Like many of my fellow Coloradans, I have been fortunate to have spent many days hiking and camping on our state’s magnificent public lands. I have learned from years sleeping under the open sky that the simple act of being in wilderness is an inspiring and necessary part of a life well lived. After college, […]
Zornio: Colorado voters dropped the ball on abortion in 2014. We can’t drop it again.
As the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 2022 midterms now have a laser focus on abortion. This time, we’ve got to get the conversation right. But first, let’s remember what happens when we don’t. In what now feels like ancient history, the 2014 U.S. Senate race was easily one of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]