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Here’s our recap of our best stories of the last seven days from the Colorado Politics staff.


Hancock Inaugural

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock delivers his third-term inaugural address at the Denver City and County Building on July 16. (KUSA-9News)

> Denver's Mayor Hancock, new council members sworn in

> BLM headquarters move to Colorado would add only about 85 workers

> Gardner: BLM will announce Grand Junction as new headquarters

> Poll shows Hickenlooper would dominate Colorado's Democratic US Senate primary

> Hickenlooper's fundraising total puts him near back of the 2020 presidential pack (VIDEO)

> Democrats running for Gardner's US Senate seat rake in $4.5M for second quarter

Hickenlooper Election 2020

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during the AARP Presidential Forum at Drake University's Olmsted Center in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 15.

> Hickenlooper, Bennet will appear on different nights at debate in Detroit

> Colorado GOP leader mulls run against Jason Crow in battleground CD6

> Democrat Jena Griswold exploring US Senate bid against Cory Gardner

> National Republican Congressional Committee seeking donations for DeGette, Perlmutter primary opponents

> VP Mike Pence to attend campaign events for Trump, Cory Gardner in Colorado on Monday

> Colorado executive enlists controversial lobbyist to help secure ambassadorship

COVER STORY | First responders are on the front lines of mental illness

> INSIGHTS | The Western way is lost on the political frontier

> LYNN BARTELS | Don't count Hick out just yet

> Q&A with Michal Rosenoer | Empowering women to run for office

> Donald Trump Jr., Cory Gardner fire up Western Conservative Summit in Denver

> Buck calls Democrats 'crazy,' fawns over AOC at Western Conservative Summit in Denver

> Tommy Vietor talks 'Pod Save America,' 2020 political landscape ahead of podcast's Denver show

> Polis: Colorado health reinsurance to slash rates

> Colorado's DeGette, Neguse vote against blocking Trump impeachment move

> What's in a word cloud? It's telling when it's the Denver mayor's inaugural address

> Colorado man hopes to be first transgender astronaut in space

> Hickenlooper, Bennet confirmed for Detroit

> Denver auditor faults 2 city agencies for not making changes as agreed

> Colorado lawmakers debate oil and gas drilling on public lands

> Jolon Clark re-elected as Denver City Council president

> Denver approves $93.4M widening project of Peña Boulevard

> Rise of China dominates first full day of Aspen Security Forum

> Denver Police bring gunshot-detecting tech downtown (VIDEO)

> Buck says border detention centers 'stressful' for immigrants, staff

> Polis administration seeks $25M grant for transportation projects to connect Colorado bases

> Amy Padden to run for George Brauchler's seat as district attorney

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