It looks like
dethroned Senate President Sen. Morgan Carroll (D-Trial Lawyers) is auditioning for a writing gig here at the Peak. Or, at least, that’s what we can infer from the vitriolic press releases she had her flack send out starting just a week after session started – and just a week after Senate President Cadman pledged to work toward bipartisanship. Her behavior has only gotten worse from there, causing some cheeks in the Democratic caucus to burn red in embarrassment.
On January 16, Carroll sent out a snarky Peak-worthy press release outlining bills with which she disagrees and giving them catchy (read: immature and crazy) new titles. Here are a few examples:
- “The ‘Developers over Homeowners’ Act,” SB15-91, known everywhere else as “Reduce Statute Of Limitations Construction Defects Act”, which is an important step toward building affordable housing for the influx of new Colorado residents
- The ‘Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down those Windmills’ Act” SB15-44, aka the “Electric Renewable Energy Standard Reduction Act”, which would undo some of the damaging and expensive renewable energy mandates that the liberal-led 2013 Senate enacted.
The renewable name is actually funny because it inadvertently furthers the right’s message about renewable energy mandates – that free markets, not mandates, reduce cost and bring a higher quality of life. In case you have forgotten history, President Reagan said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall” to Mikhail Gorbachev about the Berlin Wall, which essentially kept East Germany subject to a communist regime. Thanks for proving our point for us, liberals.
Then, yesterday, the losing Senate Democrats sent out another press release with creatively titled bills – of course, the Republican bills were given nasty names as above, but the Democrat bills were given liberal nonsense names like “Restricting Predatory Interest Rates” for a bill that would have unfairly capped credit card interest rates. Yesterday, the inappropriately named bill was killed in committee on a 4-1 vote, with Sen. Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) the lone yes vote. (Maybe the other Democrat on the committee, a debtor herself, didn’t get Carroll’s
press release diatribe.)
While Republicans are busy looking for solutions to problems, it should be noted that Sen. Carroll and her all-too-willing flack are busy throwing bombs and pulling political stunts.