Hassinger: Who’s the GOP calling radical?
August 2, 2013
I find it equally amusing and sad that Kim McGahey referred to the "hijacking of the state legislature by the radical lefties…" and the "liberal dictatorship that now dominates our myopic legislature" in his July 23 letter.
To be clear, let's move away from name-calling. Colorado voters elected more Democrats than Republicans to serve in the legislature: 37-28 in the state House and 20-15 in the state Senate.
In House District 61, voters chose Rep. Millie Hamner (yes, a Democrat) to continue working for us in the state House, representing citizens in Summit, Lake, Pitkin, Delta and Gunnison counties with her trademark common-sense approach.
While staying true to her own values (and mine, and most of the folks in our district), Hamner worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to co-sponsor successful bills on a number of issues where bipartisanship made sense: allowing school boards to adopt policies for electronic participation at board meetings; incentivizing use of forest biomass; providing new funds for our rivers through a "Protect Our Rivers" license plate; and constructing a fire suppression system at the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels.
Other bills sponsored by Hamner and consistent with our Western Slope values were passed with bipartisan support. Among those were bills to align child development programs; to make real, solid reforms to our K-12 education finance plan; to update the cottage foods act; to add judges in certain judicial districts; and to save our veterans money when applying for a driver's license.
Given this considerable and broadly supported output of work, why would one expect Democratic Rep. Hamner to abandon her values, regardless of her party affiliation? We need more legislators like Hamner who roll up their sleeves and work across the aisle for real solutions to the issues facing Coloradans.
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