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Romanoff, DeGette lead liberal group’s poll on candidates to replace Salazar

Outgoing House Speaker Andrew Romanoff comes out on top, followed by fellow Denver Democrats U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and Mayor John Hickenlooper in preliminary results from an online poll asking who should replace U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, who plans to give up his seat to become the secretary of the interior.

Poll: Hickenlooper leads the pack to replace Salazar

Public Policy Polling adds more grist to the mill with a survey of Coloradans preferences among the potential candidates to succeed U.S. Senator Ken Salazar who was tapped to become secretary of the Interior by President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday.

Who will wear the hat? Sizing up the possible replacements for...

Tuesday morning, at least a dozen Democrats looked in the mirror and saw the next U.S. senator from Colorado. Trouble is, all but one of them were seeing things. With the announcement the state's senior senator is President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be the next secretary of interior, it falls on Gov. Bill Ritter to name Sen. Ken Salazar's replacement. Within hours of news leaking that Salazar would give up his Senate seat, the names of prominent — and not-so-prominent — Democrats emerged. Some are serious contenders, some would be top picks under different circumstances, and a few, like Academy Award hopefuls, are happy just to be nominated.

Hickenlooper for Housing? Maybe Transportation?

Where’s the Colorado beef? The Centennial State delivered victory to Barack Obama, and for weeks tongues have been a’wagging over cabinet appointments. It’s Bill Ritter this, Ken Salazar that, Federico Pena, well duh. (And pssst… Bernie Buescher has made it clear he’s up for just about anything…) But so far for Colorado, nada. But wait! Can it be … John Hickenlooper for Transportation? Or maybe Housing?

Diverse DU group to tackle immigration

Now that the election is over, it’s apparently time to hunker down with immigration. And who better to do that but a group that, on its face, will bring every imaginable perspective to the table? We’re talking Polly Baca to Pete Coors; Kay Norton to John Hickenlooper; Bill Ritter to Bill Owens.

Hickenlooper robocall: “I really hate robocalls…”

There are good robocalls and there are bad robocalls. And then there are robocalls that pretend not to be robocalls.

Hickenlooper says ‘no’ to Amendment 46

Today at 2 p.m., Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will speak out against the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot measure that will destroy public affirmative action programs statewide.

Denver city government gushes over DNC police force

In the wake of the Democratic National Convention, Denver's elected officials have kvelled over the massive police presence at the DNC. Last week, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper delivered laurels to the city's police department for their efforts to quell some protest activities.

Hickenlooper can throw one hell of a party

Last night the Mayor returned to his old haunt the Wynkoop Brewery to throw a huge Convention bash featuring local band and rising national sensation the Flobots. While the crowd might have been a little, well, old for the hip-hop beats, the event drew a broad range of Colorado politicos, including Pueblo sensations Ken Lane and Sal Pace, former CO Dem Party Chair Chris Gates, former CO first lady for Dottie Lamm (the first candidate I ever worked for) and her daughter Heather, Host Committee COO Paul Lhevine, and a whole host of others that I’m just not important enough to know personally.

Read more of Jeff's commentaries: • Protesters police and bigots invade dncThanks for turning my city into a fortress'Saturday Night Fever' at the DNC • C-SPAN tricks its rideI love me some Police State’n, yeah!

Colorado Dems in the spotlight

Just as Denver has gained the spotlight in recent months with the Democratic National Convention coming to town and Colorado has a new status as a toss-up, the state’s elected officials are being thrust into a the national view.