Skip to comments.Republicans Say Hickís Bipartisan Talk Isnít Matched by Action ( Colorado )
Posted on 12/20/2013 7:32:00 AM PST by george76
Gov. John Hickenlooper called Thursday for a focus on bipartisanship in the 2014 legislative session, but Republicans can be forgiven for greeting his proposal with a certain skepticism.
The 2013 legislative session, often described as the most liberal in state history, may have also been the most partisan. Democrats pushed through major legislation with no Republican votes on a half-dozen fronts, including election reform, gun control, education funding, and the rural renewable-energy standard.
It would be lovely if he behaved in a bipartisan manner, but thats not what we saw last year, said state Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray...
This years legislative session falls in an election year that finds Hickenlooper seeking a second term amid flagging approval ratings. Running for the GOP gubernatorial nod are Brophy, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, former state legislator Mike Kopp and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.
The governor, who was criticized for failing to veto any bills in the previous session, was asked Thursday by the Denver Posts Lynn Bartels whether he planned to use his veto power this year.
Ill find something to veto, I guarantee it, quipped Hickenlooper, adding, That was a joke, Lynn.
Republicans said the problem is that the governor promised a spirit of cooperation last year, yet the legislative session was marked by tension and divisiveness.
Gessler, for example, lambasted Democrats for drafting without his input House Bill 1303, a sweeping elections overhaul that ushered in same-day voter registration and all mail-in elections.
Until Hickenlooper shows he can rein in the our-way-or-the-highway impulses of his own party, Brophy said the governors talk of bipartisanship isnt going to be taken seriously.
His actions dont match up with his words, said Brophy. It doesnt matter what he says. It matters what he does.
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My Hickenlooper went out in my car, damn it was expensive to replace.
Doesn’t your vehicle perform better without any Hickenloopers installed?
I’m new to CO.
Is this GOP squishy talk or are they trying to be careful now that the RATs are on the run in CO?
Misunderstood heading. Thought I was going to have to defend my neighbors and cousins.
When do the actions of Democrats ever match their rhetoric? Even their pronouncements have parasitic, self indulging, twists to be lavish with other people’s rights and money.
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“Bipartisan” means that Republicans surrender, mostly pre-emptively. When there is any dialogue, the Republicans end up complimenting the superior, ten-foot-tall, gracious Democrats, who bestow beatific smiles and gentle loving pats upon their faithful, frisking little pets.
Just before the Republicans get drop-kicked outside into a snowbank.
Bipartisanship? That’s something the left seeks only when they’re losing. When they’re winning, they have no problem whatsoever with cramming whatever they want down the throats of a minority party. Our Republican leaders, on the other hand, always seek compromise (surrender?) no matter which way the political winds are blowing, and have no doubt, many, many Americans have had as much “hope and change” as they can stomach.
It looks like you and I are thinking alike about the Democrat’s “bipartisan” scam. Bipartisan for a Democrat means, “Give me 99% of what I want, and we can cooperate on your 1%.”
Compromise and bipartisan are code words for “Let the Democrat win.”
Now that you mention it, it still pulls to the left
Welcome to the state, but you should know that our politics are as up and down as our terrain. Last year the Democrats passed many horrible bills without republican input and without permitting them to amended. The Democrats steam-rolled the republicans and the people. Among the laws the governor signed were: homosexual civil unions, gun laws so bad the sheriffs sued to have them stricken, and the worst was one that legalized voter fraud. There was a push back with two recall elections and a subsequent retirement of another rather than face recall. The Governor is trying to sound more moderating in his tone, but he is unrepentant. Greg Brophy (a very good man BTW) is posturing for less tyranny from the democrats, because they still control the whole shootin match in Denver.
Bipartisanship is when the stupid party and the evil party get together and do something that is both stupid and evil.
When the rats have power, they share nothing, demand everything, and are willing to use ANY tactic to achieve their ends.
If the GOP wishes to have any role in the future, they must review their game plan because how they've played so far isn't working.
I could NOT vote for Hickenlooper the first time because he supports the Fraud of same sex “marriage” I suspected he would use the power entrusted in him to subvert the express will of the people. I was proven right. I certainly cannot vote for him to have any more years in Office as he has done Nothing to warrant such trust. That being said the Republicans need to stand up and offer as candidate someone I can vote for—not as the lesser of two evils but as a worthy candidate for the Office of Governor.
“bipartisan” -> lib-English translator -> politicians of both parties get together to do what Democrats want. Dem voters get the policies they want, Dem legislators get cover, RINO legislators get hosannas in the press, and GOP voters get....the shaft.
I am voting for Trancredo whether he runs or not, Sarah also.
Welcome to Colorado!
Exactly. Good guess. They were complete asses in past couple of years and now they have to make amends after they realized that the voters are very angry.
But mark my words, it is all talk.
Don’t forget they forced rural communities to buy renewable energy which will make their energy costs skyrocket.