Legislative News

Working to retain a Democratic U.S. Senate

The Colorado Statesman

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker dazzled a standing-room-only crowd of Democrats in northeast Denver on Saturday with some tart observations about a Republican candidate named Cory in an effort to pump up enthusiasm for Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.

United against Udall on late abortions

The Colorado Statesman

Agroup of pro-life organizations headlined by former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave called on Colorado’s Democratic senators to back a bill that would restrict abortions at a rally on Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Musgrave, currently the vice president of government affairs for the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, urged Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, who is locked in a close race with Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, to back the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House last year with Gardner’s support.

Campaigning for Romanoff in CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

Although Andrew Romanoff hadn’t quite turned 48 yet, some 500 supporters showed up on Saturday evening in Centennial to wish him a happy birthday in what has become a traditional fundraising opportunity for the Democrat, who is locked in one of the tightest congressional races in the country this year.

Compromise struck on ballot initiatives

The Colorado Statesman

The last minute compromise announced on Aug. 4 by Gov. John Hickenlooper that resulted in the withdrawal of four controversial ballot initiatives related to oil and gas drilling was contingent upon a series of domino type actions among the key players in Colorado’s fracking battle. By the end of the week, all had been accomplished — to various degrees of satisfaction — and Coloradans will be spared the assaults and counter assaults in what was potentially a $20 million election year all-out war.

Hick raked over the coals for his pipeline remark

The Colorado Statesman

The oil and gas industry leaders who filled the ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday were avid to hear Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper discuss the deal unveiled earlier this week to head off a clash at the ballot box over hydraulic fracturing, but it was an off-hand comment about the Keystone XL pipeline that set off a frenzy of denunciation from Hickenlooper’s political opponents.

Hardly special...

After all the hullabaloo about working together to find a compromise on local control, hope for a special session finally fizzles out...
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday morning ended months of anticipation and anxiety over a possible special session to address oil and gas regulation in the face of looming ballot initiatives, announcing that he was unable to strike a grand bargain.

The Democratic governor and former geologist had hoped to stave off a series of ballot proposals by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a fellow Democrat from CD 2, that aim to expand regulations over oil and gas development.

And this one’s about a real horse race...

Will voters allow gambling at racetracks to help fund education in the state?
The Colorado Statesman

Two former state legislators submitted signatures on Monday for a ballot initiative that proponents believe would raise millions of dollars for K-12 education by expanding casino gambling to racetracks.

But with millions of dollars already pouring into the race, opponents — largely made up of current Colorado casino owners — are alleging an ulterior motive by a Rhode Island-based casino to hijack the education issue in a selfish attempt to expand operations.

McLachlan vs. Brown — A rematch in HD 59

The Colorado Statesman

A rematch in southwest Colorado's House District 59 is likely to end up being one of the state's most expensive legislative races, as Democrats will fight to preserve the seat against an onslaught of Republican and conservative third-party attacks.

Democrat Mike McLachlan, a Durango attorney, is facing off once again against Republican Ignacio rancher J. Paul Brown. When they competed in 2012, Brown was the incumbent. McLachlan won by only 917 votes, or just over 2 points.

Local control ballot measures continue to prove controversial

Campaign complaints, splintered relationships add to drama
The Colorado Statesman

Opponents of proposed ballot initiatives that aim to give local governments more control over oil and gas regulation presented a campaign finance complaint before an administrative-law judge on Wednesday.

Former legislator seeks senate seat lost in recall

...But incumbent Herpin is mounting strong defense
The Colorado Statesman

Following a bitter recall election in which former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs was ousted from office over his support for gun control, Democrats are eager to take back the Senate District 11 seat.

They have chosen former Rep. Mike Merrifield of Manitou Springs to lead them to victory. But Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs, who was elected to succeed Morse, is mounting a campaign that he believes will defy odds in the Democratic-leaning district.