Gov. Hickenlooper could show us if he can do La Macarena for Dancing With The Denver Stars

(No word on Hickenlooper’s choice, but I would like to see him dance to J Balvin.)

Governor John Hickenlooper speaks at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State luncheon, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) chamber of commerce; downtown; colorado; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; governor john hickenlooper;
Governor John Hickenlooper – seen here not not dancing – speaks at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State luncheon, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The time has come for Gov. John Hickenlooper to take off his Sunday shoes.


HICKENWATCHER: Hickenlooper talks DACA, weed, Sessions and Kasich

The growing mystery behind Hickenlooper’s next step brings us to our first edition of Hickenwatcher, where we’ll follow Hickenlooper’s forays into national politics and potential bid for U.S. President.

Is John Hickenlooper lurking beneath Iowa? (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) hickwatch; hickenwatcher;
Is John Hickenlooper lurking beneath Iowa? (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The intrigue around Gov. John Hickenlooper’s next step isn’t dying down anytime soon, especially with the continuation of his bromance-slash-fantasy-presidential bid with Ohio Governor John Kasich.


Survey: Coloradans split on Trump’s performance, find common ground on DACA

Sen. Cory Gardner’s approval rating took a steep dive, according to the survey, and most Coloradans want dreamers to be able to stay in the country.

The Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition holds a short vigil outside Senator Michael Bennet's office in Capitol Hill asking for a "clean" DREAM Act bill, Dec. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; immigration; protest; daca; circ; colorado immigrants rights coalition; denverite; capitol hill;
The Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition holds a short vigil outside Senator Michael Bennet’s office in Capitol Hill asking for a “clean” DREAM Act bill, Dec. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Republicans and Democrats in Colorado will tell you drastically different stories about how President Donald Trump is managing in his new job as the leader of the free world.



Run a centrist for governor? For many Colorado Democrats, those days are gone

Republicans see the Democratic gubernatorial field as an opportunity to grab the political center. Many Democrats think they’re right where they should be.

Republicans have elected just one governor in Colorado in the last 43 years, but when they look at the Democratic field for 2018, they see a chance to do something Democrats traditionally have been better at: run the more centrist candidate.

“Speaking as a Republican, it’s an opportunity for my party to command the political center, where the race is always won or lost,” said John Andrews, former president of the state Senate and a fellow at Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute. “You run to your base in the primary and to the center in the general, and it requires some agility. Republicans have a huge opportunity because the Democrats are running to the left.”