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The Mix

News and analysis pulled from the rush

Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman expected to resign or be fired "He believes things are...

Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman has lost the confidence of city leaders and his own employees, and his departure from the position is imminent. A half-dozen...

Leading Democratic presidential candidates say they will boost teacher diversity. Here’s how.

Teacher diversity wasn’t an explicit part of either Hillary Clinton’s or Bernie Sanders’ platforms in the lead-up to the 2016 election. But as 2020 approaches,...
Mike Johnston spoke to Democrats ahead of the precinct meetings at Tuesday's Park Hill caucus at the Smiley Middle School in Denver. March 6, 2018. Photo by John Herrick

Littwin: Johnston says he couldn’t find a positive way to answer why-not-Hick question

The only thing that surprises me about Mike Johnston’s decision to leave the U.S. Senate race is that it happened so quickly. The pool is...

Her case helped change Colorado immigration law. But she could still be deported. Claudia...

Claudia Valdez, a domestic violence survivor and undocumented single mother of three, helped bring about enormous changes to state immigration law. Valdez, 40, was arrested...
Then-Vice President Joe Biden at the 2013 Inaugural Parade in Washington. Photo by Adam Fagen via Flickr: Creative Commons.

Littwin: For Biden, the issue now is when a gaffe is more than a...

You’ve probably heard of Joe Biden’s latest gaffe, which wasn’t actually a gaffe, but something maybe worse. It certainly wasn’t funny. And Biden took...
A lesser prairie chicken in Prowers County, Colorado. Photo by Nick Athanas via Flickr: Creative Commons.

Conservationists warn weaker Trump rules could doom Colorado dancing grouse

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act could make it harder to bring animals back from the brink, including...
Halfway house in danger

Guest Post: Colorado’s halfway houses are a beacon of hope for many

For nearly 40 years, I’ve worked in the corrections industry having started as a parole officer and eventually retiring from the Department of Corrections...

Coloradans will decide on the national popular vote in 2020. Here’s what you need...

Colorado will decide by popular vote whether it supports electing presidents by popular vote. The Secretary of State on Thursday certified that petitioners opposed to...
Gov. John Hickenlooper at his final State of the State address on Jan. 11, 2018. Photo by John Herrick

Littwin: Hick’s DSCC endorsement is a big break — for everyone else in the...

It’s John Hickenlooper’s move. I don’t know if he plays chess or not, but the three-dimensional chess move to make here is to tell...
A Manual High School student, deep in thought.

Denver, Aurora high schools face potential state action under 2019 preliminary ratings

A new set of Colorado schools faces possible state intervention after failing to improve student achievement for five or more years in a row. Among...