Rep. Cory Gardner
WASHINGTON — A critical measure by Rep. Cory Gardner advanced in the House Wednesday that would cut bureaucratic red tape and increase the exportation of natural gas to boost the U.S. economy as well as global competition.
Republicans passed the bill on a party-line vote of 15 to 11 in the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on energy and power.
Gardner’s would also send a political message to Russia, which is threatening to cut off the energy supply to Ukraine, that gas from the U.S. would be available as an alternative energy source.
“Opposing this legislation would be like hanging up on a 911 call from our friends and allies abroad,” Gardner said.
“This bill will help many of our allies and trading partners all over the world, while providing jobs and economic growth here at home,” Gardner said. Read more »
Former Rep. Tom Tancredo
DENVER — Former Rep. Tom Tancredo became the first Republican Wednesday to qualify for the GOP gubernatorial primary ballot, but he’ll soon have company.
The Secretary of State’s office announced that Tancredo has gathered sufficient signatures to earn a slot on the ballot. He submitted 16,634 signatures, 13,158 of which were deemed valid, well above the 10,500 needed to qualify.
Another three Republicans could in theory make the June 24 primary ballot at Saturday’s Republican Party State Assembly. Each candidate needs 30 percent of the delegate vote to secure a spot on the primary ballot, although such an even split is unlikely.
Then there’s former Rep. Bob Beauprez, who is also petitioning onto the ballot. The Secretary of State’s office is still counting his signatures, but if he qualifies, he would join Tancredo and any Republicans nominated at the assembly in the primary race. Read more »
Greater Sage Grouse
WASHINGTON — Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process.
Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination.
“It can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,” Ramey said. “The (information) is shared among a good old boys club of people, and yet the data is not public and we’re about to spend billions, if not trillions of dollars on this listing.” Read more »
DENVER — Legislative Democrats say they’re pushing for a “scientific” study on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, even though the bill’s sponsor admits that it’s “political.”
Revealing Politics released a video Tuesday from last week’s hearing before the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee at which state Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins) acknowledged that the oversight committee would be weighted in favor of Democrats.
“Yeah, it’s political,” said Ginal. “I mean, the governor is choosing some people, but what we’re trying to do as far as the majority and minority is let everyone have a chance at choosing someone.”
Her response came as a result of questioning from state Rep. Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain), who pointed out that House Bill 1297 creates a 13-member “scientific oversight committee,” eight of whom would be appointed by partisan elected officials. Read more »
Sen. Mark Udall
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall courted attention to his campaigning prowess by releasing the first quarter fundraising figures a week early, but the Colorado Democrat’s ability to shake the money tree is less important than that of his likely Republican challenger, says a political analyst.
Udall’s campaign announced Monday that the freshman Democrat raised more than $2 million from January 1 to March 31, bringing the war chest total for his 2014 Senate reelection to $7 million with nearly $6 million cash-on-hand.
Stu Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, credited Udall for raising a “good amount” of money for a Colorado Senate race. However the key to the campaign will be the amount raised by his likely Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner. Read more »