Democrat Alex Walker of Eagle officially launched his campaign to unseat Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert last week with an unconventional ad a video full of flying feces disrupting the everyday lives of Coloradans, representing what he calls the "stream of bulls---" that Boebert has spewed since she took office.
In contrast, his campaign promises that he will be "a bull, not a bulls-----r" if he is elected to represent Colorado's third senate district in a race that currently has more than 10 candidates, including Boebert, vying for the seat.
"The quote-unquote role models that we have in Congress are despicable, and I think we need to look no further than last night's State of the Union," Walker told The Chieftain, referring to Boebert yelling from the crowd, interrupting President Joe Biden's speech.
Walker said he never considered entering politics, let alone running for Congress, prior to Boebert's election. Like many of his generational peers, Walker, who is 31, sought other ways to make an impact in the state without having to delve into what he calls "the clown show" at the U.S. Capitol.
Read more: https://www.chieftain.com/story/news/2022/03/02/democrat-alex-walker-enters-co-3-race-take-rep-lauren-boebert/6983528001/
Colorado attorney general sues makers of firefighting foam that uses "forever chemicals" threatening
The Colorado Attorney Generals Office filed suit Monday against 15 makers of firefighting foam that contains forever chemicals called PFAS, alleging the companies caused contamination found in water samples taken across the state and endangered public health.
The lawsuit in state district court says the companies, including five related to DuPont, knew or should have known their products harm the environment and public health, and is asking the court to require these manufacturers to pay for all costs to investigate, cleanup, restore and monitor contamination at all sites, said Lawrence Pacheco, a spokesman for Attorney General Phil Weiser.
State health officials have detected PFAS contamination at airfields and other sites where firefighting foam is used around Colorado Springs, at the Suncor Energy refinery and other locations across Colorado, the lawsuit says. It accuses the companies of negligence, public nuisance and unjust enrichment for allegedly creating spinoff companies to avoid liability costs.
These companies knew that these chemicals posed significant threats to human health and the environment and nonetheless put Colorado at risk; it is important that they pay for the harm they caused, said Attorney General Phil Weiser, in a release.
Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2022/02/28/colorado-attorney-general-sues-firefighting-pfas-makers/
LINCOLN, Neb. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ramped up his push Wednesday for income tax cuts, a new state prison and a $500 million canal to claim water from Colorado, arguing that the state is expected to collect more than enough revenue to pay for it all.
The Republican governors remarks came just days after a state board predicted that Nebraska will receive $775 million more than expected. That will leave lawmakers with nearly $500 million in available cash for new spending, plus a projected $1.7 billion cash reserve and $1.04 billion in federal pandemic money.
With these stronger forecasts, it makes it even more important that we hit upon all these different priorities, Ricketts said at a news conference.
Ricketts has endorsed a measure that would lower Nebraskas top individual and corporate income tax rate, which would benefit many middle-class taxpayers but would give a much larger boost to the states highest income earners. Taxpayers who earn at least $1 million a year account for more than half of all income reported in Nebraska, but they pay about 10% of the states total income taxes.
Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2022/03/02/south-platte-river-canal-nebraska-colorado-pete-ricketts/
In the next week or two, the water level at Lake Powell is likely to dip below a key target elevation of 3,525 feet above sea level a benchmark water managers have long tried to avoid according to Nick Williams, power manager for the Bureau of Reclamations Upper Colorado River Basin.
I think were right at 2 feet above that target elevation, Williams said. At the rate were dropping we could be there in a week or two.
In 2019, the Upper Basin and Lower Basin states in the Colorado River Basin signed drought contingency plans to protect the water in the region. Part of the Upper Basin deal included a Drought Response Operations Agreement, or DROA, which aimed to safeguard critical elevations at Lake Powell. DROA defined the 3,525-foot mark as an important target elevation for the reservoir. That target provides a 35-foot buffer above the lowest elevation at which Glen Canyon Dam can generate power, 3,490 feet above sea level.
More than 3 million customers use Glen Canyon Dam electricity and the federal government generates roughly $150 million in average annual revenue from selling that hydropower.
Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2022/03/01/lake-powell-dip-below-crucial-low-water/
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