Video games are being targeted in the wake of initial reports suggesting the Newtown shooter played violent video games
DENVER – On CNN on Sunday, Governor Hickenlooper attempted to blame violent video games in part for the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
“Look at the level of violence in our media, video games,” Hickenlooper said. Read more »
Hickenlooper’s request is a departure from the policy of his fellow Democrat and predecessor Governor Bill Ritter
DENVER – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, flanked by mental health care advocates, requested $18.5 million on Tuesday to prevent gun sales to mentally impaired individuals by providing treatment and improving the reporting requirements to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Read more »
The lawsuit comes as the second legal challenge this year to anti-fracking policies in Longmont, which straddles Boulder and Weld counties
DENVER–An energy-industry group filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the Longmont vote to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city’s limits.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Association lawsuit asks the Weld County District Court to invalidate the resolution stemming from the Nov. 6 vote, arguing that it constitutes “an illegal ban on oil and gas drilling.” Read more »
State Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood) had complained that CDOT has sat on money rather than initiating construction projects and creating badly needed jobs
DENVER– The Colorado Transportation Legislation Review Committee urged Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Donald E. Hunt to speed up construction projects – and quit sitting on unspent money. Read more »
OBAMA: “We’ve got bigger fish to fry”
DENVER — President Obama has made his most candid remarks to date about marijuana legalization in Colorado, telling ABC’s Barbara Walters this week that prosecuting recreational users shouldn’t be “a top priority.”
In his first comments since Colorado voters passed a measure decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, the president said he believed in deferring to the will of the states, at least up to a point.
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Boulder is the latest community to consider tighter regulations amid a national green lobby campaign to turn Colorado into a center of anti-fracking activism
BOULDER–The Boulder County Commissioners voted Thursday to adopt tougher restrictions on oil and gas development while resisting intense public pressure to ban hydraulic fracturing outright.
A week after an industry executive was chased from a hearing by angry activists, the three commissioners approved regulations “designed to achieve the maximum protection for air quality, water quality and the environment that is legally possible for counties under current state law,” said the commissioners in a statement issued after the meeting. Read more »
CDOT acknowledged that the transportation districts, usually redrawn every decade, have not been studied or adjusted since 1991
DENVER – If Colorado taxpayers resent the average $40 tax increase on a vehicle registration renewal – and the threat of paying $500 in late fees – levied since 2009 to pay for bridge repairs and road improvements, they might balk at the cost of adding two individuals to the 11-member Transportation Commission to improve oversight of the project funding. Read more »
Several prominent Republicans, including Attorney General John Suthers and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, have endorsed the compact
DENVER–Until this week, nobody would have confused Sen. Michael Bennet with former Rep. Tom Tancredo, but now the Democratic senator is jockeying to become Colorado’s next major player on the issue of illegal immigration. Read more »
Hickenlooper wants more funding for economic development initiatives
DENVER– Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper requested $207 million to fund the Office of Governor in FY 2013-14, a budget increase of $7.2 million. The governor wants to add $6 million to the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for job creation incentives and marketing. Read more »
The Justice Department has yet to signal whether it will respect the will of Colorado voters and allow the state to proceed with adult legalization
DENVER–Marijuana was officially declared legal Monday for adult recreational use in Colorado–sort of.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order validating the outcome of Amendment 64, the successful November ballot measure decriminalizing the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana for adults 21 and over. Read more »