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Political Writer — Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald political writer based at the Alberta Legislature. dhenton@calgaryherald.com

Wildrose drops candidate in Calgary-Varsity over offensive blog post

calgaryherald.com — Wildrose is looking for a new candidate in Calgary-Varsity after the party rejected a potential candidate Wednesday over a blog deemed offensive to gays. The Wildrose advised Russ Kuykendall it would not accept him as a candidate as a result of concerns over a blog he wrote in 2007.

Northwest Upgrader ‘another boondoggle for Alberta taxpayers,’ says U of C professor

calgaryherald.com — Most of the Progressive Conservative caucus didn't understand the Alberta government would be on the hook for $26 billion when they approved changes to the deal to build a bitumen refinery north of Edmonton, says former PC finance minister Ted Morton.

Study finds number of political yard signs an indicator of final election results

calgaryherald.com — Counting the number of political signs candidates plunk in the yards of voters does help predict how many votes each will receive, say the authors of a byelection study. However, the number of signs posted by candidates appears to be a lousy indicator of voter turnout at the polls, Duane Bratt and Janet Brown said Friday after analyzing the data collected in three Calgary ridings in Monday's provincial byelection.

Wildrose accuses PCs of crafting phoney laws, secret laws and bad laws

calgaryherald.com — Wildrose Leader Brian Jean went on the attack on the campaign trail Tuesday, accusing the governing Tories of passing "phoney laws, secret laws and bad laws." "That may sound like an exaggeration, but believe me it is not," Jean said as he stood with Edmonton-area Wildrose candidates against the backdrop of the legislature building.

Elections Alberta attacks voter apathy among youth with ad campaign

calgaryherald.com — Amid concerns of possible record-low turnout at the ballot box, Elections Alberta is launching a $1-million advertising campaign aimed at counteracting voter apathy in advance of the May 5 provincial election, the agency said Monday. The Decide For Yourself campaign, which begins Thursday, features ads on TV, radio, social media and in newspapers primarily urging young Albertans to vote, said spokesman Drew Westwater.

Prentice takes heat for province’s climate change strategy

calgaryherald.com — Jim Prentice will campaign in Alberta while Canada's premiers meet in Quebec this week to discuss climate change, but his rivals are calling his inaction on greenhouse gases, "a shameful lack of leadership." While critics jumped down his throat on the campaign trail Sunday for procrastinating on critical global warming strategy, the premier says the Progressive Conservative government is working on its own plan.

Liberals to run in Calgary-Elbow against Alberta Party

calgaryherald.com — Despite talks of co-operating, the Alberta Liberals are going head-to-head with the Alberta Party in Calgary-Elbow in the May 5 provincial election, Liberal Leader David Swann said Sunday. Swann said he couldn't ask a Liberal candidate to step aside to enhance the chances of Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark in the riding despite discussions of a possible merger or partnership after the vote.

PCs pound on air war, while opposition prepare for ground battle

calgaryherald.com — Jim Prentice has fired the first salvos in the battle of the air waves with an early campaign blitz of radio and TV ads promoting the Progressive Conservative plan to address the province's fiscal crisis.

Prentice gets a surprise home-coming present - a photo of dad in Leafs attire

calgaryherald.com — GRANDE CACHE - There was a tap on the door of the Prentice campaign bus as it was about to pull out of a Grande Cache hotel parking lot. A family friend wanted to give Jim Prentice a heartwarming, homecoming gift acquired in an antique shop - a framed photo of the premier's father, Eric "Doc" Prentice in his vintage Toronto Maple Leafs uniform.

Prentice hints at using trust fund to diversify Alberta’s economy

edmontonjournal.com — GRANDE CACHE - The Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund should play a larger role in the economic diversification of the province, Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice said Wednesday. After a speech on breaking the boom and bust cycle at the coal mine where he worked as a teen, Prentice said he would like to see greater use of the $17 billion fund in diversifying the provincial economy.
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Apr 17, 2015

Candidates have to file their nomination papers by 2 pm today to qualify to run in the May 5 #ableg election #abvote

Apr 16, 2015

RT @EmilySPWoods: Speech & Soundcloud from @JimPrentice's event in Medicine Hat w/ @BlakePedersen1: bit.ly/1zlitXa http://t.co/DjUD…

Apr 16, 2015

RT @CTVCalgary: Stolen police rifle recovered, no charges laid. Paid suspension of CPS member continues bit.ly/1D9VwqE #yyc pic.twitter.com/ubYYEHjDyO

Apr 16, 2015

RT @JamesRajotte: A bird's eye view of the Edmonton Arena District Development - impressive development in downtown Edm #yeg. pic.twitter.com/jweMCyIpPz

Apr 16, 2015

RT @SUNMattDykstra: Haven't seen many campaign props so far until today when @BrianJeanWRP takes a saw to a giant PC credit card. #abvote pic.twitter.com/Pkv7DfzmyS

Apr 16, 2015

Whatever Duffy paid his fitness trainer, we should get that money back

Apr 16, 2015

Ewart: Paving a 'path to hell' with a taxpayer-backed oil refinery in Alberta calgaryherald.com/business/energ… #ableg

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