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The 2018 contest for Colorado governor is shaping up to be a battle of the big bucks.

One wealthy Republican already put $3 million into his campaign. Democratic Congressman Jared Polis, who entered the race mid-June, has spent $10 million on his campaigns since 2000.

But money doesn’t always buy political victory.

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A gunman opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. on June 14, wounding several people including Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

While none of Colorado’s congressmen are on the Republican team, Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Rep. Jared Polis play for the Democrats and were at practice across town when they learned about the shooting.

Perlmutter said when police told the team what happened, they were in total shock.

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“Follow the money.”

That’s a line from All The President’s Men, the film about the 1970s Watergate scandal -- and the investigative reporting that brought down the Nixon presidency. In the aftermath, Congress created the Federal Election Commission to enforce laws governing the funding of elections. The commission has always been made up of six members – three Republicans, three Democrats.

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President Trump signed an executive order that may affect a large swath of Colorado land. It instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monument lands that are more than 100,000 acres if they were designated in the last 21 years.

Zinke anticipates reviewing up to 40 monuments as part of the order, including the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado.

Colorado Part Of New Congressional Cannabis Caucus

Feb 18, 2017
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Citing the need for a “professional presentation” to Congress and the American people, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) announced the newly-formed Congressional Cannabis Caucus at a news conference Feb. 16. The caucus, which includes four Democratic and Republican representatives from states that have legalized marijuana, plans to focus on freeing up banking and tax regulations, opening up research dollars and removing marijuana from the federal list of illegal drugs.

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There are a lot of ways to gauge momentum in politics. If you look at the money both sides of Colorado's hydraulic fracturing debate have raised so far, it seems to be a case of David versus Goliath.

The state's oil and gas industry is preparing for a potential battle at the ballot box against a much less well-funded foe. Supporters of four different ballot measures that seek to restrict drilling are gathering signatures and have raised just tens of thousands of dollars, compared to the more than $6 million that one opposition group has amassed for the fight.

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Despite efforts by Gov. John Hickenlooper to head off citizen ballot measures limiting hydraulic fracturing, a measure that would do just that is now collecting signatures to get on the ballot.

The petition format for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment, also called Initiative 40, was approved by the Colorado Secretary of State's title board Wednesday.

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Congress has until Dec. 11, 2015 to finish work on the budget before the current stopgap expires. In addition to taxes and highway funding, lawmakers will also have to deal with something that happens every five years, reauthorizing the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Although the idea of healthy school meals isn’t provocative, the USDA set nutritional guidelines the bill provides for have generated some pushback.

“We don’t want standards that are so rigid that students no longer want to eat school lunch,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner, spokesperson for the School Nutrition Association, which advocates for healthy school meals - but has recently called for some flexibility in the guidelines.

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Energy development is always a hot topic at the statehouse, but 2015 was oddly quiet. Even with recommendations from a task force studying the issue, state lawmakers did little this past session where oil and gas drilling is concerned. As a result, some of the more long-standing issues as local control and public health concerns are still simmering.

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Election Night brought plenty of drama to races at the top of the ticket with Republican Cory Gardner upsetting Democratic incumbent Mark Udall. But further down the ticket, races for the U.S. House of Representatives brought few surprises.