Politics at Denver Post

Friday, Nov 30


Trump cancels Putin meeting over Russia-Ukraine sea dispute


President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 Nations summit Thursday, injecting fresh drama into what already promised to be a tense gathering of world leaders.


New insurance guidelines would undermine Affordable Care Act rules


The Trump administration is urging states to tear down pillars of the Affordable Care Act, demolishing a basic rule that federal insurance subsidies can be used only by people buying health plans in marketplaces created under the law.

John Kerry, Madeleine Albright slam Donald Trump’s foreign policy at Denver event

Two former U.S. secretaries of state who served under Democratic presidents took President Donald Trump to task in Denver Thursday night, criticizing his refusal to address climate change and his withdrawal from international agreements.


Mitch McConnell wants Congress to legalize hemp


Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate's top leader has his own priority in Congress' lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non…


The Spot: Does Hickenlooper have a shot in 2020? We asked Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire


The halls of the Colorado Capitol are more or less quiet. There is the occasional tour group snapping pictures in the rotunda. A lawmaker files papers in her office. An interim committee meets to finalize legislation.


2020 presidential race: John Hickenlooper has a shot, say Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina


Gov. John Hickenlooper needs to act fast, party insiders in early nominating states said. He has little name recognition, but his folksy charm coupled with a track record on the economy, health care and the environment will play well in…


Feds threaten RTD over A-Line crossing gate problems

Federal regulators are warning they could go as far as suspending service on the University of Colorado A-Line if RTD doesn't submit a plan in the next couple of weeks that resolves ongoing problems with the airport train's crossing gates,…

Thursday, Nov 29


PHOTOS: The life of Gary Hart — subject of “The Front Runner”


Gary Hart was Colorado’s political darling whose fall from grace became the inspiration for the new feature film “The Front Runner” staring Hugh Jackman. You can read the Denver Post review of the film here. Hart announced his run for…


RTD studying faster bus service along Diagonal between Boulder, Longmont

Boulder County staff next week will solicit feedback from the Niwot community for suggestions on stop locations and other details for a potential project to bring a faster bus route to the Diagonal Highway between Boulder and Longmont.


Nearly 48,000 Colorado children could lose health insurance if Trump administration’s proposed change goes into effect, experts say

The number of children in Colorado with health insurance has increased for almost a decade, but now that decline in the state's youth uninsured rate is stagnating -- and advocates fear more children could lose coverage due to a rule change…

“The world has changed”: Colorado Republicans’ strategy for governing from the minority

With Colorado Democrats controlling both chambers of the statehouse and the governor's office, Republicans are weighing how they might work both with and against the other party.

With Colorado’s methane pollution rules the gold standard, is federal oversight still needed?

A new report by The Wilderness Society and Taxpayers for Common Sense says Colorado's rule on methane pollution is the gold standard, but federal regulations are still needed.


Trump says Manafort pardon “not off the table” after plea deal dies

President Donald Trump said Wednesday a pardon for Paul Manafort is "not off the table" -- a comment that drew swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the…

Wednesday, Nov 28


Senate defies Trump, showing anger with Saudis for Khashoggi

Defying President Donald Trump, senators sent a strong signal Wednesday that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with…


U.S. Supreme Court likely to say states can’t levy excessive fines

The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they…


Nancy Pelosi nominated by Democrats to be House speaker

Nancy Pelosi was nominated by fellow House Democrats to be speaker on Wednesday, but she still faces a showdown vote when the full House convenes in January.


Manafort allegations throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new element of uncertainty into the…


Trump slams Fed chair, questions climate change and threatens to cancel Putin meeting

President Donald Trump placed responsibility for recent stock market declines and this week's announcement of General Motors plant closures and layoffs on the Federal Reserve during an interview Tuesday, shirking any personal blame for…


U.S. waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp

The Trump administration has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp at risk by waiving FBI fingerprint checks for their caregivers and short-staffing mental health workers, according to an Associated Press…

Drilling on federal lands increasing climate change, Trump administration report says

The Trump administration issued a scientific report that found oil drilling and coal mining on federally owned lands has a significant impact on the changing climate globally.


Here’s one step Gov. Hickenlooper took to give jolt to Colorado economy

John Hickenlooper, from his first hours as governor in 2011, sought to simplify the maze of regulations that business owners and citizens in Colorado face.

Tuesday, Nov 27


Sen. Cory Gardner gets his first official Democratic challenger for 2020

The leader of a Colorado group that helps Latino students is the first Democrat to announce a 2020 run for the U.S. Senate.


New Denver tax money to expand “privatization” model that’s been problematic for city

Denver voters this month approved sales tax increases worth more than $100 million per year, but they didn't cut the check to City Hall. More than half of that money will be spent by three new groups, not Denver's government leaders.


Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied, broke plea agreement, Mueller says

The special counsel in the Russia investigation is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators, an extraordinary allegation that could expose him to a…


Trump strongly defends use of tear gas on caravan migrants

President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children.


Denver council approves supervised drug-use bill. Now, it’s up to Colorado to make it happen.

The Denver City Council on Monday opened the door for a supervised drug-use facility, but it's still a long way from reality.


Lime deploys 250 dockless bikes to Denver’s streets in quest for “innovative mobility options”

250 new Lime dockless bikes were deployed to the Denver streets Monday morning, according to Denver Public Works.

Monday, Nov 26


Colorado lawmakers split between pride, shock over use of tear gas at Mexican border

Colorado's federal lawmakers are divided about whether it was appropriate for U.S Customs and Border Protection agents to use tear gas Sunday on a group of Central American migrants who were headed toward a border crossing that leads into…


Why Colorado’s unaffiliated voters don’t elect unaffiliated candidates

Paul Jones tried to accomplish something Nov. 6 that no Coloradan has done for 100 years: He wanted to be elected to the state legislature as an unaffiliated candidate.

Sunday, Nov 25


Centennial aims for future with fiber-optic backbone

Centennial this month completed the construction of its 50-mile-long fiber-optic network, which will provide high-speed internet connections to homes and businesses throughout the city. The 432 strands of fiber on the loop will give the…