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TCI has a nice summary of crappy campaign finance guy Scott Shires.  Even though he's on probation for one illegal act, he's now under fire for alleged laundering money.

Another crazy ballot initiative?  Perhaps.  If it gets far enough, this anti-tax ballot measure would further cripple state government.

Governor Ritter  is in favor of in-state tuition for undocumented high school graduates.

Oil and gas rules are about to pass in the house.

said Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma. "We want to fix these rules, and they're not letting us."

The oil and gas rule-making process has been a marathon one, stretching over nearly two years, more than 20 hearings and dozens of hours of testimony. During today's hearing, Republicans tried to delay the rules for another year, saying the state needs more time to study them.

Democrats defeated that push, saying the rules are too important to wait. Curry said most people she's heard from in her district support them.

"If we took another year off, they would be subject to another year of the health impacts," Curry said.

Did you hear that?  After 2 years, 20 hearings, and a unanimous vote by the oil and gas commissioners, Cory Gardner is whining that "they're not letting us" gut the rules.  Booo hoooo!

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun the bid process for road construction funded by stimulus money.

Colorado sales tax down revenue is down 16.2% from the same month last year.

According to the CDC smokers in Colorado are down to 18.7% from 22.8% 10 years ago.

Congresswoman Markey is fighting for clean water in small towns.  She offered an amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the portion of funding that goes to small towns.

University of Colorado Regents are calling on state lawmakers to consider sources such as a lottery, local taxes, and oil severance taxes to help fund higher ed.

More bull-crap on oil and gas.  Republicans are calling for two of the oil and gas commissioners to be removed.  Why two?  Every single one of them voted for the new rules.

Senator Udall said he's changing how he deals with earmarks, now only considering requests for funding from public entities, not private corporations.

Bravo to Coloradoan editor Bob Moore for speaking the truth about the newspaper industry.

"We in media must reclaim that leadership mission. But we must do it as part of the community, not removed or above the community," said Bob Moore, attended the former University of Southern Colorado in the 1980s. "This won't be easy. We have to modify our approaches, shed bad habits and master new technology."

I think that's a better plan than blaming bloggers.

Cross-posted at SquareState.

Originally posted to johne on Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 11:03 AM PDT.

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