THE NEW NORMAL? Nearly half of Democrats hold either a “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” impression of socialism
DENVER – Some 45 percent of Democrats hold either a “somewhat favorable” or “very favorable” impression of socialism, according to a recent poll released by Rasmussen Reports. The same proportion of Democrats, 45 percent, held an unfavorable view in the survey. Read more »
Polis’ vehicle has a DC parking and registration sticker that expired on October 2, 2010
WASHINGTON — One of the richest members of Congress has not paid a $122 annual registration and parking fee for his 2005 Ford Escape hybrid to the District of Columbia government for the last two years.
Jared Polis (D-Colo.), whose personal wealth was worth an estimated $143.2 million in 2010, no longer pays a $72 annual fee to register his light SUV truck or $50 to park without restriction in the District. He would have had to pay those charges to obtain a parking permit before his neighborhood zone sticker expired in October 2010. Read more »
HARRIS: Unconventional oil and gas resources will provide sorely needed stimulation of our economy and create high-paying middle class jobs. (Li Tsin Soon Image)
WASHINGTON –House Republicans unveiled legislation Friday that would authorize the spending of $111 million over five years for the research and development of oil shale and hydraulic fracturing.
Supporters of the bill said federal backing for the industry has worked for the previous two decades, as oil shale and hydraulic fracturing have contributed to increases in domestic oil and gas production, putting the United States on a path to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s second largest oil producer by 2020. Read more »
FUEL FEARS: Rising concern about higher fuel prices comes amid an increasing number of green energy company failures
DENVER – Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House has done little to calm public concerns about increasing fuel costs, according to a recent poll, with nearly two-thirds of Americans saying they believe gasoline prices will continue to rise.
According to the Rasmussen survey , 64 percent of respondents say they believe it is either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that gas prices will climb past the dreaded $4 per gallon mark in the next few months. Read more »
LESSER: “Wind energy is like a (bad) vending machine. When you are most hungry [for power], you get the least amount”
WASHINGTON – Energy policy analysts say extending a federal subsidy for wind production might save jobs in Colorado, but also might eliminate an equal number of jobs elsewhere.
Speaking at a think tank Tuesday, the experts challenged the pronouncement that wind-energy executives have claimed that unless the federal wind production tax credit is extended, 6,000 Coloradans will be thrown out of work. Read more »
SMALL TOWN MONEY: In Sully County, South Dakota (pictured), annual per capital income has risen more than 70 percent since 2007, to a whopping $116,000 a year
DENVER – Personal incomes inched up in rural America between 2007 and 2011 while declining in large metropolitan areas, according to a new analysis, which attributed bigger paychecks in smaller towns to the much maligned American oil and gas industry. Read more »
LONE SOLDIER: Coffman is the only returning Republican who has signed on to Rep, DeGette’s state’s rights proposal on marijuana
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Coffman said he did not vote for or endorse the Colorado initiative that would legalize less than an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
But the Lone Tree Republican supports a proposal that would bar the federal government from prosecuting the residents of states that approve pot-friendly laws. Read more »
Scott Coffina, a former White House ethics adviser, said any Salazar (right) involvement with the federal sale of wild horses would raise a red flag for investigators
WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar’s relationship with a Colorado man who worked for his family’s farm and who is under federal investigation for allegedly selling American wild horses to Mexican slaughter houses came under scrutiny this week. Read more »
A man under federal investigation for selling wild horses for slaughter worked on the Salazar family farm, according to a relative of Secretary Salazar. The Secretary denies any business connection.
WASHINGTON — The Colorado man under federal investigation for selling American wild horses to Mexican slaughter houses worked for the family farm of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, according to a Salazar family member. Read more »
Secretary Salazar threatened to punch a Colorado reporter after encountering questions he didn’t like.
WASHINGTON — After being questioned about a major wild horse buyer who is under federal investigation and with whom he has business ties, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Interior Ken Salazar threatened to punch a reporter allegedly. Read more »