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Columbus Day open thread

  It’s Columbus Day, a federal holiday in celebration of a man who, as some school kids are still being taught, bravely sailed across the...

CU Regents urge McInnis to step down

Yet more calls for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis to step down are coming in, this time from some of the University of Colorado...

Rosen says McInnis, Churchill not comparable, others disagree

It seems like an age has gone by since the Denver media, gamely led by the bygone Rocky Mountain News, was in full-bore media...

Candidate Lucero ‘cleaned up that Churchill mess’… or not

Conservative Colorado University Regent Tom Lucero is sure to mention on the stump in the Fourth District where he's campaigning for Congress that he...

Lucero campaign YouTube celebrates Churchill defeat

Conservative CU Regent and Congressional candidate for the 4th District Tom Lucero has taken his campaign onto the internets. Looking to win the chance...

Early Bird Special: Unions picket Ritter, Colorado to get tourism bump

A daily roundup of some of our favorite news from around Colorado. • Dozens of union members -- including some who flew in from Colorado -- picketed Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday outside two fundraisers the first-term Democrat attended in Washington, D.C., 9News' Adam Schrager reports. Firefighters and grocery workers are angry with Ritter for vetoing two bills this year. "It's a matter of integrity and I believe he's failed in that category," said an Aurora firefighter. The governor supprts firefighters, but "sometimes leadership means having to say no to your friends," Ritter's campaign manager wrote in an e-mail to Schrager.

Markey rakes in cash and good press

Freshman U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey raised a record-breaking ton of cash this quarter for her re-election in 2010. And despite announcing his CD 4 candidacy to oppose her mere months after she was elected, University of Colorado Board of Regents Vice Chair Tom Lucero, a Republican, has been relatively invisible -- at least when he wasn't ducking impropriety charges on the stand in the Ward Churchill witch-hunt trial. Lucero's fund raising, like his record of experience, will surely be no match for Markey's.

Dwindling education budget funds to pay for GOP’s Churchill trial

The unending Colorado budget crisis continues. There's not enough money, say lawmakers, to grant undocumented Colorado students in-state tuition. The Legislature this week is floating a $300 million cut to higher education. Yet there's lots of money to waste on political court battles that the state has no hope of winning.

Churchill trial a political grandstand for academic activism

All-star academic Stanley Fish yesterday gave his opinion of the Ward Churchill not-guilty verdict, saying for the record what a lot of academics have no doubt been saying over glasses of Chardonnay since Churchill was fired nearly two years ago.

Jury awards Churchill not cash but compliment

The jury in the Ward Churchill trial decided in favor of the defendant yesterday. The members agreed after a day and a half of deliberation with the so-called 9/11 professor's claims that he was wrongfully dismissed from the University of Colorado — that he was fired, basically, to appease national outcry over his controversial writings on the 9/11 attacks. In awarding him a mere $1, the jury chose not to compensate him in cash but paid him instead the kind of compliment he will likely appreciate: The minimal cash award suggests the jury concluded that Churchill, although unlikeable or unsympathetic, was right.