A wrap-up from Morgan Carroll, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, below. In addition, in the last hours the state legislature approved a plan aimed at stabilizing the teacher retirement pension, and reauthorized the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
We are lucky in Colorado; our bipartisan state legislature manages to do good work. But so many good efforts are nonetheless blocked or forced into last-minute compromises by far right Republicans. 2018 elections are critical to make real, lasting change! We must get out the vote and focus on these local elections; that’s our work for the foreseeable future.
From Morgan Carroll’s Newsletter
The 2018 legislative session ended yesterday. Thanks to the hard work of Governor Hickenlooper and Democratic legislators, we scored some major accomplishments, including a bipartisan compromise to fund job-creating infrastructure projects, funding to cover the reduced cost of lunch for students, investments in rural broadband, expanding the child care tax credit, and putting a bipartisan redistricting reform package on the ballot.
But far too often, Republicans in the State Senate used their razor-thin one-seat majority to kill scores of good Democratic bills like a bump stock ban, a red flag bill to prevent gun violence, legislation to stop prescription drug price-gouging, and a ban on conversion therapy. Not to mention the Senate GOP’s refusal to expel GOP sexual harasser Randy Baumgardner.
We know that our state is capable of so much more. But it’s hard to tackle big issues with one GOP-controlled chamber putting the special interests ahead of Coloradans.
This next election is critical. If we want to make sure that everyone in Colorado has the opportunity to succeed and make sure everyone is benefiting from our state’s economic success, we need to elect a Democratic governor to succeed Hickenlooper, and we need to flip the State Senate.
We can only do it because of support like yours. Let’s multiply it. Will you forward this email to friends and loved ones that support Democratic values? (Here’s a signup link, a donation link, and/or a volunteer link for them.)
Thank you for all you do.
Chair, Colorado Democrats