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Category: Elections n Elected Officials :: Colorado
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A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks? 28.3.2019 High Country News Most Recent
While there’s less protection overall, a few Western states restore regulations that match or surpass original plans.
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‘Why shouldn’t I try and save all you adults?’ 22.2.2019 High Country News Most Recent
A portrait of Haven Coleman, a young climate activist.
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States take the wheel in drive for cleaner vehicles 19.2.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
From California to the Carolinas, states are implementing smart policies to rev up the marketplace for low- and zero-emission vehicles.
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From Colorado to New Mexico to Kansas, new governors seek the next clean energy frontier 13.2.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
With a lack of cohesive federal policy, interesting opportunities are arising stateside.
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Western states react to Trump’s immigration travel ban 4.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
At least eight Republican Congressmen have broken with their party line in opposition.
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Election roundup: What happened in the West 14.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A rundown of the West’s political shifts and ballot measures.
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Colorado Supreme Court Rules Against Cities' Fracking Bans 5.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This week the Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously  against  two cities' bans on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it's also known. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the group which brought the original lawsuits against the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont, is hailing the decisions as "a win for the energy industry." The Colorado Supreme Court framed its rulings not as a decision on the safety of fracking but as an assertion of state law's authority over local legislation -- even if that legislation was formed following successful ballot initiatives. In 2012, Longmont voters approved the prohibition of any fracking or fracking waste storage within city limits. The next year, Fort Collins residents voted in favor of a similar ban until 2018. Both were struck down in separate rulings. "It's a blow to democracy and local control," Rep.  Jared Polis  says. In a state where fracking ranks among its most controversial issues, it is hard to not view the Colorado Supreme Court's unanimous rulings ...
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Colorado Activists Set Their Sights on a Ballot Measure to Limit Drilling 25.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This story was originally published on February 22, 2016 at High Country News . Over the past two years, plummeting natural gas and oil prices have caused energy companies in Colorado to lay off thousands of employees, and put state and local governments in a pinch from declining tax revenue. But if you thought this might cool the anti-fracking fever on the populated Front Range, you were wrong. As 2016 began, two organizations filed petitions for statewide ballot measures that would allow communities to ban drilling and fracking within their boundaries, or effectively prohibit new drilling by greatly expanding setbacks between development and homes or other buildings. Activists are unhappy with state-level efforts to regulate the industry, and there's enough new drilling along the populated and oil-rich area north of Denver to portend a new boom, should prices recover. "There's no foot coming off the gas," says Merrilly Mazza, a councilwoman in Lafayette, near Boulder, and president of the Colorado ...
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Why the President Must Ban Grand Canyon Uranium Mining 23.11.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Throughout my career in the private sector and politics, I've seen people fight consensus and wage unwinnable battles. If there's one piece of advice I've given my friends and colleagues in this situation, it's to quit digging. Sadly, I'm not sure the National Mining Association is willing or able to follow that advice. The association's president recently wrote that the impact of uranium mining on Grand Canyon National Park is "virtually nonexistent." That's about as reassuring as BP saying that deep water oil drilling poses virtually no risk to the Gulf of Mexico. The mining industry's statement counts on readers to be ignorant of the fact that federal and state agencies do not require wells to measure water pollution more than a thousand feet underground, where uranium mining threatens aquifers that feed springs deep within the Grand Canyon. No monitoring means contamination is undetected: out of sight, out of mind. But that's changing as the U.S. Geological Survey pieces together samples taken from ...
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Suite of Bills Would Close Fracking Loopholes 20.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'Nay!': US Senate Fails in Attempt to Force Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline 19.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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If Democrats Are Serious, They'll Reject Keystone XL and Sen. Landrieu 18.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This November, the Koch Brothers and their friends in the oil industry used tens of millions of dollars to successfully replace Senate Majority Leader Reid with Mitch McConnell, a Republican more welcoming of their polluting agenda. The first demand from the oil industry for their assistance is the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead of uniting the party and creating cohesion and opposing the Koch brothers' polluting agenda, the response of Senate Democrats suggests they are more concerned about politics than the planet. The two parties are now competing to see which party can stamp its name on the Keystone XL pipeline that threatens our planet first. This is a transparent Hail Mary to save one of the oil industry's biggest champions, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The Koch brothers bought themselves an election , and now Senate Democrats are trying to build them a pet project in order to protect an oil industry champion. Talk about inviting the wolf into the hen house. Even when Senate ...
