By Elizabeth Rees
The 2018 mid-term election is over and Colorado again will be governed with Democrats in the majority of both the House and the Senate. The state now has a Democrat governor, Jared Polis, treasurer, Dave Young, attorney general, Phil Weiser, and secretary of state, Jena Griswold.
While there a few races that are too close to call in the House, the Senate Democrats have a two-seat majority for the next two years. Empowered by this, we can expect to see a more progressive agenda.
On the Congressional front, 35 U.S. Senate seats and 435 U.S. House seats were up for grabs this mid-term election. The U.S. House of Representatives is now under Democratic control, but Republicans picked up seats in the U.S. Senate.
Democrat newcomer Jason Crow defeated incumbent Mike Coffman in Colorado Congressional District 6 which was one of the most expensive races in the country. Jason Crow is the first Democrat to represent Colorado Congressional District 6. Democrat Joe Neguse won the Second Congressional seat vacated by Polis.
Colorado’s ballot, for this mid-term election, was lengthy. The complexity of initiatives and propositions has forced many voters to educate themselves on these complex, often controversial topics.
Amendment 73, a tax increase for schools was defeated.
Amendment 74, a property devaluation award was defeated.
Amendment 75, expand campaign fund limits was defeated.
Proposition 109, bonds for highways was defeated.
Proposition 110, sales tax increase for highway funding, was defeated.
Proposition 112 fuel development distance minimum (setbacks for oil and gas development) was defeated.
The 2019 legislative will be interesting for business as Rees Consulting gets to know our new legislators. We will provide a final spreadsheet of the winners when the election results are final.