Ethics Watch in the News
April 15, 2014

Ethics commission rules for Hickenlooper against Gessler

Colorado’s ethics commission has been the subject of intense accusations of partisanship over the last two years as it weighed allegations of improper spending on the part of two of the state’s highest officeholders, one Republican and one Democrat. On Monday, the commission opened itself up to more abuse when it ruled to dismiss a complaint against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, who is running for reelection, and then declined to revisit a decision it handed down last year against Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who is running for the chance to unseat Hickenlooper this November.

The commission voted four to one against pursuing allegations that the governor violated the state gift ban by accepting a two-day hotel stay in Aspen last August during the Democratic Governor’s Association meeting and that he misused state funds by having a staffer spend five hours preparing background and policy briefs for the conference — a partisan event, according to the allegation, that should have been paid out of campaign funds. The estimated amount of taxpayer money in question fell between $100 and $1,000.

Bill standardizing CORA fees sent to Hickenlooper

CFOIC (Jeffrey A. Roberts) If the cost of obtaining public records is too high, information that rightly belongs to everyone is off limits for many. Read More ›

Rep. Polis says ethics commission he helped create does “important work”

The Denver Post (Lynn Bartels) U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has no qualms about putting the ethics measure Amendment 41 on the ballot, saying it works the way it was intended to and does “very important work.” Read More ›

Elbert County Commissioner Rowland is target of ethics complaint

Elbert County News (Staff Reporter) County attorney's role in appeal questioned Read More ›

Gay marriage comes to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Colorado Independent (John Tomasic) A key chapter in the story of gay marriage in the United States opens today in Denver, where the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments in the pathbreaking Utah case that in December struck down that state’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriages. Read More ›

Panel urges citizens to let the Sunshine in

Reporter-Herald (Alex Burness) Forum discusses need for government transparency and citizen watchdogs Read More ›

State Senator’s bill reduces public records fees

Northern Colorado Business Report (Steve Lynn) A bill that would limit exorbitant fees charged by state and local governments for records requests gained steam Monday with approval by the state Senate on the measure's second reading. Read More ›

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