Courtesy Voting is the Norm on Denver City Council

where council members approve each others deals and the mayor’s deals with real estate developers.

Jeanne Robb writes that courtesy voting is the customary practice in Denver City Council. To see the full letter press on picture

 Full letter is here







But under the Colorado Constitution, courtesy voting constitutes the crime of bribery

Colorado Constitution

Article 5, Section 40 of the Colorado Constitution, which prohibits courtesy voting in the state legislature. Select the picture to see the full section of Constitution

Full page of Constitution is here

Friends of Denver Parks, Vision For Denver

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Carolina Klein, an authentic dog lover, squared off in the District 4 Denver City Council race at Calvary Baptist Church against Kendra Black, the favorite of incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock, and Halisi Vinson, the protégé of former Mayor Wellington Webb.

The winners? The citizens of District 4. All three candidates committed in writing that, if elected, none of them would engage in courtesy voting, and all of them would remain independent of Mayor Hancock.

Click here to see the signatures of every city council candidate who has committed to the “Vision for Denver.”

District 4

Candidates are listed as they will appear on the ballot

Carolina KLEIN

Carolina KLEIN


Kendra BLACK

Kendra BLACK










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District 6




New Denver school named for senator, conservationist Joe Shoemaker

New Denver school named for senator, conservationist Joe Shoemaker
By Joe Vaccarelli
YourHub Reporter
Posted: 02/24/2015

Joe Shoemaker
Joe Shoemaker (Photo Provided by the Greenway Foundation)

A new school in southeast Denver will bear the name of a former state senator credited with establishing the Auraria Higher Education Campus downtown and spearheading clean-up of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education approved naming the new Hampden Heights Expeditionary School, 3333 S. Havana St., after Joe Shoemaker, founder of the Greenway Foundation and the Foundation for Colorado State Parks. The school will open for the 2015-16 school year.

Shoemaker died in 2012, but his three sons were on hand at the Feb. 19 meeting for the reading of the proclamation and vote. His daughter was unable to attend.

“We are delighted and pleased,” said son Jeff Shoemaker, the executive director of both the Greenway Foundation and Foundation for Colorado State Parks.

The other finalists for the school name were Herman Motz, a retired educator from the area, and Hampden Heights after the neighborhood.

Shoemaker, a Republican, served in the Colorado Senate from 1962 to 1974, representing the area where the school will sit. He was known as an education advocate and devoted his personal life to enhancing and preserving the city’s waterways such as the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.

“Joe’s contributions to the city of Denver and our waterways was extraordinary,” said Denver school board member Anne Rowe. She represents the area and read the proclamation. “I look forward to opening Joe Shoemaker Elementary in August.”

Jeff Shoemaker said his father fought hard for public school funding, and the new school’s proximity to Cherry Creek makes it even more appropriate.

“It was a great night,” Shoemaker said. Dad “was all over the auditorium last night.”