Just three years after President Barack Obama signed the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, promising to “create” and “save” thousands of jobs in Colorado alone, many in the state still have no idea exactly how much the so-called stimulus impacted Colorado’s employment rate. Or, at the very least, determine if the touted surge in jobs ever manifested itself in a clear, undisputable, and quantifiable manner.
Reporters for Denver’s 7NEWS took a look at numbers through the second quarter of 2011 in late September last year and hit a brick wall. Read more »
Satellite photo of the Roan Plateau
DENVER, CO – Remember the Roan Plateau? That’s the stretch of mineral-rich terrain near Rifle that was supposed to deliver an economic bonanza to Western Colorado after its federal leases were auctioned for a record $113.9 million in 2008.
Nearly four years later, many Western Slope counties are still struggling with double-digit unemployment. Meanwhile, the Roan is no closer to producing the estimated 1,000 jobs expected to accompany oil and natural gas development than it was when the leases were first purchased. Read more »
DENVER, CO – Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) has a tough race on his hands in Colorado’s 4th Congressional district, where he faces first term Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. Not only does the district lean heavily Republican, but a review of Shaffer’s Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign finance filings indicate he is struggling to gain financial support within the district itself.
Of the $156,436 raised in itemized donations since Shaffer jumped in the race on July 4, 2011, just $19,011 – or just over 10% – came from donors living in the 4th district that Shaffer is campaigning to represent.
Shaffer also raised $65,364 in unitemized donations in 2011 for which addresses were not available. Read more »
Geographic concentration of terrorist attacks: Global Terrorism Database
DENVER, CO – Thanks to left-wing extremism and several high-profile incidents of eco-terrorism, two Colorado counties have been named “hot spots” of terrorism according to a recently issued government report.
Denver and Boulder counties have earned a place in the Department of Homeland Security’s report “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970 to 2008,” created by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. The report was released January 31, 2012.
Using incident information drawn from the Global Terrorism Database and other sources ranging from the U.S. census and newspapers, the UM research team created extensive profiles for each act of terrorism, compiling and categorizing each event in order to tease out potentially relevant information—specifically, geographic concentration. Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC – Though conservative luminaries attending the annual CPAC Conference this past weekend had hoped the conference would establish a GOP frontrunner once and for all, the race for the 2012 presidential nomination has only become more competitive by the conference’s close.
Underscoring the closeness of the race, Rick Santorum, coming off of big upsets in the Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota GOP contests, implied that his main rival Mitt Romney bought his seven-point victory over him at the CPAC straw poll.
Santorum compared Romney’s presence at the CPAC straw polls to that of Ron Paul, known to bus supporters to CPAC in order to ensure his victory, on CNN’s “State of the Union”. “The Romney campaign, how many tickets they’ve bought, we’ve heard all sorts of things,” Santorum said to host Candy Crowley. Read more »
WASHINGTON, DC – According to his latest FEC filings, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) has yet to follow the precedent of party leadership and return tainted campaign donations from Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor as well as Chairman and CEO of the failed financial services company MF Global.
Multiple committees in Congress are currently investigating the brokerage firm’s failure, holding another hearing on its collapse last Thursday. Corzine, a former bond trader himself, testified in front of a Congressional panel back in December of 2011 on the disappearance of nearly $1.2 billion in consumer funds. Read more »
DENVER, CO – No creature strikes fear in the hearts of Colorado farmers and local energy developers like the sage grouse, which may be why Gov. John Hickenlooper is entering the fray.
The Democratic governor announced Feb. 10 that he will co-chair an Interior Department sage-grouse task force with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey. The panel’s mission is to find strategies for states to “keep this species vibrant and off the threatened and endangered species list,” said Hickenlooper. Read more »
DENVER, CO – Nobody really saw Rick Santorum coming. Even Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli, whose job is to keep his finger on the Colorado political pulse, admits he was as surprised as anyone by Santorum’s victory in the Feb. 7 Republican caucus vote.
“About 24 hours beforehand, I had some people I respect tell me to look out for Santorum,” said Ciruli. “But, no, I can’t say I expected this.”
In what may be the biggest upset of the campaign season so far, Santorum won 40 percent of the Colorado vote to 35 percent for Mitt Romney, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul divvying up the remainder of the spoils. Read more »
LAKEWOOD, CO — The race for the 7th Congressional district is officially underway. Golden businessman Joe Coors Jr., kicked off his campaign against three-term incumbent Congressman Ed Perlmutter at the Lakewood campus of Red Rocks Community College on Tuesday morning, promising to champion limited government and free enterprise in Congress.
In a standing room only crowd of 250 plus supporters and media types, Coors spoke about the peril of government growth amidst private sector stagnation.”Our economy is growing too slowly,” he said. “The federal government has run a staggering budget deficit well over one trillion dollars for the past three years and projects deficits of that size every year for the next decade. The federal government is digging a hole of debt from which future generations will not be able to climb.” Read more »