The purpose of the meeting was to have elected officials serving in Denver report about what is happening in this legislative session and the bills they are sponsoring. NBC 11 News covered the event, but the story they aired about increasing the required renewable energy in Colorado from 20% to 30% missed the real news.
Had I been reporting the event, the news headline would have been Penry and King Come to Their Senses. Both of them responded to a question about the three Douglas Bruce sponsored initiatives. Both of them said that they were against the initiatives. I think Penry really does understand that passing these three initiatives would literally shut down Colorado’s government. In fact, he discussed, in the context of another question, promoting a bill to make it more difficult to pass constitutional amendments without them being debated in Colorado’s legislature. He felt that initiatives passed with “no roughing up in the legislature” didn’t result in the best laws for Colorado.
Penry is leaving the legislature at the end of this term. King is seeking to replace him. Anyone want to start a pool to guess the date that King runs away from this sensible decision to actively promote the defeat of the three Bruce initiatives? I can’t imagine that the anti-government activists in Grand Junction are going to allow him to maintain this one moment of clarity. Clearly he didn’t understand that FASTER fees are directed toward the repair and upgrade of Colorado’s most dangerous bridges.