GOP counting on Dems’ voting record to retake Legislature |

GOP counting on Dems’ voting record to retake Legislature

DENVER – Majority Democrats boasted Tuesday that they passed key bills on health care, jobs and the economy during the just-ended legislative session, but Republicans said they’re counting on that record to help them retake control of the House and Senate in November.”It will be about their record and what they’ve done or not done,” said Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhaney, R-Colorado Springs.Republicans say Democrats pushed through antibusiness measures and others that promote a liberal social agenda.Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon, D-Denver, said Democrats focused on issues important to mainstream voters that will help Democrats. He said Republicans focused on such ideological issues as gay marriage, guns and religion when they controlled the Legislature two years ago.Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Golden, said voters only have to look at the 18 vetoes by GOP Gov. Bill Owens this year to see where Republicans stand on the issues, including a bill that would have allowed Colorado to develop stricter clean air standards and a bill that would have protected whistle-blowers at medical facilities.”The vetoes will tell the story about where Democrats came down,” she said.Senate President Pro Tem Peter Groff, D-Denver, said Democrats succeeded this year in passing bills that never had a chance until they won control of both the House and Senate for the first time in 44 years.

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