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Here’s our recap of our best stories of the week from the  Colorado Politics staff.


Denver Mayor Branch-Wise

Denver Police Detective Leslie Branch-Wise, left, talks on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, about suggestive text messages she received in 2012 from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at a press conference with Jamie Giellis, right, who is challenging Hancock in a June 4 runoff election.

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> Detective who accused Denver mayor of sexual harassment rips Hancock as 'desperate liar'

> DENVER CANDIDATES' SPOUSES: 'Wine geek' Chris Giellis gets a taste of 'rough and tumble' politics

> DENVER CANDIDATES' SPOUSES: Mary Louise Lee, city's first lady, on the toll the campaign takes on family life

> Denver mayoral rivals spar over familiar issues in final runoff debate

> Denver mayor candidates swap sharp exchanges in Aaron Harber Show debate

> COPO PODCAST: Denver mayoral race comes down to how choice is framed, say experts

> DENVER RUNOFF 2019: 5 city council races to be decided Tuesday

> DENVER RUNOFF 2019: Perl, Lopez compete for clerk and recorder

> INSIGHTS | Dark money always shines on someone else

> Q&A with Dave Davia | 'We need a balanced approach' — on all issues

Jared Polis Jude

Gov. Jared Polis addresses a rally on the west steps of the state Capitol Friday as he prepared to sign into law two bills for LGBT Coloradans. Among the bills, Jude's law, named for the young lady in the white dress standing at Polis' left. Those in attendance also included First Gentleman Marlon Reis. Photo by Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics.

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> 2020 WATCH | Bennet talks health, tariffs, Trump impeachment on CNN (VIDEO)

> Package of new Colorado laws to boost electric vehicles

> Polis signs Colorado bills on conversion therapy, transgender birth certificates

> Trump puts cadets front and center in Air Force Academy graduation speech

> Denver plans $5.5M for an affordable housing land trust

> Polis signs marijuana hospitality bill that Hickenlooper vetoed in 2018

> Polis signs Democratic-sponsored election, campaign finance bills

> Polis signs law boosting penalties for careless drivers who hit cyclists, pedestrians

> Colorado schools to teach a far more inclusive version of history

> Tri-State receives offer from Denver company to buy, shutter coal-fired power plants

> Polis signs immigration-related bills into law

> Gardner, Bennet want to ease permitting on federal lands

> Hundreds of current, former elected officials endorse Andrew Romanoff in U.S. Senate primary

> Diane Mitsch Bush wants a congressional rematch against Colorado Republican Scott Tipton

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