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Bill links oil & gas development, severance taxes

Sonnenberg calls city in his Eastern Plains district ‘greedy’
The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, a Republican from Sterling, has found himself at odds with his own district over a proposal to prohibit the distribution of severance tax dollars to local governments that restrict or delay oil and gas operations.

The Eastern Plains lawmaker is unapologetic in defending his House Bill 1356, calling Sterling government officials “greedy” for opposing the measure. He says it is about property rights and limiting government spending, while encouraging oil and gas development across the state.

‘Fracking’ a hot topic at congressional oversight hearing in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Federal and state proposals to regulate the oil and gas industry intersected Wednesday at the state Capitol with hearings which addressed rising concerns over hydraulic fracturing practices.

A rare field oversight hearing of the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by the committee’s chairman, Colorado’s own U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, kicked off the marathon of mid-week debate, addressing draft federal regulations on the so-called “fracking” operations.

A toast to Denver’s HD 8 Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

When Northeast Denver Democrats get together for their annual House District 8 spaghetti dinner, there’s always a toast. Or two.

This year, more than 100 party activists and elected officials raised their glasses to celebrate the district’s heritage as a liberal stronghold — powerful enough to sway state elections, some say — and to remember missing friends and neighbors at a fundraiser on April 21 at Loyola Catholic Church on the west side of City Park.

Legislative Briefs: April 27, 2012

HICK SIGNS YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS BILL

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed a bill aimed at giving neighborhood youth organizations more tools to ensure the safety of the children they serve.

Obama energizes Boulder crowd

The Colorado Statesman

President Obama made himself right at home in the liberal stronghold of Boulder on Tuesday, and created quite a buzz in the process.

Campus conservatives take on Obama youth message

College Republicans stage rally, denounce the President
The Colorado Statesman

In the 2008 election, young voters turned out in record numbers and largely carried President Obama to victory — but this year, college conservatives in Colorado are doing everything in their power to ensure the youth vote swings to the right. They say they are seeing disenfranchised students of all political stripes uniting under the Republican Party banner against the rising national deficit and Obama’s economic record, although the latest polling data suggests otherwise.

Legislative races of 2012: April edition

The Colorado Statesman

This time around, the cardinal number is six: It’s just six weeks until ballots drop for June’s all-mail primary election, and six months from now Coloradans will already be voting in what promises to be one of the most hard-fought general elections in memory.

While Colorado’s role as a crucial battleground in the presidential contest — some say it’s the key swing state — will surely suck up most of the oxygen this year, dozens of races in every corner of the state will vie for attention as voters select a new legislature.

Undocumented students once again denied reduced tuition

The Colorado Statesman

For the sixth time, undocumented Colorado students and their supporters watched with tears in their eyes as state Republicans shot down the latest attempt to offer the students reduced tuition rates.

GOP congressional reps ‘energized’ over legislation

But detractors say ‘drill, baby, drill’ is nothing more than a cheap gimmick
The Colorado Statesman

Three Republican members of the Colorado congressional delegation have proposed three bills to streamline and enhance domestic energy production. But critics of the so-called “Three Stooges” of energy bills say the proposed legislation moves away from long-term solutions in the name of a quick political opportunity to attack President Barack Obama’s administration and Democratic proposals in a tightly contested election year.