Bar and restaurant equipment salesman
Will Democratic control make any difference in the state Legislature? The Republicans were pretty much able to ramrod whatever they wanted, and with the governor's blessing. A lot of very conservative El Paso County Republican bigwigs lost leadership positions, but Owens has already said he'll veto anything that upsets his tax- cut applecart.
Will the Democrats behave differently from the Republicans of the last four years? If they have axes to grind and revenge on their mind, it could get ugly, but I think they'll keep their focus on ways to fund education and health services, things we're sadly lacking.
What law would you introduce if you were a legislator? Getting TABOR repealed. It has a stranglehold on proper running of the government and stymies the state in every direction from public roads to public health and education.
South of Colorado Springs
Is a shift of priorities ahead in the state Legislature this session? I'm not sure what they'll be able to change because of what's happened nationally with the Republicans increasing their control and so many budget deficits.
What should the priorities be this session? Funding education adequately. A lot of districts are overcrowded and in trouble, and a lot of buildings are in need of repair. Education should be a higher priority.
What law would you introduce if you were a Colorado legislator? One to protect open space and reduce pollution.
Will there be a difference in this year's state Legislature? Absolutely. Democrats answer to the people instead of corporate interests.
What issues should get priority this time? Protecting our water and air is the most important problem on the planet. Maybe now we can deal with those problems on a local and state level.
If you were a Colorado legislator, what law would you introduce? Something to keep corporations and big business from abusing public lands that belong to everyone.
Will the state Legislature be different this year than last? It'll pretty much be more of the same.
What should their top priority be? Health care. Especially helping the uninsured.
What law do you wish you could introduce this session? One providing health care to every American.
What are your other priorities? Keeping our borders safe from terrorism.
Is terrorism a significant threat in Colorado? Probably not.