By James Anderson and Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, a stretch of ski resorts, national forest, ranches, coal towns and desert mesas the size of Pennsylvania, has long bred low-key politicians. Its voters have skewed slightly to the right, prized practicality and for years rewarded representatives for accomplishments that fall below […]
Health care magnate Kent Thiry wants to fix democracy, starting in Colorado
By Rae Ellen Bichell, Kaiser Health News In the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election, supporters of an in-the-weeds effort to overturn a tax law in Colorado received a cascade of big checks, for a grand total of more than $2 million. All came from Kent Thiry, the former CEO of DaVita, one of […]
On impeachment, pressure on Colorado’s Cory Gardner is from the right
By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press If Democrats were to have any hope of shaping the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to their liking, they’d need help from Republicans like Sen. Cory Gardner. Gardner, a young and upbeat senator who didn’t endorse Trump’s 2016 election, represents Democratic-trending Colorado. But he’s walked the party […]
Will two redistricting ballot measures this year put an end to one of Colorado’s longest-running political feuds?
Almost three years ago, former state lawmaker Rob Witwer invited a few other “legislative has-beens” to meet him for lunch on the 16th Street Mall. Witwer, ever the optimist, kicked around his ideas for fixing one of the longest-running, most-divisive battles in politics: the fight over political power itself. The downtown lawyer and father of […]