The Colorado Springs Gazette‘s editors decry Gov. “Back Room” Bill “Bag Man” Ritter for his executive order unionizing state employees:
For the second time in less than a year, Gov. Bill Ritter has gotten into political trouble by throwing a bone to his labor union friends. In this case, however, he didnâ€™t just throw them a bone, but a sirloin steak, by granting state employees de facto collective bargaining powers in an executive order issued late in the afternoon of Nov. 2.
Contributing to the backlash this time around is the secretive, unilateral way the political payoff was orchestrated, and the slick, Clintonesque way the governor has tried to spin the issue by playing semantics.
Ouch – it’s worth reading the whole thing. The Gazette joins other Colorado newspapers of various political stripes in denouncing Ritter’s actions – including the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News [link not available: something to be fixed in the site redesign], Fort Collins Coloradoan, and Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.