President (To Win Colorado) See Full Big Line

(D) Joe Biden*

(R) Donald Trump

80%

20%

CO-01 (Denver) See Full Big Line

(D) Diana DeGette*

(R) V. Archuleta

98%

2%

CO-02 (Boulder-ish) See Full Big Line

(D) Joe Neguse*

(R) Marshall Dawson

95%

5%

CO-03 (West & Southern CO) See Full Big Line

(D) Adam Frisch

(R) Jeff Hurd

50%

50%

CO-04 (Northeast-ish Colorado) See Full Big Line

(R) Lauren Boebert

(D) Trisha Calvarese

90%

10%

CO-05 (Colorado Springs) See Full Big Line

(R) Jeff Crank

(D) River Gassen

80%

20%

CO-06 (Aurora) See Full Big Line

(D) Jason Crow*

(R) John Fabbricatore

90%

10%

CO-07 (Jefferson County) See Full Big Line

(D) B. Pettersen

(R) Sergei Matveyuk

90%

10%

CO-08 (Northern Colo.) See Full Big Line

(D) Yadira Caraveo

(R) Gabe Evans

70%

30%

State Senate Majority See Full Big Line

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

80%

20%

State House Majority See Full Big Line

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

95%

5%

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
May 21, 2021 01:08 PM UTC

Republican Lawmakers Call Their One Play

  • 6 Comments
  • by: Colorado Pols

As Jesse Paul of The Colorado Sun noted this morning on Twitter:

 

This is not new territory for Republican lawmakers in Colorado, whose primary goal in every legislative session is simply to stop anything from ever being accomplished.

They tried it in 2019.

They tried it in 2020.

They’re trying it again in 2021.

Does this strategy actually work? Republicans seem to think it does, but opinions vary on whether this results in anything more than lengthening the day for lawmakers and journalists. It might be more effective now than it was in 2019, when Republicans opened the legislative session by demanding that the entire daily journal be read aloud.

The more important question is about why Republicans even want to be elected to the legislature in the first place when this is consistently their go-to strategy. There are a lot of other ways you could spend your day doing nothing (you can trust us on this one).

Comments

6 thoughts on “Republican Lawmakers Call Their One Play

  1. Interesting they don’t try for improving the bill with amendments or offering something they think will appeal to voters statewide. 

    Here’s hoping journalists will ask 2022 candidates for the legislature if they will support such a time suck and, if they do, what they think is being accomplished by the tactic. Anyone do a calculation of how much “extra” it costs — hourly wages for Capital employees would be the bulk of the extra, but other items (printing of the legislative records being extended and added utilities are the only other two off the top of my head).

    1. Nobody’s supposed to sayeth this phrase out loud, but a “special session” would entail some cost and additional hours spent on things the legislature could’ve easily completed in regulation time absent the aptly-named time suck.

  2. It's my belief that the Republicans may actually need to have the bills read out loud. That way, they can follow along with a finger on the text and attempt to say those hard words out loud. It could be a helpful learning experience for many of them.**

    **See: Boebert, Lauren

  3. On the other hand, this is probably the only way our Republican legislators are ever going to have any slight opportunity to learn what's in any bill . . .

Leave a Comment

Recent Comments


Posts about

Donald Trump
SEE MORE

Posts about

Rep. Lauren Boebert
SEE MORE

Posts about

Rep. Yadira Caraveo
SEE MORE

Posts about

Colorado House
SEE MORE

Posts about

Colorado Senate
SEE MORE

66 readers online now

Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay in the loop with regular updates!