Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Nicolais: How state Sen. Don Coram can beat Rep. Lauren Boebert

Republican state Sen. Don Coram announced his primary campaign against U.S. Representative, and Colorado embarrassment, Lauren Boebert last week. Let’s hope that Coram and his allies bring more than his winning smile to the gunfight sure to ensue. Coram is one of the most jovial, well-liked and respected members of the Colorado legislature. He is […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s redistricting commission is prioritizing voters over parties

Colorado thrives on competition. The mountains host the X-Games, bicyclists pedal the plains, professional teams strive for the top, and it hosts many of the world’s finest at the Olympic Training Center. In 2018, that same competitive spirit, this time among voters, approved a new era of political competition in Colorado when they approved independent […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Politics and Government

A fluke or the future? Rep. Lauren Boebert shakes up her Colorado district

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 […]

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Meet Gregg Smith, the Blackwater-connected Democrat new to Colorado and running to unseat Lauren Boebert

He served as a Marine. He worked as a high-powered consultant and commercial banker. He was an adviser and business partner to Erik Prince, the controversial former owner of the now-defunct international security firm Blackwater.  One thing Gregg Smith has never done until now is run for office. But the well-connected, 58-year-old Democrat who moved […]

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Two big-name Colorado Democrats are already exploring 2022 bids to unseat Lauren Boebert

Two well-known Democratic state lawmakers say they are already exploring whether to launch a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year, just weeks into the fiery Republican’s term.  It’s the latest evidence that Democrats are eager to capitalize on the controversies, which have grabbed international attention, Boebert has been at the center of […]

Posted inCOVID, Economy, News, Politics and Government

Colorado Republicans buck Trump as House approves the president’s call for $2,000 relief checks

By Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Monday to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, where the outcome is highly uncertain. Democrats led passage, 275-134, their majority favoring additional assistance, but […]

Posted inElection 2020, Politics and Government

How high will the blue wave crest in Colorado? Democrats are predicting big wins once again.

In the final days of the 2020 campaign, Lisa Cutter is not taking anything for granted. The state representative is the first Democrat to win her western Jefferson County district, part of a Democratic wave in 2018 that gave the party control of state government and the lawmaking process.  Cutter feels the pressure to win […]

Posted inColoradans, Election 2020, Politics and Government

How Lauren Boebert rose from unknown to a candidate for Congress to someone in Donald Trump’s orbit

Lauren Boebert blasted into Colorado politics at an Aurora rally with an in-your-face microphone moment and a gun. She emerged from the crowd at a rally for then presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke of Texas and grabbed the mic to shout, “Hell no, you’re not!” in response to O’Rourke’s pledge to take away assault-style weapons. That […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

Many hoped the Gold King Mine spill would bring change. Five years later, they’re still waiting.

It didn’t take long after the sludge settled five years ago for the calls for change to begin.  In fact, 3 million gallons of orange-gold water that poured out of the Gold King Mine on Aug. 5, 2015, was still flowing through the Colorado River watershed when discussions about the broader issue of thousands of […]