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  • Happy Equal Pay Day, Ladies! These Republicans Think You Don’t Deserve It.

    April 14 is Equal Pay Day, an annual opportunity for hardworking men and women to pause and reflect on the fact that, on average, women still only make 78 cents for each dollar men earn.

    Republicans in Congress have repeatedly blocked Democrats’ attempts to pass pay equity legislation, and Republicans in state legislatures are in on the act, too. This year alone, the GOP has stymied equal pay bills in no fewer than five states.

    In Colorado, where women earn about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, Republicans in a Senate committee voted in unison to kill the state’s Pay Equity Commission. The PEC was established by Democratic majorities in 2010 to study and suggest solutions to eliminating pay disparities encountered by women and minorities.

    • Shortly after Senate Republicans killed the commission, a bill reviving it was introduced in the state House, where Democrats – who hold a majority in the lower chamber – supported it in a party-line committee vote.
    • And then Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate re-killed the commission in yet another party line committee vote just a week ago.

    This experience was echoed in Washington (where women also earn 80 cents for every man dollar), where the Democratic majority in the Washington House of Representatives passed equal pay legislation, only for Republicans to let the bill languish in the GOP-controlled Senate.

    Republicans in Virginia and Tennessee have spiked equal pay bills this year (79 and 83 women cents, respectively, on the man dollar). Republicans killed a similar measure in Montana, where women earn 74 cents for every dollar earned by men.

  • Colorado Republican Calls Neo-Confederate Website an "Interesting Read"

    Colorado mayor and candidate for state Senate Don Suppes encouraged his Twitter followers to visit a neo-Confederate website that “denigrates gay people, women, and African-Americans, and complains that white people can't use the N-word.”

  • DLCC Statement on resignation of Colorado state Senator Evie Hudak

    November 27, 2013

    WASHINGTON—Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement on the decision of state Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) to resign:

    “I want to thank Senator Evie Hudak for her outstanding service to the people of Colorado.  Today’s decision cannot have been easy, but her constituents elected Evie to follow her conscience and do what’s right, no matter how tough the choice.  In return, Evie provided a model for what leadership and public service should be. I have no doubt that she will continue to serve the people of Colorado for many years to come.”

  • DLCC Statement on Recall Election Results for Senators Morse and Giron

    WASHINGTON—Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement on the results of this evening’s recall elections against Colorado Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Senator Angela Giron (D-Pueblo).