Dan Njegomir

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In Colorado politics, the path to victory isn’t necessarily paved in gold

“…(Y)ou can’t just waltz in and buy yourself a seat in Congress or a governorship,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, tells Sandra Fish of KUNC-FM public radio in Greeley. Fish tests that hypothesis in an eye-opening report for the station this week and concludes that plenty of wealthy Colorado candidates who self-funded […]

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Eco-wisdom — out of the mouths of babes (and climate warriors)

If a 7-year-old sports a T-shirt proclaiming, “My Body, My Choice” or “Don’t Tread On Me,” it’s a fairly safe assumption mom or dad had something to do with it. But what if 17-year-old “climate warrior” and “hip hop artist” Xiuhtezcatl Martinez proposes a regulation to the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission requiring that drilling permits […]

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Interior chief to Colorado’s Cory Gardner: Ancients ain’t on the bubble

So, maybe all us Coloradans at last can stop our worrying, OK? U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s office even provided a video clip of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confirming for Gardner in a committee hearing Tuesday what Gov. John Hickenlooper had concluded earlier this year: that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Southwest Colorado isn’t going […]

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Colorado’s swamp drainer Ken Buck bashes big business’ voice in Washington

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck addresses the biennial reorganization meeting of the Colorado Republican Party's central committee on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Englewood High School. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Ken Buck and talk radio go together like peanut butter and jelly. And just about anytime the conservative Republican U.S. rep from Colorado’s 4th Congressional District turns up on the airwaves, it’s also likely to turn up on the radar of left-ish media watchdog and political blogger Jason Salzman. That’s how we learned of a […]

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$4.5 million, eh? So, what do they really want for all that money?

A $4.5 million grant announced this week to help Colorado study good government may have impressed Gov. John Hickenlooper and perhaps a host of others, but it doesn’t sit well with conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics. You’ll recall ColoradoPolitics.com’s Joey Bunch reported on the windfall Tuesday: The grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will […]

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How did we miss it? Former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton now aboard Trump train at HHS

We are supposed to be on top of these things. Alas. Here we are, just now reporting that Colorado’s third woman lieutenant governor — she was the first Republican woman to have held that office — went to Washington last month to become director of intergovernmental and external affairs for the U.S. Department of Health […]

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Bipartisan pols close ranks with rural Colorado landowners over ‘right to farm’

After a years-long court battle with a neighbor, a West Slope Colorado family has won a jury verdict in Delta County District Court affirming its right to operate a 15,000-hen egg farm under Colorado’s “right to farm” law. The case is said to have far-reaching implications for farming as well as property rights in general, […]

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County clerks aren’t just guardians of democracy; they’re its ‘rock stars’

Don’t believe us? Just ask Lynn Bartels, communications chief for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Lynn’s must-read blog — reflecting her wisdom from decades as news hound covering government and politics for the mainstream media — frequently showcases the mechanics of the election process. A blog post this week bearing the headline, “Colorado’s county […]

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