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Environmentalist, oil & gas officials continue to clash

‘Fractivists’ not pleased with Guv
The Colorado Statesman

The debate over hydraulic fracturing this week appeared to run deeper than the controversial wells themselves. And if a good compromise is truly an agreement that no party is happy with, then the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission should be quite pleased with its progress.

Investigation into Gessler’s use of public funds continues

Ethics commission pursues complaint filed by Ethics Watch
The Colorado Statesman

The state’s independent ethics commission on Monday rejected requests by attorneys for Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler to drop an investigation into his alleged inappropriate use of public dollars.

Liberal-leaning Colorado Ethics Watch, which filed a complaint against Gessler with the four-member bipartisan Independent Ethics Commission, has produced records showing that taxpayers funded the secretary’s trip to attend a Republican National Lawyers Association event in Sarasota, Fla. at the time the Republican National Convention was taking place in Tampa, Fla.

‘Twas the swing-state election…

The Colorado Statesman

’Twas the swing-state election, and all through the year
Colorado was crucial, or so ’twould appear.
From the peaks to the plains there was no place to hide:
Undecided electors hung on for the ride.

Colorado’s electors go for Obama

“A very special part of Colorado history,” Gessler acknowledges
The Colorado Statesman

Although President Barack Obama won the popular vote in Colorado last month, it didn’t officially count until Monday when nine Democrats convened at the State Capitol to cast the final ballots for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the constitutionally mandated ritual of the Electoral College, a formal step toward filling the highest office in the land. It was the second time in four years that Colorado’s electors had voted for Obama and Biden.

Gunning for reforms of mental health

Governor unveils proposals in wake of recent gun shootings
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday unveiled proposals for comprehensive reforms to the state’s mental health system in the wake of senseless shootings in Colorado and across the nation that have ignited a polarizing conversation on prevention.

Legislators hear concerns of county clerks

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s county clerks have gotten off to an early start lobbying the legislature for election reforms after the previous session in which several proposals were killed during a divisive election year.

The County Clerks Association met with lawmakers on Monday for an informational session to outline several proposals ranging from an all-mail ballot delivery system to shortening voter registration deadlines and eliminating contention surrounding mailing ballots to inactive voters.

Hick talks pot, fracking, ed reform at Denver Young Dems holiday party

The Colorado Statesman

A boisterous crowd of Democrats had plenty to celebrate at the Denver Young Democrats’ annual holiday party on Dec. 11 at the Boettcher Mansion — better known as the Governor’s Residence — amid festive decorations from local artists marking Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa.

“Here’s to Obama. That stuff doesn’t happen by accident, and I realize how hard you all worked,” said Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, raising a toast to the record number in attendance, estimated at roughly 120 by party organizers.

Colorado Repubs revel at Christmas party

The Colorado Statesman

Republican lawmakers told members of the Colorado Republican Business Coalition at the organization’s holiday party last Thursday that, even though Democrats will be in control at the Capitol next year, the minority legislators will have their backs.

“Next year, even though we are outnumbered, we can still stir a pretty mean pot,” said state Sen.-elect Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, who drew cheers from the party-goers when she declared, “I am a capitalist pig, and I’m damn proud of it!”

Challenge is likely to GOP State Chair

Douglas County GOP Chair Mark Baisley leaning to run against incumbent Call
The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of a solid thumping at the polls that has left Colorado Republicans trying to figure out what went wrong, state GOP Chairman Ryan Call could face a challenge from the head of one of the state’s most conservative county parties if he seeks a second term early next year. Mark Baisley, chairman of the Douglas County Republicans, told The Colorado Statesman this week that he’s leaning toward a bid for the top spot after receiving numerous calls from Republicans urging him to replicate the suburban county party’s successes statewide.

Controversy over fracking in Colorado runs deep

Rift among stakeholders could spill over to legislative session
The Colorado Statesman

The debate over whether state regulators can responsibly govern hydraulic fracturing is leaving few parties satisfied — causing a rift between regulators themselves, the governor’s office, legislators and environmental and industry stakeholders. The upcoming legislative session, as a result, is likely going to offer heated disagreements over the growing conversation, including bills that compete with state rulemaking.