The Democrats rule the roost in Colorado.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Dems control both houses of the state legislature and the governorship. A mere eight years ago, the Republicans held the power in Colorado with similiar numbers. Time has certainly changed the political landscape.
As we head into 2007, here's our short list of things we expect to happen with the convenience of our state legislature and the inauguration of our new governor Bill Ritter.
*Refunding of Planned Parenthood with tax payer dollars. Unfortunately, our new governor may put aside his personal pro-life beliefs and succumb to pressure from his political abortion minded allies. This reversal may be his first executive order.
*Concerted effort to limit CSAP- the annual measurement used to measure public education's effectiveness and efficiency. Teacher unions contributed huge dollars to the Ritter campaign. They expect some CSAP relief. A coat tail effect will be future review of all school-choice options, including home schooling.
*Increased efforts to pass additional special rights for homosexuals and transgendered people. Expect to see new laws which guard the "rights" of these groups particularly in the workplace. Also look for efforts to grant homosexual couples the right to adopt children and dare we say, some type of a civil union option.
*The smorgasboard of issues to include emergency contraception services, embryonic stem cell research et al. Expect higher taxes.
The Dems rule the roost for the next two years. Let's hope that the voters made the right decision.