A loyal reader sends along the below photo of Democratic legislators napping during the debate over SB252 on Friday night.
SB252 would mandate a 25% minimum for renewable energy for rural electric co-ops, which would have the effect of drastically raising electric rates for rural customers.
It’s part of what legislative Republicans have deemed a “War on Rural Colorado” by Democrats this session.
It appears even Democrats are tired of House Speaker Mark Ferrandino’s sh*tty calendar management skills.
4/30 UPDATE: The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee picks up on the tireless work ethic of Rhonda Fields and Jeanne Labuda:
Photos of lawmakers sleeping at their desks — no matter the late night hour — are never a good look.
And in an era where everyone has a camera, either on their smart phone or tablet, photos can easily be taken — just look at Democratic Reps. Rhonda Fields of Aurora and Jeanne Labuda of Denver.
An image snapped of the two on Friday night as lawmakers debated bills into Saturday morning shows them slumped in their chairs on the House floor with their eyes closed.
4/30 UPDATE 2: Sleeping, or some cases appearing to sleep, on the House floor can come back to bite politicians. The Wayback Machine brings us this gem from the Rocky Mountain News in 2006:
…A Democratic “527” organization…[has] been running TV commercials and sending out fliers which include a picture of [Republican State Senator Lew] Entz leaning back in his chair in the Senate, feet on his desk and his eyes closed. He’s asleep on the job, the ads suggest.
“I’ve done that for 20 years when I’m not doing anything,” Entz said. “I lean back and relax. I never went to sleep in my life.”
The picture was printed in The Denver Post in 2005. Amber O’Connor, Entz’s campaign manager, said the Post has asked the 527 to stop using the copyright picture. But it was still appearing in ads as late as Monday.
The Democrats control the Senate 18-17 and they’re focusing on Entz’s district since they fear losing a seat elsewhere.
RECALL, RECALL, RECALL!
Is it still 25%, I think it may have been amended to 20%.
Just resting their eyes, really
I would really like to know how they voted once whey woke up from their nap. If they voted Yes but slept through the discussion, isn't that enough for them to be removed for dereliction of duty?
What a wasted opportunity! I could have tried a sleep hypnosis technique on them. I'd give them hypnotic commands along the lines of "You honor the constitution. You listen to your constituents. You put the best interests of the voters above anything else. You always tell the entire truth." Then, I'd wake 'em up with a bullhorn!
Just following Obummer's lead. Remember in the first campaign he said "Under my plan electric rates will necessarily skyrocket". They told us what they planned, why is anyone surprised?
This should be called "Democrats in Action", after all this is what they do best; Sit back, do nothing, and sign a bill that they know nothing about. Recall these losers! They obviosly are not working for the people, they are working for themselves.
someone ran around and woke them up for the vote, didn't they.. This has been happening this whole session.. Happened in the gun-control debates also… I'm glad someone finally took a photo… This is an absolute lack of patriotic caring.. of citizen caring, and of the reason they need to be re-called..
Wearing Jack boots and storm trooping the Constitution is hard work.
These people need to go ASAP.
Dock their pay! As 'their boss" are we paying them to sleep?
No wonder you have to pass anything to see what it is. They sleep doing the peoples business. In Korea, if you sleep on duty while in the military, they just kill you on the spot and replace your body with a soldier who wants to work. Sad
You snooze, we lose! Thanks a whole bunch!
Really, to damn tired from fleecing Coloradans?