Colorado Returns To Split-Party Legislative Rule

November 16, 2014 6:31 PM

Colorado Returns To Split-Party Legislative Rule
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado Democrats emerged from the 2014 elections battered and bruised, losing the state Senate for the first time in 10 years and having a slimmer margin of power in the House than they had two years ago.

But with control of the lower chamber and the governor’s office with the re-election of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Democrats still have more clout than Republicans to dictate what happens in the legislative session that begins in January.

Republicans, however, will enter the session with momentum, having made gains in the House, putting Hickenlooper through his toughest campaign yet with Republican Bob Beauprez, and taking an 18-17 lead in the Senate.

“They’re actually going to have to listen to us,” said Loveland Rep. Brian DelGrosso, the GOP leader in the House, where Democrats will hold a 34-31 majority, compared with the 37-28 lead they had two years ago.

The divided chambers will make it difficult for either party to pursue an aggressive agenda like Democrats did two years ago when they controlled everything and passed gun control laws, civil unions, college tuition benefits for students in the country illegally, and renewable energy mandates on rural electricity cooperates "

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