Peter Marcus

Salazar makes the case for controversial fracking

Former Interior Secretary addresses Wirth sustainability awards
The Colorado Statesman

Recently retired Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the case for hydraulic fracturing Monday in Denver, suggesting that the controversial drilling technology is helping to wean the nation off of foreign oil supplies.

Giron also staring down barrel of recall election because of gun stance

The Colorado Statesman

A second state lawmaker is staring down the barrel of a recall election after proponents turned in about 2,300 more signatures than needed to oust Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo over her support for gun control.

Morse sticking to his guns; won’t resign SD 11 seat

Recall proponents submit twice number of signatures needed
The Colorado Statesman

Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, says “at this minute” he’s in it to win it, refusing to step down after recall proponents turned in more than double the number of signatures needed to force an election to oust the gun control supporter.

El Paso Freedom Defense Committee, an issue committee established to recall Morse from office, announced Monday that it submitted 16,046 signatures to the secretary of state’s office. The group only needs 7,178 valid signatures, or 25 percent of the 2010 vote in the district, in order to certify an election.

Gun proponents aim for showdown at polls in 2014

The Colorado Statesman

If gun rights supporters have their way, only Colorado voters would be able to place limitations on purchasing and possessing ammunition storage and feeding devices of any capacity.

A proposed 2014 ballot initiative, which is currently being reviewed by the Colorado Supreme Court, would amend the state constitution to establish a right to purchase and possess high-capacity ammunition magazines.

GOP candidates already trading barbs in SD 22

The Colorado Statesman

The 2014 election for Senate District 22 is already heating up with two Republicans trading barbs in what is shaping up to be a contentious primary for the relatively new seat.

Republican attorney Mario Nicolais flew to the defensive on Monday when Littleton businessman Tony Sanchez announced his candidacy. Nicolais questioned Sanchez’s loyalty to the district, pointing out that Sanchez only moved to Colorado from San Francisco two years ago. He said professional political operatives “specializing in divisive primary campaigns” recruited Sanchez, but would not elaborate.

A right to health care in Colorado?

Ballot drive would establish constitutional right in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a universal health care system in Colorado are expected to kick off a ballot drive Saturday that would establish a state constitutional right to health care.

The question would appear on the 2014 ballot, asking Colorado voters to approve, “As a matter of human right and public good for all residing in Colorado, access to an appropriate single standard of high quality health care without financial barrier.”

Regulation of pot one step closer

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper put his signature this week on a package of bills that establish a regulated marijuana market for adults, but implementation of the new rules and regulations has barely begun.

The legislature’s job was to craft a regulatory framework for Amendment 64, which voters passed last November by over 55 percent. Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed the majority of those bills related to its implementation.

Likely GOP primary for AG in 2014

Democratic candidate off to Quick start
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans’ best shot at statewide public office in the 2014 elections is likely the attorney general’s seat — which the party currently holds — and already some formidable candidates are lining up for a potential primary battle when incumbent John Suthers leaves after next year due to term limits.

Because campaign laws are very prescriptive, the candidates have been hesitant to formally announce. But at least two Republicans are very seriously exploring the possibility of running.

Sen. Morse recall effort rife with wild rumors

Is NRA behind local recall? Will Morse be forced to resign? Is former Rep. Mike Merrifield plotting an early comeback? Will Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to the Superbowl?
The Colorado Statesman

A recall effort in Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs has become less of a discussion on Democratic incumbent John Morse and more of a conversation on the power of the National Rifle Association and political strategizing.

What started as frustration with the Senate president’s support of controversial firearms control measures has turned into a chess match in which Morse’s supporters and opponents are gunning for the best campaign strategy.

Hickenlooper’s death penalty decision was personal…

But ramifications of life and death matter quickly became political
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s announcement Wednesday of an executive order granting convicted killer Nathan Dunlap a “temporary reprieve” from execution has set off a firestorm of political activity that has some Democrats encouraged and most Republicans chomping at the bit to oust the middle-of-the-road Democrat.