REMINDER: If Colorado GOP had it their way, they wouldn’t even be working at #coleg right now.
Denver, CO — Between rank opposition to allow remote voting that even Congress and Republican-controlled state legislatures like Indiana’s have adopted or are considering, and outright bizarre diatribes from members about not wiping a grocery cart, it’s been a banner two days for Colorado at the General Assembly.
Keep in mind that if Colorado Republicans had it their way, they never would have even returned to the legislature for session.
- “Republican state lawmakers argue in…that the legislature must adjourn on May 6, no matter what.”
- In a case that was swatted down by the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Republicans were pushing for the legislature to adjourn on May 6, despite the legislature temporarily adjourning in April.
- “I really like the idea of us trying to come to an agenda for a special session.”
- Republicans pushed for a special session as an alternative — which would have resulted in “all pending legislation would have to start over from scratch”.
In a fiery speech yesterday in response to Colorado Republicans insinuating that members who don’t show up may be “lazy” or “AWOL”, State Representative Leslie Herod pointed out not just the disparity in how COVID-19 has harmed the black community, but how in these unprecedented times, members shouldn’t have to choose between representing their communities or their lives.
“Republicans didn’t even want to come back to work at all. Now they condemn remote voting to keep people safe since we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic, deriding members as “AWOL” or insinuating they’re lazy if they vote remotely. Colorado Republicans seem content to go home, do no work, and get nothing done for the people of Colorado. Colorado’s fortunate that in Governor Polis and Democratic leadership, we have adults in the room who will actually work to get good policy done for the people of Colorado.”