The Beats:

A short list of select topics

Deja vu all over again on prolonged prison isolation

In the 1820s, the American penal system sought to end mutilating, amputating and putting convicts to death by housing them alone in isolation cells. The […]...

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March 26, 2015 ADX, Criminal Justice, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Denver council candidate apologizes for breaking campaign finance rules

Wayne New got some bad news today. As The Colorado Independent reported earlier, Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint with the Denver Elections Division about […]...

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March 25, 2015 Just In, Politics

Did Denver City Council candidate Wayne New violate campaign code?

Denver City Council candidate Wayne New’s ads claim he is “neighborhood friendly” and “development smart.” The ads are also in violation of campaign finance law, […]...

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March 25, 2015 Just In, Politics

Former Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens on women in politics and facing down fear, threats, stalking

In Colorado over the past few election cycles, partisan sniping and ideological battles have moved beyond distracting and annoying to become scary. Exaggerated and ugly […]...

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March 25, 2015 Just In, Politics, The Beats

Keefe on the Native American mascot fight


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March 25, 2015 Civil Rights, Keefe, The Beats, The Mix, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Proposed mascot ban touches racial nerve at Capitol

On Monday, a lawmaker projected racist mascots on the walls of the Statehouse’s largest committee room to make a point about hate speech. “Would we […]...

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March 24, 2015 Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Under threat: Lawmakers work to end digital harassment

Lawmakers and their families face frequent threats; death and rape top the list. Former state lawmaker Amy Stephens, R-Monument, knows this well. In 2011, when […]...

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March 24, 2015 Capitol Dispatch, Just In, Politics, The Beats, The Mix, Uncategorized

Footage from the Florida climate denial frontline

This is what political denial looks like in Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott has allegedly banned state officials from uttering the term “climate change.” […]...

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March 24, 2015 Just In, Politics, The Beats

Hick on Vaccines: Strong statement, still no real plan

DENVER — Governor John Hickenlooper has recently made a strong case for the need to raise Colorado’s bottom-of-the-barrel vaccination rates, but he has fallen short […]...

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March 23, 2015 Health, Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Lessons on downturns from the Western Slope for local governments around the country

On the Western Slope in Colorado, the coal industry is dying, oil-and-gas drilling is slowing down and plans to resuscitate uranium mining have tanked. Residents […]...

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March 20, 2015 Just In, Politics, The Beats


Video: Why Colo hasn’t elected a female governor or U.S. senator

The Colorado Independent hosted Talking Colorado Women in Politics, March 4, 2015, at The Mercury Cafe.

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News Poem: #15

Breathless, we are auspicious / food for another god. I assure you.

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