Partisan election-law rewrite a disaster for Colorado

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May 12, 2013

By Scott Gessler

Scott Gessler

Following a secret, months-long process and without any input from my office, voters or Republican legislators, Democrats rammed through legislation that fundamentally changes how we run our elections.

Unfortunately, this election-law rewrite will lead to disaster. Continue reading

Longmont piling up legal fees defending fracking lawsuits

As Fort Collins awaits similar fracking lawsuit, Longmont racks up $69,000 in legal fees

Longmont faces two lawsuits related to its oil and gas restrictions

The Coloradoan
May 2, 2013

If you’re wondering what it might cost Fort Collins to defend itself in court if it is sued for banning fracking, the answer is a quickly moving target.

The only other city in Colorado to ban fracking and restrict energy development within city limits is Longmont, which has spent nearly $69,000 in legal fees through March 31 defending itself against two lawsuits challenging the city’s oil and gas regulations. Continue reading

Andrews: A very different Colorado

OPINION
The Denver Post:  04/28/13

By John Andrews

Watch closely as the legislature is in its final days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game-changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good.

Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican-led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties. We’ve seen the GOP in complete control, as they were briefly under Gov. Bill Owens, and the Dems in complete control, as they are now under Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But never in my 40 years here have we seen so aggressive an ideological agenda rammed through by one party — and with a nasty kicker in the form of rigged election rules that could lock in the dominant party’s gains for a generation. That’s what I mean by a game-changer. Continue reading

Hickenlooper: Longmont lawsuit was last resort

GUEST COMMENTARY

“Our ultimate responsibility is to protect people, not property rights,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)

The Denver Post:   04/17/2013

By John Hickenlooper

Through many years of operating brewpubs, I took pride in never going to court. It’s not that lawyers aren’t deserving of love, it’s just that we prefer to get things done without having to resort to the courts.

That was our philosophy in business and through nearly two terms as a mayor of Denver. It’s still our view in the governor’s office.

That’s why we didn’t take filing legal action against Longmont lightly. Continue reading

Carroll: The anti-fracking goons in Boulder

OPINION

POSTED: 12/07/2012
By Vincent Carroll
Denver Post Columnist

“It really started almost immediately when we entered the building,” Wendy Wiedenbeck said of the intimidation she encountered at a meeting of the Boulder County commission Tuesday.

“It was very obvious that it was going to be a tough night … ,” she added. “People were trying to block us as we walked through hallways.” Continue reading