Rep Jared Pollis
DENVER — Figures released Thursday show that all four fracking-related ballot measures are poised to qualify for the November ballot, which means one thing for Colorado voters: Prepare for the deluge.
The industry is prepared to spend $50 million to defend itself against anti-fracking initiatives backed by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, who’s showing no signs of backing despite the entreaties of the state’s business community.
The multimillionaire Polis has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s prepared to spend whatever it takes to win elections, although matching that $50 million would put a significant dent in his estimated $68 million fortune.
Throw in the competitive Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, and Coloradans can expect to be bombarded with messages in a campaign season that may rival those of presidential years. Read more »
Rep. Cory Gardner
WASHINGTON — Rep. Cory Gardner during a speech here Thursday said legislation he authored to increase the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has vital domestic and foreign policy implications.
“To not pass this bill would be the equivalent of hanging up a 911 call from our friends and allies,” the Colorado Republican told an audience at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
“The opportunity is real, and the time is now,” Gardner said.
Gardner said that his bill, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, would create 45,000 jobs in the U.S. and empower European allies such as Ukraine, which depends on natural gas from Russia for electricity.
Promoting his legislation at a Heritage Foundation event would “help make sure its message gets a hearing far and wide,” said Gardner. Read more »
Obama and Medvedev
Cheap Seats Quiz, identify the speaker and the circumstances:
“My concern is obviously that there’s been a lot of misinformation … This should snap everybody’s heads to attention and make sure that we don’t have time for propaganda, we don’t have time for games, we need to know exactly what happened, and everybody needs to make sure that we’re holding accountable those who — who committed this outrage.”
If you guessed Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina discussing IRS intimidation of President Obama’s political opponents, you would be right — in principle.
Gowdy didn’t say it, though Cheap Seats is reasonably sure the statement sums up his sentiments on the subject.
The actual answer is Obama himself, on the subject of just exactly who was responsible for shooting down a passenger-filled jumbo jet over Ukraine and killing all aboard. Read more »
The leader of Colorado’s contentious health exchange, Patty Fontneau, announced Thursday she was resigning her post to take a job in the private sector.
A statement issued by Connect for Health Colorado said the board of directors planned to name an interim director by next week and plan on hiring a professional firm to search for a new chief executive.
Fontneau has been named president of private exchange business for Cigna, a global health service company.
A spokesman for Cigna said Fontneau would help the company participate in other private exchanges across the country.
Connect for Health Colorado touted Fontneau’s accomplishments as CEO, including the enrollment of 140,000 consumers in private insurance and helping 100,000 people to access tax credits, “all while keeping fees among the lowest in the country.” Read more »