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The Spot newsletter: Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling and its impacts, Hickenlooper’s veto-palooza, Denver’s scooter-palooza and an election 2018 how-to


Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post’s politics team captures what’s happening this week — from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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I’m warning you ahead of time that this week’s newsletter is *wee bit* longer than normal — and for good reason.

Largest among the mountains of headlines was the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. We have nine stories below on the decision for you to check out.

Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed nine billsa record during his tenure — from the recently ended 2018 legislative session. He also signed some pretty important pieces of legislation into law.

We’ve got the lowdown on what you need to know ahead of the June 26 primary elections (especially if you’re an unaffiliated voter), the latest in Denver’s scooter-mania and an interesting look at why not everyone is super stoked on the idea of spaceships launching out of Adams County.

Fresh news: The Denver Post is teaming up with Denver7 to host gubernatorial debates at the University of Denver later this month.

Jesse Paul, The Denver Post

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks to reporters during his last public bill signing after nearly eight years as governor. “It is, I will say, a little bit bittersweet,” he said as he prepared to turn House Bill 1266 into a law.



Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece ...

David Zalubowski, The Associated Press

Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop Monday, June 4, 2018, in Lakewood, Colo., after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he could refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs did not violate Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.


Aside: This is significant. Hickenlooper vetoed nine bills from the 2018 legislative session. In 2014, he issued the next most vetoes, at five. Over his career, the governor has turned down 23 bills. Needless to say, the vetoes have made a bunch of people unhappy — including members of his own party.

Election coverage

Just in case you wanted to peek at our stories to get a better idea of who the candidates are and what issues they are talking about as you receive your ballot…


Friends, family, and neighbors come together ...

RJ Sagosti, The Denver Post

Friends, family, and neighbors come together to help with spring branding at Wright Farms May 31, 2018 in Lindon. Some residents, in the rural area, are worried about spacecraft being launched over their homes, farms, and fields along the US 36 corridor in northeast Colorado. Spaceport Colorado is trying to gets its license from FAA to start launching rockets from Front Range Airport in Adams County.


US President Donald Trump signs the ...

Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump signs the Veterans Affairs Mission Act of 2018, at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2018.<br />The act authorizes new health care programs for veterans. Recognize that guy on the left? That’s U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora.


  • Two of the Democrats vying to replace U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, are firing off television ads ahead of the June 26 primary.The Pueblo Chieftain
  • El Paso County won’t join onto an opioid lawsuit targeting pharmaceutical giants. The Colorado Springs Independent
  • Town manager drama in Avon. The Vail Daily
  • Check out Colorado Public Radio’s interviews with all the gubernatorial candidates. (A very cool, interesting resource.) Colorado Public Radio
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is back on the baseball diamondABC News
  • The California judge who sentenced Brock Turner in an infamous sexual assault case was recalled this week by voters. The San Francisco Chronicle 
  • Two gubernatorial candidates, one Democrat and one Republican, say they’d oppose any Denver bid to host the Winter OlympicsDenver Business Journal
  • “Donald Trump has become fixated on his ability to issue pardons.” The Washington Post
  • “There should be no controversy about the existence of marijuana addiction. We see it every day. The controversy should be why it appears to be affecting more people.”Stateline
  • What climate change means for the Colorado River. KUNC
  • This week’s primary elections across the U.S. provided a boost to Democrats’ hopes of retaking the U.S. House. The New York Times
  • A billboard urging people not to vote for state Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, is creating a little stir on the Western Slope. KKCO

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Staff writers John Frank, Jon Murray, Mark K. Matthews and John Aguilar contributed to this newsletter.