POLITICS http://kvnf.org en To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C http://kvnf.org/post/resolve-feud-over-fracking-colo-democrats-turn-plan-c Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado Democrats. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:14:00 +0000 30060 at http://kvnf.org Tapia Campaigns In The North Fork, Talks Jobs http://kvnf.org/post/tapia-campaigns-north-fork-talks-jobs <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Democrat Abel </span>Tapia<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> is challenging Republican Congressman Scott Tipton for Colorado's </span>3rd<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Congressional District seat. The </span>3rd<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> District covers most of Western Colorado. </span>Tapia<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> campaigned in the North Fork Valley Friday evening. </span>KVNF's<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Laura </span>Palmisano<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> interviewed </span>Tapia<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> at a voter meet-and-greet in </span>Paonia<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">.</span></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Interview Transcript&nbsp;</strong></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">PALMISANO: The Western Slope is typically very red. What do you think your chances are running against a Republican in this district?</div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Laura Palmisano 29755 at http://kvnf.org Tapia Campaigns In The North Fork, Talks Jobs Last-Minute Bargain Struck On Colorado Oil And Gas Control http://kvnf.org/post/last-minute-bargain-struck-colorado-oil-and-gas-control In a news conference Monday Governor John Hickenlooper, alongside Democratic Congressman Jared Polis and other supporters, announced a deal on local control for oil and gas, heading off a showdown on the November ballot.<p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:40:28 +0000 Bente Birkeland 29753 at http://kvnf.org Last-Minute Bargain Struck On Colorado Oil And Gas Control As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking http://kvnf.org/post/ballot-deadline-looms-muddied-debate-over-colo-fracking "Hello. Are you registered to vote in Colorado?"<p>It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot.<p>With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.<p>Among the hassled Colorado shoppers<strong> </strong>is Veronica Canto, a registered independent from Denver. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Grace Hood 29728 at http://kvnf.org As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking Christie, Governors On Immigrant Kids, Republican Image http://kvnf.org/post/christie-governors-immigrant-kids-republican-image <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Screenshot from aspeninstitute.org. July 24th, 2014." data-attribution="Credit Screenshot from aspeninstitute.org. July 24th, 2014." typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kajx/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/THIS_screenshot.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 115%;">A handful of Republican governors spoke on a panel at the Aspen Institute last night to a packed house. That included New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Improving government was the top theme of the night--- and some trash talk about the Democratic Party.</span><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29:29 +0000 Elise Thatcher 29447 at http://kvnf.org Christie, Governors On Immigrant Kids, Republican Image Personhood's Third Attempt Seeps Into Colorado's Close Senate Race http://kvnf.org/post/personhoods-third-attempt-seeps-colorados-close-senate-race Colorado voters will once again decide on an amendment that would give unborn babies the same constitutional and legal rights as a person. The measure is bringing out some familiar faces – it’s also impacting one of the closest U.S. Senate races in the country.<p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:47:50 +0000 Bente Birkeland 29358 at http://kvnf.org Personhood's Third Attempt Seeps Into Colorado's Close Senate Race Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot http://kvnf.org/post/stumping-beauprez-christie-stands-firm-colorado-pot While campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to back down from his <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/chris-christie-marijuana-colorado-pot-105888.html" target="_blank">comments made earlier in 2014</a>, criticizing Colorado’s quality of life after legalizing recreational marijuana.<p>“We’ve got to stop in public life worrying about making everybody happy and faking it, like we’re going to agree all the time,” said Christie.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:56:12 +0000 Bente Birkeland 29257 at http://kvnf.org Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot Hickenlooper Nixes Special Session, Oil And Gas Battle Moves To The Ballot http://kvnf.org/post/hickenlooper-nixes-special-session-oil-and-gas-battle-moves-ballot Governor John Hickenlooper has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. Hickenlooper said there weren't enough stakeholders on board for a bipartisan solution.<p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:25:28 +0000 Bente Birkeland 28950 at http://kvnf.org Hickenlooper Nixes Special Session, Oil And Gas Battle Moves To The Ballot Contraceptive Ruling Becomes Campaign Trail Flashpoint http://kvnf.org/post/contraceptive-ruling-becomes-campaign-trail-flashpoint Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Democrats in the Senate have unveiled legislation to override the recent Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In that decision, the court sided with the owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, ruling that many businesses do not have to pay for health insurance to cover contraceptives if they object on religious grounds.<p>SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The new legislation is unlikely to pass, but the Hobby Lobby decision has become a flashpoint ahead of the midterm elections. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:53:19 +0000 Mara Liasson 28680 at http://kvnf.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop http://kvnf.org/post/obama-stumps-colorado-womens-vote-backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 28570 at http://kvnf.org Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop