Former Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to avoid questions about state ethics violations and his decision to defy a subpoena, declining to say during a U.S. Senate debate Wednesday whether he did anything wrong or should be held accountable. His rival in the Democratic primary, Andrew Romanoff, said he’s not sure whether he believes Tara Reade’s […]
Littwin: It’s been a long time coming, but is change really on the way?
There are certain moments in history. Something happens — a handcuffed man screams that he can’t breathe, the cop presses his knee ever more firmly against his neck, and the cop, I swear, looks so unbothered, so this-is-what-I-can-do-and-you-can’t-stop-me calm, ignoring those onlookers who plead for George Floyd’s life, while still pinning his knee on Floyd’s […]
3 takeaways from the first U.S. Senate debate between Democrats John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff
John Hickenlooper touted his record as governor and ability to find compromise, and his rival Andrew Romanoff called for bolder action to address racial injustice, health care and climate change in the first Democratic U.S. Senate primary debate. The differences in style and substance between the candidates became clear from the start of the 30-minute […]
Carman: Which white guy running for U.S. Senate will make sure once and for all that Black Lives Matter?
So here we are again wondering if at last we’ve reached a turning point in the country’s 400-year history of brutal abuse and oppression of black and brown people. To watch the compilation of videos that document the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is to witness a hate crime committed by agents […]
Nicolais: The ugly metaphor at the heart of George Floyd’s murder
As a white male and conservative columnist, the easiest thing for me to do during our country’s current unrest would be to remain silent. In the past, my efforts to address racial divisions have led black politicians to accuse me of gerrymandering, made me a target for partisan operatives on social media and have been […]
Opinion: Time to make good on the promise of education as the great equalizer
In the past two weeks, the realities that millions of Americans of color face every day — realities that are consciously and unconsciously condoned by the majority — have come into sharp focus in a way that, we hope, can no longer be ignored. This barrage of incidents has come to light, not because they […]
Littwin: Do you really think Trump would send Black Hawk helicopters to Colorado?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Donald Trump, the would-be authoritarian, is not going to send out the troops to police America’s streets. Not yet, anyway. Which is not to say that Trump’s little foray into obscure early 19th-century law to justify the use of the U.S. Army against […]
Michael Bennet: We will never heal until we dismantle our systemic racism
It’s been one week since the world watched Minneapolis police kill George Floyd. You cannot watch the video without feeling sick, without remembering Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile and the countless other Americans who have lost their lives in this country because they were black. When I worked for the […]
Hickenlooper says he “tripped” on question about Black Lives Matter as race becomes a campaign issue
John Hickenlooper, the national Democratic favorite in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, is backtracking from a statement he made about Black Lives Matter during a racial-justice forum, saying, “I tripped over my words.” The former governor bumbled the first question in an online candidate forum Saturday hosted by a coalition of advocacy organizations for people of […]
Greg Moore: Police and black folks — the swagger and disrespect must end
I’m a 65-year-old black man, and I have literally spent most of my life doing everything possible to avoid encounters with police. My mother warned me when I was about 12 to beware of the police because even though I was a good boy, I could be killed with impunity. I’d be just another dead […]