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> COVER STORY | What Polis' record in office reveals about the governor-elect

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COVER STORY Jared Polis State of the Union

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, in the Republican section of the House floor, stands to clap during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 12, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP)

> TRAIL MIX | Neck and neck near the back of the pack

> Q&A w/Dennis Dougherty | 'Colorado is becoming a tale of two states'

> INSIGHTS | Colorado usually leads the pack

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WEX President Democrats 2020

It's shaping up to be a crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020. Is there room for John Hickenlooper in the campaign car?

> Sen. Randy Baumgardner, accused of sex harassment, is resigning 2 years early

> Colorado regulators boost oil and gas setbacks from school and daycare playgrounds

> Secretary of State Wayne Williams considers run for Colorado Springs City Council

> Secretary of State-elect Jena Griswold names new staffers

> USOC woes pose oversight challenge for DeGette, Congress

> Aurora's Gaylord mega-hotel was built with big boost from tax breaks (VIDEO)

> Hickenlooper is just 1 of 45 Democrats jostling to challenge Trump in 2020

> Polis makes first round of cabinet picks

> Trump signs farm bill legalizing hemp, proposes work rules on food stamps

> Gardner gets agreement on vote for conservation-fund reauthorization

> Ryan Frazier mulls run for Aurora mayor

> Trump revives U.S. Space Command, likely based in Colorado

> 'Tariffs matter' and farmers feel pain, Colorado's ag commissioner tells lawmakers

> Colorado Ethics Commission takes up complaint against Hickenlooper

> Colorado surplus could top $1.2B, according to latest revenue forecasts

> Gardner proposal to allow marijuana banking is blocked by Republicans (VIDEO)

> Colorado senators pressure VA to improve veteran health care

> Next Aurora mayor's race may come with spending limits

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Uncertain course for Colorado's ethics watchdogs

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Coffman moves on from Congress and Trump

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | The shoe-leather statesman: Wellington Webb's 5 decades in politics

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Bob Beauprez: Colo.'s partisan past should bend toward the middle

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Dear Governor: Advice for Colorado's next chief executive

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Imagine a great Colorado: 7 perspectives on how to lift up the state

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | What worries rural Colorado?

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Grand Junction shines as D.C. eyes new home for BLM

> BEST OF COPO 2018 | Pot goes to school: With marijuana legal in Colorado, student encounters are rising

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