Initiative #3 would prohibit cannabis possession penalties

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Since Colorado voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana in November 2012, rules and regulations regarding the industry have been changing quickly. Proposed ballot initiative #3 would call for yet another change: eradicating all fines and sentences for the possession of cannabis, and guaranteeing that in the Colorado Constitution. But its proponents have just one more week to collect the required signatures, and efforts are lagging.

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Initiative #135 would legalize casinos at racetracks: Yea or neigh?

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Arapahoe Park could open a casino if 135 passes.
Initiative 135, which would expand gambling in Colorado to racetracks, is heading into the homestretch, with a campaign chest that could make this one of the most expensive issues on the November 4 ballot. Earlier this month, the 135 campaign and Coloradans for Better Schools announced that they had gathered 136,342 signatures in support of putting the measure on the ballot, and were turning them into the Colorado Secretary of State's office. But hold your horses: It hasn't made the ballot yet.

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Chris Christie defends saying pot hurts quality of life in Colorado during fundraising visit

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a CBS4 image. Videos and more below.
Back in April, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ripped the quality of life in Colorado due to marijuana legalization -- a statement that prompted Governor John Hickenlooper's office to come up with a list of eight ways Colorado tops New Jersey.

Yesterday, Christie was in Colorado to stump for Bob Beauprez, Hick's gubernatorial opponent, in the sort of visit calculated to raise his profile as a potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee. And when he was asked if he regretted ripping the state, his answer was a typically blustery and unequivocal "no."

See also: Photos: Top eight ways Colorado kicks the sh*t out of New Jersey

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Inside fracking initiatives 88 and 89, which Hick had hoped to keep off the ballot

Categories: Politics

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Courtesy Colorado Springs No Fracking Zone Facebook page
U.S. Representative and fracking critic Jared Polis and pro-fracking Governor John Hickenlooper do not see eye-to-eye on initiatives 88 and 89, two measures that proponents are pushing to get on the November ballot. And yesterday, Hickelooper acknowledged that his attempt to work with a bipartisan coalition to create a compromise that would satisfy both the initiative supporters and opponents has been unsuccessful. As such, he will not be calling a special session to address the issue of fracking or whether rules regarding it belong in the Colorado Constitution.

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Marijuana: U.S. House passes pot-banking access amendment

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Last July, in an effort to address a long-running marijuana-industry problem we've been reporting about for years, Representative Ed Perlmutter, joined by U.S. House colleagues on both sides of the aisle, introduced a bill intended to give state-legal pot businesses access to banking services.

Just over a year later, the House has voted by a 231-192 margin in favor of a Perlmutter-co-sponsored amendment on the same topic -- and while marijuana reformers understand that a lot needs to go right before the measure becomes law, they're cheered by what they see as more evidence of positive momentum on cannabis-related issues.

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Marijuana: Lakewood bans pot businesses, but voters could allow retail shops

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Lakewood has become the latest city in Colorado to ban cannabis businesses. But voters will decide in November if retail marijuana shops should be allowed.

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Hickenlooper leading Beauprez by 6 percent in one poll, behind him by 1 percent in another

Categories: Media, Politics

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John Hickenlooper on his inauguration day.
Those who feel political polls conducted long before an election frequently have very little news value can point to two new pieces of evidence to bolster their argument.

Yesterday, media organizations ballyhooed a poll showing that Governor John Hickenlooper leads Republican challenger Bob Beauprez by a surprisingly large 6 percent margin. Today, they're doing the same in regard to a survey showing Beauprez ahead by 1 percent.

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Inside Initiative 121, an industry-friendly measure to punish fracking-free zones

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A screen capture from the anti-fracking documentary "Dear Governor Hickenlooper."
If a Colorado county or district does not allow gas or oil production within its jurisdiction, should it be given tax revenue produced in other areas of the state that allow these companies? No, says initiative 121, an industry-driven proposal that's one of several measures focusing on fracking that could wind up on the November 4 ballot, as outlined in our current cover story, "Frack Attack."

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James Holmes case: Death penalty foe Bob Autobee's letter to victims stirs controversy

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Bob Autobee facing reporters after Edward Montour's guilty plea.
Does the father of a victim in one death-penalty case have the right to contact family members in another capital case? And, under Colorado law, do prosecutors have any obligation to facilitate that conversation -- even if the discussion isn't going to help their cause?

The questions are key to a new controversy in the case of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes.

See also: James Holmes's attorneys say prosecutors are discouraging victims from talking to them

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Initiative 68 and a new movie screening here promote the no-kill pet movement

Categories: Politics

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Photo from savingcoloradoshelterpets.org
What if shelters could adopt out 90 percent of their animals they care instead of putting them down? That's the goal of Initiative 68, a proposal known as "Restrictions on Pet Animal Euthanasia" that would raise the resources necessary to help shelters reach that goal. If 68 makes it to the ballot and passes, Colorado would become the first official no-kill state in the country.

See also: Inside Initiative 75: Right to local self-government -- and to say no to fracking

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