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John Hickenlooper announcing his exit from the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

> Hickenlooper ends presidential bid, says he's giving 'serious thought' to Senate race (VIDEO)

> INSIGHTS | Potholes line the campaign trail for a Hickenlooper-Gardner matchup

> Twitter, late-night hosts blow up on Hickenlooper dropping out of presidential race

> National group launches campaign to draft Hickenlooper into US Senate race

> Neville-linked group gets behind Polis recall push; recall backers wonder where the money is

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis eats a Burger King Impossible Whopper in his office at the Capitol on Aug. 15.

> Polis makes pitch for meatless options in Colorado ag

> Battle over Tom's Diner in Denver falls in favor of demolition

> COVER STORY | Colorado mental health patients battle barriers

> INSIGHTS | Politics and multiculturalism join hands in metro Denver

> LYNN BARTELS | Remembering Denver's Monte Pascoe amid busing debate

> LYNN BARTELS | On the beat with John C. Ensslin

> Q&A with Wade Troxell | Professor-mayor engineers policy in Fort Collins

> Denver 'pollution tax' proposal advances, despite concerns that input was limited

> Poll: Coloradans favor letting state keep TABOR surplus

> Colorado air-quality panel adopts zero emission vehicle standards

> Colorado environmental group seeks to reopen lawsuit on Longmont fracking ban

> Colorado state Senate President Leroy Garcia targeted for recall

> US Senate candidate John Walsh unveils plan to combat gun violence, domestic terrorism

> Colorado Secretary of State Griswold decides against US Senate run

> Colorado lawmakers weigh Denver vote to end halfway house contracts (VIDEO)

> Colorado sues Trump administration over move to replace Clean Power Plan

> 5-6 more years of construction projected after Denver airport terminates contractor

> Denver looks to streamline process for tiny-home villages

> Tax reform group: Proposed Denver carbon tax legislation would hurt low-income families

> Auditor: Denver Human Services failed to prove it spent tax dollars correctly

> Coloradans are choosing to live with more people than before, study says

> Bennet, Hickenlooper lived their best lives at Iowa State Fair

> Denver closing residency loophole for elected officials

> Police body-camera video stokes more controversy in shooting death

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