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diamond14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:15 PM
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The Politics of (Democrats) Power (PHOTO/link - Rocky Mountain News)
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 08:18 PM by diamond14
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/legislature/artic...

The politics of power
After 4 decades, Democrats regain legislative control


By Lynn Bartels And Peggy Lowe, Rocky Mountain News
January 8, 2005

After a four-decade shutout, Democrats return to power Wednesday, controlling the Senate and House in a historic legislative session brimming with possibilities and personalities.

Numbers tell the story:

Democrats will have a 35-30 majority in the House and an 18-17 edge in the Senate.

It's almost too much for former lawmaker Wayne Knox to fathom. The Denver Democrat, who served 32 years in the House, was first elected in 1960. That was the last time Democrats won both the House and the Senate until the 2004 election. "I had given up," said Knox, now 77. "I mean, hope springs eternal and all that, but I didn't think it was ever going to happen."


DEMS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT

The new Democratic leadership looks at home in a 61 Corvette, which was the last year the party took control of both houses at the Colorado State Capitol. From the left: House Majority Leader Alice Madden, Boulder; Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, Denver; Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon, Denver, and Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, Golden.



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Rican1 Donating Member (144 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:17 PM
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1. Great to see some positives coming out of the 2004 election
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:33 PM
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2. How did they do it?
I suspect that there might be some lessons that could be learned in other states.
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 11:48 AM
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14. We did it locally, with some help from DFA and DNC.
This state has been in terrible shape economically. People were desperate for change. So when we worked locally, they welcomed that change.

We also got a Dem elected in the U.S. Senate--something that had been missing for a long time.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:50 PM
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3. I am moving this to LBN as it IS an important News Report
as the original poster stated and requested.
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diamond14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:08 PM
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4. Thanks !
It's a BIG victory for Democrats !!!!!

And we need some GOOD NEWS !


:nuke:
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:24 PM
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5. The more I think about our federal situation...
...I realize how good we got it hear in Colorado. Plus Hickenlooper in Denver ain't bad either. :thumbsup:
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peterh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:41 PM
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6. Friggin split votes.
Colorado is a red state for the twit, yet they install a dem majority in house & senate.it makes ya wanta scream
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diamond14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:58 PM
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7. AND Colorado sent Democrat Ken Salazar to OUR Nation's Capital


of course, there's plenty of room to cheat on voting machines, the redistricting, absentee ballots, and LONG LONG distances with tiny little voting areas scattered around a HUGE area....

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liberalcenter Donating Member (44 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 11:06 AM
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11. Deeper issues
I live in Colorado and our repubs have trashed our state.
The lesson to learn, the public will only stand so much insanity... too bad the nation isn't at that level yet...
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jburton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:05 AM
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8. This might hurt Gov. Billy Owens' prez ambitions
Seems he would have difficulty pushing any nutty trademark issue designed for his (potential) 2008 run.
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joefree1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:28 AM
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9. Hey, this is good news!?
You're really gonna upset some of the pessimist in this group. However we upbeat aggressive progressives look for and find the good news all the time.

Thanks for posting.

:toast:


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diamond14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 12:07 PM
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10. Yes.....GREAT NEWS !....it's this 'grass-root stuff that WINS

Presidential Elections...and moving a RED state to a Democratic WIN is REAL progress.....

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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 11:12 AM
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12. The Demoratic National Convention 2008 should be in Denver.
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