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State ethics panel dismisses conflict-of-interest complaint against Boulder County’s Elise Jones

John Fryar (Boulder Daily Camera)- Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission has dismissed a Boulder County resident’s complaint in which he alleged that County Commissioner Elise Jones had violated state conflict-of-interest laws.

The complainant, Chuck Wibby, had accused Jones of actively participating in several meetings — and not adequately recusing herself — when the Board of County Commissioners discussed and voted on items that could potentially have financially benefited Eco-Cycle, the agency headed by Jones’ sister, Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones.

Click here to read the full story in the Boulder Daily Camera.

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Open records bill changes would limit access, advocates say

Nick Coltrain (The Coloradoan)- Proposed last-minute changes to to Sen. John Kefalas’ open records bill could remove swaths of currently available information from disclosure, open records advocates say.

The bill, which has been set for hearing twice and twice been delayed, will be heard at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Chief Colorado Deputy Attorney General David Blake introduced the changes during the flurry of Kefalas’ bill, SB17-040, being pulled and rescheduled.

Click here to read the full story in The Coloradoan.

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Media oppose mediation proposal for public records

Pam Zubeck (Colorado Springs Independent) – A bill that would allow those who request public records and the records custodian to mediate a solution is opposed by several agencies who serve as watchdogs for the public interest.

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Republican Attorney General Moves To Block Local Fracking Regulations After Flood Of Fossil Fuel Campaign Cash

David Sirota (International Business Times)- In the latest salvo in an intensifying national battle over climate change policy and fossil fuel extraction, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman filed a lawsuit to aimed at preventing local communities from restricting hydraulic fracturing. The Republican’s lawsuit on behalf of the powerful oil and gas industry comes only a few years after fossil fuel industry campaign cash boosted her campaign for public office.

Republicans have traditionally portrayed themselves as supporters of local control; during a presidential campaign visit to Colorado, Donald Trump said he supported local officials’ right to restrict fracking. But Coffman’s lawsuit aims to overturn moratoriums on fracking passed by Boulder County officials who said they wanted to develop detailed plans for orderly fossil fuel development.

Click here to read the full story in the International Business Times.

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Lawmaker offers proposal for resolving open-records disputes through mediation

Jeffrey Roberts (Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition)- A Colorado House bill introduced this week is intended to encourage records requesters and government entities to resolve disputes through mediation rather than in the court system.

Litigation currently is the only legal remedy for challenging a denial of public records under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), and many people give up rather than file a lawsuit. Rep. Cole Wist said his proposal, HB 17-1177, offers an alternative.

Click here to read the full story by Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.

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Heavily anticipated hearing on state open records bill delayed

John Tomasic (Colorado Statesman)- Senate committee hearing on a much-anticipated state open records bill was postponed Monday, taking the bill sponsor and witnesses lined up to testify by surprise.

Senate Bill 40 was set to be heard in the Republican-controlled State Affairs committee this afternoon. News of the delay was announced on the floor of the Senate this morning just hours before testimony was scheduled to begin. Sources said the reason for the delay was simply to provide committee members with additional time to gather information.

Click here to read the full story in the Colorado Statesman.

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Trump names Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch as his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court

Monica Mendoza (Denver Business Journal)- Neil McGill Gorsuch, a Colorado native and Denver-based federal appeals court judge, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a prime-time announcement Tuesday night at the White House, Trump announced his pick to fill the seat vacated a year ago by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Click here to read the full story in the Denver Business Journal.

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Trump taps conservative Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court

Corey Hutchins (Colorado Independent)- About a month ago, Judge Neil Gorsuch was leading a federal panel that was hearing an appeal by the City of Denver related to a $1.8 million civil rights verdict in a case of mistaken identity. City police in 2009 had kicked in the door of a family watching TV— the wrong family, it turned out— and roughed them up and took them to jail.

Lawyers for the city saw the high-dollar award as too large, and they appealed.

Click here to read the full story in the Colorado Independent.

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Donald Trump nominates Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Mark Matthews (Denver Post)- WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, a selection that gives the fourth-generation Coloradan a chance to become the state’s first high-court justice since Byron White retired in 1993.

Trump made the announcement during a prime-time address at the White House with the Colorado judge present. Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, beat out a slate of 20 other nominees Trump has floated in recent months. On hand was Maureen Scalia, widow of Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Gorsuch would replace.

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President Donald Trump Picks Neil Gorsuch To Fill Supreme Court Seat

CBS Denver- President Donald Trump has tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left empty Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

“This may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history,” Trump said Tuesday night.

“Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president. I am a man of my word, I will do as I say — something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time,” he added.

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