Colorado Concern 

January 12, 2015

Colorado Concern in the News


Tamra Ward
The First Regular Session of the 70th Colorado General Assembly convened last Wednesday.  Lawmakers will be in session for up to 120 days.  With the outcome of the November election, the balance of power shifted in the Senate - with Republicans gaining a one-seat majority.  The House remains in control of the Democratic Party, but its margin of votes is less than in the last session, with the breakdown of power at 34-31.


Opening day remarks from leaders of both parties and chambers can be found here.


Colorado State Senate:

Senate President Bill Cadman

Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll


Colorado State House of Representatives:

Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso


Governor Hickenlooper and the other state constitutional officeholders will be sworn in tomorrow.  The state's chief executive will deliver his State of the State on Thursday.  


Each week this column will provide you an update on key issues of interest to Colorado Concern.   

Click here to review a copy of the findings of our annual public policy survey.

If you have questions regarding any issue, or pending legislation, 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.

CANCELLED: Thursday, January 15: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Blair Richardson
Cancelled due to scheduling conflict - look for an early February lunch invite coming out this week.

Thursday, January 15: Evening Reception Welcoming Blair Richardson as Chairman of Colorado Concern
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Harman Hall, 400 St Paul Street, Denver
Reminder: Take Our Legislator "Buddy" Survey



As we prepare for the upcoming session of the Colorado General Assembly we would like you to share with us which members of the House and Senate you know - or would like to get to know - so we can create a "buddy" system.  We have created a short survey to gather this information.  Please click on the link below to fill it out.  You may select as many members as you would like.  We will compile the data from all our members and do our best to connect you with an individual you requested.   


We will utilize our "buddy" program throughout the session, calling on you to reach out and share your thoughts on key issues, as well as simply to build a relationship with our elected leaders.  Often our legislators are not familiar with how proposed legislative measures impact business, in a positive or harmful manner, and strengthening our one-on-one connections will be of great help during the session.



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Development/Real Estate

Colorado lawmakers gear up for construction-defects reform in 2015

Denver Post: January 5


Low condo demand in Colorado responsible for lack of development, report finds

Denver Business Journal: January 7


Shift to rentals behind lack of new condos in Colorado, study argues

Denver Post: January 7



Denver Business Journal: January 6



OPINION: CDE Allows Private Foundation Employee to Direct Common Core

Pagosa Daily Post: January 5


Talk to us: What education issue shouldn't be overlooked by Colorado lawmakers?

Chalkbeat Colorado: January 6


State lawmakers eyeing child safety issues ahead of 2015 legislative session

The Denver Channel: January 7


Are Colorado's students taking too many tests?

Colorado Public Radio: January 7


Chalkbeat: January 9


Denver Post: January 9


Denver Post: January 9


Readers: Colorado lawmakers should scrap reforms, go back to basics

Chalkbeat Colorado: January 10


CPR: January 10


Colorado Senate president vows to find ways to keep students safer

Denver Post: January 10



Denver Business Journal: January 5


Denver Post: January 5


For 2016, bring back Colorado's presidential primary

The Denver Post: January 6


Attempt to recall Colorado Springs councilwoman puzzles some residents

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 6


Colorado legislative leaders differ widely on major business issues

Denver Business Journal: January 6


More on the cover story: Colorado legislative leaders differ widely on major business issues

Denver Business Journal: January 6


Durango Herald: January 6


Getting down to business

The Durango Herald: January 6


Democrats, Republicans outline agendas ahead of Colorado session

Denver Post: January 6


Partisan Gridlock Could Dog 2015 Colorado Legislature

CBS Local: January 7


Colorado GOP touts unity facing divided statehouse

Denver Post: January 7


Partisan flashes as GOP takes control of Colorado Senate

The Denver Post: January 8


Colorado House eyes economy, cites middle class as the bottom line

The Denver Post: January 8


Colorado Legislature begins session with split-party rule

9NEWS: January 8


Leaders of divided state House call for cooperation

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 8


Denver Business Journal: January 8


House Democrats set middle class as session's top priority

The Denver Post: January 9


Lawmakers open 2015 session agreeing on education funding, but not on TABOR

Colorado Public Radio: January 9


Editorial: Lawmakers risk Colorado becoming a deadbeat state

Aurora Sentinel: January 9



Colorado commission OKs heftier fines for oil, gas rule violations

The Denver Post: January 6


Denver Post: January 7


Colorado Community Media: January 7


Denver Post: January 7


Ken Buck and Cory Gardner join Congress in new roles

Denver Post: January 7


Colorado could lose 1000s of jobs, billions of dollars with 2000-foot oil & gas setback, CU-Leeds study warns

Denver Business Journal: January 9


General Business

Denver Business Journal: January 5


Denver Business Journal: January 5


Stock show seeks Colorado tourism funding for redevelopment project

Denver Business Journal: January 7


Denver Business Journal: January 9


Health Care

Health News Colorado: January 8   

Wall Street Journal: January 9



Denver Post: January 5


Hickenlooper announces initiative aimed at jobless workers

Denver Post: January 9


CPR: January 9


New report addresses gap between wages, jobs in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: December 9



Colorado launches $4 million pot education campaign

Denver Business Journal: January 6


Denver Business Journal: January 6


Denver Post: January 7


Washington Post: January 7


Denver Post: January 8


Marijuana Policy in 2015: Eight Big Things to Watch

Brookings Institution: January 9



Denver Post: January 5


Denver Post: January 5


Denver Post: January 5


Denver moves ahead with aerotropolis planning while mediation underway

Denver Post: January 6


Denver Post: January 6


United passengers can get money for lost bags, but collecting is tough

Denver Post: January 8



Denver Post: January 5


Denver Post: January 5

In This Issue
The Week in Review

Upcoming Events

Buddy Survey Reminder

News Clips

Join us January 15 for Colorado Concern's reception welcoming Blair Richardson as 2015 Chairman this Thursday at 5:30 at Harman Hall.
 Click here for details and to register.
Colorado Concern Board of Directors


Blair Richardson


Tamra Ward

(President and CEO)

Ted Brown

Steve Farber

Tim Gill

Pat Hamill

A. Barry Hirschfeld 

Bill Hybl

John Ikard

Walter Isenberg

David McReynolds

Larry A. Mizel 

Dan Ritchie 

Rick Sapkin
Sylvia Young