Peter Marcus

Hudak resigns Senate seat in face of recall

Democrat Kraft-Tharp endorses Gagliardi for SD 19 seat
The Colorado Statesman

This story has been updated to reflect the fact that Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp has decided to not become a candidate for the vacant SD 19 seat.

On the day before Thanksgiving, Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak resigned her Senate District 19 seat in northern Jefferson County in the face of a large recall effort over her support of gun control. But despite the somewhat surprising announcement, she and her supporters believe they have a lot to be thankful for.

Restoration of Capitol dome is golden opportunity to let Colorado’s resilience shine

The Colorado Statesman

Even though completion of the Capitol dome restoration project isn’t expected until the summer of 2014, architects and state leaders behind the ambitious job are already expressing excitement as the project reached a crucial milestone with the application of new gold leaf.

Since erection of the scaffolding began in fall 2010, crews have been working their way toward applying brand new gold leaf over the copper-clad dome. Contractors are applying approximately 140,000, 3 1⁄8” x 3 1⁄8” gold leaves on top of copper that covers the dome.

DU panel recommends campaign finance reform

Eliminate limits on political contributions?
The Colorado Statesman

A University of Denver panel that analyzed campaign finance laws has made a set of recommendations for reform in Colorado, including eliminating limits on political contributions to candidates and political parties, and requiring nonprofits to reveal donors when contributions are made for political purposes.

‘Stand strong’ is message of gun control advocates

The Colorado Statesman

Gun control advocates are asking Coloradans to “stand strong” in the midst of warning shots fired by gun rights groups that have created a seemingly endless election cycle in Colorado by seeking to recall lawmakers who support new gun laws.

At a rally Monday at the Capitol led by Colorado Ceasefire, gun control lobbyists and victims of gun violence lambasted the latest attempt to recall a state lawmaker for supporting tough gun control.

New oil, gas rules stir up controversy

Hickenlooper’s attempts at dealing with air pollution lauded by enviros
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday stood with energy leaders and one environmental group to push for oil and gas air pollution rules that would include reducing methane emissions.

But the governor — who has experienced an increasingly tense relationship with environmentalists, a core base of his Democratic Party — still has a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to win the trust of the environmental world.

RMGO lobbyist Neville off the hook on alleged ethics violation — for now

But Legislative Council admonishes Neville for not participating in investigative process
The Colorado Statesman

A strategy by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners lobbyist Joe Neville to not fully participate in an ethics investigation against him could be viewed for the time being as a brilliant legal and political chess move.

Neville, who is accused of threatening political retribution on Republican Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen during the last session, will not immediately face punishment because the executive committee of the Legislative Council did not have enough evidence to prove that he actually violated an ethics rule.

Republican candidates pick on Hick

But mostly agree with each other on the main issues in the race
The Colorado Statesman

Four of Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial candidates met Wednesday evening for their first joint forum in what was a mostly cordial exchange — until the end.

Appearing in a live studio audience taping of “The Aaron Harber Show,” the four candidates — former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Sen. Greg Brophy — were asked whether they plan on pledging to maintain a polite and respectful debate throughout the primary.

‘Reform’ candidates win local school board races

But definition of reform isn’t always so clear
The Colorado Statesman

So-called “reform” school board candidates swept to victory in three Front Range school district elections this odd-year election. But how one defines “reform” is a matter of location and political perspective.

In Denver, reformers won four seats, shifting the pro-administration’s one-seat majority to a tilted six-seat majority, thereby leaving the union-backed so-called “neighborhood” advocates with little voice on the seven-member board.

Amendment 66 handily defeated

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans on Tuesday night were quick to seize the political opportunity to attack Democrats following failure of a nearly $1 billion tax increase for education reform in Colorado.

But Democrats are carefully steering clear of partisan wrangling, suggesting that Coloradans agree with the premise of Amendment 66. They just differ on how to get there.

High turnout for tax on pot

The Colorado Statesman

When Colorado voters this time last year backed legalizing recreational marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper had a tongue-in-cheek reply: “Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly,” he responded, causing ire within the legalization community.