Denver November 2006 Election
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  Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Here's the link to the Federal Elections 2006: Election Results for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Thanks to Political Wire for the link. They write, "The Federal Election Commission's book of 2006 election returns, Federal Elections 2006, has been released and is available free by calling the FEC at 800-424-9530. The new guide is more in depth than any previous FEC publication of returns and features several illustrative maps. Of course, you can also download it from the agency's website."

Political Wire: "A new New York Times/CBS News poll finds Rudy Giuliani leading the Republican presidential race with 27%, followed by Fred Thompson at 22%, Sen. John McCain at 18% and Mitt Romney at 14%. Last month, Giuliani held a 20-point lead over Thompson, who had not officially declared his candidacy yet. On the Democratic side, Sen. Hillary Clinton leads with 44%, trailed by Sen. Barack Obama at 26% and John Edwards at 17%."

Category: Denver November 2006 Election

5:33:29 PM    

  Monday, September 10, 2007

Say hello to Our blog pal Jason Bane writes over there. We hadn't noticed it before. Thanks for the link y'all. Here's their RSS Feed.

6:11:00 PM    

  Friday, January 26, 2007

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Here's a report from yesterday's Colorado Water Congress from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. From the article, "Gov. Bill Ritter and newly appointed Colorado Department of Natural Resources Director Harris Sherman for the first time outlined their water agenda Thursday before the Colorado Water Congress, saying they want to see the state's water basin roundtables succeed. Sherman and Ritter are taking a wait-and-see approach to the basin roundtables as they learn more about how the groups operate. Once that's done, Sherman said he'll make a recommendation to Ritter regarding the roundtables' future...

"Ritter outlined four core principals of his administration's water agenda for Colorado: Conservation; reuse; shared water use; and additional water storage. Conservation, he said, involves educating Front Range residents how to use less water and reminding Coloradans it's 'a scarce resource.' Reuse means recapturing water a city has used so it can be used multiple times before it leaves the state, he said. Ritter, in a written statement [pdf] on the Colorado Water Congress' Web site, said he supports expanding and improving existing water storage facilities before new ones are built. He said he supports shared-use in the form of crop fallowing, which would allow cities to use agricultural water, generating revenue for agricultural communities. Ritter and Sherman said eradicating invasive, water-gulping tamarisk trees are important to conserving water in Colorado. Sherman said if the trees disappeared from the state, Colorado could save up to 150,000 acre-feet of water."

It's worth noting that Governor Ritter didn't repeat his statement from a couple of weeks ago where he was quoted by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel as saying, "I believe the days of the transmountain diversion are over."

More coverage from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (free registration required). They write, "In his first major policy statement on water, Gov. Bill Ritter said Thursday a system designed to work out disagreements among users in different parts of the state is getting mixed reviews and he wants to find a way to improve it. Ritter's director of natural resources, Harris Sherman, said backers of three or four major water projects have bypassed the system and are working on their own deals...

"Sherman said the roundtables have succeeded in bringing warring factions together to work on water issues, but he said it's time to start creating solutions. 'There are some issues and concerns I have about this process,' Sherman said. He said it is unclear how the committees work with other water policymakers, including the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which funds major water projects. 'It may be a matter of concern if this is the best vehicle,' he said. The lawmaker who proposed the roundtable system, Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, said a turf battle is under way between the roundtables and the Water Conservation Board. A spokesman for the board did not return a call. Penry said he support's Ritter's decision to study ways to improve the process but believes the governor will keep the basin roundtables."

Category: Colorado Water

5:53:13 AM    

  Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Now this is cool. The Democrats in the Montana legislature have started a group weblog, Montana Statehouse. Thanks to Left in the West for the link.

Category: Denver November 2008 Election
6:00:44 PM    

  Tuesday, January 9, 2007

San Jose Mercury News: "Democrats recaptured a big part of the Hispanic vote in the November midterm election, support that Latino activists caution won't necessarily be there in the next contest. Nearly seven in 10 Hispanic voters supported Democrats in the congressional elections, according to exit polls. But that's not the whole story. Republican candidates in several key states did well among Hispanics, suggesting that Latinos could be important swing voters in the 2008 presidential election."

Category: 2008 Presidential Election

5:35:35 PM    

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The North Denver News has the lowdown on today's inauguration. Here's the transcript of Governor Ritter's inauguration address from the Cherry Creek News. Mt. Virtus writes, "Kudos to our new governor Bill Ritter. I wish him good health and personal happiness, though not so much political success."

Colorado Confidential: "It's official. Mike Coffman is Colorado's new Secretary of State. And just to make sure, he took his oath twice."

Category: Denver November 2006 Election

5:07:58 PM    

  Friday, January 5, 2007

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Bill Ritter passed by Russell George and named Harris Sherman to lead the Department of Natural Resources, according to From the article, "Governor-elect Bill Ritter has appointed Harris Sherman, former head of the Department of Natural Resources, to return as executive director...Sherman served as head of the Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1980 under former Governor Dick Lamm. He left to become a senior partner with the law firm of Arnold and Porter, practicing law in the areas of natural resources, environment, water, land-use and public-land use."

More coverage from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. They write, "Sherman, who filled the same post from 1974-1980 under former Gov. Dick Lamm, is a senior partner with the Washington, D.C.-based, law firm of Arnold & Porter LLC. According to his Web site, Sherman specializes in environmental and natural resources law along with Indian affairs, ski area law, energy, public lands and water law...

"Possible climate changes undoubtedly will affect water supplies, which already are being challenged to meet the demands of the expanding Front Range population, Sherman said. He reiterated what Ritter has said, that the Front Range needs to do more to conserve existing water supplies before it looks to the Western Slope for relief...

"Sherman didn't rule out further expansion of Western Slope water storage facilities but said Front Range storage should come first. Any future proposals to develop Western Slope storage need to be addressed on a state-wide basis, he said...

"Penry noted that Sherman is a commissioner on the Denver Water Board, a position that inevitably will come up during the confirmation hearings. Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, who served on the Ritter transition team selection committee for the Department of Natural Resources, said Sherman's prior experience with the DNR along with his strong background in water and natural resources law makes him 'very qualified' to head the department."

From the Rocky Mountain News, "Eddie Kochman, a retired state fisheries manager and a member of one of Ritter's transition committees, credited Sherman with championing the successful effort to establish minimum in-stream flows in Colorado. The standards, which were fought by some water users, ensure that a certain amount of water is maintained in streams and rivers to protect wildlife habitat. 'Time and time again, against great odds, Harris saved that program,' said Kochman, who worked with him to establish the program."

Category: Colorado Water

6:46:51 AM    

  Monday, January 1, 2007

Courtney Lowery (via New West): "2006 was a whopper of a year for Western politics. If the year-end roundups all the newspapers are running this weekend are any indication, collectively THE story of the year in the Rocky Mountain West was the November elections, hands down."

Category: 2008 Presidential Election

6:08:21 PM    

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