GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Bob Beauprez kicked off his gubernatorial campaign Wednesday with a show of GOP unity, barnstorming with his three Republican primary rivals.
“We said it earlier in the campaign: We all wear the same jersey,” said Beauprez at a rally at his campaign office in Greenwood Village.
“And thanks to all these guys,” he said. “We have been consistently throughout this primary process about the real objective in this race, and that’s to make Colorado great again.”
Tom Tancredo, who placed second in the primary race, said he believes Republicans have the momentum going into the 2014 gubernatorial contest, something “that I haven’t felt for a long time.”
“The wind is at our back,” said Tancredo. “It honestly feels different.” Read more »
DENVER — Obamacare’s popularity continues to dive among Colorado voters, with more than half of those surveyed saying they disapprove of the federal health-care law.
A Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday found only 39 percent of Colorado voters polled approve of the Affordable Care Act, while a whopping 58 percent disapprove.
That’s a drop from March 11, the date of the previous Rasmussen poll on the issue, which found 42 percent of Coloradans approved and 54 percent disapproved of Obamacare.
“This includes 16 percent with a Very Favorable opinion and 48 percent with a Very Unfavorable one, making the law even less popular in Colorado than it is on the national level,” said Rasmussen Reports in its analysis.
Nationally, the split on Obamacare’s favorability rating is 44 percent favorable and 51 percent unfavorable, according to Rasmussen. Read more »
LOVELAND — The defeat of Loveland’s Question 1 last week shows that the momentum may have shifted in Colorado’s frack wars, which could be a problem for Democratic Rep. Jared Polis’s statewide anti-fracking drive.
In November 2012, the oil and gas industry was reeling from an overwhelming defeat in Longmont, where voters approved a measure banning fracking within the city’s limits by a margin of 60 to 40 percent.
Eighteen months later, it’s the fractivists who are coping with their first major loss after Loveland voters rejected a two-year moratorium on fracking by 52 to 48 percent.
What happened? The oil and gas industry may have been caught off-guard by the Longmont vote, but its representatives are now fully engaged in the ballot battle on hydraulic fracturing. Read more »
DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court had a mixed message Monday for Democratic Rep. Jared Polis: Go ahead with your local-control push, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The court ruled that Polis’s two nearly identical local-control proposals–Initiatives 90 and 93–did not violate the single-subject rule for initiatives, thus clearing the way for the multi-millionaire’s anti-fracking campaign to proceed with petition-circulating.
But the decision wasn’t unanimous. In a pointed dissent, Chief Justice Nancy Rice raised red flags about the legality of the initiatives, which would give localities broad authority over drilling activity, saying they “might exempt local regulations governing oil and gas development from federal takings law in a way that would violate the Supremacy Clause.” Read more »
DENVER — Colorado sheriffs vowed to appeal Thursday’s ruling by a federal judge upholding the constitutionality of the state’s 2013 gun-control laws limiting ammunition-magazine capacity to 15 rounds and mandating background checks for all gun purchases.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said at a press conference that while the sheriffs respect the judge’s decision, “we believe that it is plainly wrong on the law and on the facts.”
“We will take this case to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and if necessary, to the United States Supreme Court,” said Cooke.
Cooke spoke on behalf of the 55 sheriffs who filed the lawsuit last year after Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bills into law in March. The Democrat-controlled state legislature passed the hotly disputed measures with no Republican votes.
Former Senate President John Morse, who was recalled in September as part of a backlash against the gun-control bills, applauded the court’s decision. Read more »
DENVER — The Environmental Protection Agency wants to crack down on power-plant emissions, but it may have a bigger problem with the emissions of its own employees.
An email obtained by the news website Government Executive reports that an administrator in the EPA’s Region 8 office urged employees to stop defecating in the hallways of the agency’s swanky office building in LoDo.
Howard Cantor, deputy regional director, cited “several incidents,” including workers clogging toilets with paper towels and feces found outside the restroom.
“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals,” Mr. Cantor wrote.
Added Government Executive, “He asked for any employees with knowledge of the poop bandit or bandits to notify their supervisor.” Read more »
Gov. John Hickenlooper
LOVELAND — Those in Colorado’s business community proved Tuesday they could defeat an anti-fracking initiative at the ballot box, which could spell trouble for Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Give their success in Loveland, pro-business and economic-development interests may decide to take a pass on the governor’s plan to pile more regulations on the oil and gas industry in exchange for Democratic Rep. Jared Polis dropping his anti-fracking initiatives.
“The upshot here is the business community is going to be even less inclined to come up with a compromise. I think their confidence level is going to go up substantially,” said political observer Floyd Ciruli. Read more »
Updated with reaction from Safe Clean Colorado.
LOVELAND — Loveland voters rejected Tuesday a local ban on hydraulic fracturing, dealing a defeat to the anti-fracking movement and throwing into doubt the prospects for a statewide measure.
The Loveland Energy Action Project’s campaign office erupted in cheers shortly after 10 p.m. when organizers announced that Question 1 had lost by 10,844 to 9,943 votes.
Question 1 would have required a two-year moratorium on fracking in order to “fully study” the process, but critics argued that it would have discouraged economic development and sent an anti-business message.
“A victory for Loveland and Colorado,” said LEAP campaign consultant Dominic DelPapa.
LEAP director B.J. Nikkel said, “An unprecedented coalition of citizens and civic leaders came together to take a stand against this pernicious ban.” Read more »
DENVER — Loveland’s fracking fight erupted the day before Tuesday’s election as prominent fractivist Phillip Doe denied calling former Rep. B.J. Nikkel a “trained talking dog” and a Nazi amid demands that he apologize for his remarks.
Doe, an advocate for Loveland’s Question 1, which would impose a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, defended himself in a Monday letter to the Loveland Reporter-Herald after an uproar over his article insulting Nikkel in the left-wing website Counterpunch.
His letter came several days after Loveland councilor Hugh McKean described the remarks as “obscene” and called for apologies from Doe and Protect Our Loveland, the group behind Question 1. Read more »
DENVER — Nobody knows who’s been posing as a city employee in order to collect ballots from Loveland voters, but Secretary of State Scott Gessler says he does know this: It won’t be the last time.
Gessler predicted this sort of election chicanery would increase under Colorado’s newly revamped election law that requires all elections to be conducted by mail.
“This is what the future of elections in Colorado is going to look like,” said Gessler. “We’re hopeful people won’t fraudulently misrepresent themselves, but that’s what we’re getting with the all mail-in elections.”
Loveland City Clerk Terry Andrews issued a June 16 alert to voters warning them of reports that a pair of canvassers identifying themselves as municipal workers had attempted to collect ballots in the June 24 special election on Question 1, which would impose a two-year moratorium on fracking in order to “fully study” the process. Read more »