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Watch and read: John Hickenlooper’s speech as he kicked off his presidential campaign in Denver

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper kicked off his presidential campaign on Thursday evening in Denver’s Civic Center park. Here’s what he said in his first major address as a candidate: MORE: John Hickenlooper’s record is more nuanced than he suggests in presidential campaign launch Wow. Tonight, we meet against this backdrop of the great Rocky […]

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Denver unveils new system for clearing thousands of low-level marijuana convictions

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions they received in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, officials said Wednesday. Based on a review of digitized court records between 2001 and 2013, Denver officials have estimated 10,000 […]

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Opinion: Denver is shutting down public access media when it ought to be fighting another takedown of democracy

The erosion of democracy over decades has been accompanied by transfer of wealth and power upward, and increased corporate dominance in every area, including media. Community public access media remains a rare vestige of democracy, even as its existence is threatened. Current proposed FCC policy would defund thousands of community media stations nationwide by redefining, […]

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Denver officials want to clear some 10,000 low-level marijuana convictions, following in Boulder County’s footsteps

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. Colorado was among the first states to broadly allow the use and sale of marijuana by adults, but cities elsewhere have led the way on automatic expungement of past misdemeanor […]

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“A basic trust in America has been violated”: Denver turns out in force to share in the pain of Pittsburgh and the Jewish community

Denver came out in force Sunday night, joining cities across the nation in sharing in the pain and sadness of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. Thousands of people packed into Temple Emanuel for a tearful, uniting vigil.  “This is not OK,” Gov. John Hickenlooper proclaimed to a standing-room-only crowd that overflowed into rooms beyond the Denver Jewish congregation’s […]

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Lisa Calderón, Denver activist and Michael Hancock critic, announces run for mayor

Lisa Calderón, a prominent Denver civil rights activist and frequent critic of Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration, announced Monday morning that she will run  in 2019 to become Denver’s mayor. “I believe the time has come to elect a mayor who will set a new direction for Denver by creating a more affordable, accountable […]

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Kayvan Khalatbari ends Denver mayoral campaign, saying “sometimes life is incredibly unfair and throws you things that you simply can’t control”

Denver marijuana entrepreneur and activist Kayvan Khalatbari announced Wednesday morning that he is ending his campaign to become the city’s mayor. In a Facebook post, Khalatbari said: “Sometimes life is incredibly unfair and throws you things that you simply can’t control, things that force you to reprioritize how you spend your days. This is one of […]

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“There’s a sense of being unsettled”: Former state lawmaker Penfield Tate will run for Denver mayor in 2019

Former Democratic state Sen. Penfield Tate says he will run in 2019 to become Denver’s next mayor, raising questions about allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Michael Hancock as he makes a bid for the two-term mayor’s seat. Tate says he is also more broadly concerned about the city’s future under Hancock’s leadership. “I think […]