Tag Archives | Gov. John Hickenlooper

Trump’s AG calls on Hick to address ‘serious findings’ about marijuana in Colorado

In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. Sessions has asked congressional leaders to undo a budget provision that forbids the Department of Justice from interfering with the medical marijuana industry in states that have legalized it. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The Trump administration’s top cop wants to know how Colorado will tackle the troubling findings of a year-old federal report on pot’s use and ill-effects in the region since legalization. That’s the gist of a letter Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper received Thursday from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a report today in The […]

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Cleaning up Colorado’s electricity: a win-win-win for consumers, utilities and communities

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s July 11 Executive Order puts Colorado on the path to meet America’s commitment to the Paris Agreement of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025. It does this by building on the clean energy progress we have already achieved as a state, and by prioritizing working with utilities to achieve these […]

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Have a beef with our highways? (Who doesn’t?) Here’s the new lineup for the Colorado Transportation Commission

In this Feb. 20, 2015, file photo, traffic comes to a standstill along Interstate 25, in downtown Denver. Colorado House Democrats have killed a Republican-backed bill to ask voters if they want to issue $3.5 billion in bonds for state highway construction. The bill was one of two being considered Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to address a chronic backlog in state roads construction. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

The Colorado Department of Transportation, which builds, patches and plows the state’s highways, isn’t just some faceless bureaucracy in Denver. It answers to a board that, in turn, answers to the motoring public. The Colorado Transportation Commission‘s 11 members represent distinct districts across the state and are supposed to ensure the entire transportation grid — […]

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At least one environmentalist calls out Hick on his climate decree

While many environmental groups lauded Gov. John Hickenlooper’s executive order Tuesday committing Colorado to the carbon emissions goals of the Paris climate accord, one environmental activist was doing a double-take — and reaching out to the media with a fact check. Gary Wockner, executive director of Save the Colorado River, sent an email to Colorado […]

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Western guvs’ tilt on Endangered Species Act gets thumbs-up from landowners

On the same day they heard Trump administration Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bemoan a “breach of trust” between the public and the federal government in the West, the region’s governors called for changes in a federal law they say bears some of the blame for that breach. The Western Governors Association adopted a resolution at their annual meeting […]

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In divisive lawsuit over oil and gas drilling, one local government stays on the sidelines

In this Friday, May 27, 2016, photograph, a pump jack works off state highway 119 near Firestone, Colo. Lawmakers battled over a partisan divide on a bill that would have encoded in statute a 1,000 foot setback from school property lines instead of school buildings as is currently the law. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

The much-reported Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission case has divided Colorado state government. Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is challenging a controversial ruling in the case by the Colorado Court of Appeals and is taking it to the Colorado Supreme Court; Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is downplaying the appellate court decision and saying the state […]

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Colorado legislature killed big-picture review of public schools — so guv orders it instead

Reassessing Colorado’s K-12 education system is a big job. So big, evidently, that Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t going to wait for the legislature to get around to it. Certainly not after the state Senate’s ruling Republicans snuffed out legislation that would have gotten the ball rolling during the 2017 session. Hence, the governor’s executive order […]

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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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$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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