Democrat Mark Ferrnadino of Denver takes over the speaker’s chair from Republican Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch. Photo: Bente Birkeland

Democrat Mark Ferrnadino of Denver takes over the speaker’s chair from Republican Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch. Photo: Bente Birkeland

Today’s opening ceremonies of the Colorado legislature were marked by the typical pomp and circumstance as in years past. But even before it started, the 2013 session made history as one of the most diverse groups of lawmakers ever to gather under the golden dome. Bente Birkeland has more.

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One Response to Legislative Session Opens

  1. oakiidoakii says:

    Republicans, within the past several years, have seemed to have a death wish. In the face of rapidly changing consensus, they have continued to place themselves on the wrong side of great historic and social movements. McNulty’s decision last session to block the civil unions bill rather than face a near certain acceptance came home to roost in the November elections. It will be interesting to see if they also move toward a well-deserved Darwin Awards with negative or stalling votes on immigration and the other social issues facing this new legislature.

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