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ProgressNow picks winners and losers from the left’s view

Author: Joey Bunch - May 16, 2018 - Updated: May 16, 2018

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ProgressNow Colorado(Courtesy of ProgressNow Colorado)

ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s best-known liberal advocacy group, has picked its winners and losers from the four-month legislative session that ended last week.

And if you know ProgressNow’s partisan pugilistic tendencies, then it comes as no surprise that Democrats and their agenda looked good, but Republicans got a sock in the election-year kisser.

But not entirely. One of ProgressNow’s winners was veterans, and the organization cited the work of Republican Rep. Lois Landgraf and Republican Sen. Bob Gardner, both of Colorado Springs, who partnered on key legislation with Democratic Rep. Tony Exum, also from the Springs.

“Our nation’s veterans risked everything to protect our freedom, and the social problems that result from the horrors of war need to be handled with respect,” ProgressNow said in the list’s most respectful item.

But politics came back with a vengeance. The lists points to four women who could help Democrats flip Republicans’ one-seat majority in the upper chamber: Reps. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood, Faith Winter of Westminster, Jessie Danielson of Wheat Ridge, and challenger Tammy Story of Conifer, who is taking on incumbent Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton.

Danielson is running for an open seat left by Sen. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge, who switched from Democrat to unaffiliated before the session. She’s term-limited. Pettersen is the wife of the ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii.

Who’s on the loser’s list? Well, conservatives, of course.

“Student-led rallies for gun violence prevention,” ProgressNow explains. “Teacher rallies for education funding. LGBTQ Coloradans and their allies outraged over the right’s attacks on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The #metoo movement. When you look any just about any issue that impacted the daily news from Colorado’s legislature in 2018, political momentum for progressives is plainly evident. A “perfect storm” of accountability, boosted by national politics but very much driven by local events and characters, could well result in an historic defeat for Colorado conservatives in November.”

Yowza!

Here’s the list, but you can click here to read the rationale behind ProgressNow’s winners and losers.

Winners:
Colorado’s Kids
Drivers and Commuters
Economic growth for rural communities
The women of the Colorado House
The women who will save the Senate
Veterans in crisis
Rep. Alec Garnett
Families struggling with opioid addiction
Colorado’s forests, lakes and rivers
Wall Street finance guys (PERA)

Losers
Colorado Senate Republican Leadership
Women who work in the Colorado Senate
Steve Lebsock
House Minority Leader Patrick Neville
Anti-abortion radicals (this time)
Middle-class families
Sen. “Both Ways” Beth Humenik
Gun nuts (this time)
Rural Coloradans
Conservatives

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.