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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 7, 20175min127
Sen. Matt Jones of Louisville said Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill in the next session to give local governments more authority to “plan, zone, and refuse to allow oil and gas operations as they see fit — just as they do with every other industry.” Though Jones is the Senate Democrats’ appointed leader […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 4, 20173min1824
While a Democratic effort to restore marijuana tax money to special districts was underway, Colorado state Sen. Matt Jones was pitching a different idea to fund a commuter rail Tuesday. The Democrat from Louisville would like to see marijuana tax money directed to metro Denver’s Regional Transportation District to keep the special district’s promises to […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 24, 20179min84
Sometime between now and November, a select committee of lawmakers will come up with their own ideas for the direction of Colorado’s 2-year-old water plan. It’s a bit of a change-up from the current role of the Colorado General Assembly, which for the past several years has done little more than write checks to implement […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 25, 20173min924

Long-timers at the state Capitol would have a hard time imagining the place without state Sen. Matt Jones. Off and on, the Democrat from Louisville has been in the legislature since he was elected to the House in 1986.

But next year, he plans to run for Boulder County Commission, he tells Colorado Politics.

Jones is a former pro mogul skier, wildland firefighter and, this past session, deputy Senate minority leader for Conservation, Clean Energy and Climate Change. During most of his long legislative career, he has been part of the Democratic leadership.

“Having twice survived cancer, I know what it is like to be knocked down,” Jones said. “I also know how to keep hope, get back up and come back stronger, just as we must stand up to Donald Trump and regressive policies. We must keep Boulder County a leader on climate, public lands, transportation, and education. We cannot let Trump and the federal government undercut the progress Boulder County has made.

“We have a great county. I’ll fight to keep it that way.”

Jones is seeking the District 3 County Commission seat held by Cindy Domenico, who faces term limits next year.

Jones was re-elected to the Senate last year, after he ran without opposition. If he loses the County Commission race, he’ll still have a job in Denver.

The race won’t be easy. Lafayette Mayor Christine Berg filed to run for the seat in April. Interestingly enough, she endorsed Jones for state Senate.

Besides a stellar legislative career, Jones  touts 18 years in local government as a Boulder open space and trails planner and part-time wildland firefighter. He fought the Fourmile fire in Boulder County in 2010.

He said he would work for solar energy and and a commuter rail to Boulder, as well as oppose oil and gas companies’ overreach.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 28, 201710min1130

Sate Sen. John Cooke, a Republican from Greeley, played point-man Thursday in an effort to <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/touted-energy-efficiency-program-re-hits-legislative-speed-bump/" target="_blank">kill</a> a popular Colorado energy efficiency program, which he argued was an absurd waste of money and a form social engineering. But <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB17-1227" target="_blank">House Bill 1227</a>, which would reauthorize the ten-year-old program, isn’t dead yet, and its bipartisan supporters didn’t submit meekly to the surprise legislative jiu-jitsu Cooke let loose in the Senate Agriculture and Energy Committee.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 19, 201715min98

In Colorado, the rule is that oil and gas wells can be sited 1,000 feet from a school building. A bill that aimed to update that rule to measure the setback instead from the school property line drew crowds to the Capitol this month to testify in support of it and major drilling industry figures to argue against it. In the end, there were no surprises concerning its fate. Oil and gas drilling has long been a top partisan issue at the Legislature.