Peter Marcus

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Business interests claim the state Legislature really gave them the business this year

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado business community says the 2013 legislative session was a “layer cake of political conflict,” blaming Democrats for a partisan session that forced business to take a back seat to a progressive agenda.

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry points out that the session was dominated by hot button, polarizing debates, including gun control, civil unions, election reform and marijuana.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

No energy to make substantive policy changes

The Colorado Statesman

When the legislative session started in January, Democrats seemed energized about cracking down on the oil and gas industry amid concerns over hydraulic fracturing. When the session ended four months later, they were left with little to show.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Lawmakers rifle through gun bills in Capitol shootout

The Colorado Statesman

The legislature shot off to a quick and divisive start this year when Democrats pushed a package of gun control legislation that is still being discussed by Republicans as a means to regain control.

2013 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

Animals get pet projects at Capitol this year

The Colorado Statesman

The legislature this year gave a wag of the tail to animals, offering protections against police shootings and encouraging shelter pet adoptions.

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.”