Jan 6, 2014 9:35 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Election year sets up fights in Colorado politics

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats are coming off a year of monumental legislation and huge controversy.

Amid often tense opposition, the majority party passed civil unions for gay couples, allowed same-day voter registration, imposed new renewable energy standards on rural power companies and reduced tuition for students in the country illegally - and those debates weren't nearly as heated as the fighting over the state's new gun restrictions.

This year, Colorado Democrats are hoping to leave such difficult discussions in the past and move on to other topics, such as education and the economy.

Republicans, however, aren't about to let their political rivals off the hook so easily - especially not in an election year.


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