Colorado Concern 

July 28, 2014

The Week in Review


Next Monday - Aug. 4- is an important day as it relates to the 2014 General Election.  It is the last date proponents of a statewide ballot measure can submit signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State to secure placement on the November ballot.  A total of 86,105 signatures from registered Colorado voters are required.  As some signatures will not be valid, proponents historically submit up to double that figure.


The most contentious issues that are expected to have signatures submitted for ballot placement are Initiatives 88 and 89, which are financed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-2 CD), and if passed, would ban energy development in Colorado.


Congressman Polis' team was late entering the field to collect signatures, so it is possible his total submittal numbers will be lower than is usually presented, making success of ballot placement likely, but more challenging.


Earlier this month, when the option of a Special Session of the Colorado General Assembly became unfeasible, Governor Hickenlooper joined forces with business, civic and energy industry leaders to publicly confirm his opposition to these proposals and to state he will actively work to ensure their defeat.  He thanked Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED),
Protect Colorado and Coloradans for Responsible Reform (CFRR) for the work they have done, and will continue to do, to educate voters in our state about the key role energy development plays in job creation and our economic wellbeing, as well as its impact on state and local revenue, K-12 school funding and our path toward national energy independence.   


As you know Colorado Concern is actively involved with all three organizations noted above.  Should you wish to engage directly, please contact me, and we will ensure that occurs. 


We will continue to keep you up to speed on our efforts to ensure Colorado's energy industry remains strong, as well as on other proposed ballot measures that submit signatures for ballot placement.


Should you have questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at




Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.
Thursday, August 14: Membership Lunch with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) 
Noon to 1:30, RubinBrown, 1900 16th Street, 3rd Floor
Wednesday, August 20: Membership Networking Lunch Co-Hosted by Tim Gill and Barry Hirschfeld
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400
Thursday, September 25: Membership Networking Breakfast Co-Hosted by John Ikard and Blair Richardson
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400
Members in the News 

Colorado Concern News Clips



Colorado Concern in the News

Business leaders ask Polis to drop local control initiatives July 22


Biz coalition asks Polis to drop oil, gas drilling initiatives

Denver Post: July 23


Development/Real Estate/Housing

Discounts tempering higher apartment rents in metro Denver

Denver Business Journal: July 23


Metro Denver rents continue to rise as supply of apartments increases

Denver Post: July 24


Economy/Economic Development

Colorado companies land larger VC deals in second quarter

Denver Business Journal: July 21


Inflation in Colorado and the West takes a break, but annual price gains still high

Denver Business Journal: July 22


5 Colorado cities among Forbes' 30 best places for business

Denver Business Journal: July 24


Big food finds a home in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: July 25


CoBank in Greenwood Village makes $10B available in new USDA program

Denver Post: July 25


Denver to offer Colorado residents $12 million in mini bonds

Denver Business: July 25



Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed to Change?

Wall Street Journal: July 22


Chalkbeat: 'Sin taxes' are an unsteady revenue source for Colorado education

Denver Business Journal: July 24



Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin top Western Conservative Summit straw poll for '16

Denver Post: July 21


Former legislative aide tapped to run for Colorado House seat

Denver Post: July 21


John Hickenlooper names Colorado business leaders in his corner

Denver Post: July 23


Millions of dollars pour into Gardner-Udall race for U.S. Senate

Denver Post: July 23


Beauprez, with Christie, slams Hickenlooper over transparency

Denver Post: July 24


This Democrat Governor's Anti-Gun Record May Have Just Cost Him The Election

Western Journalism: July 24


Colorado ethics panel OKs Scott Gessler's expense-paid trip to Vegas

Denver Post: July 24


Does All-Mail Voting Have an Impact on Voter Turnout?

IVN News: July 25


Behind the List: Imagine a great culture city

Denver Business Journal: July 25


Congress is getting more polarized - but so is your own state legislature

Washington Post: July 25


Boulder County home-rule charter proponents hope to gain spot on fall ballot

Longmont Daily Times-Call: July 26



Explained: The Colo. ballot initiatives that would limit oil and gas development

Colorado Public Radio: July 21


DeGette declines to oppose or support Polis Colorado oil and gas ballot measures

Denver Business Journal: July 21


Two Weeks to Ballot Measure Showdown Deadline

CBS Local: July 24


Battle over Xcel's net-metering credit starts Thursday

Denver Post: July 24


New rules planned to halt deadly oil train fires

Denver Post: July 24


Colorado fracking ballot initiatives clear signature threshold

Washington Examiner: July 25


Judge rejects Longmont's fracking ban as sides gird for ballot fight

The Denver Post: July 25


Longmont can't ban fracking, court decides, but ruling is stayed pending appeal

Denver Business Journal: July 25


Editorial: No, cities can't just ban fracking

Denver Post: July 25


Colorado energy companies on a hiring spree

Denver Business Journal: July 25


"Flat Earth" fracking ad on "radical activists" insults some voters

Denver Post: July 25


Neil Westergaard: Think twice before signing petitions

Denver Business Journal: July 25


General Business

Denver's arts complex wants more customers, proposing big changes

Denver Post: July 21


MillerCoors tests water-saving barley

Denver Business Journal: July 21


Health Care

Billing issues crop up on health plans sold through Colorado exchange

Denver Post: July 21


Obama Ruling Has No Impact on Colorado

KREX News: July 23


More health care workers have less education, but not so much in Denver

Denver Business Journal: July 24


Insurers refunding millions of dollars in premiums to Coloradans

Denver Business Journal: July 24


Colorado health exchange chief Fontneau is leaving for private insurance job

Denver Business Journal: July 25


Colorado Health Foundation invests in behavioral health app maker

Denver Post: July 25



Colorado's new immigrant driver's license law plagued with problems

Denver Post: July 21



Janet Yellen wage gauges blurred by boomer-millennial workforce shift

Denver Post: July 22



Coloradans say pot use should be restricted to home, member clubs, poll shows

Denver Post: July 21


Carroll: Why Colorado pot tax revenue is low

Denver Post: July 21



Colorado AG loses another round from Court of Appeals on TABOR lawsuit

Denver Post: July 23



Highway Trust Fund running on empty; Colorado roads and jobs at risk

Denver Post: July 21


Contractor picked for I-70 toll lane to smooth Colorado high country traffic

Denver Business Journal: July 21


Denver auditor hires two experts to help investigate DIA cost overruns

Denver Post: July 22


Denver air travelers hit by hikes in TSA fees and parking rates

Denver Post: July 22



Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

Colorado Springs Business Journal: July 25

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Upcoming Events

Members in the News

News Clips

Colorado Concern Board member Tim Gill is providing Colorado Concern members an opportunity to attend an important luncheon with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) August 14 at noon.
Click here for details and to register.
Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Pat Hamill


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Ted Brown

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Blair Richardson

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young