Colorado Concern 

October 13, 2014

The Week in Review

Last Monday Colorado Concern joined with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and 14 organizations across the state to sponsor a United States Senate and Gubernatorial Debate. 


Sitting Senator Mark Udall and challenger Representative Cory Gardner, and Governor John Hickenlooper and former Representative Bob Beauprez squared off on a series of business-related issues before a sold-out house of Colorado's business leadership.  Manu Raju of Politico, a multi-media political outlet based in Washington, D.C., moderated the event.


Key issues in the Senate debate focused on national energy policy, the Keystone XL Pipeline, carbon taxes and climate change, immigration reform and what components are necessary to move a comprehensive package through Congress; the Affordable Care Act and its benefits and/or impacts, the Obama Administration's use of Executive Orders to move policy forward and tax reform.


Governor Hickenlooper and Congressman Beauprez sparred over the role of regulation and what level is appropriate, the depth and breadth of the state's economic recovery, where they stand on Common Core standards in K-12 education, the level of funding Colorado receives back from the federal government, energy development and their approach to the ballot measures withdrawn in August, immigration reform and the role of the state, increasing the minimum wage and Amendment 64's impacts on Colorado. 


A link to a video feed of the debate is available here:  Senator Mark Udall/Congressman Cory Gardner and Governor John Hickenlooper/Congressman Bob Beauprez.


Later in the week I had an opportunity to join with other members of Vital for Colorado, a statewide organization of business and civic leaders who support reasonable energy development, for an editorial board meeting with the leadership of The Durango Herald.  Our focus was on the economic impact of energy development in our state, and the need for certainty in rules and regulations.  The trip to southwest Colorado was timed in coordination with the second meeting of the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force, which is tasked with seeking common ground between energy development and local control of land use.


The candidates for both offices will meet again this week in an energy focused debate.  Click here for the invite, and here to register.


Meanwhile, remember to watch for your ballot as soon as this week.  This is Colorado's first all-mail election.  The sooner you complete the ballot and return it to your county clerk the quicker the deluge of direct mail and robocalls to your home phone will end.  I wish I could tell you the onslaught of television advertising would end, but you'll have to wait for November 5 for that!


Happy fall, 



Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.

Tuesday, October 28: Membership Networking Lunch Co-Hosted by Ted Brown and Larry Mizel
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 400

Tuesday, November 18: Membership Networking Breakfast with Guest Speaker Governor John Hickenlooper, Hosted by Rick Sapkin
7:30 to 9:00 a.m., The Brown Palace, 321 17th Street

Colorado Concern News Clips


Development/Real Estate

Amid skyrocketing housing costs, new Denver plan plots out strategy

Denver Post: October 6


Denver business Journal: October 7


Economy/Economic Development

Denver Business Journal: October 10



Voters to decide teacher pact issue

The Durango Herald: October 9


Denver Post: October 9


Denver Post: October 9


Denver Business Journal: October 9


Denver Business Journal: October 10



Colorado senate, gubernatorial candidates, talk energy, wages at debate

Denver Business Journal: October 6


Mark Udall, Cory Gardner spar in Colorado debate

Politico: October 6


Udall concedes Medicare cuts in debate

Washington Examiner: October 6


Colorado Senate hopefuls Udall, Gardner court controversy

The Hill: October 6


No Matter How Colorado Votes, GMO Labeling Debate Far From Over

KCUR: October 6


Pot, immigration trip up governor, Senate candidates in Denver debates

Denver Post: October 7


CPR: October 7


Colorado readies for inaugural vote-by-mail general election

KRDO: October 7


GUEST COLUMN: Response to Sen. Cadman's op-ed: There's a lot more to the story

Colorado Springs Gazette: October 7


Denver Post: October 8


Denver Business Journal: October 8


Denver Post: October 8


Colorado Governor: Legalizing Marijuana Was 'Reckless' Decision

TIME: October 8


Invasion of the Midterms: Campaign foot soldiers flood Colorado neighborhoods

Fox News: October 8


Fact-checking the Colorado Senate race

USA today: October 8


GOP candidates claim "Like it or not, Obama is on the ballot"

MSNBC: October 8


PBS Educates Voters Nationwide on Restrictive Voting Laws with 'Ballot Watch'

IVN News: October 9


The race for the Senate: Colorado

The Economist: October 9


Morning Plum: Could GOP voting restrictions help swing Senate?

Washington Post: October 9


Romanoff Hopes Economic Message Will Resonate

CBS Local: October 9


Farm Bureau urges 'no' vote on Prop 105

Cortez Journal: October 10


Cynthia Coffman: Colorado Attorney General

Boulder Daily Camera: October 10


Remembering Regis Groff, the Colorado Senate's conscience

The Denver Post: October 10


In Colorado Senate race, Gardner outraises Udall

Associated Press: October 10


Denver Post: October 10


Endorsement:Vote "no" on Proposition 105, GMO labeling measure

Denver Post: October 10


Denver Business Journal: October 10


Big business fuels funding for Colorado GMO, gaming ballot measures

The Denver Post: October 11


It's endorsement season

The Denver Post: October 11


Hispanic Voters in Colorado: Energized or Apathetic?

Real Clear Politics: October 11


Partisan agendas at stake in Colorado legislative elections

Longmont Times-Call: October 12



Waste Not, Want Not: Report Highlights Potential of Methane Industry

Public News Service: October 6


Colorado's biggest drillers try new techniques to cut oil, gas impact

Denver Post: October 6


Guest Commentary: Sen. Udall, please protect access to affordable energy

Denver Post: October 6


Pioneer Energy has a mobile solution to oil field problem

Denver Post: October 8


Denver Post: October 10


Denver Post: October 10


Oil and gas industry pays $3.2B to 31,900 Colorado workers, CU-Leeds study says

Denver Business Journal: October 10


General Business

Great American Beer Fest: Colorado breweries steal awards

Denver Business Journal: October 6


Budget deficit projected for Denver-area science and culture fund

CPR: October 6


Denver Post: October 7


Denver Post: October 8


Denver Business Journal: October 10


Health Care

Denver Post: October 7


Revamped, streamlined is unveiled

Denver Post: October 9



Colorado Springs Gazette: New ERA is a bill worth supporting

News OK: October 6


Small businesses scramble to keep top staffers

Denver Post: October 6


Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 287K

Denver Post: October 9



Colorado Governor Says Voters Were 'Reckless' to Legalize Marijuana

International Business Times: October 6


Denver Post: October 10


Marijuana questions pepper voter ballots along Front Range

The Denver Post: October 12



Denver Post: October 7



Denver Business Journal: October 9

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Upcoming Events

News Clips

Join us for our October 28 Membership Networking Lunch co-hosted by Ted Brown and Larry Mizel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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