Colorado lawmakers want to make it harder for ICE to come into schools, courthouses and health facilities (but don’t call it a sanctuary bill)

Two Denver-area House Democrats announced their support for a bill that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE and prohibit them from making arrests in public spaces.

Colorado State Representative Dan Pabon speaks in support of "Virginia's Law," HB18-1417, at the State Capitol, April 25, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) immigration; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Colorado State Representative Dan Pabon speaks in support of “Virginia’s Law,” HB18-1417, at the State Capitol, April 25, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Two Denver-area House Democrats on Wednesday pushed for support for a bill that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prevent federal agents making arrests at courthouses and other public spaces.



Doug Robinson is on the ballot after a signature snafu, so the GOP gubernatorial field is set again

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson is on the party’s ballot after taking the Secretary of State’s office to court over invalidated signatures on Robinson’s petitions.

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) western conservative summit; copolitics; politics; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Colorado gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson is on the party’s ballot after taking the Secretary of State’s office to court over invalidated signatures on Robinson’s petitions.


Five Points neighbors close the door to apartments and big houses after a two-year crusade

“You guys are going to be giving clinics all over the city,” said Council President Albus Brooks, who sponsored the bill.

John Hayden (left to right), Robbie Hobein and David Mills pose for a portrait in Curtis Park, April 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; curtis park; five points; residential real estate;
David Millis (left to right), Robbie Hobein and John Hayden pose for a portrait in their Five Points micro-neighborhood, April 24, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The neighbors knew it would be a long shot.

They had seen blocky new houses and apartments cramming onto the blocks of other neighborhoods. They thought that their corner of Five Points would be next — and they saw a way to stop it.

“We kept telling ourself, ‘This may not work, but at least we’ll get to know our neighbors,'” Robbie Hobein told the Denver City Council.