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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 5, 201710min640

A proposed initiative to limit growth survived two protests before the Colorado Secretary of State's Initiative Title Setting Review Board, although some wording changes were made to clarify and address some of the concerns. The Wednesday, Jan. 4, hearing concerned what is being called Initiative 4 for the 2018 general election ballot, a measure proposed by Dan Hayes of Golden that would place a 1 percent annual increase limit on new housing building permits in 2019 and 2020 in 10 Front Range counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld. That limit would stay in place unless amended or repealed by voters in each county, starting in 2021. The measure would also allow the rest of Colorado's counties to set local housing growth limits through voter-approved initiatives and referendums, specifies the number of signatures needed to put housing limits on the ballot and how petitions can be challenged.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 5, 20173min551

Melissa Kuipers Blake, a leading lobbyist and strategist in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrec’s Denver government relations department, has been promoted to shareholder. With over 18 years of national legislative experience, Kuipers Blake leads negotiations for her clients between the Colorado Senate, House and governor and is known for her issue knowledge, political strategy development and campaign fundraising prowess, according to a news release from the firm.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 28, 20163min395

A contract between the City of Aurora and Dentons for lobbying services during the upcoming Colorado General Assembly was delayed for a few weeks by City Council over conflict of interest wording in the contract. Councilwoman Angela Lawson, a lobbyist program manager for the Colorado Secretary of State's office, noted during the City Council's Nov. 21 meeting that most lobbying contracts contain a statement on how potential conflicts of interest will be addressed.