The Beats:

A short list of select topics

Dems Hamner and Young join powerful budget committee, Duran and May exit

Just after she was elected the first female Democratic Speaker of the House, Boulder Rep. Dicky Lee Hullinghorst was tasked with replacing two of the most powerful […]...

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November 19, 2014 Just In, State Budget

Black clergy calls for police restraint around possible Ferguson-related protests

If they believed justice were in fact color blind, African American community leaders wouldn’t be calling for police restraint to insure protestor safety in anticipation of a grand jury decision out of Ferguson, Missouri. ...

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November 19, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Beats, The Mix

Payday loan policy and the art of legislative compromise

DENVER — De Jimenez is a single mother of three. She works in medical records and one of her children is in college. She recently […]...

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November 18, 2014 Politics, The Mix

Littwin: In the Senate, mature or ambitious, not both

  This won’t surprise you, but the story of Cory Gardner’s ascent to the Senate and to national prominence is already being rewritten, in the […]...

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November 11, 2014 Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

Koch-backed groups move fast post-election to head off wind-power tax credit

Conservative groups funded by the oil billionaire Koch brothers dumped millions of dollars this year into electing Republicans to Congress, and now they are looking to take advantage of coming Republican control on Capitol Hill. ...

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November 10, 2014 Environment/Energy, Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Watchdogs hound Udall: Release CIA torture report

Government watchdogs who have been alarmed by national security overreach lost a champion on Capitol Hill this week when U.S. Senator Mark Udall failed in his bid for re-election, but they see a silver lining in his defeat....

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November 7, 2014 Politics, The Mix, Uncategorized

Wiretap: Obama and the Senate were always battling

The argument between Obama and Harry Reid came two months after Obama won re-election and as Congress, and the nation, faced the infamous "fiscal cliff." The rift has yet to heal....

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November 7, 2014 Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Statehouse control to be settled by Adams County vote totals

  Ballots from last-minute voters in Adams County will determine the fate of at least one incumbent Democrat in the Colorado Senate and two in […]...

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November 6, 2014 Politics, The Beats, The Mix

GOP candidates push hard for state control over federal lands

  Republicans aren’t just gunning for control of both houses of the State Legislature on Tuesday, they’d also like state government to take over millions […]...

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November 3, 2014 Environment/Energy, Politics, The Beats

Statetap: Election news and blues

The battle of the yard sign rages on in El Paso County, where Democratic candidate Irv Halter's signs are being stolen, vandalized and replaced. Officially, no one has seen anything, knows anything about anything....

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November 3, 2014 Politics, The Beats, The Mix


Honoring a whistleblower

Please join us Thursday, December 11, for the presentation of The Colorado Independent’s first annual whistleblower award.

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Global warming takes bite out of Colorado ski season

Normally temperatures at resort elevations this time of year drop into the teens and 20s every night. This season, only a few light frosts have tinged the valleys, leaving the slopes bare and dry.

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Film critic Robert Denerstein: A theory of everything and a couple comfortable with complexity

The mysteries of marriage, as even the dimmest of us must know, remain resistant to scientific analysis.

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