From the Cortez Journal (Joe Hanel):
The new Democratic governor at times sounded like a Republican, calling for a “regulatory impact statement” on bills to keep the Legislature from bothering businesses with more paperwork.
At other times, though, he had Democrats cheering by pledging to defend two of former Gov. Bill Ritter’s proudest accomplishments: the conversion of coal power plants to natural gas and the expansion of government-provided health care for low-income families.
But, befitting of the bipartisan tone Hickenlooper tried to strike in his first address to the Legislature, he received the loudest ovation from both sides of the aisle for his challenge to legislators to cooperate.
“A lot of people don’t think the state can operate in a nonpartisan way for the benefit of Colorado,” he said. “We don’t agree.”
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