Latest Colorado state government News

In era of legal pot, can police search cars based on odor?

Sep. 13, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana. Traditionally, an officer could use the merest whiff of weed to justify a warrantless vehicle search, and whatever turned up — pot, other kinds of illegal drugs, something else the motorist wasn't...

3rd Democrat bows out after Hickenlooper Senate race entry

Sep. 12, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A third Democrat is bowing out of Colorado's crowded Democratic Senate primary after John Hickenlooper entered the race. Former diplomat Dan Baer announced he was dropping out and endorsing Hickenlooper. He was one of the three top fundraisers among the dozen Democrats competing for the right...

In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state's air rating

Sep. 6, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado took the unusual step of inviting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the air quality rating of the state's biggest population center, and not everyone thinks that was a good idea. The EPA held a hearing Friday on whether to lower the ozone status of Denver and...

Leading Democrat ends Senate bid now that Hickenlooper is in

Sep. 3, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A leading candidate and the top campaign fundraiser in the crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado bowed out of the race Tuesday, the first casualty of former Gov. John Hickenlooper's late entry into the contest. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston, 44, had led the field by raising...

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says he's running for Senate

Aug. 22, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. He made his announcement via a video message in which he blasted...

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he'll seek Democratic nomination for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner's Senate seat

Aug. 22, 2019 5:23 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he'll seek Democratic nomination for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner's Senate seat.

Hickenlooper ends White House bid, mulls Senate run in 2020

Aug. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may instead challenge one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020. In a video message , Hickenlooper said he had heard from many in his state urging him...

AP source: John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid

Aug. 15, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, according to a Democrat close to him. The former two-term Colorado governor, who ran as a moderate warning of the perils of extreme partisanship, struggled with fundraising and low polling numbers. His planned...

AP source: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expected to end presidential bid on Thursday

Aug. 14, 2019 10:49 PM EDT
DENVER (AP) — AP source: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expected to end presidential bid on Thursday.

The Latest: Booker says Dems must have 'faith in our ideals'

Aug. 9, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on nearly all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates speaking at Iowa's "Wing Ding" fundraiser (all times local): 8:20 p.m. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is calling on Democrats to take on President Donald Trump with "faith in our ideals" and to "overcome his darkness with...