A good, old-fashioned filibuster is going on in the Colorado Senate today as the legislative body debates House Bill 1072. Hurrah for the Republicans taking a united stand in defense of workers’ rights and good business. Kudos especially to Senators Shawn Mitchell, Josh Penry, Ted Harvey, Greg Brophy, Mike Kopp, Scott Renfroe, Nancy Spence, Tom Wiens, Ron May, Ken Kester, and Steve Ward, who have carried the brunt of the debate on a LONG series of amendments designed to mitigate the negative effects of the bad legislation. It looks like they could keep this up well into the evening.
Good thing to see the GOP Senate with a full-grown spine and the willingness to delay such a bad bill by shining the light so heavily on it. HB 1072: the Rocky Mountain News is against it, the Denver Post is against it, (as are virtually all of the state’s editorial boards), the entire business community is against it, including some Democrats.
You can tune in to proceedings by going to the Colorado General Assembly’s Live Legislative Audio & click on “Colorado State Senate.” (Windows Media Player or Real Player is needed to listen.)
The Lefties over at Colorado Confidential are live-blogging events on the floor of the Senate.
You can send encouraging emails to the Republican Senators by going to the Colorado Senate Directory, clicking on any of the last names of the Senators listed above to find their email address.
The whole process kind of makes you wonder where the big payoff to labor bosses is in Governor Ritter’s “Colorado Promise” …
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