The issue of gun control has dominated the legislative stage this week
DENVER–Colorado Democrats continued to advance their package of gun reforms Wednesday, approving two more bills on party-line votes, while a Republican bill to block new federal firearms laws was removed from a committee agenda without explanation.
The House Education Committee voted 7-6 in favor of a bill to ban concealed carry on college campuses, while the House Finance Committee passed 7-6 a bill that would require gun buyers to pay a fee associated with the cost of mandatory background checks. Read more »
Cheap Seats admires Mr. Obama’s insistence that his litany of harebrained schemes would “not add one dime” to the deficit
Cheap Seats watched the State of Union speech by President Obama, which was reminiscent of one of those sitcoms in which the writers are out of ideas, so they just recycle vignettes of previous episodes.
Not unlike “The Nanny,” this episode was filled with hackneyed jokes we’ve heard before and worn-out story lines leading to familiar conclusions all delivered in an annoying voice. Read more »
DOUBLE STANDARD: No pro-equality Democrat could justify voting to confirm Chuck Hagel if he were nominated by a Republican president
Imagine this: Mitt Romney wins last November and nominates someone for defense secretary who was hostile to gay Americans and gay rights. That same Romney nominee had also strongly criticized Israel, opposed even the possibility of military action to prevent a nuclear Iran, and backed massive, job-killing defense cuts. Read more »
Hickenlooper came across as pleased with Colorado’s direction on energy, calling it “a model for the nation”
DENVER–Gov. John Hickenlooper disappointed environmental groups Tuesday by telling a Senate committee that fracking fluid is safe enough to drink–and that he has.
“At one point in my office–I’m not sure how this happened–but the new frack fluid is made of food additives, and somehow we all took a swig of frack fluid,” Hickenlooper told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. “It was not terribly tasty, but again, I’m still alive.” Read more »
Colorado’s Representatives offered different responses to Mr. Obama’s proposals
WASHINGTON — Members of the Colorado congressional delegation gave mixed reviews to President Obama’s legislative proposals Tuesday night. Their response to the State of the Union address depended on the issue.
Rep. Doug Lamborn indicated support for Obama’s proposal to end the marriage penalty for low-income couples. “That’s something I would like to know more about. I don’t know the details of it, but it could really help working families. And I would support it very strongly,” the Colorado Springs Republican said Tuesday night at the Capitol. Read more »