Jim Cole and Garin Vorthmann
The Colorado General Assembly is controlled by two caucuses that are as different as night is from day except in one respect; dedication to their “cause.” Each chamber’s majority—Democrats in the House, Republicans in the Senate—run their agenda through this filter. This difference, in Colorado as it was across the country, was expressed in very predictable ways. This basic dynamic played itself out on multiple fronts: energy, banking, agriculture, and construction, to name a few. The upside to having opposite parties in control of each house is that the legislation that passes is vetted, finds compromise, and meets the expectations of both sides of the aisle.