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Just call John Hickenlooper the Silver Fox 13.11.2014 Writers on the Range
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For Whom the Bell Tolls 6.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For a political veteran, American politics has seemed disjointed and occasionally irrational in recent years. People are voting against their own interests. Campaign speeches are often ideological statements designed to appeal to a "base." And most of all the money. In the past twenty or thirty years, we have managed to thoroughly corrupt our democratic system through the intricate network of a permanent political class composed of lobbyists, campaign professionals, fund raisers, and the media. Every generation longs for a better past, often one that never was as good as it seems in memory. But there was a time when idealism triumphed over power and men and women of good will, often young, entered public service out of a purer motive of doing something for our country. Mark Udall was one of those. He came about as close to representing an ideal Colorado Senator as anyone in my lifetime. He embodies Western culture and values. He served out of duty not vanity. He subscribed to the principles of ...
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Mark Udall, Leading Senate Voice on NSA Surveillance and Environment, Ousted in Heated Colorado Race 5.11.2014 Democracy Now!
The Republican gains in a majority of the midterms’ tightly contested Senate races included Colorado, where Cory Gardner ousted Sen. Mark Udall, a leading Senate voice on the environment and National Security Agency surveillance of Americans. Outside groups poured millions of dollars into the campaigns. We’re joined from Denver by Susan Greene of The Colorado Independent, a longtime reporter and columnist.
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What Time Do The Polls Close? 4.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tuesday is Election Day in America, so here's a roundup of when the polls close in each state. If you still haven't figured out where you have to go to cast your vote, use this tool to find your polling place. Colorado and Washington voters are participating in a mail-in election -- while Colorado voters are still able to submit their votes at ballot drop off locations on Election Day, Washington state voters will not have the opportunity to do so, and are thus excluded from the below list. NOTE: All times are listed in Eastern Time. States designated by * have multiple closing times, as they span more than one time zone. 6 ...
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What Time Do The Polls Close? 4.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tuesday is Election Day in America, so here's a roundup of when the polls close in each state. If you still haven't figured out where you have to go to cast your vote, use this tool to find your polling place. Colorado and Washington voters are participating in a mail-in election -- while Colorado voters are still able to submit their votes at ballot drop off locations on Election Day, Washington state voters will not have the opportunity to do so, and are thus excluded from the below list. NOTE: All times are listed in Eastern Time. States designated by * have multiple closing times, as they span more than one time zone. 6 ...
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Here Are The Biggest Campaign Whoppers Of The 2014 Midterms 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Braley’s VA Hearing Attendance Under Attack , Aug. 1 Misleading Ads About Taxes Nothing, the saying goes, is as certain as death and taxes. To that we might add “and misleading political ads about taxes.” As usual, 2014 campaigns have been filled with bloated boasts about tax cuts and off-base accusations that an opponent has raised taxes. The bipartisan deal reached on New Year’s Day in 2013 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff provided plenty of ad fodder for both sides. Known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the compromise agreement permanently extended Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone except for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000 a year. That led to a grossly misleading boast by McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, who voted for the bipartisan deal. McConnell claimed he “[s]aved 99% of Kentuckians from Obama’s Tax Increases.” But Obama’s plan would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning up to $250,000 for families ...
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Senate Battle Looks As Competitive As Ever, But GOP Holds The Edge 26.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The 2014 midterms are going down to the wire, but Republicans hold a slim edge in the states they need to take control of the Senate, new polling finds. A set of NBC/Marist polls released Sunday find Republicans' numbers mostly on the upswing in the crucial swing states of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina, all of which remain within the margin of error. A sixth race, South Dakota, which briefly looked competitive, now seems to be firmly in the Republican camp. The GOP needs to win a net total of six seats to retake the Senate. The results of online panel surveys conducted by YouGov for The New York Times and CBS, also released Sunday , show a similar national environment, although with more stability in most races. The panel, which re-interviewed voters who'd previously been asked who they supported, found that 90 percent hadn't changed their minds. The small amount of change, mostly among undecided voters, didn't lean particularly toward either party, YouGov found. Both sets of ...
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Mike Coffman vs. Andrew Romanoff Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Colorado District 6 U. S. House of Representatives Race 2014 20.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Mike Coffman vs. Andrew Romanoff U.S. House of Representatives race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with accurate information for informed voting. Because these guides have been so well received and are useful for all voting citizens who want to be better informed, we are also posting them here. We developed our guides by analyzing information from trusted resources such as www.votesmart.org , www.ontheissues.org , www.ballotpedia.com , www.politifact.com , www.factcheck.org , www.vote411.org and from ...
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