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Denver Sheriff’s Department is flailing, despite reform efforts

Fifteen months after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Sheriff Patrick Firman as a “change agent” to reform the city’s jails, deputies see conditions as...

Xcel Energy praised nationally, blasted locally on solar energy front

Xcel Energy shines nationally when it comes to providing solar energy to its customers, according to a recent survey, but locally representatives of Colorado’s solar industry say the state’s largest utility has done much to undermine their energy sector since the beginning of the year.

Coloradans want more oil and gas regulations, new NWF poll finds

A new poll released Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation (pdf) found that nearly two-thirds of Coloradans surveyed favor more oversight of the state’s oil and gas industry, as well as mandatory requirements for best technological practices to better protect public health and wildlife habitat.

Colorado’s GOP leadership rallies around Maes, Wadhams – with a few...

Whether Republicans like it or not, Dan Maes is their nominee for governor. Whether they like him or not, most GOP county chairs in Colorado say they support Maes. The Colorado Independent called all 64 county GOP chairs, spoke with 28, and left messages for most of the rest.

Hickenlooper still leads big as Tancredo surpasses Maes

Denver Democratic Mayor John Hickenlooper leads the Colorado gubernatorial race by 21 points, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday. But more surprising,...

GOP desire for an uncontested primary leads to trainwreck

The Republican Party calls itself a big tent. In Colorado, every square inch of tattered canvas is needed. Even then, there seem to be a few people who feel like they’ve been left out in the rain. The Colorado Independent last week called all 64 county GOP chairs in Colorado. A lot of them are not happy. At least as it relates the governor’s race; most of those we talked to think the train has run off the tracks.

GOP pollster finds Perlmutter in close contest with Frazier

A Republican pollster recently conducted a survey that found Democratic incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Ryan Frazier roughly even in their contest for Colorado's...

Bill aims to improve wages, working conditions for immigrant shepherds

State Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Denver, is proposing a bill to improve conditions for immigrant shepherds on Colorado’s Western Slope, according to the Grand Junction...

Gas executives bullish on next boom; Penry still pedaling doom, gloom

Continuing to ignore global economic conditions precipitated in part by eight years of Republican economic policies, state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction,...

Oil and gas industry reps attack FRAC Act survey

Oil and gas industry representatives this week continued to assail a phone survey in Colorado’s Third Congressional District showing overwhelming support for federal regulation of a natural-gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing.