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Lawmakers Want Details on Immigration Negotiations

April 10, 2013
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The lawmakers want details about border security, enforcement, and the impact of a large-scale legalization on U.S. workers and taxpayers.

WASHINGTON — Legislation to revamp the nation’s immigration process that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is being crafted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill prompting criticism from some Republicans for the lack of transparency. Read more »

Lamborn Bill to Help Access Critical Minerals for Hybrid Cars, iPods, Lightbulbs

April 8, 2013
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Geologists estimate that $6 trillion worth of 15 rare earth minerals could be mined in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — Energy savers such as the Toyota Prius are favored by environmentalists hoping to save the planet, despite the fact that several of the car’s key components need certain minerals that must be extracted through mining, a process they despise. Read more »

Udall’s Split With Democrats Puts Reelection at Risk

March 29, 2013
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Udall’s left-leaning agenda was recently highlighted when he sided against moderate Democrats in a vote against the Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON – Colorado’s Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has abandoned the centrist stance he presents to voters back home in favor of a liberal voting record often at odds with the best interest of his constituents and his own party, political observers say.

Udall’s left-leaning agenda was recently highlighted when he sided against moderate Democrats in a vote against the Keystone pipeline, creating an unusual split with his colleagues on Capitol Hill. Read more »

Obama Rule Restricts Oil Shale Development

March 28, 2013
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Under the plan, eligible companies could apply for a commercial lease only if they satisfy a number of government requirements

WASHINGTON – A decision by the Obama administration to pursue oil shale will instead vastly reduce by 66 percent the available acreage to develop it and creates onerous new bureaucratic red tape that will discourage production, House Republicans said. Read more »

“Spotted Owl Of The Range” Threatens To Block Obama’s Nominee To Lead Interior Dept.

March 22, 2013
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A fight over the listing of the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to derail Jewell’s nomination

Sally Jewell on Thursday breezed through a committee vote to lead the Interior Department but the agency’s proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to block her nomination from reaching the full Senate.

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Lawmakers Debate Rural Tax Payments, Logging Rules

March 20, 2013
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Lawmakers say they need a solution soon to prevent western communities surrounded by national forests from turning into ghost towns

WASHINGTON – Capitol Hill lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle say rural communities strapped for cash need certainty that Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) checks from the federal government are released on time and in a consistent amount.

Eligible Colorado counties will get a final check of nearly $28 million to help pay for police and fire officials, road and water projects and public schools before the funding is set to expire later this year. Read more »

Republicans Challenge Endangered Sage Grouse Listing Efforts

March 18, 2013
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The listing is part of a settlement the Obama administration struck with environmental groups

WASHINGTON - Key House Republicans are challenging the Interior Department’s process to list the sage grouse as an endangered species, an action that would have devastating effects in Colorado blocking millions of acres of land from oil, gas and other development. Read more »

Nicholson: New Pope Faces New Challenges

March 14, 2013
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Nicholson, a Coloradoan, was appointed by former President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 2001 to 2005

WASHINGTON – The major issue facing Pope Francis I as the new leader of 1.2 billion Catholics is to ensure the success of the church’s evangelization — that more people are reached with the message of the gospel.

That’s according to former ambassador to the Holy See Jim Nicholson, who spoke with The Colorado Observer as the Vatican began casting votes Tuesday to elect the new leader to replace Pope Benedict XVI. Read more »

Interior Nominee’s Ties to Green Group Questioned

March 8, 2013
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Jewell was nominated in February to head the Interior Department following the announcement by Secretary Ken Salazar that he was stepping down

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell on Thursday declined to recuse herself from decisions on restricting public land use or shutting down energy development — actions that are the goal of numerous lawsuits against the government from an environmental group on which she served as vice-chairman. Read more »

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