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Colorado’s political establishment has been working overtime to thwart an election day showdown over proposals that would require oil and gas wells to be set back at least a half mile from residences and give towns the ability to enact stricter drilling controls.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R), who has made his name as one of the nation’s most notorious vote suppressors and has been fined by the state’s ethics board for misuse of taxpayer dollars, will seek his party’s nomination to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) next November.