Click through and read the whole column from Ed Quillen writing for the The Denver Post. Here’s an excerpt: McInnis blamed his researcher, retired water engineer Rolly Fischer of Glenwood Springs, and even faxed a confessional letter for Fischer to sign, which Fischer didn’t. Now the state Attorney Regulation Council has decided McInnis can keep … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Ed Quillen tries to piece together the facts around the state Attorney Regulation Council’s ruling about Scott McInnis’ plagiarized articles
Last summer Scott McInnis’s campaign imploded from the news that some of the work he had done for the Hasan Family Foundation was plagiarized. Journalist Jason Salzman (Bigmedia.org) stayed with his investigation into the candidate’s writings and the rest is Colorado political history. It’s too late for Mr. McInnis to challenge Governor Hickenlooper but he … Continue reading 2010 Colorado Elections: The state Attorney Regulation and Disciplinary Council finds the Scott McInnis’ water articles plagiarism was not an ethics violation
From The Pueblo Chieftain (Patrick Malone): So when Hasan is asked whether the $300,000 his foundation paid McInnis soon after McInnis left Congress was a way of influencing a powerful man, Hasan redefines where the power really rests. “I didn’t need Scott’s influence,” Hasan said. “Scott has come to me multiple times. I don’t think … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Scott McInnis and the Hasan Family Foundation agree to terms for repayment of $300,000 for water articles
From The Pueblo Chieftain (Patrick Malone): A spokesman for the Hasan family said Friday that lawyers for McInnis and the foundation are corresponding, and the foundation has not ruled out possible legal action against McInnis. “There absolutely is a demand coming from the foundation lawyer and the foundation itself,” said Drew Dougherty, a spokesman for … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: The Hasan Family Foundation is serious about collecting the $300,000 from Scott McInnis
From The Denver Post (Karen E. Crummy): Two years out of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, McInnis was an associate at Delaney & Balcomb, a Glenwood Springs firm specializing in water and energy issues. McInnis said he handled mostly mechanic liens and divorce cases, although Scott Balcomb, son of firm co-founder … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Scott Mcinnis background
Here’s a background piece about the relationship between the Hasan Family Foundation and Scott McInnis from the Associated Press (Steven K. Paulson) via The Durango Herald. From the article: Hasan says he was expecting Scott McInnis to work full-time for two years writing and lecturing on solutions for Colorado’s protracted drought, but McInnis delivered only … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Scott McInnis and the Hasan Family Foundation background
Update: From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide): During his [McInnis] previous tenure in public service he sat on natural resource committees at both the state and national levels, he said… He criticized state legislative measures that took money away from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Branding Board. He said those funds should be used … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Scott McInnis makes a stop in the San Luis Valley
From The Pueblo Chieftain (Patrick Malone): McInnis said he intends to repay the foundation [$300,000]. The demand followed an internal foundation review of articles submitted by McInnis that contained plagiarized material. A written statement released by the board Friday said McInnis’ output for the foundation “was only a fraction of the work he was obligated … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: The Hasan Family Foundation wants Scott McInnis to reimburse the dough he was paid for his fellowship
From The State Column: “We haven’t got a chance under the present circumstances,” Mr. Tancredo said, in reference to allegations of plagiarism plaguing the McInnis campaign. “This is a huge disaster for the Republican party unless we can get a candidate in there to make this all work.” Mr. Tancredo, a conservative who ran as … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Tom Tancredo jumps off the Scott McInnis ship
Update: Rolly Fischer is on the video record now. Channel 7’s John Ferrugia interviewed him yesterday. Here’s the link to their video page. I could not determine how to deep link. From the article: Ferrugia asked, “Rolly, is Scott McInnis lying to us?” “Yes,” said Fischer. Meanwhile The Denver Post’s Karen Crummy is reporting that … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Scott McInnis is standing behind his position that the lifting of Justice Hobbs’ writings was just a big mistake
Here’s a background piece about Scott McInnis from Joe Hanel writing for The Durango Herald. From the article: McInnis is a partner at Hogan Lovells, a law and lobbying firm – formerly known as Hogan & Hartson – where [Bill Ritter] worked before he became governor. As part of his work for the firm, McInnis … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Scott McInnis background
Bump and Update: Here’s McInnis’ side from email from the campaign: In 2005, I accepted a water fellowship with the non-profit Hasan Family Foundation. Part of this fellowship entailed compiling a series of articles designed to promote public understanding of historical water issues in Colorado. In order to complete this project, I retained a renowned … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Did Scott McInnis plagiarize some of his writings on water?
A few weeks back there was a bit of controversy over the availability of a series of articles about water that Scott McInnis was paid $300,000 to write by the Hasan Family Foundation. When they became available I read through them, sending my comments to Jason Salzman at BigMedia.org. I gave McInnis the benefit of … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Did Scott McInnis plagiarize some of his writings on water?
