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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 […]

Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, Education, Politics and Government

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 […]

Posted inCOVID, News, Politics and Government

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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]