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Rep. Donald Valdez calls out fellow House Democrat on House floor

Author: Marianne Goodland - March 16, 2018 - Updated: March 18, 2018

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The issue of harassment at the state Capitol took a turn Friday, when a Democratic member of the House claimed he'd been harassed by another member, a fellow Democrat, and threatened to call for an expulsion resolution. Rep. Donald Valdez of La Jara took to the House microphone Friday morning to complain that he had been harassed by another lawmaker. He didn't identify the lawmaker, however, Colorado Politics learned the other lawmaker was Rep. Jovan Melton of Aurora.

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Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.