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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinSeptember 21, 201617min91

A proposed constitutional amendment to add stricter regulations to the sale of marijuana and related products in Colorado did not make the Nov. 8 general election ballot because the industry "bought off" companies that help gather petition signatures, backers of the failed measure claim. A marijuana industry official called the allegation untrue and backers "old school" in their total opposition to marijuana.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinAugust 29, 201618min79

It's official, the fight against fracking has reached a dead end in this 2016 election year in news perhaps not surprising to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor this week predicted the demise of two ballot initiatives that would have sought to limit hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. Turns out he was right. Neither of the two measures proposed by anti-fracking activist groups will appear on the November general election ballot after the Colorado Secretary of State's Office determined not enough valid signatures had been turned in by advocates to accomplish that goal. Anti-fracking groups allege an "unprecedented" amount of opposition funding and harassment of petition signature collectors by oil- and-natural-gas-backed opponents helped to keep the two proposed measures off the ballot.


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Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 11, 201639min830

DENVER — Today is the 150th day anniversary of The Hot Sheet! Pretty cool, huh? Thanks for being a loyal reader. In Colorado politics, who among us thought we would be writing so much about an elevator in a Colorado Springs hotel? Seriously? And, Mike Coffman continues to distance himself from Donald Trump, riding a careful strategy that is no doubt attached directly to polling data (smart, but too crafty by half for Democratic strategists not to take note and make issue - also smart). Democrats continue to take full advantage of an unprecedented GOP "toxic" coat tails situation by playing an ongoing game of connect the dots between the national political stage and the state one. The Colorado GOP, however, is not exactly inexperienced in maneuvering through this particular minefield. Lest we not forget, it was not all that long ago they had Dan Maes to deal with ... and Tom Tancredo ... well, they still have Tancredo. Read on for much, much more ...


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Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 8, 201634min720

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 ...


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanMay 19, 20169min1111

Among the persistent vexations in Colorado politics is the lingering and recurrent threat of ballot initiatives. These campaigns are often conceived by special interest groups to upend the balance of power in one area of law or another. Ask many who work in politics, and they will tell you ballot proposals often pose unintended consequences to the state. Colorado's oil and gas industry is a frequent, almost annual example of this phenomenon. In response, a statewide campaign involving business groups, property rights advocates, chambers, elected officials, community leaders and industry groups has emerged in the state, designed to proactively defeat anti-oil and gas initiatives — several of which are expected to appear on voter’s November ballots.   The effort, dubbed “Protect Colorado's Environment, Economy and Energy Independence,” or simply “Protect Colorado,” was forged in direct response to a number of proposed ballot initiatives aimed at upending Colorado's oil and gas industry. These include proposals this year to increase setbacks for oil and gas equipment to what many experts contend are unreasonable distances. Another measure goes even further, giving local governments the right to ban energy development within their jurisdictions altogether.