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

Here are the top Colorado legislative races to watch in 2016 — Control of the Colorado General Assembly is one of the highest-stakes questions that will be settled by the 2016 ballot. Republicans now have an 18-17 edge in the Senate, and Democrats would have to hold on to a couple of key seats in tight districts while flipping at least one seat from GOP control.

Colorado legislative races simmer across state as Democrats, Republicans fight for control — ARVADA - Perhaps the most consequential campaign in Colorado this fall is not at the top of the ballot. A political linchpin in the Nov. 8 election is a state Senate district outside Denver, where 108,000 voters are expected to determine control of the Senate and Colorado's policy direction for the next two years.

Mike Coffman and Morgan Carroll clash over Donald Trump, immigration in final debate — U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Morgan Carroll on Thursday, in their final debate, sparred over their approaches to immigration reform, their records as legislators and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about women.

Denver marijuana use ballot measure could capture attention beyond city - if voters say yes — When Colorado started selling legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, it gave most tourists and some residents no place to consume what they lawfully bought. A Denver initiative on ballots being sent out this week aims to change that, and one state lawmaker said it could be a "shot across the bow" that persuades the legislature to act on a statewide policy.

Purple State Memo: Michael Bennet raises another $2.2M and top Colorado finds in leaked Podesta emails — Democrat Michael Bennet has spent nearly $5 million since July to boost his campaign and build a lead in Colorado's U.S. Senate race. Bennet will report a $2.2 million fundraising haul in the third quarter later this month, according to his campaign, giving him $3.6 million to spend in the final five weeks of the campaign.

Denver Mayor Hancock taps strategist Alan Salazar as chief of staff — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday appointed Alan Salazar, a longtime Democratic political strategist, as his new chief of staff. Salazar will become the mayor's second chief aide after working this summer and fall as a senior adviser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's Colorado campaign, focusing in part on appealing to Latino voters.

Denver mayor approves more composting, Colfax planning and intersection fixes in 2017 city budget — Denver's 2017 city budget will include additional composting pickup routes, money to plan for improvements along Colfax Avenue, and safety improvements for a half-dozen or more outlying intersections. Mayor Michael Hancock in a letter released Monday agreed to five of seven consensus budget amendment requests by the City Council, made last week.

Rep. Mike Coffman says principle guided shifts on several issues — As U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman made the leap from state to federal office in 2008, a national political analyst predicted he could "hold this seat as long as he wants it." Coffman could have been forgiven for digging in his heels just three years later, ignoring the perpetual vulnerability handed to him by a Democratic redistricting plan.

Longtime legislator Morgan Carroll argues for change in suburban congressional district — Morgan Carroll's trademark stubborn determination isn't something she developed during the political career that led up to her run for Congress. She's always had it. She used it as an attorney fighting on behalf of injured workers who were denied medical coverage.

Great American Beer Festival 2016: Thursday scouting report — For its 35th anniversary, the Great American Beer Festival in Denver offers a cool new surprise: Before each session, brewers are picking, at random, two attendees from near the front of the line - and their friends - for guided tours 30 minutes before opening.
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Oct 22, 2016

Are y'all sure this isn't some sick twisted virtual reality multi-player game that's messing with your hopes? 

Oct 22, 2016

RT @FoxNews: Trump: "My admin. will immediately pursue the following 6 measures to clean up the corruption and special interest…

Oct 22, 2016

This is pretty outrageous: California Guard soldiers forced to repay mistaken enlistment bonuses 10 years later. 

Oct 22, 2016

@CocoDavies sounds like it might get some critical comments at Nov 14 council hearing...but as these things go, this one is light on oppo

Oct 22, 2016

@CocoDavies It's curious that RNOs haven't taken position. Might accept that near-transit blocks are being targeted for some denser dev't.

Oct 22, 2016

@CocoDavies but if you go to end of packet, a couple ppl in area have lodged objections to rezoning. That block is right by Knox LR station

Oct 22, 2016

@CocoDavies So to comply with wider area required, developer got consent from half the homeowners in zone sought (including its own props)

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