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Mike Littwin

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The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles.
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Hickenlooper, left, and Sen. Michael Bennet — pictured here at the 2016 opening of RTD's A-Line — will join the Democratic primary debate on June 27, 2019 (Photo by Evan Semón)

Littwin: You can’t write off Bennet or Hick yet, but, in 2020 campaign, it’s...

Let’s agree, if just for the sake of argument, that it’s still too soon to write off the bottom half of the 23-person Democratic field  — meaning those, like John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, who are...
Dudley Brown, executive director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, announced a lawsuit to overturn Colorado's red flag law on May 2, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Littwin: Now that Sullivan recall bid has failed, does state GOP know enough to...

For those who wonder why Republicans keep losing in Colorado, we give you the latest GOP fail, in which Kristi Burton Brown, vice-chair of the state Republican Party, officially ended her doomed-from-the-start recall effort...
Sen. Michael Bennet speaks at the Westin Downtown Denver in November 2018. (Photograph by Evan Semón for The Colorado Independent)

Littwin: Bennet does well in his town hall, but how much good will it...

If you missed it, Michael Bennet did well in his CNN town hall with Dana Bash Thursday night. The question now is whether doing well will translate into doing much good for his campaign....

Littwin: Will someone have to apologize for Denver’s mayoral race?

The final debate of the mayoral season, hosted by The Denver Post and the Denver Press Club, couldn’t have ended any other way — with both candidates reeling. Mayor Michael Hancock made a full-on...

Littwin: We know Pelosi is deep into Trump’s head, but what exactly is she...

We can all agree that Nancy Pelosi is driving Donald Trump crazy, by which I mean, of course, crazier than usual. We can agree, too, and that no one has ever gotten this far...
Mayoral hopeful Jamie Giellis, left, with former rivals Penfield Tate and Lisa Calderon at unity rally opposing Mayor Michael Hancock on May 14, 2019. (Colorado Independent photo by Alex Burness)

Littwin: Can Giellis swing story back to ‘vulnerable mayor’ from ‘string of unforced errors’?

It was never going to be easy, but Jamie Giellis — the little-known challenger pitted against the apparently too-well-known Denver mayor in a runoff election June 4 — had only one job in the...

Littwin: Colorado GOP, with a bad case of recall fever, picks the wrong Democrat...

I didn’t know how things could possibly get worse for Colorado Republicans after their disastrous showing in the 2018 midterms, but I guess I underestimated them. All it took was a bad case of recall...
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 majority leader, at No. 11 in the field — you...
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - MAY 07: Students get off buses after being evacuated to the Recreation Center at Northridge after one student was killed and eight injured during a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Littwin: We are thankful for heroes, but we must ask why any hero must...

I hate to admit this, but I take too little comfort in the heroics of Kendrick Castillo, who took down one of the STEM shooters at the cost of his life. Castillo, a genuine hero,...
Hickenlooper, left, and Sen. Michael Bennet — pictured here at the 2016 opening of RTD's A-Line — will join the Democratic primary debate on June 27, 2019 (Photo by Evan Semón)

Littwin: Why are Bennet, Hick running for president? For the same reasons everyone else...

The first question any candidate for office has to answer is why he or she is actually running for the job. You’d be surprised how many have no real answer beyond, well, it seemed...