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Making sausages and making laws Democrats are the majority party on both sides of the aisle in the Colorado Legislature for the first time in 44 years. This may herald a shift of focus from the ideologically driven issues, like preventing gay marriage and implementing school prayer, of the last four years to nuts-and-bolt dilemmas like deficit reduction, adequate funding of education, runaway development and utility charges, environmental protection and health care for the working poor. Is this good or bad?
click to enlarge Doug Dawson  -  - Downtown -  - Bar and restaurant equipment salesman -  -  -  - Will Democratic control make any difference in the - state Legislature? The Republicans were pretty much able - to ramrod whatever they wanted, and with the governor's - blessing. A lot of very conservative El Paso County - Republican bigwigs lost leadership positions, but Owens - has already said he'll veto anything that upsets his tax- - cut applecart. -  - Will the Democrats behave differently from the - Republicans of the last four years? If they have axes - to grind and revenge on their mind, it could get ugly, but - I think they'll keep their focus on ways to fund education - and health services, things we're sadly lacking. -  - What law would you introduce if you were a - legislator? Getting TABOR repealed. It has a - stranglehold on proper running of the government and - stymies the state in every direction from public roads to - public health and education.
  • Doug Dawson

    Downtown

    Bar and restaurant equipment salesman

    Will Democratic control make any difference in the state Legislature? The Republicans were pretty much able to ramrod whatever they wanted, and with the governor's blessing. A lot of very conservative El Paso County Republican bigwigs lost leadership positions, but Owens has already said he'll veto anything that upsets his tax- cut applecart.

    Will the Democrats behave differently from the Republicans of the last four years? If they have axes to grind and revenge on their mind, it could get ugly, but I think they'll keep their focus on ways to fund education and health services, things we're sadly lacking.

    What law would you introduce if you were a legislator? Getting TABOR repealed. It has a stranglehold on proper running of the government and stymies the state in every direction from public roads to public health and education.

click to enlarge Susan Blue   -  - South of Colorado Springs  -  - Massage therapist -  -  -  - Is a shift of priorities ahead in the state Legislature this - session? I'm not sure what they'll be able to change - because of what's happened nationally with the - Republicans increasing their control and so many budget - deficits. -  - What should the priorities be this session? - Funding education adequately. A lot of districts are - overcrowded and in trouble, and a lot of buildings are in - need of repair. Education should be a higher priority. -  - What law would you introduce if you were a - Colorado legislator? One to protect open space and - reduce pollution.
  • Susan Blue

    South of Colorado Springs

    Massage therapist

    Is a shift of priorities ahead in the state Legislature this session? I'm not sure what they'll be able to change because of what's happened nationally with the Republicans increasing their control and so many budget deficits.

    What should the priorities be this session? Funding education adequately. A lot of districts are overcrowded and in trouble, and a lot of buildings are in need of repair. Education should be a higher priority.

    What law would you introduce if you were a Colorado legislator? One to protect open space and reduce pollution.

click to enlarge Sara Carson  -  - Florissant -  - Massage therapist -  -  -  - Will there be a difference in this year's state - Legislature? Absolutely. Democrats answer to the people - instead of corporate interests. -  - What issues should get priority this time? - Protecting our water and air is the most important - problem on the planet. Maybe now we can deal with - those problems on a local and state level. -  - If you were a Colorado legislator, what law would - you introduce? Something to keep corporations and - big business from abusing public lands that belong to - everyone.
  • Sara Carson

    Florissant

    Massage therapist

    Will there be a difference in this year's state Legislature? Absolutely. Democrats answer to the people instead of corporate interests.

    What issues should get priority this time? Protecting our water and air is the most important problem on the planet. Maybe now we can deal with those problems on a local and state level.

    If you were a Colorado legislator, what law would you introduce? Something to keep corporations and big business from abusing public lands that belong to everyone.

click to enlarge Kim Jackson  -  - Northeast -  - Unemployed -  -  -  - Will the state Legislature be different this year than - last? It'll pretty much be more of the same. -  - What should their top priority be? Health care. - Especially helping the uninsured. -  - What law do you wish you could introduce this - session? One providing health care to every - American. -  - What are your other priorities? Keeping our - borders safe from terrorism. -  - Is terrorism a significant threat in Colorado? - Probably not.
  • Kim Jackson

    Northeast

    Unemployed

    Will the state Legislature be different this year than last? It'll pretty much be more of the same.

    What should their top priority be? Health care. Especially helping the uninsured.

    What law do you wish you could introduce this session? One providing health care to every American.

    What are your other priorities? Keeping our borders safe from terrorism.

    Is terrorism a significant threat in Colorado? Probably not.

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