Time has done nothing to heal the wounds opened by Republican House leadership last May, and their unprecedented abuse of power to shut down debate in the legislature. No one can forget the dozens of bipartisan bills that died when Republican House leaders realized they couldn’t stop civil unions legislation.
Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty, Majority Leader Amy Stephens, and other Republican House incumbents helped shut down the legislature prematurely near the end of this year’s session. The decision to end debate early came after Republican leaders ran out of parliamentary options to prevent a vote on legislation to create civil unions for committed gay and lesbian couples in Colorado. This legislation had the support of enough members, including numerous Republicans, to win final passage.
There is a price to be paid for thwarting the legislative process to serve extremist special interests over the needs of Colorado families and Colorado’s economy. Visit our new legislative accountability project Remember in November today, and share it with your friends as mail ballots arrive this week.
In addition to Speaker McNulty and Majority Leader Stephens, other representatives profiled at Remember in November include Rep. Robert Ramirez (R-Westminster), Rep. Cindy Acree (R-Aurora), Rep. Mark Barker (R-Colorado Springs), and Rep. J. Paul Brown (R-Ignacio). Besides this year’s shutdown of the state legislature, other details about the failed records of these legislators are included.
After the disastrous end of last year’s legislative session, ProgressNow Colorado members told us loud and clear that they expect better. Here are six legislators that we must hold accountable for their terrible records, and for the shutdown of the legislature earlier this year to stop civil unions. If we can do that, in 2013 we will break the logjam of obstruction created by right-wing control of the Colorado House.
The first step is for Coloradans to Remember in November. Thanks for doing your part.