Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Littwin: I got Michael Bennet out of his sickbed to discuss Roe and the child tax credit. Yeah, he felt even worse.

I got Sen. Michael Bennet out of his sickbed the other day — he’s recovering from a bout with COVID-19, which he might have contracted on his first post-mask, Senate-recess flight home from Washington — to talk about the sad fate of Roe v. Wade and the tenuous future of abortion rights in America, a […]

Posted inEducation, News, Politics and Government

Proposition 119: Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning

Colorado voters will decide next month whether to raise taxes on recreational marijuana to help fund a new state program aimed at providing Colorado students with out-of-school learning opportunities. The program, called Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress, or LEAP, would pay service providers, like private tutoring companies or even public school teachers looking for extra […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Gun control groups are investing millions in Colorado as gun rights spending has dramatically waned

Gun rights and gun control groups spent $15 million on congressional and state-level races in Colorado from  2012 to 2020, according to a Colorado Sun analysis.  Gun-issue groups dropped an additional $2 million to lobby state lawmakers.  The big spending is expected to continue this year following the shooting deaths of 10 people last month […]

Posted inElection 2020, Politics and Government

How the Cardboard Cory protest in Colorado helped Democrats defeat Gardner in the U.S. Senate race

Days before the election, even as the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Colorado looked all-but-certain, Katie Farnan refused to believe it. The mother-turned-activist from Boulder worked for the better part of four years for this moment, all in the hopes of defeating Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. She carried a cutout known as Cardboard […]

Posted inElection 2020, News, Politics and Government

John Hickenlooper easily defeats Cory Gardner in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race

Updated 10:15 p.m. Nov. 3, 2020 Riding a wave of opposition to President Donald Trump, former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated Republican incumbent Cory Gardner in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race. The Democratic victory Tuesday put the party in position to take control of the U.S. Senate, but the balance of power still hinges on races in […]

Posted inElection 2020, Politics and Government

5 numbers that show why 2020 was never going to be an easy year for Cory Gardner in Colorado

Six years ago, Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper appeared on the same ballot. In the U.S. Senate race, Gardner — then a congressman — upset a Democratic incumbent senator in a strong Republican year. In the governor’s race, Hickenlooper beat back a GOP challenger to win his second term. Plenty of similarities exist between the […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

John Hickenlooper’s conflicting record and rhetoric on fracking a point of dispute in U.S. Senate race

A former geologist for an oil and gas company, John Hickenlooper emerged as one of the industry’s most vocal Democratic supporters in his two terms as Colorado governor. He drank fracking fluid from Halliburton to prove its safety. He opposed tougher regulations and threatened to sue local governments that banned fracking. And he lauded the […]

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Nicolais: Could Hickenlooper clear the field as Cory Gardner did in 2014? Not likely.

Just under six years ago, then U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner entered the 2014 U.S. Senate race and cleared the GOP field. Now Colorado politicos wait expectantly to see if former Gov. John Hickenlooper will attempt the same feat on the Democratic side in the race to meet Gardner in 2020’s general election. Unfortunately for Hickenlooper, […]