Mike McKibbin

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Rescinding BLM gas waste reduction rule before Senate

Natural gas is flared at a gas plant. Colorado's two U.S. Senators are split over repealing an Obama administration rule to rein in flaring on public lands. (Courtesy NOAA.gov)
One of Colorado’s U.S. Senators is strongly opposed to a measure that would roll back an Obama administration rule to prevent the flaring and wasting of methane and natural gas developed on public and tribal lands, while the second is undecided. The rule was among several environmental regulations issued in the last days of the […]

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Gardner, GOP colleagues urge Trump to keep Cuban prison open

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, and 10 of his Republican colleagues, last week sent a letter to encourage President Donald Trump to assess the future operations and detention of terrorism-related detainees held at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. “Congress has continuously opposed and prohibited the closure of […]

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Denver health plans could survive ACA repeal

Even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed or significantly changed by Congress and President Donald Trump, the more than 9,900 employees of the City and County of Denver enrolled in one of the three city-offered health insurance plans should not be greatly affected. Heather Britton, manager of benefits and wellness in the city’s Office […]

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Political protests seem at all time high, but do they work?

Gwendalynn Roebeke, left, was among dozens of people at a protest of President Donald Trump's travel ban on several mostly Muslim nations at the University of Colorado in Boulder on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Such scenes have become daily occurrences since Trump took office, and their ultimate success will depend on whether they can be sustained, according to a Metropolitan State University political science professor.( Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera via AP)
Protests, email and letter writing campaigns targeted at members of Congress and packed town hall meetings have seemingly become the norm since Donald Trump assumed the presidency. Opposition is nothing new to anyone who’s sat in the Oval Office — or in any elected office for that matter — and tried to carry out new […]

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Congressional delegation deals with comment deluge

Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner fields constituent phone calls in his Washington D.C. office in this undated photo Tweeted on Feb. 2, 2017, by the Senator's office. (Photo courtesy Sen. Cory Gardner's office via Twitter)
Congressional offices in Colorado and across the nation have been flooded with emails, social media messages and calls that jammed phone lines. Hundreds of protesters flocked to town halls and congressional offices, some in strongly Republican districts, to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, plans to change or repeal Obamacare and refugee […]

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ICYMI: The week that was in politics

Colorado lawmakers hope they can finally make some headway over the construction defects issue and help spur more condominium growth. But another bill is attempting to address the affordable housing issue from a different angle: mobile home parks and how their residents might be able to stay in them when an owner wants to sell […]

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Hancock doubling down, holding immigration forum

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will co-host a public forum Saturday, Feb. 11, to help tell immigrants and other community members about what the city can and will do in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions regarding immigration. In a statement released the same day Trump announced a ban on immigration from several mostly […]

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Denver Council priorities could cost $1.5B

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Faced with one of the fastest growth rates among major U.S. cities nationwide, Denver City Council has identified a range of priorities and goals to help guide budgeting decisions and to decide policy priority areas. Those include more than $1 billion in infrastructure needs and projects alone. Each year, the Council holds a retreat to […]

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Gardner co-sponsors NATO support resolution

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., center, joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Gardner is the co-sponsor of a resolution of support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as President Donald Trump considers backing a request from Montenegro to join the alliance, a move opposed by Russia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced a bipartisan resolution Wednesday, Feb. 8, pledging the United States’ unwavering commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are original cosponsors of the resolution. “It is indisputable that NATO is the most successful military alliance in […]

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