Dan Njegomir, Colorado Politics

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John Gates has seen a lot of changes during his 62 years in his native Greeley. For the retired cop, nowadays his city's mayor, nothing better illustrates the contrast between old and new in his hometown than his choice of a day job and second career with Greeley public schools.

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The former governor recaps the state's, and nation's, strides toward greater reliance on renewable energy, recounts his signature cases as a prosecutor; reflects on his time running a nutrition center in Africa with wife Jeannie Ritter — and rues how American political culture has turned what "at its root should be a moral enterprise, into a blood sport."

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To all the regular transit riders who ever wished that the people running the system had to depend on it to get to their own jobs — here's some encouraging news: One of your peers is now in the driver's seat.

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What's at root of the perpetual partisan tension that grips the Capitol? Kevin Priola, the moderate — sometimes maverick — Republican state senator from exurban Adams County, offers this insight: "Folks have figured out how to make money and grab power off of dividing us more and more."

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In this week's Q&A, Hannah Collazo shares details of her group Environment Colorado's agenda while also reminding us that her ultimate goal involves a value shared with other environmental groups: "...to make Colorado a livable, beautiful place to live."

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Cole Wist shares with us some of the views that have inspired admiration in some quarters and stirred vexation in some others. After all, marching to his own drummer has at times led him out of step with the GOP. 

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Brianna Titone is indeed the first openly transgender lawmaker to serve in Colorado's General Assembly, as the media will remind you. Yet, that alone is unlikely to have won the Arvada Democrat the up-for-grabs House seat she wrested from Republican control in 2018.

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