Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsMay 18, 20165min614

Littleton's city council once again denied the will of its voters when they killed a proposal last night to lift the city's three-year ban on retail marijuana sales inside city limits. The shocking 1-5 vote followed the second reading of draft ordinance 4-2016 before a standing room only overflow crowd that packed the chambers. The plan would have allowed existing medical marijuana facilities already operating inside Littleton city limits to offer retail sales to the public as well. Under the plan, only existing facilities who service medical clients would have been allowed to expand into retail sales; no new pot shops would have been permitted in Littleton.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 27, 20167min372

While attention has been focused on Colorado's battle over beer and wine, advocates of a soda tax in Boulder have been making their move to place a measure on the November ballot. Healthy Boulder Kids has filed ballot language which proposes a two-cent-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drinks including sodas and other beverages made with sugar, sweeteners, powders and syrups. For perspective, a 20-ounce soda would be subject to a 40 cent tax. Beverages on Boulder's target list include drinks that contain at least 5 grams of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or other added sweeteners per 12 fluid ounces. How popular the measure would be is uncertain.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 18, 20166min365

An initiative is headed to the November ballot to modernize Colorado's liquor licensing/alcohol industry and to allow grocery stores and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and wine. If passed, the measure would end Colorado's 83-year rule that allows only 3.2 percent alcohol to be sold at such stores. Proponents of the initiative say that Coloradans should have the ability to purchase beverages of their choice at their local markets but they are currently not permitted to do so.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 13, 20169min387

At the Colorado Republican assembly, Darryl Glenn walked onto stage and gave his nomination speech for U.S. Senator the way he has done everything else in his life — with a bang. With no notes, no teleprompter and no cue cards, Glenn gave a rousing speech that was met with a roaring standing ovation. The speech, combined with his over one year of campaigning leading up to the assembly is what ultimately got him onto the ballot. Glenn knocked eight of his competitors off the ballot completely, including frontrunner state Sen. Tim Neville whose campaign was deemed by many to be all but a sure thing to make the June primary ballot.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 13, 20167min634

Proponents of recreational marijuana sales achieved a huge victory in Littleton this week as the city council agreed to draft an ordinance to allow retail sales within city limits, something which has been banned in Littleton since 2013 after Colorado voters authorized it with the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012. The victory comes after months of discussion and debate, as well as an in-depth study which culminated in a special Pot Study Committee overseen by the city council. The momentum for allowing sales had increased in recent days as the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association — the leading business organization in the city center — overwhelmingly voted 29 to 5 in support of lifting the city's ban.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 13, 201610min565

There is a reason so many Republican candidates are in the race to take a shot at unseating Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet ... besides the fact the GOP's stronger top-tier bench of candidates all decided not to run. Colorado's open Senate seat is one of nine seats nationwide that has been identified as competitive, and in one of the most important battleground states to boot. While Bennet is incredibly well-funded and financially prepared for a fight, the fact that the Senate seat is in play during a presidential year complicates the equation for him and the Democratic Party. Historically, Senate seats are uniquely tied to presidential races and can pivot on a dime depending on the national mood of the electorate.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 13, 20168min318

Anti-fracking environmental activists aim to have three proposals on the November ballot that would make it tougher for the energy industry to engage in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Colorado. The three initiatives — numbered 63, 75 and 78 — filed by Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development are the last proposals standing from the nearly dozen initially filed by activists last year. Initiative 78 proposes a mandatory setback of at least 2,500 feet for any new oil and gas wells - including wells that undergo fracking - from occupied structures or what proponents call "areas of concern." Those areas of concern could include lakes, rivers, playgrounds, sports fields, public parks, open spaces, outdoor concert facilities, and drinking water sources (even though Gov. John Hickenlooper himself drank fracking water a few years ago to prove it is safe).


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 9, 201612min416

A vacuum of well-known GOP leaders willing to step up and run for U.S. Senate in Colorado has created one of the largest fields of candidates in state history seeking to oust a sitting Democrat U.S. Senator. More than a dozen GOP candidates including state senators, county commissioners, veterans and entrepreneurs are vying to topple Sen. Michael Bennet. During any other election year, it might be a tall order. But in the 2016 presidential election year, toppling one of the state's top Democrats might not be such a struggle.