Peter Marcus

EAGLE-Net circles state

Rural telcoms take aim
The Colorado Statesman

Republican state and federal lawmakers are concerned that a federally backed intergovernmental program, EAGLE-Net Alliance, which is aimed at delivering broadband to rural parts of the state, is overbuilding infrastructure and taking customers away from existing smaller providers.

Supporters of ‘fracking’ defend the practice

Rally at Capitol brings together business, industry leaders
The Colorado Statesman

One week after voters in Longmont banned the controversial energy drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, Colorado business and industry leaders gathered Tuesday on the west steps of the Capitol with hundreds of supporters to boisterously declare their support for the practice.

TBD: more revenue, constitutional fixes

But commission is light on specifics
The Colorado Statesman

A set of recommendations released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s blue ribbon commission TBD Colorado includes reforming the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, and finding revenue increases through tax increases and other reforms. The presentation has set off a heated debate over how the state should finance its “wish list” of services for the future.

State budget by JBC hinges on action in DC

Hickenlooper addresses concerns about ‘fiscal cliff’
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper was blunt in addressing the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday during a presentation of his budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, telling state lawmakers that if Congress does not act on the looming so-called “fiscal cliff,” the result would be unpleasant for Colorado.

“Let’s hope we don’t get there, but certainly… when you look at sequestration, the choices that will be before you are not pleasant, and dwarf the kinds of decisions we’ve had to make in the last two years,” the governor, a Democrat, responded to a question by JBC member Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen.

Ludwig defeats Davidson for Regent at large — again

Davidson acknowledges Dems did better with GOTV
The Colorado Statesman

Republican Brian Davidson, who recently lost his challenge to Democrat Stephen Ludwig for University of Colorado at large regent, agrees with his former opponent on at least one point: Democrats did a better job getting out the vote. And he believes that in the down ballot contest, motivating voters to the polls is the most important factor, which cost him the election.

Morse elevated to Senate president; Carroll tapped as majority leader for Dems

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Democrats on Thursday shuffled the deck of its leadership following the Tuesday elections, choosing Majority Leader John Morse of Colorado Springs to lead them as Senate president in the upcoming session that begins Jan. 9. The nomination bucked speculation that Sen. Pat Steadman of Denver was the favored choice.

Morse, who was nominated by Caucus Chair Morgan Carroll of Aurora, will replace outgoing Senate President Brandon Shaffer of Longmont. Shaffer on Tuesday lost a challenge to U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, in the 4th Congressional District. His political career ostensibly came to an end, at least for now.

Congressional incumbents easily win reelection

The Colorado Statesman

On a night when all eyes were on toss-up races across the state and nation, five of Colorado’s incumbent U.S. representatives quietly won reelection on Tuesday with decisive victories.

U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, Jared Polis, D-Boulder, Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, and Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, all claimed victory with little drama.

Coffman survives onslaught from Dems in CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a well known Aurora Republican whose previous elections have mostly been without much uncertainty, claimed victory late Tuesday night over Democratic challenger Joe Miklosi, a state representative from Denver in a contest that lived up to its billing as the closest congressional race in the state.

High hopes for pot users with passage of Amendment 64

The Colorado Statesman

Around 9 p.m. on Election Night, the backers of a statewide initiative to end prohibition of marijuana got word that voters had heeded the call. The reggae music blasting at Casselman’s Bar and Venue in Denver — where supporters had gathered — faded into the background as an explosion of cheers and tears poured from the dozens of activists dancing in the energy-intensive room.

Personnel reform ballot measure passes; campaign finance addressed by electorate

The Colorado Statesman

Voters on Tuesday backed a statewide ballot initiative directing the Colorado congressional delegation to support efforts to overturn the controversial campaign finance Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and another that takes aim at state personnel reform.

The two constitutional amendments were overshadowed by the smoke created from a third ballot question approved by voters that legalized marijuana in Colorado. But proponents behind Amendment 65 and Amendment S say their efforts to bring reforms to campaign finance laws and an outdated state personnel system resonated just as much with voters.