Talk:John Hickenlooper

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Add some pictures[edit]

Perhaps some photo(s) would improve the article. The one at "draft hick" is good. And maybe one of his campaign, or of him on the job. What do you guys think? Editor19841 23:23, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

Whatever we use would fall under the Wikipedia:Fair use guidelines, since I doubt there's a freely licensed photo out there. In particular, we'd be better with a publicity photo rather than a commercial AP photo or such, unfortunately I don't see any on his campaign site. — Laura Scudder 22:09, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

This picture issue is really bothering me. Really, he's the Mayor of city of about 600,000 in population, and we can't find a publicity pic! Has anyone located anything usable? Editor19841 00:37, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

You could always try to get a snapshot of Hickenlooper at some type of public event or when he leaves for work or something. Anything you yourself takes is fair use if you allow it to be. I would help, but I am not currently living in Denver. Vertigo700 21:12, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

I'll take a photo if anyone can find an upcoming free event. Unfortunately the many campaign appearances don't start until May. — Laura Scudder 22:01, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

I may have found a usable pic: [1]. Under public domain? Usable? Anyone good at uploading? Good enough? Editor19841 00:56, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

From http://www.denvergov.org/jump_site_info_content.asp#Copyright:
While the City and County of Denver provides the information on this server to anyone, we retain copyright on all text, graphic images, and other content. This means that you may not: distribute the text or graphics to others without the express written permission of the City and County of Denver
Unfortunately, even if the city employed the photographer, the works of city employees aren't generally public domain like with federal government employees. The options are to contact the mayor's office, asking permission to release a photo under the GFDL, or to argue it as fair use. — Laura Scudder 20:57, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Good work, thanks for the tip. The hunt will continue... Editor19841 00:04, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
Arguing fair use is a reasonable option, just one that I personally tend to avoid. My offer still stands to go to any free event where he's appearing after June 6 (I'm out of state at the moment). — Laura Scudder 00:17, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
Whoops, my schedule might have nixed that option. Election day June 3rd means there's probably not a lot of opportunities after then. — Laura Scudder 00:20, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

Hey, if you can get a good pic of him on-site, be my guest. See, my original thinking was that images of the Mayor of Denver would be fair use. You make some good points though. I'm out of state as well right now, but if anyone in-state could get a pic of him, that would work. So, if your interested, Laura, go for it. Best of luck. Editor19841 23:43, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Great pic. Editor19841 01:22, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Homelessness campaign?[edit]

Some sources and information would be nice. Ken 20:30, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I'm providing a link to the homelessness commision today. Editor19841 00:09, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

The link is on the page. Editor19841 00:20, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Scandals?[edit]

What relevance to Hickenlooper's political career does this section hold? It appears to be politically motivated, as it's worded as though it's a political advertisement. Does anyone agree with me? If so, I vote to remove the non-related section from the article. Editor19841 00:18, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Seeing as no one seems to disagree with me, I'm reverting it. Editor19841 00:51, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
This section is reinstated, as it's a highly relevant political issue in the city of Denver, and factually correct. Hickenlooper has been widely criticized in Denver for knowingly hiring up to 100 illegal aliens, for directing police bureaus to not enforce immigration laws, and for extending benefits to illegal aliens that are not extended to legal citizens.

Why?[edit]

i've read th article and i have noticed, that it is slanted very much in favour of hickenlooper. it is written like it was taken from his personal website; the style of the article is neither objective, nor is it very informative. examples:

Hickenlooper won re-election for the office of Mayor in May 2007 by a staggering 87% of the vote.--wtf?
Hickenlooper announced a sweeping initiative called Greenprint Denver to promote(...) --why 'sweeping'? how is this objective?
(...)created the commission for ending homelessness in Denver, a program seen by many around North America as being a trend setter and example for cities everywhere -- ugh. weasel words, unprecise style galore. many in northamerica also incliudes mexico and canada by the way.. also: unsourced statement.

and why, oh why is the bit about his personal life at the end of this article? any comments?--Nevrdull 10:37, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

WP:FOOD Tagging[edit]

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"Laws Against Dogs"[edit]