Here’s a long background piece about Scott McInnis from Karen Crummy writing for The Denver Post. From the article: McInnis, chairman of the House subcommittee on forests and forest health, also brokered a compromise with Grand County commissioners that allowed “historic uses” such as motorized vehicles, mountain bikes and limited logging on the west side … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: McInnis profile
By Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Journalism GRAND JUNCTION – The Colorado River District says it stands behind the recent hiring of Zane Kessler as communications director, despite concerns from some of the more-conservative counties in the district about his past political activities regarding oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area. Scott McInnis, a Mesa … Continue reading Some Colorado River District constituents challenge hiring of Zane Kessler
From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Mesa County District Judge Lance Timbreza on Wednesday rejected motions from both sides for summary judgment in the case, meaning that a trial set to begin June 5 will go forward. The drainage district in 2016 began charging the fee — $36 per year for most residences … Continue reading Grand Valley Drainage District summary judgment dismissed, trial next month
Rolly Fischer, who died recently, is the subject of this blog post from Jason Salzman and The Huffington Post. Jason, characteristically humble, doesn’t mention his role in uncovering the plagiarism scandal. I know he was involved because he emailed me early on asking about the work that Scott McIinnis so blatantly stole from Greg Hobbs … Continue reading How a Refusal to Lie Changed Colorado History — Jason Salzman
From The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Stroud): Roland “Rolly” Fischer, the longtime head of the Glenwood Springs-based Colorado River District who guided the organization through a period of intense and often contentious change, has died. Fischer, a petroleum engineer who came to western Colorado in the 1950s ahead of the eventual oil shale boom … Continue reading R.I.P. Rolly Fischer #ColoradoRiver #COriver
From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): A second round of invoices will go out in early August from the Grand Valley Drainage District to residents and businesses that have yet to pay their bills for the handling of stormwater — a charge that got a boost Tuesday from a court ruling. Mesa County … Continue reading Mesa County District Court Judge David Bottger denies injunction, stormwater fee collection to continue
From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: POINT: Change needed to deal with storm water in county By Mesa County Commissioners Mesa County has received multiple calls and letters from constituents about the bills they’ve received from the Grand Valley Drainage District. The Mesa County Commissioners want to be clear: Mesa County does not have authority … Continue reading Point/Counterpoint: Mesa County Commissioners and the Grand Valley Drainage District
From The Business Times of Western Colorado (Kelly Sloan): “We need a chance for legislators to digest this,” said John McClow, a representative of the Gunnison-Uncompaghre River District on the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “We need to get the big picture and make sure that everyone’s interests are represented in the conversations. We don’t want … Continue reading #COWaterPlan: “We need to get the big picture and make sure that everyone’s interests are represented in the conversations” — John McClow
From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): [Scott McInnis] joined with commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman in approving a resolution of support for a provision of the proposed Colorado water plan calling for all affected counties to participate in proposals to send water to the Front Range. The resolution was approved in time … Continue reading #COWaterPlan: The Mesa County Commissioners approve resolution directed at TMDs
Update: From The Denver Post (Karen Crummy): Do I look like I’m going anywhere? These boots are made for walking, and I’m ready to fight,” [McInnis] said to The Post, looking down at his brown cowboy boots. He also addressed again the controversy surrounding articles he submitted to the Hasan Foundation as original works but … Continue reading 2010 Colorado Elections: ‘Musings on Water’ – gate update
From the Colorado Statesman (Ernest Luning): At a forum sponsored by the Denver Petroleum Club, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis surveyed the state of the oil and gas industry in Colorado and offered proposals to pull the conversation back from what both characterized as polarized extremes… Judging by the results … Continue reading Energy policy — oil and gas: 2010 Colorado elections
There has been a bit of controversy around Scott McInnis’ fellowship with the Hassan Family Foundation and the series of articles on land use and water that he contracted with the foundation to write. He made reference to the series on a recent radio program but no one had copies of the articles to … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections
The three gubernatorial hopefuls were in Pueblo yesterday, according to a report from Peter Roper writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article: One of them will be elected governor in November, which is why Republicans Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, along with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper came to Pueblo on Tuesday to woo … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections
From the Ag Journal: [Gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis] underscored his commitment to vital water projects – most notably the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) – that will not only provide much-needed water storage for the northern tier of Colorado, but will be a tool in preserving agricultural land. More 2010 Colorado Elections coverage here.
It looks like water will be on the minds of John Hickenlooper and Scott McInnis over the next few months. Here’s a report from Dean Humphrey writing for The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. From the article: “When I came into office as mayor, there was a we-versus-them mentality where towns and municipalities competed against … Continue reading 2010 Colorado elections: Water issues to be part of the Governor’s race?
From The Denver Post (Ed Quillen): By the fall of 2002, after some dry years, many Colorado reservoirs set record lows. You could drive for miles along Blue Mesa Reservoir, west of Gunnison, and instead of seeing static stored water, you’d see the river flowing toward a greatly shrunken pool. Some towns banned all outdoor … Continue reading Ed Quillen on the politics of storage
Here’s a report from Tom Hacker writing for the Loveland Reporter-Herald. From the article: The Anderson Farm, once a working farm but now an entertainment and education venue, hosted the event organized by the Colorado Farm Bureau and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the architect of the project. “People say there is a crisis … Continue reading Northern Integrated Supply Project: Supporters of the project rally in Weld County