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Poll finds Coloradans back gas over coal as PUC weighs Xcel...

Colorado residents overwhelmingly prefer renewable energy and natural gas to coal as an energy source, according to a poll released Tuesday ahead of Colorado Public Utilities Commission deliberations over a controversial energy bill passed last legislative session.

Write-in Curry raising tons of money

When State Rep. Kathleen Curry bolted the Democratic Party in January, she knew she would have her work cut out when she sought re-election...

Coal, gas clash has House race smoldering on Western Slope

The political ramifications of Gov. Bill Ritter’s “New Energy Economy” are likely to energize at least one state House race on the Western Slope, where coal mining and natural gas production are now at odds over the governor’s Clean Air Clean Jobs Act. In the south, sprawling House District 61 includes heavy coal mining along the North Fork of the Gunnison River, and in the north the district includes the eastern reaches of Garfield County’s mega gas patch.

Curry courts unaffiliated voters in high-profile write-in campaign

Kathleen Curry, a three-term state representative from Gunnison, hopes to spark an independent revolution on Colorado’s Western Slope with her write-in candidacy for House District 61 in November.

House Speaker hopeful Scanlan battles teacher-bill fallout and tea party wave

State Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, a rising star on the Colorado political scene, says any talk of her becoming the next Speaker of the House is pointless if Democrats can’t hold onto their current 37-27 House majority in November.

Ritter touts rafting deal, sinks 24 competing ballot measures

Gov. Bill Ritter Tuesday announced an agreement to end the dispute between two commercial rafting outfitters and a private landowner along Colorado’s Taylor River...

Landowner will allow rafting through property after bill sinks

The company that prompted one of the more hotly contested bills of the legislative session – House Bill 1188 dealing with commercial river rafting...

Boating bill swamped by controversy, may lead to summer of river...

A controversial commercial rafting bill - one of the most contentious issues of the just-completed legislative session - sank in choppy waters this week,...

Payday holdout Rep. Curry might be swayed to back regulation

DENVER-- Lawmakers and lobbyists here are doing informal math and developing strategy, asking "Who is for and who is against the payday loan regulation legislation introduced by Denver Democrat Mark Ferrandino?" Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, is against the legislation, as it stands, which doesn't mean she can't be swayed, she told the Colorado Independent today.

Colorado payday loan regulation battle moves backstage

DENVER-- The war to regulate payday loans in Colorado continues behind the scenes at the capitol here. Lobbyists and lawmakers are working hard to shore up votes for and against legislation introduced by Denver Democrats Rep. Mark Ferrandino and Sen. Chris Romer weeks ago. The bill is stalled for now as negotiations over proposed amendments continue. "We are working the bill hard," Ferrandino told the Colorado Independent. "And, as you know, the other side is definitely working it hard, too."
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