Looks like it's back to the drawing board for the creators of those hated 527 Dem hit pieces. The number two Democrat in the House, Rep. Nancy Todd, told the Colorado News Agency that the GOP governed the House fairly during their first session in control of either chamber since 2002.
“This was a new role for all of us,” said Todd. “It was an adjustment across the board, but I think we all handled it with dignity. Every committee chair treated others with dignity and respect. They recognized that the tables were now turned and that we were now where they sat last year.”
Despite limitations inherent in being in the minority, Todd says she is pleased she was able to push through a bipartisan bill she says is just good policy—trumping partisan politics. The measure, Senate bill 40, addresses head injuries to children in school athletics.
That kind of quote will make it much harder for Accountability for Colorado and the mish mash of Pat Stryker and Tim Gill funded groups to send out menacing mailers warning of the dictatorial-like grip Republicans held over the House. Add that loss to the biggest blow to Democrat consultants — their inability to attack Republicans over school cuts because Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper proposed bigger cuts than the Republicans passed. We have no doubt they'll still try those lines of attack, but fact-challenged attack ads have a way of boomeranging on the senders.
While House Democrats felt like they were given a shot to have their voice heard on key issues, it was an entirely different story for Republicans under the flower power of Democrat Senate Prez Brandon Shaffer. Shaffer infuriated Senate Republicans and businesses when he left a large stack of pro-jobs bills to die without even a floor vote in the waning days of the session. Those complaints, including Shaffer's protection of the bipartisan condemned Amazon tax, will get more than their fair share of attention when Flower Boy runs for Congress.
The Amazon tax looks like it could haunt Democrats even more than they originally anticipated with the news out of the South Carolina Legislature today:
The proposal would give [Amazon] the Seattle-based online retailer a five-year exemption on collecting sales tax from online shoppers in South Carolina. In return, the company must create at least 2,000 full-time jobs and invest at least $125 million by the end of 2013.
Tax dollars or jobs? We'll take jobs for 2,000, Alex.
(Photo courtesy of Colorado News Agency)