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This is a very brief and quick diary with some good news for Democrats in Colorado.  

Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Mark Udall and Representative Jerod Polis came to a deal over the weekend concerning the 2 ballot measures that were being promoted by Polis.

Instead, there is proposed agreement for an expert panel to examine the oil/gas drilling site setback issue and Hickenlooper is withdrawing the state's lawsuit against the City of Longmont anti-hydrocarbon extraction ordinance.

Hickenlooper, Udall and Colorado Dems might thus be dodging a bullet and the prospect of a statewide energy-industry-run anti-ballot proposition campaign that would have probably rolled both Hickenlooper and Udall out of office.

Hickenlooper is going to have to take revision of the setback issue seriously, so the odds are that Polis will likely get some kind of concession on setbacks, but not the 2000 ft requirement that he was seeking.

The environmental rights measure Polis had been promoting wasn't very well written and didn't reflect public trust legislation promoted by the late Professor Joseph Sax....so failure to prosecute that Polis proposal does not lose much.

Democrats in Colorado will hopefully NOT eat their own, as was feared.

One political threat to Democrat's majority U.S. Senate has probably been averted.

Here is coverage less than 3 hrs old at diary posting:

http://time.com/...

http://kdvr.com/...

1:49 PM PT: More coverage on this story.....just published:

http://denver.cbslocal.com/...

http://www.bizjournals.com/...

http://www.latimes.com/...

2:15 PM PT: There is this wrinkle in the story:

"Until we receive confirmation that industry has withdrawn initiatives 121 and 137, our campaign is moving forward," a statement from the group says. "Our campaign supports the plan Rep. Polis and Gov. Hickenlooper laid out today and will be watching closely to see how it unfolds in the coming days." - See more at:

http://www.cpr.org/...

Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/...


4:27 PM PT: Denver Post coverage:

http://www.denverpost.com/...

Originally posted to LakeSuperior on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 01:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots and Climate Hawks.

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  •  Are any of them filed? (4+ / 0-)

    Or are we "trusting the Oil and Gas Industry" again?

    We ALL know how trustworthy they are.

    Since when do we like Fracking?

    •  I don't know about whether that (2+ / 0-)
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      peacestpete, Mopshell

      industry ballot issue to keep municipalities from getting royalties was filed or not.  Today is the deadline and it isn't close of business in Colorado just yet and I don't have any links/info from any CO election officials to get that info on a timely basis....I just found out about the current story from doing a news.google search since I know that today was the Colorado deadline for submitting ballot question petition signatures.

    •  Losty, Governor Hickenlooper used to be in the (5+ / 0-)

      oil and gas industry for a number of years prior to his becoming a restauranteur in Denver.  He still has very strong ties with them and has been derisively called "Frackenlooper".  These two sides have been fighting for a couple of years and the pro-fracking advertisements here on TV are already at a feverish pitch.  Mark Udall has been getting slammed by the pro-Keystone forces and his ads have been pushing about wind energy jobs in Colorado as a result of his policies.

      •  I don't understand the notion from some (5+ / 0-)

        Colorado Democrats and environmentalists out there that it is somehow a good idea to be bashing both Hickenlooper and Udall from the left over their environmental leadership.  

        I view this kind of thing as Democrats eating their own.

        Udall and Hickenlooper both have generally good environmental records, and Hickenlooper in particularly has taken the national lead on clamping down on oil/gas extraction industry air emissions.   I call that following in the footsteps of Senator Muskie and not an object for scorn.

    •  Only the Gov's pinkie swear. (0+ / 0-)

      They've had a Dem majority legislature for years and have done nothing. That same majority this past session refused to even fund a study of fracking's effects on our state. The much lauded special session that Hickenlooper tried for this early summer was scuttled because the oil & gas industry said 'no deal.'

      The Republican's/Oil & Gas industry ballot initiatives were filed this past Monday and as of this reading are moving full speed ahead. They know they have the Dem'majority support. Check out the state's severance fees!

      The only thing this blue ribbon panel will do is put more public money into well connected pockets. Someone has to cater all those meetings & pay those travel expenses.

      Amazing. Cuomo must be jealous of Hickenlooper's game.

      "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

      by Cadillac64 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 02:46:31 PM PDT

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  •  An interesting tidbit to file in the (1+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior

    "Dem capacity for enlightened self-interest exceeds GOP's" folder.  This capacity will make a real difference this fall and in 2016.

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 02:13:24 PM PDT

  •  I'm concerned that this appears to be a back-... (2+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, Cadillac64

    room deal among 3 seasoned politicians without giving a chance for the public to weigh in.

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 02:37:37 PM PDT

    •  the panel that is going to address the setback and (0+ / 0-)

      other issues will be hearing from the public on their proposal before it is finalized and accepted by Hickenlooper and/or the Legislature.

      •  The panel will be making suggestions, not laws. (0+ / 0-)

        To the same legislature that has done nothing, including not even being willing to fund a study regarding fracking.

        This time it's different. AFTER this NEXT election the Governor will be serious about enforcing laws that until now, as you linked to above, he could not be bothered to enforce. But whatever gets folks re-elected & the money flowing into the campaigns, right?

        "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

        by Cadillac64 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 03:17:11 PM PDT

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  •  some sort of agreement so nothing is in view of (1+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior

    Jarred's house or his commute would probably solve the whole problem.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 05:41:01 PM PDT

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