Hal BidlackHal BidlackJanuary 30, 20186min489

If you want to start an argument in a phone booth with two people, the best subject to bring up might be the death penalty. Recent polling both nationally and here in Colorado tells us that just about half of Americans (49 percent nationally and 47 percent here) support the death penalty, while about 47 percent oppose it. Support has been falling for years, and recently it fell below 50 percent for the first time since the death penalty was restored by the Supreme Court in the mid 1970s.

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Peter MarcusApril 19, 20176min492
Gov. John Hickenlooper doesn’t believe high-profile Republican George Brauchler has a good chance of becoming Colorado’s next governor. Colorado Politics asked Hickenlooper, a Democrat who is term-limited, about the gubernatorial race, which is already heating up ahead of next year. The governor was asked whether he would consider clemency for convicted killer Nathan Dunlap before he […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanMarch 3, 20175min367

Republican state legislators dominate as sponsors of the capitol’s new, “most accessed bills” list with three pieces of legislation written to push Democrats over the edge. The top “most accessed” bill, killed in the House chamber, took a direct shot at politicians who support sanctuary cities, meaning Democrats in Denver and Aurora. Second is a Senate bill that turns a misdemeanor crime of tampering with oil and gas equipment into a class 6 felony. Sponsored by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg from Sterling, the bill puts a stick in the eye of front range neighborhoods that don’t want industrial drilling 500 feet from their homes, schools and water sources.


John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 23, 201716min467

Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill was voted down by Republicans in committee last Wednesday, just as she expected. Speaking before the hearing, Guzman said she hoped mainly that the bill would foster heartfelt conversation on the issue. “It was not to be,” she said. She thinks she might have pulled off the repeal if Democrats in November had won a majority in the state Senate, but Republicans maintained the majority by one vote. She shrugged. “Maybe it’s the conversation that’s important, going through all these steps together. I think that’s a good legacy.” Guzman, a Denver Democrat, arrived at the Senate as an appointee in 2010, filling the District 34 seat vacated by Paula Sandoval. Guzman is term limited and has only one more session to serve at the Capitol. She is also a minister with a degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver — and that’s the part of her background that seems closest to surface when she talks about capital punishment.