Politics

John Frank
3 hours ago - Politics

Meet the candidates: Denver school board at-large seat

Denver School Board candidates
From left to right, Marla Benavides, Jane Shirley, Scott Esserman, Nicky Yollick, Vernon Jones Jr. Photos courtesy of campaigns

The state's largest school district is holding elections in four of nine districts, our education reporting partner Chalkbeat writes.

Let's meet the at-large candidates in the order they will appear on Denver residents' ballots.

John Frank
3 hours ago - News

Denver poised to give belated incentives for vaccinations

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock speaks at the Colorado Convention Center on Sept. 22.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock speaks at the Colorado Convention Center on Sept. 22. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Mayor Michael Hancock may have his way after all.

What's happening: City employees who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or received an exemption could soon receive bonuses for complying with the Hancock administration's vaccine mandate.

John Frank
Oct 15, 2021 - News

Colorado U.S. Senate candidate launches campaign with attack ad

A screenshot from Joe O'Dea's first TV ad in the U.S. Senate race.
Screenshot of O'Dea campaign ad

A newcomer to the U.S. Senate race in Colorado is starting his campaign on the attack against Sen. Michael Bennet (D).

The big picture: Republican Joe O'Dea, a first-time candidate and Denver businessman, is launching a statewide advertising blitz Friday that includes a 30-second TV spot.

John Frank
Oct 15, 2021 - News

Colorado activist played big role in Donald Trump's "Big Lie"

Photo illustration of Donald trump speaking with quotes from his election night speech in the background
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A far-right activist who hosted a podcast went public with a fantastical claim just weeks ahead of the 2020 election.

Driving the news: Colorado’s Joe Oltmann says he listened to a phone call hosted by left-wing "antifa" activists in September 2020.

John Frank
Oct 14, 2021 - COVID

Colorado hits new COVID milestones amid fifth wave

Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Colorado topped 8,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, and hospitalizations are at their highest point this year as a fifth wave goes unabated.

By the numbers: Colorado stands out nationwide as one of only nine states experiencing increasing rates through Oct. 12.

John Frank
Oct 14, 2021 - News

Colorado redistricting gives Democrats edge in state Legislature

Data: Colorado Sun; Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The General Assembly appears poised to remain in Democratic hands for years to come.

Driving the news: The Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission created new state House and Senate districts this week that give the Democrats the easiest path to power, the Colorado Sun reports.

John Frank
Oct 12, 2021 - Politics

Colorado redistricting battle heads to court

Illustration of Colorado with abstract political districts changing their shapes.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The independent panel that created Colorado's new congressional districts gave the lines a near-unanimous vote in favor, but more than a dozen legal challenges suggest the map is far from a settled matter.

What's happening: Democratic groups and their allies are asking the Colorado Supreme Court to order revisions to the congressional district boundaries, saying the map improperly splits communities and dilutes the power of Latino voters.

John Frank
Oct 8, 2021 - Politics

Colorado ballot measures draw major cash

Data: Colorado Secretary of State; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The three statewide questions on the November ballot are facing little opposition so far while proponents spend big to win.

Driving the news: The supporters behind the measures landed about $4.3 million in contributions through last month, according to an Axios Denver analysis of new state campaign finance filings.

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