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Majority trifecta for Colorado Democrats

Posted at 6:32 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 23:00:14-05

COLORADO – There is a potential power play ahead at Colorado’s legislature. Colorado Democrats now have a majority in both chambers at the state capitol along with Democrat, Jared Polis taking over in the Governor’s office.

Things like universal health care and gun control measures shot down by Republicans in recent past sessions could be pushed through this session. They also have to consider if what they do could spark consequences.

Democratic leaders remember well back in 2013, when two democratic senators were recalled because they opted to push through controversial gun legislation.

“Which tactic they’ll choose we don’t know,” said UCCS Political Science Professor, Josh Dunn, “They’re probably discussing that right now and they’re probably prioritizing. Like what can we really push without a lot of political blow back.”

Another major check on politicians is finding money in budgets to pay for promises made during campaigns. Like it or not, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights or TABOR remains in place. It limits tax dollar budget increases.