Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 13, 201725min431

DENVER — Good morning. Happy Friday! You've now made it through two full days of the Colorado Legislature being back in session. Yay! A couple of reminders right off in case you missed it. Don't forget that The Hot Sheet is now free to all readers! Tell your friends. But that's not all folk. No, no, no. All of The Colorado Statesman's coverage and analysis of the Colorado Legislature's 2017 session is also free to the public. Have fun! Tired of your clogged arterial routes? (For those of you tired of clogged arteries, check a medical newsletter - not this one). Well, we are too. Turns out we're not alone. Pollsters are showing transportation issues are a top pet peeve among Coloradans this year ... so the politicians will be tracking that path closely this session.


John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 12, 201716min602

Gov. John Hickenlooper likely had to rewrite the <a href="" target="_blank">State of the State speech</a> he delivered Thursday, or at least rethink it. He surely thought he would be addressing a Legislature controlled by Democrats working in concert with a Clinton administration in Washington. Things didn't turn out that way. Instead, the governor as speaking to the same kind of Legislature he spoke to last year — a divided Legislature where Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate. So he delivered a speech similar to the one he delivered last year. At nearly every turn, he lamented the lack of money lawmakers have to spend on “core services” in the state, including education and health care, and on long-overdue updates to the state’s transportation and communication infrastructures.


James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 11, 20174min303

Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado's Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn't given up on the proposal's goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado's status as a national leader in fighting air pollution.

Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 9, 20172min608

Kathy Green, communications director for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, will be transitioning out of the administration to return to consulting, Hickenlooper announced Monday, Jan. 9. Green started working for the state of Colorado in 2011 as communications and marketing director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Colorado Tourism Office. Hickenlooper hired Green in 2014 to be his communications director. Their history together goes back more than a decade, since Green served in various communications roles for then-Denver-Mayor Hickenlooper.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 9, 20177min369

Governor John Hickenlooper is developing a strategy for Colorado to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that would allow the state to collect tax from online sales. The Supreme Court upheld Colorado's "Amazon tax," which could allow the state to collect taxes on out-of-state internet sales. It requires online retailers to report their sales information to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Some businesses opposed the reporting requirement and the tax as a burden on interstate commerce that they say is forbidden by the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution. The Clause prohibits state action that creates an “undue burden” on interstate commerce.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 3, 20173min334

Just before starting his search for a new head coach for the Denver Broncos, John Elway denied any plans to throw his name in the hopper with others already mentioned as potential candidates for Colorado governor in 2018. Speaking to 9News on Monday, Jan. 2, the Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback said he planned to continue working for the Broncos, despite his contract ending in another year. He and Broncos president Joe Ellis have discussed extending that contract since October.


David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsDecember 30, 201615min415

Despite a growing list of climate change doubters and fossil fuel industry supporters and executives comprising the list of Trump administration cabinet nominees, Democratic Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are hopeful the state’s clean energy economy and outdoor recreation industry can continue to thrive. Mostly, though, there’s a growing sense of dread from the conservation community as President-elect Donald Trump picks people like Republican Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke for the post of Interior Secretary, former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Oil and gas industry representatives, meanwhile, are eagerly looking forward to Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20. About a third of Colorado is owned by the federal government and managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service. Coal mining and oil and gas companies have for the past eight years of the Obama administration lamented environmental regulations perceived as hurdles to energy production on public lands.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min445

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 28, 20162min377

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Drucilla Pugh, of Pueblo, to serve as a non-attorney on the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline for a term expiring June 30, 2019. The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline monitors and disciplines misconduct of judges and justices of the state courts of Colorado, and provides education programs to judges on their ethics obligations under the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct.