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The Beats:

A short list of select topics

One day into job, backstory unfolds about interim sheriff’s criminal record

  The city of Denver regularly checks the backgrounds of people it arrests and incarcerates. Why, then, did Michael Hancock’s administration apparently not know about […]...

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July 22, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth, The Beats

Littwin: Ted Cruz’s humanitarian crisis

  TED Cruz nearly had me. I went to see the Texas senator at the Western Conservative Summit because I have a soft spot for […]...

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July 22, 2014 Immigration, Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

Mayor Hancock’s Denver sheriff appointee has “false reporting” criminal conviction

  Division Chief Elias Diggins, the man Mayor Michael Hancock has picked to temporarily head the Denver Sheriff’s Department, was once charged with a felony […]...

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July 21, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Desperate fight to save the republic comes to the Western Conservative Summit

An hour after she gave a speech calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin was only halfway across the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Denver, mobbed by many of the more than 3,000 attendees...

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July 21, 2014 In-Depth, Politics

Littwin: The Great Colorado Fracking Wars

  AS we head into the next stage of the Great Colorado Fracking Wars, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Jared Polis has backed himself […]...

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July 18, 2014 Environment/Energy, Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics

Exclusive video: Denver deputy belted, then kicked inmate who posed no apparent threat

  This is the video Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration doesn’t want you to see. On its own, it’s disturbing enough. It shows Denver Sheriff’s Deputy […]...

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July 16, 2014 Criminal Justice, Just In

Federal supermax in Colo condemned as torturous

The federal supermax in Colorado, once described by its former warden as “a cleaner version of hell,” is, in effect, a torture chamber, according to […]...

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July 16, 2014 ADX, Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Recall-prone El Paso County fails in effort to oust embattled sheriff

There was a flash and a bang and then… that was it. Embattled El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa narrowly dodged a recall effort that […]...

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July 15, 2014 In-Depth, Just In, Politics

Wiretap: Political divisions, millennial confusion

  Barack Obama’s second-terms problems don’t look much different from George W. Bush’s problems and Bill Clinton’s problems. The question these days for a president […]...

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July 15, 2014 Just In, Politics, The Beats

Wiretap: It’s not just another crisis

  It’s not a border crisis. It’s not an immigration crisis. It’s not a crisis caused by the Dreamers’ debate. It’s not a crisis that […]...

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July 11, 2014 Civil Rights, Just In, Politics, The Beats

ELECTIONS 2014

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Gardner and Udall have raised and spent millions, but the real money is independent

In what’s shaping up to be one of the most influential congressional races in the nation, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.74 million during April and May and spent just over $2 million. His Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, raised just over $1.5 million and spent roughly $600,000.

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THE BLOGS

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News Poem: ‘Birds of the Flood’

In the morning, the dog puked after lapping from a puddle. / He refused a bowl from the tap as if he knew better.

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EVENTS

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‘It ain’t Latin’: A news-stained poetry happening

Where are poetry and journalism coming together today? Right here at the Colorado Independent and live in Denver, July 26 at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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