The Spot newsletter: A campaign video that will make your eyes sting, a Denver Trumpfest, big downtown development, a big airplane and much more

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.

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Colorado and its politicos have been in the national spotlight over the past week, from our congressional delegation’s take on the U.S.-North Korea summit to marijuana and more fallout from last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

Two of the Trump administration’s top officials — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — came to Denver on an “I President Donald Trump tour” (not actually, it was the Western Conservative Summit) and Colorado’s Republican congressman from Aurora is a central figure in the GOP’s U.S. House immigration battle.

Scott Pruitt on Trump administration approach to environment: “This is an example that you can have your cake and eat it too. Those folks who say you can’t, I don’t understand that. What else you supposed to do with cake?” #copolitics

— Jesse Aaron Paul (@JesseAPaul) June 9, 2018

At home, big development is on the horizon for downtown Denver and another sales tax increase could be on the city’s November ballot, while homelessness has become an issue in Parker.

In the governor’s race, two polls are showing some front-runners. And if this election cycle hasn’t been crazy enough for you already, a Democrat running for a chance to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman released a video of himself being willingly pepper sprayed in an effort to introduce a policy to halt school shootings.

Now that your eyes sting, onto the news!

Fresh news: Wildfires are burning across Colorado. So why is one of the world’s largest air tankers grounded in Colorado Springs?

YouTube screenshotDemocrat Levi Tillemann, who is running for a chance to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, gets pepper sprayed.ROLL CALL
Marijuana advocates and state lawmakers are blasting Gov. Hickenlooper over his veto of three cannabis bills.
Part of Colorado’s campaign finance complaint process is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.
The oil and gas industry is worried a statewide ballot initiative to widen the buffer between drilling and development could cost $180 billion in lost petroleum production and $26 billion in lost royalties, according to a study.
A severe anti-growth measure — one that would limit new construction to 1 percent of current housing stock throughout the metro area — appears to be all but lifeless for the 2018 election.
In Colorado, death is sometimes just the beginning of the story. (Trust me, you’re going to want to read this one.)
A look at the intersection of blockchain technology and regulation in Colorado.
A novel CBD pharmaceutical drug — if approved by the FDA — will have a path to pharmacies in Colorado.
The first Colorado primary ballots are …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Politics


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