Resolutions for Colorado Democrats in 2019

Governor-elect Jared Polis in his November 2018 victory speech.
Governor-elect Jared Polis in his November 2018 victory speech. YouTube
Colorado Democrats, you had a good 2018. But heed the wisdom of Han Solo: Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.

Whether or not there was a national blue wave in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats ran the table in Colorado, picking up not only the governor’s seat, but the legislature, a national congressional seat (five-term Republican U.S. Representative Mike Coffman was ousted with no more than a backhanded “Too bad, Mike” from President Trump), and the secretary of state, attorney general and state treasurer offices. But with great power comes great responsibility, so now that the victory parties have ended, it’s time for the new state leadership to take their seats, pick up their pens and get to work.

But what are the goals for Colorado Democrats in 2019? And how should they work to comport themselves while representing the voters who put them into power? Here are seven promises that Colorado Democrats should work to keep:
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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