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February 24, 2009 11:34 PM UTC

Morgan Carroll BLASTS Own Party

  • by: mtboneiii

After the Senate Business, Labor and Technology committee killed Sen. Carroll’s SB 09-166, she launched attacks on all committee members who voted no–including the Dems.  She continues by denegrating committee Chair Veiga as well as Senate President Groff for assigning the bill to this particular committee.  

Making enemies in your own party in the first session of your tenure in the Senate? Stay classy, Morgan.

Here is the link to her blog on this:…

Link to SB 09-166:…


14 thoughts on “Morgan Carroll BLASTS Own Party

  1. when you look at members of the democratic party who defeated this, you have ask wtf?

    from her site

    Voting for

    Sen. Joyce Foster (D-Denver).

    Voting against pharmaceutical reform and with the PhRMA lobby were:

    Sen. Jen Veiga (D-Denver)

    Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D-Adams)

    Sen. Rollie Heath (D-Boulder)

    Sen. Ted Harvey (R-Highlands Ranch)

    Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield)

    Sen. Mark Scheffel (R-Douglas)

    People have a right of course to vote no and I knew it would be a difficult bill, but what did surprise me was that the Democratic leadership was so complicit in spiking the very health care reform we all campaigned on.

    The process of the bill is as telling as the result:

       * the health care bill was assigned to a committee on business, not health

       * President Groff refused even a short extension to consider amendments that may have achieved pharmaceutical / health care reform, effectively killing the bill on a deadline technicality.

       * Chairwoman Veiga refused to even entertain a vote on an amendment – something I have never seen in 5 years, also effectively killing the bill on a flex of bald chairing power.

       * Democratic Senator Heath indicated because he had Roche pharmaceuticals in his district he couldn’t vote for the bill.

       * Democratic Senator Tochtrop said her concern was about samples, even though samples were exempted from the bill.

      * Not one colleague could point to one provision of the bill or recommend one change.  Normally, members of the same party will at least attempt to work with a bill sponsor.  Here quite the opposite was true.

       * The Senators left during the hearing intermittently to talk to the drug lobby outside the hearing, missing key testimony.

    Um yeah, I want Morgan to call these guys out, and if that makes ‘enemies’ then so be it – they betrayed their constituents (except maybe mr. heath – whose constituent is Roche Pharmaceutical). Morgan has the support of the people who have watched her champion better healthcare rights such as the FAIR bill.

      1. Whiny. Vindictive. Fanatical. Ignorant. Out of her league.

        On her blog, she actually tracked the I.P. address of someone who commented on her rant to a trade association.

        Meaning that she’s taking names and anyone who opposes her bill is dead meat. Not classy.

        I don’t know what’s in her bill but I can imagine.

      2. is a right way and a wrong way to deal with this.  BTW, I was also told that this bill had a very nasty unintended consequence in the form of hurting bio-science and its ability to get their stuff out there.  

        Just like Amendment 41 and every other measure to curb abuse (which have definitely either backfired or been very ineffective), this bill would have had some serious consequences beyond what it was targeting.  That’s the problem with Morgan–she goes after these industries with a machete instead of with a scalpel like she should.  

  2. there’s only one way to handle this.  A hearty round of apologies and a threat to kick her off of the committee.  And Pat Waak should beat her with a cane.

    That’s how repubs would handle this, right?  🙂

    Really though, I’m glad Rollie voted against this…but what’s the deal with Veiga and the rest of the committee?  Their side of this might tell a different story…  And good for Morgan.  Making a ruckus from time to time is good, IMO.

  3. …for Carroll to go off like this over 1 bill is hard to believe.  What’s the real true story of this spilt between Carroll and the others?  Where are the anonymous tipsters and rogue staffers when you need them?!

    1. Check back a couple of weeks for the votes on tolling roads.  It is a bad idea for several reasons.  It is really privitization of public roads and it takes decisions away from municipalities. Sen. Carroll voted against tolling, therefore against the party line.

        1. It is part of the transportation bill.  I do not want tolling in Aurora. E-470 is already tolled, CDOT under Owens wanted to toll I-225 as a way of finally allowing the 3rd lane to extend from 6th Ave. to Alameda. But, it wouldn’t have been a real 3rd lane, just another traffic jam on I-225.

          1. with amended language. The Metro Mayors asked that language be added to FASTER that states that ALL effected municipalities would have to agree before a toll was built. I believe the only reason why the tolling piece was in FASTER was the possibility to toll Pena Blvd. for additional transportation funding including help fund the complete buildout of FasTracks. Afterwards, if you remember, FASTER was amended to include language that RTD can go right to the voters without going through the legislature.

            There’s another reason here. Frankly, I don’t think this has anything to do with FASTER (there were 4 dem Senator’s who originally voted against the tolling piece). Could it be that Morgan is simply dissappointed in her fellow dems on this? She wants to make some health care reform which was one of our priorities this year right? It probably is discouraging when you feel like the pharm lobbyist convinst her colleagues to vote against her healthcare reform bill.  

            I hope she doesn’t get too discouraged. Politics is rough. And, the leadership and party faithful, should not hold this blog thing against her. She wrote down some factual information including names (who voted YES or NO). So what. It’ll be alright.


  4. But I don’t remember anyone chastising her when she publicly came out against the FASTER bill. I think it’s a bit disingenuous that she should call out her own party publicly on her website like she did.

    Having said that, the fact that the pharmaceutical lobby has the kind of power they do makes me pretty angry. If Carroll isn’t exaggerating the circumstances of the committee hearing, then it is very troubling.

    I’m tired of special interests having that kind of power. Government is not there to do the bidding of any particular industry.

  5. They don’t care that a progressive Democrat is upset with them and don’t have any legislative power under the Dome in Denver or in Washington these days.

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