I deleted this section. It was highly dubious from a neutrality standpoint, and only relates to John Hickenlooper on the grounds that he's the mayor of the city that someone sued. It also seriously misrepresented the appeals court ruling as some sort of victory for the plaintiffs when in fact most of their claims were thrown out, and the remaining claim was remanded by "taking the factual allegations in the complaint as true" allowing as a matter for a trial judge a potentially plausible argument that the government didn't have a compelling interest in banning pit bulls. Janus303 (talk) 03:11, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Garcia-Gomez[edit]

I removed the paragraph about Garcia-Gomez. It's entirely irrelevant to the article. The mayor did not hire that individual, he had no control over that individual being hired (or not hired) since his part ownership in the restaurant was held in a blind trust. Janus303 (talk) 16:03, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Wealth, personal assets, and net worth.[edit]

The wealth, personal assets, and net worth of Hickenlooper need to be addressed in this article. I looked up the article specifically to find accurate information on this topic because I had heard vague mention that Hickenlooper is extremely wealthy. The article must quantify this. The matter is especially relevant on this day on which Hickenlopper has been poised to order the forcible and violent removal of Occupy Denver / Occupy Wall Street activists who are specifically protesting excessive economic inequality. ---Dagme (talk) 03:49, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Position on Civil Unions and the Special Session[edit]

Somewhere in the article, it needs to be mentioned that he supports civil unions (including that he was featured in an ad supporting Ref I and he mentioned it in his 2012 State of the State address. It should also probably be added that he announced that he would call the legislature into a special session after the civil unions bill died in the state house.--Monsuco (talk) 05:45, 10 May 2012 (UTC)


Another thing the article needs is to explain how a fellow interested in public service like Hickenlooper managed to avoid serving in the biggest war of his lifetime, Vietnam. He was of prime age for the draft during his college years, and millions were drafted and sent to Vietnam. The article should contain information of this aspect of his life because it involves historical context and also his attitudes about loving public service. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 216.49.20.187 (talk) 01:41, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Gun rights[edit]

Signing of the two gun bills should be mentioned in this article, but right now the text is not based on the reference provided. I am deleting the section and suggest we discuss it here before adding it back to the article. --Footwarrior (talk) 04:24, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

More specifically "most restrictive gun laws" needs to be justified by a reliable source as does any comment about the opinion of the Colorado people. --Footwarrior (talk) 04:43, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Agree with Footwarrior. The topic needs to be covered, but well-sourced and in an npov manner. Plazak (talk) 15:20, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Thirded. The pared down version is better. By the by, I've only been able to find one poll done on this issue, and it does not support the anon's original claims. Laura Scudder | talk 14:24, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Referenced the article about the signing in yesterday's Denver Post. There were actually 3 bills, the other one imposes a fee to cover the states costs for background checks. --Footwarrior (talk) 20:45, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Editors keep trying to add info (usually unreferenced and POV) about the Sheriff's Association opposing the bills. Because this is not an article on gun control, or on the specific bills, this info has been repeatedly deleted as not germane to this article. However, such material would be appropriate here if put in the context of the intense controversy pro and con, and hence the strong political pressures put on Hickenlooper. Plazak (talk) 16:50, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
the sheriff's group is a small rural organization of a few dozen people that --it is cited not because it carries any weight in Colorado but because of POV editing. Rjensen (talk) 17:29, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
That is like saying that the state legislature is just an insignificant group of a few hundred people. The Sheriff's Association is is a group of elected officials from across the state whose strong stand presumably reflects views of their (mostly small town) constituencies. Major media outlets such as the Denver Post took their position seriously, and Wikipedia has no reason to do otherwise. Plazak (talk) 17:56, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
No the legislature acts. this group does what exactly with respect to Hickenlooper? Important groups have their own article where their activities are covered, not "coat-racked" onto someone important. Rjensen (talk) 18:04, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
Reverted another IP user change that seemed to be mostly opinion and wasn't supported by the reference. --Footwarrior (talk) 03:44, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

House Bill 1136[edit]

I removed this section. The two references were from a comercial site selling anti discrimination posters. I doubt it qualifies as a reliable source under Wikipedia rules. --Footwarrior (talk) 02:45, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Dagnab it![edit]

Confounded keyboard misspelled another word! Somebody has to fix it! Unless he truly confounded the company as well as cofounding it, that is ... Publius3 (talk) 02:28, 30 January 2014 (UTC)