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.”



Hickenlooper picks CU law professor Melissa Hart for state Supreme Court

Hart will take the place of Allison Eid, who was appointed to Denver’s federal appeals court by President Donald Trump.

Inside the Colorado Supreme Court room at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado supreme court; justice; law; civic center; denver; kevinjbeaty;
Inside the Colorado Supreme Court at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Gov. John Hickenlooper has picked University of Colorado law professor Melissa Hart to fill an opening on the Colorado Supreme Court.

Hart will take the place of Allison Eid, who was appointed to Denver’s federal appeals court by President Donald Trump. She filled the vacancy left by Neil Gorsuch, who stepped down after being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.