a new friendship with her young neighbor, Ossie. Together, they both are searching for their place in this world. < Previous | Start from the beginning | More cartoons from The Colorado Sun
State lawmakers, Denver council members urge governor to do more to help homeless through coronavirus
Democratic state lawmakers, homeless advocates and a handful of Denver city council members are urging Gov. Jared Polis to do more to help people experiencing homelessness weather the new coronavirus. Among the actions the group is calling for is a mobilization of National Guard troops to help ease the burden of shelters that have been […]
Nicolais: Candi CdeBaca’s unapologetic nepotism misses the mark
It took Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca less than six months to undermine her own message and confirm the worst fears of her detractors. CdeBaca claims she wants to change the political power structure in Denver. And in some respects, she has done so through her unapologetic approach. But she can’t be successful if she undermines […]
Wilson: Brother Jeff has created a gathering place for Denver’s African-American community
His name alone is a Denver institution. At times, it seems that more people have heard his name than can actually recognize his face. Yet, Jeff Fard, better known as “Brother Jeff” continues to reinvent himself, his brand and his activism. Not only is Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center on Welton Street somewhat of a landmark and […]
Nicolais: Will political purity tests catch up to Colorado Democrats?
Before President Trump’s latest incendiary comments diverted the attention of the political media, Democrats in Washington, D.C., appeared to be barreling toward an intra-party showdown between traditional powers and upstart progressives. What happens if Colorado Democrats follow suit? For most of the past two decades, Colorado Democrats have been unified in a sole, all-encompassing mission: […]
A Colorado filmmaker’s camera is rolling as women of color fight for a voice in Denver politics
The local version of “Knock Down the House,” the progressive political film making waves nationally, is currently in the works in a Stapleton living room. If you’re aware of “Knock Down the House,” the documentary directed by Rachel Lears, you know it tracked four progressive female candidates running for Congress in the 2018 midterms. The […]