Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post’s politics team captures what’s happening this week — from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Colorado’s 2018 general election is already well underway following Tuesday night’s primary election.
While ballots are still being counted and at least one high-profile race remains up in the air, we’re starting to get a pretty good sense of what to expect heading into November: lots of money, lots of attacks and lots of talk about President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Aurora has a new mayor, we’ve got more train horn news and Denver officials are working to ensure that a good chunk of work behind the city’s unstoppable growth is performed by people in the community who most need it.
Oh, and the the Trump administration is pushing to open more public land in Colorado for fossil fuel development.
Fresh news: The operator of the Park Hill Golf Course gave notice this week that it will renew its lease for five years, adding a new complication to discussions about the 155-acre property’s future.
PRIMARY ELECTION NEWS
- The Colorado governor’s race is set.
- Jared Polis won the Democratic primary for Colorado governor.
- Walker Stapleton won the Republican nod for governor.
- In the end, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette brushed off a challenge from the left in Tuesday’s primary.
- But DeGette’s opponent, Saira Rao, built a progressive coalition that she says is only getting started.
- It will be military vet vs. military vet — Democrat Jason Crow on Tuesday won the party nomination to face U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the 6th Congressional District general election contest.
- State Rep. Joe Salazar is not backing down in the Democratic primary for Colorado attorney general, despite Phil Weiser’s lead.
- Brian Watson is the Republican nominee for Colorado treasurer.
- State Rep. Dave Young is the Democratic nominee for Colorado treasurer.
- Two statehouse Republican incumbents lost their primary challenges.
- Is Doug Lamborn an immovable force? Sure seems like it.
- Meanwhile, Colorado is poised to have its first black member of Congress in Joe Neguse.
DENVER & THE SUBURBS
- Aurora’s new mayor was chosen this week, and his name is Bob LeGare — a longtime councilman in Colorado’s third-largest city.
- LeGare was appointed following the death of Steve Hogan in May.
- Denver city officials are ready to spend billions of dollars on big public projects — and they want the companies that win the contracts to target locals for jobs.
- The long-decrepit First Avenue Hotel on Broadway south of downtown will finally get new life, with plans for affordable housing. Redevelopment will be boosted by tax breaks and other help from the city.
- Colorado’s record tourism growth has hit a new milestone.
- Fingers are crossed by thousands living along the University of Colorado A-Line that loud and constant train horns will come to an end as people flip their calendars into August.
- Larimer Square is on a list of the nation’s 11 most endangered historic places.
- Might there be a new, high-tech solution to metro Denver’s endless traffic congestion problem?
D.C. POLITICS FROM A COLORADO PERSPECTIVE
- Dozens of parents separated from their children were awaiting their fate at an Aurora Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility last week.
- Several of Colorado’s elected officials visited the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend amid the immigrant family separation crisis.
- “U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana.”
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders getting kicked out of a restaurant for her political beliefs isn’t the same as a gay couple being denied a wedding cake, experts say.
- Should flying a drone over a wildfire be a federal felony?
- In Colorado, the Trump administration and fossil fuel industry are pushing to open more public land for energy development.
- See something suspicious at DIA? The airport now has an app that visitors can use to report questionable activity or behavior. — The Denver Business Journal
- Residents of a senior-living tower in Five Points have notched a victory in their fight against a dog park. — Denverite
- Meet Colorado’s new single-issue voters: The cannabis community. — The New York Times
- A national look at our primary election for Colorado governor. — The New York Times
- It looks like the state Senate’s assistant majority leader, Ray Scott, is going to keep his job. — The Grand Junction Sentinel
- A look at the Democratic race in the 3rd Congressional District. — The Aspen Times
- “Bernie Sanders: Sarah Sanders has the right to ‘go into a restaurant and have dinner.’ ” — The Hill
- What U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley’s loss to a 28-year-old, anti-establishment candidate means for Democrats. — CNN
- “3 winners and 2 losers from the primaries in South Carolina, New York, Utah and Colorado.” — Vox
- What’s the biggest fear for water managers of the Colorado River? — KUNC
- Progressive statehouse candidates were big winners on Tuesday. — Colorado Public Radio
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Staff writers John Frank, Jon Murray and John Aguilar contributed to this newsletter.
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