Colorado Concern 

January 27, 2014

The Week in Review

While January through May the bright light is focused on what is under way at the Colorado State Capitol, another key area under watch by Colorado Concern is the Title Board - the first step initiated ballot measures take in their journey toward Election Day.


Proponents of a ballot measure have until March 21st to file their proposal.  Already, we are seeing  a constitutional measure that is detrimental to Colorado's ability to sustain business growth packaged innocuously as a right to local control.  While it is our belief this is a veiled attempt to end the energy industry's use of hydraulic fracking as a means of extraction, the measure  very specifically puts any for-profit business in its cross hairs.  This cannot stand, and Colorado Concern will stand strong to defeat it.


Below is a link to a guest commentary from the January 24th Denver Post authored by Kelly Brough of the Denver Metro Chamber, John Brackney of the South Metro Denver Chamber and me on this issue.  


"Colorado energy measure would create chaos"


As this debate and discussion ripens we will keep you informed, and will provide avenues to engage.  Meanwhile, if you are in agreement that the energy industry is critical to our state, and that we must have thoughtful and balanced discussions around energy development, please take the time to sign the attached pledge from Vital for Colorado.  You can return your signed pledge to me or simply let me know if you are willing to participate.


If you have questions around energy development broadly, or Initiative 63 specifically, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Also, some of you have not yet signed up for a weekly link to legislation specific to your areas of interest; please do so here.


Go Broncos - beat the Seahawks!





Colorado Concern Legislative Tracking


Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern is tracking. The report includes links to bill text, sponsors, Colorado Concern's positions, bill status, and additional notes.


Click here to download the Colorado Concern At a Glance Status Sheet for quick tracking of Colorado Concern's bills of interest.
Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.
February 14: Colorado Concern Luncheon with U.S. Senator Mark Udall
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., RubinBrown, 1900 16th Street, 3rd Floor, 3rd Floor
February 20: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch with Guest Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, Co-hosted by Walter Isenberg and Kay Norton
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400.

Colorado Concern News Clips  

 Development/Real Estate/Housing

"Zombie subdivisions," abandoned in downturn, plague Colorado counties

Denver Post: January 22


Sloans development set to arise from former St. Anthony site in Denver

Denver Post: January 22


Colorado bill would end bogus foreclosure charges, refund homeowners

Denver Post: January 23


Increased affordable housing funding under consideration in Colorado legislature

Denver Channel: January 23


Economic Development

Metro Denver saw economic development payoff in 2013

Denver Post: January 22


Will the Mile-High City Become ˜Silicon Mountain"? Here's What Coloradans Say

1776: January 22


Federal budget deal puts $2.7 billion into Colorado space projects

Denver Business Journal: January 22


Economic impact of Buckley declines

Denver Business Journal: January 23



Colorado community colleges offer new approach to remedial courses

Denver Post: January 22


Manual High School failing again despite DPS overhaul efforts

CPR: January 22


Chalkbeat: Colorado legislative budget panel launches BEST oversight bill

Denver Business Journal: January 23



Club 20 announces Summit County meeting

Summit Daily News: January 20


Judging from experience, there is a lot more non-sense than common sense with Hickenlooper

Colorado Statesman: January 21


Why is Colorado's House minority leader planning to work during the Super Bowl?

Denver Business Journal: January 22


Cities could block business, drilling, under Colorado ballot measure

Denver Post: January 22


Event Video: Senate President Carroll talks legislative agenda, election-year politics

The Colorado Independent: January 24


2016 GOP convention: Denver or Vegas?

The Hill: January 25


10th Circuit Overturns Disparate Contribution Limits in Colorado campaign law

Examiner: January 25


Colorado's analog records laws lag behind digital practice

The Colorado Independent: January 25



Cities could block business, drilling, under Colorado ballot measure

Denver Post: January 22


Proposal would let communities ban fracking, other businesses

KDVR: January 22


Denver Post: January 22


Carroll: Colorado's greenhouse gas record? Actually, pretty good

Denver Post: January 22


Ballot initiative would allow cities to bar unwanted for-profit businesses

Denver Business Journal: January 23


Bill linking tax money to fracking bans dies in Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: January 23


Nations push for clean energy as weapon against global warming

Denver Post: January 23


Public comment sought in Xcel Energy-solar power battle

Denver Business Journal: January 23


Colorado energy measure would create regulatory chaos

Denver Post: January 24


Local Control Shaping Up To Be A Statewide Fight

CBS Local: January 24


San Francisco Chronicle: January 25



Disaster bills unite Colorado lawmakers; repair measure moves forward

Denver Post: January 22 January 24


General Business

Six Colorado businesses among largest private companies

Denver Business Journal: January 22


Colorado wage-theft bill passes as major business groups drop opposition

Denver Business Journal: January 23



Rural counties scramble at loss of federal dollars

Denver Post: January 22



Putting a lid on I-70, at a cost of $1.8 billion, called 'an iconic project'

Denver Business Journal: January 22


Privatizing the Boulder Turnpike - deal expected next week

Cherry Creek News: January 24



Conservation bills raise questions

Pueblo Chieftain: January 21

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Legislative Tracking

Upcoming Events

News Clips

Senator Mark Udall
Colorado Concern is hosting a rescheduled luncheon with U.S. Senator Mark Udall at RubinBrown February 14.  Click here for details and to register.
Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Pat Hamill


Kay Norton (Treasurer)

Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Joe Blake

Dr. Ted Clarke

Steve Farber

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

Walter Isenberg

Don Kortz

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Kate Paul

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Dick Robinson
Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young