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Alice Madden, a former Colorado House majority leader and U.S. Energy Department official, has joined 10 others in the race to unseat Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020. Madden is the most high-profile woman to join the field, which is expected to grow.

The Indy 500: Alice Madden is the first high-profile woman in Dem Senate field....

For those cheering Alice Madden’s decision to join the already-crowded U.S. Senate Democratic primary race — my scorecard has Madden, the former state House...

The Indy 500: “I always knew this would happen.”

The chatter from the stream of families leaving the Northridge Recreation Center — for today, a family reunification hub — was disturbing, and not...
Colorado Independent statehouse reporters John Herrick (r) and Alex Burness (l) on the last day of the 2019 legislative session on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Mark Castillo)

The Indy 500: Our guys at the Capitol

A kind of giddiness overcomes reporters in the last hours of a state legislative session. It’s an end-is-near phenomenon, the same kind of anticipation...

The Indy 500: What’s overlooked in the CU presidential flap "It would be naive...

I’ve spent the last several days poking around the University of Colorado’s power structure examining the Board of Regents’ decision to pick former Congressman...
United States 2020 census form. Image via Getty Images.

The Indy 500: Asking about citizenship on the 2020 census is a bad idea...

Here’s an unfun fact: During the 2010 census, 18,000 Colorado children, newborn to 4 years old, went uncounted. I hear this number from Rosemary...

The Indy 500: The Independent receives First Amendment honor, wins four reporting awards

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to thank you. As always, we are grateful to have you among our family of readers, commenters, sharers...

The Indy 500: A manhunt, a suicide and the echoes of Columbine

I'm still thinking today about the woman/girl/teenager who turned the Front Range upside down with her apparent obsession with the Columbine High School massacre...

The Indy 500: Look alive, Denver. There’s an election in three weeks.

Check your mailboxes, Denver. Your city ballots should be arriving. Mine came today, sandwiched between a mailer for discount lawn aeration and a fishing...
Gov. John Hickenlooper at the Democratic election night party in Denver on Nov. 6, 2018. (Photograph by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

The Indy 500: Hickenlooper’s “statewide conversation” about the death penalty never happened

John Hickenlooper is misrepresenting his record on the death penalty. Colorado’s former governor, one in a swelling pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls, was on...