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Should Dems fight latest recall attempt, or play rope-a-dope?

Now that a second effort to recall state Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Aurora, has been launched by NRA-backed Republicans, maybe it’s time for Democrats to reconsider their strategy as they attempt to fight off such efforts. When recall petitions were certified against Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, Democrats huffed and puffed… Continue Reading Should Dems fight latest recall attempt, or play rope-a-dope?

He once led Pikes Peak Community College. Now, Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is a leading candidate to become U.S. secretary of labor, according to a Reuters article today. The news service cites sources familiar with the situation. Garcia, a Hispanic former president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, would bring racial diversity and a Western flair… Continue Reading Lt. Gov. Garcia could be tapped for U.S. cabinet job

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In response to recent mass shootings, one of which took place in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled an $18.5 million plan to strengthen the state’s mental health services and support system. “For the past five months, in response to the Aurora shooting, we have been working to expand mental health care and services across Colorado,”… Continue Reading Governor creates $18.5 million plan to address mental health needs

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Colorado needs fiscal and constitutional reforms, according to TBD Colorado, a group set up by Gov. John Hickenlooper to encourage civic engagement in solving the state’s problems. “Our state has endless positive potential,” said TBD Colorado Board Chairman Greg Maffei. “Important, forward-facing actions and decisions must be made to ensure a vibrant future. Analysts from… Continue Reading TBD Colorado: State needs fiscal, constitutional reforms

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has consolidated a number of programs under a new office, the Office of Early Childhood Development. The office will be under  the umbrellas of the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services. It will bring together programs from four divisions within CDHS, including child care licensing, quality initiative, Colorado child care assistance,… Continue Reading Governor creates new early childhood office

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New York City’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks sounds extreme — but the governor of the nation’s leanest state is listening. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says elected officials run a political risk for proposing dramatic lifestyle changes that Hickenlooper called “one step away from the nanny state.” But the Democratic governor also said he… Continue Reading NYC’s sugary drink ban catches CO gov’s attention

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Regional governmental groups will meet with Gov. John Hickenlooper to discuss transportation funding for the Pikes Peak region.   The meeting is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Penrose House Conference Center’s Pavilion.   All mayors, city council, county commissioners, town trustees and city managers in the Pikes Peak region… Continue Reading Hickenlooper, regional leaders to meet Friday

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Oil falls to $100 on growth in U.S. supplies

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Oil is falling to around $100 per barrel after a U.S. government report shows supplies grew unexpectedly as demand for gasoline and other petroleum products dropped. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate on Wednesday fell $1.22 to $100.06 per barrel in morning trading in New York while Brent crude lost $1.23 to $109.28 in London. Prices dropped… Continue Reading Oil falls to $100 on growth in U.S. supplies

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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are traveling to California to meet with business leaders there about Colorado. The governor and mayor’s offices say Hickenlooper and Hancock want to strengthen existing relationships and encourage California business leaders to look at Colorado when they want to expand or grow companies. The trip is Thursday… Continue Reading Hickenlooper, Hancock going to CA on business trip

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Gov. John Hickenlooper released an updated version of the statewide economic development plan created earlier this year to spur Colorado’s economy, help businesses grow and attract new jobs to the state. “Colorado is already seeing the benefits of taking a bottom-up, collaborative approach to economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “Earlier this month, Arrow Electronics announced it… Continue Reading Gov. updates the “bottom-up” economic development plan

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