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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 […]

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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: Jamie Giellis didn’t just lose the Denver mayoral race, Hancock’s team won it

Campaigns matter. More specifically, competent professional campaigns matter. The runoff election for Denver mayor put an exclamation point on that adage. The shortcomings of the Jamie Giellis campaign and her many unforced errors earned plenty of attention from mainstream and social media alike. But in hindsight, the quietly effective campaign for Michael Hancock made several […]

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Michael Hancock easily secures third term as Denver’s mayor; City Council incumbents fall

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock handily won re-election to a third term leading the city on Tuesday night, keeping his job despite a bruising runoff race that resurfaced sexual harassment allegations against him and raised questions about his ties to developers. Ultimately, voters decided to keep Hancock in place as the leader of one of the […]

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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 […]

Posted inGrowth, News, Politics and Government

Denver’s mayoral race is coming down to a fiery personality clash. What does that say about Colorado’s capital city?

A few months back, it appeared the deciding issues in Denver’s mayoral race were going to be mainly related to policy: Growth. Congestion. Homelessness. Affordability. Instead, the runoff election Tuesday between incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock and challenger Jamie Giellis has morphed into a battle of personal integrity. It’s one of the most negative contests in […]

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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, […]