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March 22, 2016

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Colorado lobbying law offers murky picture of influence on politics

Colorado's system for telling the public who is spending money to shape state policy amounts to a complicated honor system the average concerned citizen would struggle to untangle. The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity last year deemed Colorado "largely sleaze-free" but dinged the state for its lack of transparency on lobbyists. Read More ›

Court: Colorado’s GOP’s creation of super PAC was legal

A super PAC created by Colorado’s Republican Party to accept unlimited campaign contributions is legal as long as it doesn’t coordinate with the party, a state court said in an opinion released Thursday. Read More ›

Database records bill dies, but stakeholders hope to work on a compromise

Opposition from a state agency and several local governments Wednesday doomed proposed legislation intended to modernize Colorado’s open-records law by requiring that public records kept in database formats be available to the public in similar formats. Read More ›

At the State Capitol: Colorado Open Records Act

Members of the Senate State , Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted on a party line against legislation to modernize the Colorado Open Records Act, meant to bolster public access to government records. Read More ›

Ethics complaint filed for Glendale mayor’s vote regarding wife’s marijuana dispensary

A watchdog group has launched an ethics complaint against the city of Glendale’s mayor regarding a new dispensary owned by his wife. Read More ›

Anadarko Anoints ‘Brand Ambassadors’ to Fight Off Drilling Bans

Windsor High School junior Kamille Hocking worried a dozen oil wells on her family’s 132-acre Colorado homestead might sicken them. Then, Rebecca Johnson, an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. engineer, used a blender in her chemistry class to show the interaction of swirling frack sand, city water and friction reducer. Read More ›

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