Mon 24 Apr' 17

An unwelcome gift from oil and gas developers

RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file – A drilling rig operates in Erie in 2015. By MARK JAFFE | The Denver Post April 21, 2017 at 10:21 am   As last Christmas approached, Janice Ward received a surprise packet, and it was a present. It was a 64-page offer, in dense legalese, to lease the oil […]

Thu 20 Apr' 17

Denver Post endorses Rep. Foote’s Chance to Compete Act

Questions about criminal history don’t belong on job applications By THE DENVER POST EDITORIAL BOARD | PUBLISHED: April 10, 2017 at 4:06 pm | UPDATED: April 11, 2017 at 10:23 am     Thinkstock by Getty Images Generally speaking, a society that makes it easier for reformed lawbreakers to return to productive lives is the […]

Mon 10 Apr' 17

Lafayette Rep. Foote amends state budget bill over government lawsuits

By John FryarStaff Writer POSTED:   04/07/2017 03:56:13 PM MDT | UPDATED:   3 DAYS AGO Any money the Legislature appropriates in the state’s 2017-18 budget for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office could not be spent on suing a local government “on behalf of a private corporation,” according to a budget footnote from Rep. Mike […]

Fri 24 Mar' 17

Setback change for new drilling wells passes first test in Colorado House

Mar. 24, 2017, by Joey Bunch,  Rep. Mike Foote showed the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee a video simulation of how close drilling happens to school playgrounds and athletic fields and still meet the letter of the Colorado’s setback law. After almost seven hours of testimony, the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee passed House […]

Wed 15 Mar' 17

Colorado House to AG Coffman: no extra money for you this year

Marianne Goodland February 16, 2017    UPDATE Friday, Feb. 17: the House did not vote this morning on a request to reconsider the Department of Law supplemental budget request and the bill died when the House adjourned for the three-day weekend. The decision to deny a budget change in this way is uncommon and hasn’t […]

Wed 8 Feb' 17

Op-ed: Oil and gas industry should do its own dirty work

By Mike Foote POSTED:   02/07/2017 07:45:45 PM MST   Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s recent threat to sue Boulder County over its oil and gas moratorium did not just come out of nowhere. Industry lobbyists have been working behind the scenes for months to get someone else to threaten the county government. They finally found […]

Tue 10 Jan' 17

Op-ed: U.S. 36 and Corporate Veto Power

Mike Foote: U.S. 36 and corporate veto power By Mike Foote POSTED:   12/29/2016 07:14:10 PM MST Beginning Sunday, managed lanes on U.S. 36 change from HOV 2 to HOV 3. (Daily Camera file) Corporate influence over our government is widespread and nowhere more apparent than on our highway to Denver. Much has already been […]