Peter Marcus

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.

Election eve lawsuit over HB 1303 dismissed

Heart of case rested on residency requirements
The Colorado Statesman

A Denver District Court judge late Monday night dismissed a case that would have thrown a wrench into Tuesday’s election and poked holes in a recent Democratic-backed elections law that critics say disenfranchises voters.

Judge Michael Martinez said he could not find adequate evidence to indicate that House Bill 1303 — now a law — has resulted in citizens being denied the right to vote in local elections, or that voters had cast ballots in elections they were not permitted to.

GOP Walsh seeks to oust U.S. Rep. DeGette in 2014

Challenger says he wants to be “big tent” candidate
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans are under no illusion that defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in 2014 will be anything but an uphill climb — to say the least.

In the heavily Democratic-leaning Congressional District 1, DeGette has reigned supreme since 1996, earning her the title of “dean” of the Colorado delegation, and a position as chief deputy whip.