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BEST OF THE WEEK: Inside the candidates’ war room, a show-up showdown, pot mysteries

Author: Mark Harden - August 31, 2018 - Updated: August 31, 2018

Political consultant Josh Hanfling, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky visit as Laura Teal, right, keeps an eye out for stragglers at the Denver Rustlers send-off brunch on Aug. 28, 2018, at the Tavern Tech Center in Greenwood Village. (Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Here’s our recap of some of our best stories of the week from the Colorado Politics staff.

> COVER STORY | Stapleton fields a campaign team with deep Colorado ties

> COVER STORY | Polis loyalists follow candidate’s decree: Keep campaign ‘joyous’

> A showdown over showing up: Stapleton, Polis trade digs on absenteeism

> ANALYSIS: When it comes to data on pot’s impact, the state is driving with its eyes closed

> WATCH: ‘Monkey Business’ revisited: Gary Hart/Donna Rice movie debuts at Telluride fest

> Key figure behind major Colorado Springs water deal has his share of critics

> TRAIL MIX | The state fair, politicians — and a side of beef

> Denver Rustlers, Pikes Peak Posse saddle up for Colorado State Fair’s junior livestock auction

> INSIGHTS | A decade after the DNC in Denver, the city says no thanks

In this Aug. 28, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he prepares to address the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver (AP Photo/Scott Andrews and Chuck Kennedy, Pool – file)

> Stapleton rolls out education policy

> Iceland looks to Colorado for geothermal energy projects

> Lamborn wants Justice Dept. to investigate Colo. civil rights agency

> Q&A w/Ken Jaray | Manitou mayor ushers in a ‘culture of engagement’

> ENDORSEMENT WATCH | Polis wins backing from outdoor industry trade group

> Colorado reserves would last just 3 weeks in recession, says report

> Hick ponders presidential plans with a little help from his friends

> Colo. sheriff won’t let consultant finish department assessment until after election

> Initiative 97: Oil and gas setback proposal makes November ballot

> Measures on property compensation, payday loans make Colorado’s fall ballot

Hugh Jackman as U.S. Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colorado) in a scene from the upcoming film “The Front Runner.” (Columbia/Sony Pictures via AP)

> Bennet: Trump administration is cherry-picking pot data

> Gardner on foreign hacker bill: Threat increases every day

> Denver OKs funding surge for affordable housing

> Groundbreaking for long-sought I-25 ‘Gap’ widening celebrated

> Colorado Springs City Council wants to force public votes on settling lawsuits

> Xcel gets green light from Colorado for $2.5 billion clean energy plan

> “War games, election style”: Colo. cybersecurity training to attract national, local officials

> Arizona’s soak-the-rich-for-schools measure gets expelled from ballot

> Colo. gerrymandering amendments hitting the airwaves

> Aurora voters to have final say on police pension

> ACLU demands 31 Colorado cities repeal anti-panhandling laws

> Denver planning chief to lead overhaul of stock show grounds

> Look out, Grand Junction: Ogden, Utah, makes a play for BLM

> Ron Baker removes interim tag from his PERA leadership


Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.