Will Colorado’s U.S. representatives attend Donald Trump’s inauguration?

So far, none of Colorado’s U.S. representatives have announced plans to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday in the nation’s capitol.

US House Representative Jared Polis (District 2) speaks out on the State Capitol steps against Donald Trump on July 2, 2016. (Sara Hertwig/For Denverite) jared polis; denver; denverite; sara hertwig; colorado; poltics
US House Representative Jared Polis (District 2) speaks out on the State Capitol steps against Donald Trump on July 2, 2016. (Sara Hertwig/For Denverite)

So far, none of Colorado’s U.S. representatives have announced plans to join the growing list of legislators skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday in the nation’s capitol.



And we’re back: Republicans speaking Republican, Democrats speaking Democrat — with at least one area of agreement

Nobody likes potholes.

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Senator Rachel Zenzinger, an Arvada Democrat, applies a pin to her lapel on the first day of the Colorado General Assembly 2017 session. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nobody likes potholes.

Roads and the need to spend more money on them might be the one area of agreement as the Colorado General Assembly kicks off its 2017 session. Even where that money will come from — a bond program paid out of existing revenues or a new tax sent to the voters — will be a subject of debate this session.

The speechifying Wednesday was full of paeans to bipartisanship and shared values — and the need to accomplish business left undone by previous legislatures — but some of the policy proposals were practically shots across the bow, like Senate President Kevin Grantham’s call to repeal Colorado’s health care exchange, indicating a contentious session ahead.

And even in the abstract, those supposedly shared values come from distinct perspectives.


Gov. Hickenlooper won’t issue clean-air executive order

“I think the response — the pushback — from the executive order was so intense that the potential benefits were outweighed by the collateral damage.”

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The Denver skyline and the ‘burbs. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By James Anderson, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado’s Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn’t given up on the proposal’s goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado’s status as a national leader in fighting air pollution.