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THE deal was up. The deal was down. The deal sat for weeks as lawmakers, lobbyists, environmental watchdogs and oil and gas executives postponed...
“If the group accepted donations and made direct appeals to voters to support or oppose the initiative, then they fall under the requirements of the city charter and should have filed reports with the city."
The vote in Colorado tomorrow that will have the most immediate effect on state politics is likely not the four-way Republican primary race for governor, but the the vote in Loveland on a proposed moratorium on fracking.
Local control measures to give communities more power over who fracks where are more likely to hit ballots this fall then ever now that a last-minute compromise effort at the state capitol has fallen apart.
They organized, collected signatures, won a ruling from a judge, but Protect Our Loveland will likely have to wait and weather more appeals before their petition for a two-year halt on fracking can be put to a vote.
Things happened over the weekend other than the Broncos game and the Grammys. Not that anyone -- except apparently New York Times economist Paul Kruger -- is interested in anything else.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says he understands citizen concerns about neighborhood gas drilling but maintains that passing local laws restricting the activity is the wrong way to address the problem.