• Collateral Impact: Marijuana industry spreading its campaign contributions on both sides of the aisle

    By Marianne Goodland ColoradoPolitics.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Although the marijuana industry is more likely to pump big money into ballot initiatives, their dollars are also showing up on the balance sheets of political campaigns in Colorado, a sign of the industry's growing role in public affairs. Donors range from dispensary owners,...

  • Debts, financial difficulties in El Paso County candidates' pasts

    BY RACHEL RILEY rachel.riley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Two El Paso County commissioner candidates have contributed thousands of dollars to their campaigns while working to pay off debts that led to past legal troubles. District 5 hopeful Vickie Tonkins has been taken to court three times in the past 15 years over debts totaling more than...

  • Collateral Impact: Cannabis industry a growing political force beneath the Gold Dome in Denver

    By David Olinger and Burt Hubbard, Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    The marijuana industry in Colorado has grown quickly into a potent lobbying force at the Capitol. Marijuana businesses, law firms, consultants and trade organizations spent at least $720,000 on lobbyists during the 2018 legislative session that ran through May 9, according to an...

  • Unaffiliated voters are improving their power and influence

    By Robert d. loevy Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    This is a peak moment for Colorado's unaffiliated voters. In the past seven years, they have gone from being neglected to being in the catbird seat. With the June 26 primaries only a few days away, unaffiliated Coloradans are, for the first time in the state's history, filling out...

  • Bernie Sanders declining to help son in race fits pattern

    Updated: Sat, Jun 16, 2018

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An endorsement by Bernie Sanders is one of the most coveted gifts in Democratic politics. But the Vermont senator and liberal darling is notoriously reluctant to back many politicians, including, it turns out, his own son. Sanders has come under scrutiny in...

  • Darryl Glenn paying himself a salary from congressional campaign funds

    By Ernest Luning Colorado Politics -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 16, 2018

    Darryl Glenn, one of four Republicans challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in the June 26 primary, has been paying himself a salary out of campaign funds equal to what he makes as an El Paso County commissioner, according to campaign finance documents filed Thursday. State Sen. Owen...

  • Trump cites as a negotiating tool his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents

    Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post
    Updated: Sat, Jun 16, 2018

    President Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate — separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials. On Friday, Trump...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon; Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald...

  • FBI report: Anti-Trump texts 'cast a cloud' over email probe

    Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the FBI investigated both candidates running for president in 2016, two FBI employees exchanged thousands of personal texts and messages that included a running political commentary — including newly released messages in which one of them expressed a desire to...

  • Democrats set earlier 2020 convention date

    Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have set their 2020 presidential nominating convention for the middle of July. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says in a statement that party will convene July 13-16 to a get a head start on the general election campaign. Democrats are...

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