Paula NoonanPaula NoonanSeptember 18, 20165min340

Oil and gas companies had a good day in Colorado this week when Secretary of State Wayne Williams declared that two anti-fracking initiatives, Nos. 75 and 78, didn’t collect enough signatures to meet the 98,000-plus threshold to get on the ballot. The industry, which had already spent over $15 million to defeat the proposed constitutional amendments, was relieved of spending many millions more.


David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsAugust 31, 20168min427

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Monday told The Colorado Statesman that the battle for greater local control over oil and gas drilling will keep coming back every two years if the State Legislature is unable to take action on the emotionally charged issue of fracking in and around neighborhoods. “Issues are always best addressed legislatively, but if the Legislature fails to address it, I’m sure proponents of ballot initiatives will be back,” Polis told The Statesman on Monday after Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams concluded supporters of two anti-fracking ballot initiatives — one of which Polis backed — didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures.

Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 8, 201634min446

DENVER — Good morning, and Happy Monday. Today is Happiness Happens Day, founded by the Secret Society of Happy People, an organization aiming to spread the joy of being happy, in 1999. But, former U.S. Rep. and bygone Republican Tom Tancredo ... he wasn't so happy, at least not yesterday. That is to say he sounded kind of curmudgeonly, but perhaps today he's pleased with himself, so able to fully celebrate the happy holiday. Read on to find out why ... Today is the last day for activists to file petition signatures with the secretary of state's office. Will fractivists have the signatures they need to get one or both of their measures onto the November ballot? They are really doing some last-minute scrambling! Read on for more in today's Colorado politics ecosphere ...