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Oil-and-gas group failed to file finance reports in Loveland fracking election

LOVELAND, Colo. — The oversized glossy mailers and robo-calls came in waves over the course of weeks to residents of this small Front Range city, asking them to protect their children, property and low tax rates by voting against a proposed city moratorium on the oil-and-gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The group behind the campaign calls itself “Protect Colorado,” short for “Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence.” It’s a politics issue committee organized by a public-relations group called Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, or CRED, which is funded by the two most active Front Range oil-and-gas companies, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy.

Protect Colorado is registered with the state to engage in political messaging but it is not registered with Loveland. It should be, according to city attorney Judy Schmidt.

“If the group accepted donations and made direct appeals to voters to support or oppose the initiative, then they fall under the requirements of the city charter and should have filed reports with the city,” she told the Independent the day after the election...


Sadly, the penalty for violation is so small that the industry can easily afford to not give a damn. And none of this is surprising, given the wide latitude given to oil and gas to bully the state; companies have grown accustomed to getting whatever they damned want.

On a side note, both Anadarko and Noble had big entries in our July 4th parade (in Greeley, the bad example Loveland does not want to emulate), with walkers handing out little goodies to the crowd. As I sat there wearing my oxygen, my scowling glare was sufficient to send one of those walkers scurrying to the other side of the street. They quite literally make me sick.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 01:29 PM (0 replies)

The sad vanishing of wisdom . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jul 6, 2014, 08:21 PM (2 replies)

Not wanted

If you live in Colorado's fourth congressional district, or know someone who does, please feel free to share this with them. Download, print, distribute.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jul 6, 2014, 05:52 PM (8 replies)

Just for grins

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jul 6, 2014, 05:27 PM (0 replies)

Darrell Issa's cat

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jul 6, 2014, 12:19 PM (0 replies)


In a sad, historical twist the Rehnquist Court will forever be remembered for its decision in Bush v Gore, a miasma that came about with the willing assistance of a lesser jurist by the name of John Roberts. By pure coincidence (wink, wink) upon Rehnquist's death John Roberts was appointed to succeed him by the man who the Rehnquist Court had chosen to accede to the White House. Supreme Court justices are not term limited; they remain on the bench until they die or choose to retire. Keep in mind that John Roberts, as judges go, is a young man.

Out of the many cases the current bench has considered, three are prominent:

The Roberts Court, deciding in Citizens United to essentially enfranchise corporate dollars, negatively impacted the effectiveness of voters' ballots.

The Roberts Court has essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act, very negatively impacting the voting rights of millions of Americans.

Then, with the decision in favor of Hobby Lobby's request, the Roberts Court has very negatively confounded the reproductive rights of millions of working women.

The Roberts Court seems to be flaunting, with blatant and increasing frequency, a chilling determination to whittle away the rights of whole swaths of the American population. Since when is it the purpose of the Court to remove rights? And how do we go about taking the knife out of their hands before there's nothing left to whittle?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 05:42 PM (1 replies)


And not in a good way. I went to upload some pictures and the cord that connects my camera to the computer has vanished. I went to the store and was unsuccessful finding a replacement. Not happy because, even though the camera is older and nowhere near top of the line, I can't afford to replace it at present. Any suggestions?

Kodak Easyshare C813

Thanks in advance!

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 01:43 PM (16 replies)

...nor deny to any PERSON

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 10:45 PM (7 replies)

With friends like these . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 11:08 PM (1 replies)

It's really quite simple . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 07:59 PM (3 replies)
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