I’ve read numerous “news” articles regarding the political implications of the historic flooding of Sep. 2013 and the votes that elected representatives took in the 2013 legislative session. As is usually the case, the right-leaning Denver Post “news” staff parrots Republican talking points while they seek to undermine Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and the Democratic-led legislature. The Post enjoys writing about perceived partisan rancor, but they have to search pretty hard to do it. How many people would read about the overwhelming majority of legislation that passed with huge bipartisan support in 2013? Not many. So in a self-fulfilling prophecy, many people think Democrats and Republicans are constantly at each others’ throats.
Aside from that, I found the most recent Post piece on flood and legislation effects interesting for the language used. Here is a quote from CO Secretary of State Scott Gessler (who has been part of more than his fair share of conflicts of interest as Sec-State):
“Those [Hickenlooper poll] numbers reflect the fundamental feelings of all Coloradans, whether they live in rural communities or more populated cities,” said Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican who is among a field of candidates vying to unseat Hickenlooper in 2014.
“I’m not going to criticize his flood work; he did his job. But what he supported and signed into law — laws that make rural Coloradans pay higher rates for electricity and make them feel like they’re less safe — are fundamentally flawed.”