Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 16, 201723min415

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Monday! Blah, we know. But, today isn't just any Monday. We have a mountain of a human being to celebrate today. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Let us not forget all this man accomplished for our nation, for civil rights and for true equality. Here's to hoping we see you downtown at the Marade — 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., 9 a.m. If you were one of those trapped in the rush to or from the mountain ski areas on I-70 this week, we feel your pain. All state legislators should be forced to travel the route each weekend as a grim reminder of the state of transportation in Colorado. CDOT served up a single tweet encapsulating what will surely be the weekend norm for the next few months:


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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 12, 20177min421

“Thank you,” newly elected state Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, said in a speech that launched the 71st General Assembly session of the Senate on Wednesday. “And welcome... to all of the holdovers, the crossovers, the do-overs, our re-elected members and our two new members: Senators Fenberg and Smallwood,” he said. It was a memorable line. The holdovers in the Senate are the 17 lucky senators who didn’t have to run for reelection this year. The crossovers are the eight who came to the Senate from the House.


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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsDecember 30, 201615min363

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.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 1, 20165min309

Leaders from the faith community in Colorado and across the Southwest have sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, thanking them for adopting new rules to limit methane waste on public and tribal lands. A Public News Service story said the letter described the policy as in sync with church efforts to counter wasteful attitudes and behaviors that Pope Francis has called a "throwaway culture."