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City hall reporter for @DenverPost. Formerly @IndyStar. Colorado native + lover of good music, trails and beer. jmurray[at]denverpost .com, 303.954.1405

River North tax plan aims to spiff up art district by pooling money

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/28/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT Updated: 05/28/2015 12:18:22 AM MDT Fifteen years ago, when painter Tracy Weil fled trendy Lower Downtown for a dusty industrial district to the northeast, there wasn't much going on. On the site of a former auto shop along 36th Street, he built a structure with a studio, a gallery and his home.

More voting centers open this week for Denver City Council runoffs

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/26/2015 02:48:30 PM MDT Updated: 05/26/2015 02:58:28 PM MDT Three voter service centers opened Tuesday outside downtown Denver for the final week before the June 2 runoff election. Each Voter Service and Polling Center, where voters can drop off a mail ballot or vote in person, is in a City Council district with a runoff.

Sean Bradley says he'll quit Urban League if elected to Denver council

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/22/2015 05:44:54 PM MDT Updated: 05/22/2015 05:45:04 PM MDT Denver City Council candidate Sean Bradley said Friday that if he wins a June 2 runoff, he will leave his job as president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver.

Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill allowing $250 million for CSU role at stock show

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/20/2015 06:45:57 PM MDT Updated: 05/20/2015 06:46:04 PM MDT Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Wednesday that allows $250 million in state backing for plans to remake the National Western Stock Show site. The money will help Colorado State University expand its agricultural programs on and near the site, forming an innovation hub.

Denver council candidate declines to say if he'd quit Urban League job

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/20/2015 06:44:43 PM MDT Updated: 05/20/2015 06:44:51 PM MDT Sean Bradley is seeking a seat on the Denver City Council, a job that's considered full-time, but he declined in an interview this week to say if he'd quit his current job if he wins a June 2 runoff.

Denver council runoff debates set clear divisions -- but not always

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/16/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT Some of the four runoff debates in Denver City Council races this week featured sharp divisions. Others offered more cordial exchanges. The most heated faceoff in the Denver Decides debates occurred when District 11 candidates wrangled over alleged campaign-finance violations and conflicts of interest.

Denver City Council Q&As: Runoff

extras.denverpost.com — Why are you running for City Council? I am running because I have the experience the position requires to provide leadership, perspective and institutional memory to a City Council that will have at least six new members. I was a reporter at the Rocky Mountain News from 1981 until the day it closed in 2009.

Denver council candidate removes mayor's mom from endorsement list

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/14/2015 04:06:50 PM MDT Updated: 05/14/2015 04:06:59 PM MDT Denver City Council runoff candidate Stacie Gilmore's campaign on Thursday removed Mayor Michael Hancock's mother from its online endorsements list, at her request. Scharlyne Hancock made that request after a Denver Post story cited endorsements for Gilmore by her and by Hancock's wife, Mary Louise Lee, based on a list on Gilmore's website.

Denver council candidate faces questions about husband's city job

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/13/2015 06:40:59 PM MDT Updated: 05/15/2015 05:12:08 PM MDT If Stacie Gilmore wins a runoff election next month for the Denver City Council seat representing the city's far-northeast area, she will face a situation that's unique in scope - and potentially troubling, critics say.

Denver marijuana tax retention ballot measure passes first step

denverpost.com — Posted: 05/13/2015 03:21:20 PM MDT Updated: 05/13/2015 03:30:31 PM MDT Denver voters in November may decide whether the city can keep its first-year haul from a 3.5 percent special recreational marijuana sales tax. The city's ballot question would join a likely statewide measure asking the same question about $58 million collected by the state last year from its separate marijuana tax.
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May 29, 2015

One thing I've noticed: @HancockforDEN has been quick about returning excess donations from donors who forgot they'd reached limit.

May 29, 2015

Rep. John Buckner dies after brief illness; services are pending: dpo.st/1ACanPQ via @lynn_bartels

May 29, 2015

Correction: Bradley's attorney is named Wayne Vaden, not Baden. He declined to speak with me in the hallway.

May 29, 2015

But: Baden asks for confidential hrg, as required at candidate req. Hrg officer grants. So when resumes in 30m, I won't be able to watch.

May 29, 2015

Bradley attorney Wayne Baden asks for continuance in finance violation hrg, raises authority issue. Both issues rejected by hrg officer.

May 29, 2015

At @DenverElections hearing by officer looking into campaigning violations by #Denvercouncil candidate Sean Bradley pic.twitter.com/y1lgj0VWce

May 29, 2015

Lots of lawyering so far by Bradley's attorney about info/evidence they haven't seen and asking to delay hearing. Runoff is Tuesday.

May 29, 2015

RT @jackhealyNYT: Why is it not a "pizzaria"? Nobody is ever like, Hey guys lets go get some pizze!



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