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ICYMI: Democrats continue to run up the score

Apr. 29, 2013

DENVER—At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, announced: “This year, you will hear me emphasize three C’s: Consultation. Consensus. Cooperation.”

 

Since making that pledge, House Democrats have run an aggressive and hyper-partisan legislative agenda, most of which was drafted behind closed doors without any Republican input.

 

With less than two weeks left to the legislative session, Democrats continue to introduce more bills as a part of their radical agenda while simultaneously silencing debate on some of the most important issues facing the state.

 

The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels and Kurtis Lee reported more on the Democrats’ partisan power plays. Highlights from their article can be found below.

 

  • “It was nearing 10 p.m. on April 4, and after hours of debate on the state’s budget, weary lawmakers in the House were set to adjourn. But then Democrats, the party with the power this session, took advantage of a procedural maneuver in order to prove a point about what they considered Republican foolishness. Republicans took umbrage — and the clock ticked on.” (“Marathon Colorado legislative session heats up after introduction of gun-control bills,” The Denver Post, 4/28/13).

 

  • “In other years, running up the score over a last-minute, in-your-face amendment might have stood out, but the blowup on April 4 was just the latest battle waged at the state Capitol. Another skirmish in the House broke out late Friday. Monday marks the last full week of one of the noisiest legislative sessions in decades. (“Marathon Colorado legislative session heats up after introduction of gun-control bills,” The Denver Post, 4/28/13).

 

  • “Republicans have accused Democrats of “overreaching,” waging war on rural Colorado and introducing bills to reward unions and trial lawyers while harming businesses.” (“Marathon Colorado legislative session heats up after introduction of gun-control bills,” The Denver Post, 4/28/13).

 

  • “‘I feel like at times I’ve been in a Spanish telenovela,’ said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton. And no wonder. He played a starring role.” (“Marathon Colorado legislative session heats up after introduction of gun-control bills,” The Denver Post, 4/28/13).

 

  • “All sessions develop their own personality, but Capitol regulars say this one has been particularly tough….The pace has stunned even veterans, who say the last two months have felt like the last two weeks of most sessions, when lawmakers start early and work late to make sure they get through the bills.” (“Marathon Colorado legislative session heats up after introduction of gun-control bills,” The Denver Post, 4/28/13).

 

  • “The number of measures requiring action near the session’s end has been eye-opening. A legislative report Monday on bill activity showed that nearly 50 percent of the bills were still going through the process. During the same time period in 2010, when Democrats also were in charge, only one-third of the bills were still active.” (“Marathon Colorado legislative session heats up after introduction of gun-control bills,” The Denver Post, 4/28/13).

 

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