John Hickenlooper

8:56am

Fri June 20, 2014
Politics

Will The 'War On Rural Colorado' Play At The Ballot Box?

A farm on the rolling plains of Yuma County, June, 2014.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

There’s often a divide between Colorado’s rural lawmakers and those representing larger communities along the urban Front Range. That dynamic was apparent during the 2014 legislative session with Republicans routinely blaming Democrats for waging what they said is a "war on rural Colorado."

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7:22am

Tue June 17, 2014
Oil and Gas

How Property Law Could Affect The Colorado Frack Ban Debate

File photo. Gov. Hickenlooper has recently been working to drum up support for a compromise bill on local control of oil and gas regulations.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

As Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper weighs whether to call a special legislative session to deal with oil and gas issues, the issue of property rights is on his mind.

The governor has equated some of the recently passed bans and moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to "…snatching the property of a citizen. Just taking it without due compensation."

While in some cases the courts could interpret fracking bans as taking away private property, getting to the point where a ban is ruled a taking of private property would be time consuming and costly, experts say.

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9:09am

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session

Governor Hickenlooper speaking in December, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.

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7:12am

Tue June 10, 2014

In Colorado, 'The Politics Of Fracking Have Yet To Be Tested'

Lead in text: 
Governor Hickenlooper's office has announced a compromise bill has been reached to head off a local control fight over fracking at the ballot. No special session as been called for it yet and there remain doubts it will come to fruition. The New York Times looks at the debate fracking has taken on in the state.
Source: Nytimes · Via: Grace Hood on Twitter
An impassioned national debate over the oil-production technique known as fracking is edging toward the ballot box in Colorado, opening an election-year rift between moderate, energy-friendly Democrats and environmentalists who want to rein in drilling or give local communities the power to outlaw it altogether.

8:01am

Mon June 9, 2014
Mental Health

Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill

A sheriff's deputy checks on prisoners in the administrative segregation section, Unit 4C, of the Pueblo County, Colo., jail April 4, 2014.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday, June 6 that bans the practice of keeping seriously mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement.

The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, won the support of advocates and rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who say the isolation of prisoners with mental illness violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and endangers public safety.

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