Peter Marcus

Regulation of pot one step closer

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper put his signature this week on a package of bills that establish a regulated marijuana market for adults, but implementation of the new rules and regulations has barely begun.

The legislature’s job was to craft a regulatory framework for Amendment 64, which voters passed last November by over 55 percent. Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed the majority of those bills related to its implementation.

Likely GOP primary for AG in 2014

Democratic candidate off to Quick start
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans’ best shot at statewide public office in the 2014 elections is likely the attorney general’s seat — which the party currently holds — and already some formidable candidates are lining up for a potential primary battle when incumbent John Suthers leaves after next year due to term limits.

Because campaign laws are very prescriptive, the candidates have been hesitant to formally announce. But at least two Republicans are very seriously exploring the possibility of running.

Sen. Morse recall effort rife with wild rumors

Is NRA behind local recall? Will Morse be forced to resign? Is former Rep. Mike Merrifield plotting an early comeback? Will Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to the Superbowl?
The Colorado Statesman

A recall effort in Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs has become less of a discussion on Democratic incumbent John Morse and more of a conversation on the power of the National Rifle Association and political strategizing.

What started as frustration with the Senate president’s support of controversial firearms control measures has turned into a chess match in which Morse’s supporters and opponents are gunning for the best campaign strategy.

Hickenlooper’s death penalty decision was personal…

But ramifications of life and death matter quickly became political
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s announcement Wednesday of an executive order granting convicted killer Nathan Dunlap a “temporary reprieve” from execution has set off a firestorm of political activity that has some Democrats encouraged and most Republicans chomping at the bit to oust the middle-of-the-road Democrat.

Two bill signings mark dog day at the Legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Legislators on Monday howled for perhaps the most bipartisan legislation of the entire session when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills aimed at the state’s furriest friends.

The governor — accompanied by his own dog, Skye, at the state-of-the-art Denver Animal Shelter — signed Senate Bill 226, which aims to curb a rash of dog shootings by law enforcement, and Senate Bill 201, designating shelter pets as the official state pet.

Expanded Medicaid could have $4 billion in impact

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday, surrounded by fellow Democrats and health care professionals, signed a bill that expands Medicaid rolls in Colorado by an estimated 160,000 adults.

Senate Bill 200, sponsored by Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, will expand Medicaid coverage for low-income Coloradans up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level beginning Jan. 1, 2014, up from 100 percent. The coverage will include families making up to $31,322 and individuals making up to $15,282.

Is Tancredo’s dallying with 2014 guv’s race more than Tomfoolery?

The Colorado Statesman

Former Congressman and conservative stalwart Tom Tancredo says he hasn’t decided whether he will run for governor in 2014 on the Republican ticket challenging popular Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper. In fact, he’s not even comfortable talking about whether he’s seriously considering it.

TOP effort in Denver to track crimes, signs of terrorism

The Colorado Statesman

Barely 24 hours after Metro Taxi launched a program in January 2011 training drivers to keep their eyes and ears open for crime, a cabbie witnessed a pickup truck sideswipe a vehicle and kill a valet driver outside a Denver nightclub. The driver followed the truck and wrote down the license plate number to inform police. Law enforcement quickly made an arrest in connection with the horrific case.

Dems praise session as ‘productive’

But Republicans call it partisan and polarizing
The Colorado Statesman

Both sides of the political aisle agree on at least one thing — the 2013 legislative session was perhaps the most contentious and jam-packed in nearly two decades.

With Democrats in control of both chambers after regaining the House this year, the party pushed an incredibly ambitious agenda, which included gun control, same-sex civil unions, in-state tuition for undocumented students, and a polarizing elections reform package that includes same-day voter registration.

Oil & gas regs slip by lawmakers

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper avoided painful decisions on strict oil and gas regulations proposed by fellow Democrats in the state legislature after his administration’s lobbying efforts resulted in bills that didn’t have the votes, or were so watered down that they were no longer controversial.