It’s becoming increasingly clear that there are two types of politicians these days: the performative obstructionists and the representative workhorses. The performative politician evaluates their success or failure based on how much attention they get on social media, cable news, or partisan radio programs. The latter worries more about constituent services, the bills they pass, and how well they represent the constituents of their district.
On Monday, members of the Electoral College assembled at the state Capitol to cast Colorado’s nine electoral votes for Joe Biden, marking the 37th time this peculiar ceremony has taken place in our state. Our nine votes contributed to the 306 Electoral College votes Biden earned in his decisive victory over Donald Trump.
Sen. Cory Gardner sure picked a weird time to finally start his “no more dodging questions” policy after years of half-truths and evasions, but I’m for it. While Special Counsel Robert Mueller closes in on Trump’s closest associates — the Nixon-tattooed-Roger Stone the most recently indicted — Gardner suddenly decided that now is the time to endorse Donald Trump for re-election in 2020.
Gov. Jared Polis immediately began delivering on many of his campaign promises after being sworn in as governor. Last week, he signed an executive order to promote electric vehicles with bipartisan support. In his first State of the State address, Polis announced a bold plan to provide full-day kindergarten to every child in Colorado and opened the state’s unemployment fund to federal employees who are being forced to work without pay during the ongoing federal government shutdown.