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Deal will keep fracking battle off Colorado ballot
Deal will keep fracking battle off Colorado ballot

Supporters of two Colorado ballot measures that would have curbed fracking in the state announced late Monday they were standing down, averting an expensive election-year fight that was creating uncertainty in both the governor’s and Senate races. On Monday morning, hours before the deadline to turn in the 86,105 signatures needed to qualify the initiatives for the ballot, the chief proponent and a leading foe unveiled a deal. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who feared the initiatives could harm the economy,  and Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, who championed and helped finance the measures, announced a compromise to keep them off the ballot. But the group that collected the...