Colorado Concern 

November 10, 2014

The Week in Review


While it's safe to turn your television back on, and your mailbox is no longer over-flowing with direct mail from both candidates and ballot issue campaigns, the 2014 election cycle continued to play out past Nov. 4 with county clerks in several areas of the state tabulating results until late in the week.  In the balance - control of both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly, and the opportunity to set the policy and political agenda for our state.  When all was said and done split control occurred, with the Republicans gaining control of the Senate, and the Democrats retaining leadership in the House.  At the executive branch level, Governor Hickenlooper was granted a second term after a tight race against former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez.


Colorado Concern believes that a balance of power in the state legislative branch is of benefit to the business community, and had outlined as one of its key initiatives for 2014 achieving that outcome.  The results of the election allow us to check the box that we met that goal. 


According to analysis from the Secretary of State's office, nearly $150 million was spent on constitutional and legislative candidates and ballot issues this year.  While that is a sizeable sum, the actual figure is likely much higher as organizations known as c4s (for their placement in the U.S. tax code) are not governed by the same reporting and disclosure requirements.  Additionally, this total does not include the political spend for federal office seekers.  According to the Federal Election Commission, more than $81 million was spent between U.S. House and Senate contests in the Centennial State.  It's no wonder we all have campaign ad fatigue.


With the election behind us we now turn toward our legislative agenda for 2015.  If you have not yet completed Colorado Concern's public policy survey, please do so here.  We value your thoughts and opinions.  Thank you in advance. 





2014 Denver Snow Ball

Several of our members, Richard Scharf, Rob Cohen and Donna Lynne, have been working to bring the Denver Snow Ball back to Denver. An invitation for the event follows. Click here to register online.

Members in the News


Rob Katz  

Denver Business Journal: November 4

Features Rob Katz


Kelly Brough  

9NEWS: November 5

Features Kelly Brough


Kim Day  

Major art projects taking shape at DIA hotel-station site

Denver Business Journal: November 7

Features Kim Day


Kent Thiry  

Denver Business Journal: November 7

Features Kent Thiry

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events. 

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

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

Monday, November 24: Private Tour of DIA Hotel and Transit Center
3:00 to 5:00 p.m., DIA - click here to register for this tour

Monday, December 8: Colorado Concern Annual Holiday Reception
 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Governor's Mansion Main Residence, 400 E. 8th Avenue

Colorado Concern News Clips




Hickenlooper's budget plan endorses tax rebates, new state spending

Denver Post: November 5


Colorado's Proposed Budget Includes $30.5M Marijuana Rebate November 6


Development/Real Estate

Growth in north Thornton is attracting a lot of new home development

Denver Post: November 4


Cherry Creek, LoDo road changes to impact Denver motorists, businesses

Denver Post: November 4


Inventory of homes for sale in Denver metro shrinks dramatically

Denver Post: November 6


Opinion: Condo-building rules should protect homeowners, not developers

Denver Post: November 6


Economy/Economic Development

Denver Business Journal: November 4



Push for STEM education in Colorado gathers steam

Denver Business Journal: November 3


Editorial: Better schools for southwest Denver

Denver Post: November 3


Colorado's state Board of Education races drawing money, attention

Denver Post: November 3


Should there be more to school evaluations than student test scores?

CPR: November 3


How the University of Colorado bagged the $40 million Wildlife Experience

Denver Business Journal: November 3


Denver Post: November 5


Colorado's only approved ballot measure concerns teachers' unions, school boards' negotiations

Daily Journal: November 6


With elections over, superintendents to push for more money from Hick, legislature

Chalkbeat Tennessee: November 7


Chalkbeat: Parties fretting over prospects for control of Colorado Legislature

Denver Business Journal: November 6



Despite attention, Colorado voter fraud remains rare, say clerks

The Denver Post: November 3


Denver is top U.S. market for election ads

Denver Business Journal: November 3


Complete 2014 election results

Denver Post: November 5


Denver Business Journal: November 5


Denver Business Journal: November 5


Denver Business Journal: November 5


Denver Post: November 6


Colorado clerk: No evidence of mail-in ballot fraud

Colorado Public Radio: November 6


El Paso County shatters election turnout record

Colorado Springs Gazette: November 6


Surge in older voters aided Cory Gardner's victory over Mark Udall

The Denver Post: November 6


Colorado House majority balance remains uncertain with tight races

The Denver Post: November 6


Colorado State Capitol vandalized during Million Mask March; 10 arrested

Los Angeles Times: November 6


Colorado legislature cancels leadership elections

The Denver Post: November 6


Anti-gay Former Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt Wins Race for Colorado House Seat

Towleroad: November 6


Colorado Senate control hinges on ballot counting in Adams, Jeffco

The Denver Post: November 6


Colorado Dems win back 2 seats lost over gun bills

9NEWS: November 6


Nutrition Nannies Win Mere 1 Of 4 High-Profile Ballot Initiatives

Forbes: November 7


Political Pundits Completely Miss The Point Of Expanding Voting Rights

ThinkProgress: November 7


Our view: The mail-in ballot post-game

Aspen Times: November 7


It's official: GOP wins 18-17 majority in Colorado Senate

The Denver Post: November 8


The State Legislative Landslide

American Thinker: November 8


What should Colorado's state government do for business?

Denver Business Journal: November 8


Colorado Senate Republicans declare victory as ballot counting ends

The Denver Post: November 9


Questionable practices mar Colorado elections

Communities Digital News: November 9


Meyer: Colorado's election winners, losers

The Denver Post: November 9


R.I. casinos dealt tough hand in election

The Providence Journal: November 9



Fracking advocates urged to "win ugly" by discrediting opponents

Denver Post: November 3


Denver Business Journal: November 7


General Business

Colorado's restaurant industry is satisfying an appetite for growth

Denver Post: November 3


LoDo commands 20% higher rents than the rest of downtown Denver

Denver Business Journal: November 3


Denver Post: November 4


Whole Foods opening flagship store next to Denver Union Station

Denver Post: November 6


Denver Post: November 7


Health Care

Colorado health exchange users may pay much more for insurance next year

Denver Business Journal: November 3


Denver Post: November 4


Denver Business Journal: November 6



Small business divided over minimum wage votes

Denver Post: November 3



Shrinking Majority Of Americans Supports Marijuana Legalization, New Gallup Poll Shows

Huffington Post: November 7



Denver Business Journal: November 6



I-70 traffic changes how Coloradans live, play

Denver Post: November 3


FasTracks at 10: RTD's sprawling rail-transit construction project is still rolling

Denver Business Journal: November 3


Denver Post: November 6


CDOT: I-70 plan protects taxpayers

Denver Post: November 6          


Denver Post: November 7

In This Issue
DIA Private Tour Update

Article Headline
Members in the News

Upcoming Events

News Clips

Join us for our November 18 Membership Networking Breakfast hosted by Rick Sapkin and featuring guest speaker Governor John Hickenlooper from 7:30 to 9:00 a.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