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Another Democrat Drops Out of 2020 Race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his campaign Thursday

(Newser) - 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 to enter the... More »

Exodus From Hickenlooper Campaign Is Underway

Sources say aides urged him to quit

(Newser) - After last week's debates, the winnowing of the Democrats has begun—and while former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper insists he is staying in the race, an exodus of campaign aides is underway. Six aides, including campaign manager Brad Komar and national finance director Dan Sorenson, have confirmed to ABC... More »

Democrats Clash on Race, Socialism in Fiery Debate

Harris challenged Biden on his record

(Newser) - Ten more Democrats vying to take on President Trump clashed in a debate in Miami Thursday night that featured more fiery moments than Wednesday's 10-candidate debate. The second night of Democratic debates included frontrunner Joe Biden and fellow high-polling candidates Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. Andrew Yang,... More »

Security Doesn't Recognize One Democratic Candidate

Hickenlooper has to introduce himself at debate site

(Newser) - Name recognition is an issue in politics, as is face recognition, and it's an issue for several Democratic presidential candidates this time. Still, Gov. John Hickenlooper probably didn't expect to have to introduce himself when he arrived in Miami on Wednesday for the two nights of candidate debates.... More »

Newest 2020 Candidate Made His Fortune in Craft Beer

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is in

(Newser) - Every new week seems to bring a new Democratic candidate into the 2020 race, and Monday's entrant is John Hickenlooper. The former governor of Colorado, 67, served two terms, the last ending in January. He also served as mayor of Denver. He eschews attack ads and is seen as... More »

One State Now Lets School Nurses Give Medical Pot

New law in Colorado allows non-smokable marijuana for qualifying children

(Newser) - In a move High Times says puts Colorado "ahead of the curve" once more on the cannabis front, Gov. John Hickenlooper has OKed a law that lets school nurses administer medical marijuana to students. The Denver Post reports House Bill 1286 allows a school nurse to give non-smokable medical... More »

New Rumor for 2020 Ticket: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican

Govs. Kasich and Hickenlooper fuel talk of an independent ticket

(Newser) - And suddenly, there's a hot rumor about a presidential ticket for 2020—featuring a Democrat and a Republican, no less. The potential pairing is GOP Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, reports Mike Allen at Axios . The two (nicknamed "the Johns")... More »

Govs Meet in 'Harmony,' Immediately Start Squabbling

Doesn't take long for things to unravel after White House meeting

(Newser) - The chief executives of the nation's 50 great states emerged from a White House meeting with President Obama today apparently "claiming harmony," as per the AP . So that Kumbaya vibe took mere seconds to descend into a bickerfest held on-camera in front of the West Wing. Lowlights... More »

As Rain Looms, Colo. Tells Residents: Leave Now

Some could face weeks without power, running water

(Newser) - Drenched Colorado is staring down the possibility of four more inches of rain today, having already absorbed 15 inches amid devastating floods, and officials are now telling residents to get out while they can—or face weeks without power and running water. "We're not trying to force anyone... More »

2 Dems Ousted Over Gun Stance in Colorado Recall

Will be replaced by Republicans after NRA-backed election

(Newser) - Colorado voters have fired two clear warning shots in the gun control debate, voting to kick two Democratic state lawmakers who supported stricter firearm laws out of office. Senate president John Morse and Senator Angela Giron will both be replaced with Republicans, following a recall election yesterday, reports the Denver ... More »

Politicians Privately Yearn for Smoke-Filled Backroom

Gov. Hickenlooper says transparency causes gridlock

(Newser) - How to unblock the least productive Congress in US history? Here's a counterintuitive notion: Reinstate pork-barrel spending and the smoke-filled backroom, where lawmakers can make legislative deals in private, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tells Time . Surprisingly, other politicians agree—some off the record—that modern attempts at transparency and... More »

Colo. Gov: I Was Caught in 'Nightmare' of Shooting

Good friend Tom Clements was allegedly killed by son of another friend

(Newser) - Still reeling from the shooting death of corrections chief Tom Clements , Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed some of the nation's toughest gun laws into effect on Wednesday. Then it turned out that the suspect in Clements' murder was Evan Spencer Ebel, the troubled son of a good friend of... More »

Civil Unions Now Legal in Colorado

It's a long-awaited moment, Gov. Hickenlooper tells crowd

(Newser) - It's official: Civil unions are legal in Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law yesterday before a big and emotional crowd. "Dearly beloved," said bill sponsor state Sen. Pat Steadman, to cheers. "We're going to make history." The bill marks a major... More »

Clue in Colorado DOC Chief Murder: 'Boxy' Car

Police still have no suspects, motive

(Newser) - Colorado is reeling in the fatal shooting of corrections head Tom Clements, and police are scrambling to come up with either suspect or motive. Fearing additional attacks, the state is ramping up security measures for Gov. John Hickenlooper, lawmakers, and other officials, the Denver Post reports. Police aren't sure... More »

Colorado Gov. Signs Major Gun Control Bill

Hickenlooper ushers in bill without fanfare

(Newser) - It's official: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today quietly signed the state's landmark gun control legislation into law, a spokesperson tells NBC News . The new law—which has predictably generated some controversy —limits the size of magazines and expands background checks, among other reforms. Hickenlooper earlier today had... More »

Colo. Corrections Chief Shot Dead as He Answered Door

Murder comes on eve on new gun regulations

(Newser) - Tom Clements, the executive director of Colorado’s department of corrections, was shot dead last night—but the who and why remain a mystery. Clements was shot fatally in the chest as he answered the door of his home in Monument, Colo., reports NBC , but nobody else in the house... More »

No More Big Ammunition Magazines for Colorado

Hickenlooper says he'll sign bill, which state Senate, House passed

(Newser) - A bill limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds has cleared Colorado's legislature, meaning all it needs to become law is Gov. John Hickenlooper's signature—which he has said he'll provide. The bill passed the state Senate on Monday and state House yesterday, 34-30; three Democrats joined the... More »

Colorado OKs Civil Unions

Backers vow to push for same-sex marriage next

(Newser) - Add Colorado to the list of states that will recognize same-sex partnerships, although lawmakers today approved civil unions, not full marriages, reports the Denver Post . Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign the measure into law in May, and activists promised to keep pushing for recognition of marriage itself. The vote... More »

Colorado Gov. Says He Drank Fracking Fluid

On purpose, to prove it was safe

(Newser) - John Hickenlooper thinks fracking is environmentally safe—and he's willing to put his stomach where his mouth is. The Colorado governor actually downed a glass of Halliburton's fracking fluid to prove it was non-toxic, he revealed yesterday. "You can drink it. We did drink it around the... More »

Marijuana Now Legal in Colorado

Governor had til Jan. 5 to make it so, but saw no point in waiting

(Newser) - Feeding unsuspecting classmates pot brownies still isn't legal in Colorado, but smoking pot for your own recreational use now is, after Gov. John Hickenlooper today took the purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had... More »

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