Hollywood Liberals Donate Generously to Udall, Energy and Natural Resource Sector Backs Gardner

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Barbra Streisand topped the list of liberal Hollywood legends donating money to Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the last reporting period.

Spielberg, who has directed such classics as “Jaws” and “E.T.,” and his wife each gave the maximum contribution of $2,600. Katzenberg, who founded DreamWorks with Spielberg, also gave the maximum donation.

Streisand, the darling of the liberal left, limited her contribution to $1,000, according to the latest finance reports of campaign fundraising activity from April 1 to June 30.

Udall’s success at raising money from Hollywood luminaries helped give him a fundraising advantage over his Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner. Udall has raised more than $13 million for the closely contested race with just under $6 million left in the bank. Read more »

Liberals Hype Personhood Measure for Political Gain

July 23, 2014

Protestors against “Personhood.”

Protestors against “Personhood.”

DENVER — Coloradans have shown they’re about as likely to pass a personhood amendment as they are to root for the Oakland Raiders, but you’d never know that from Tuesday’s rally.

Dozens of protesters waved “No 67” signs as impassioned speakers from Planned Parenthood Votes and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado denounced Amendment 67, this year’s personhood measure, as a threat to “a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive health care decisions.”

“Amendment 67 truly is an attack on family planning, an attack on a woman’s access to health care, an attack on the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship, and an attack on basic rights of women in Colorado,” said Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Read more »

Democrat Candidates Rolling in Dough but GOP Gets More Bang for Buck

July 23, 2014

DENVER — Colorado Democrats routinely outraise and outspend their Republican foes, but a poll released Tuesday shows that this year’s statewide GOP candidates are doing more with less.

A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday found that Republican Bob Beauprez is locked in a statistical tie with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, despite the governor’s greater than 3 to 1 fundraising advantage.

Hickenlooper held the 44 to 43 percent edge over Beauprez in the PPP survey, which is known for its leftward tilt.

The poll also showed that Republicans are leading Democrats in every other statewide race, even though the Democrats have stockpiled more cash in two of the three contests.

In the race for Attorney General, Republican Cynthia Coffman held a 38 to 29 percent lead over Democrat Don Quick. Coffman has raised $252,820, significantly less than the $340,769 collected by Quick, according to the July 1 campaign-finance reports. Read more »

Polis asked to Pull Anti-Fracking Initiatives

July 23, 2014

DENVER — Colorado’s business community is making one last push to convince Democratic Rep. Jared Polis to drop his anti-fracking ballot campaign.

A coalition of pro-business organizations led by Vital for Colorado sent a letter Tuesday to Polis asking him to “stand down” and withdraw his ballot measures, Initiatives 88 and 89, aimed at cracking down on the oil and gas industry.

“We are writing to respectfully ask that you withdraw your support for all proposed ballot initiatives that would add language to our state constitution which will overly restrict the practice of hydraulic fracturing, limit energy development in Colorado and, as a result, create devastating consequences for our state,” says the letter.

The coalition includes about 25 pro-business groups as well as individuals such as Kelly Brough, president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Tamra Ward, president of Colorado Concern, and Glendale Mayor Michael Dunafon. Read more »

Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415.

That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report.

“We request that your department provide this report immediately to appropriate committees as required by the law, so that millions of private landowners, states and other stakeholders that are investing significant resources for conservation of this species can ensure that the cost and effectiveness of federal programs are being properly accounted for, and to provide Congress information it requested prior to the listing,” the lawmakers said. Read more »

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