Dem legislators to face first recall in history of Colorado

Two Democratic lawmakers in Colorado - including the president of the senate - will face the first recall in the history of the state later in the fall.


Under pressure of a campaign by the NRA, Senate State President John Morse and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron will face the first recall effort in Colorado history.

Morse and Giron asked a Denver District Court judge to block the recall because of the wording, but were ruled against on Thursday. Following the decision, Hickenlooper signed the executive order calling for a Sept. 10 recall election.

NRA organizers submitted petitions to begin the recall process last month, gathering 12,648 signatures in Giron's district and 10,137 in Morse's, according to a CNN report.

Both senators voted in favor of universal background checks and limiting ammunition magazines.

Morse, a former Colorado police sergeant, has stayed quiet on the decision, but Giron took to Twitter and Facebook following the district judge's ruling, saying "whether it's an election in September or next year, I'm ready!!!"

We went through the pros and cons of the recall when Wisconsin Republican legislators were targeted. At that time, I thought a recall unnecessary because the legislators stand for re-election every two years, at which point voters can punish the politicians for their votes. The recall device should be reserved for politicians who either break the law or are corrupt in some other way. It shouldn't be employed because 10,000 people disagree with a particular vote taken on an issue.

Recall elections are expensive and turnout is usually about 1 in 5 eligible voters. It just isn't worth it when the only issue is that some constituents disagree with the way a legislator voted.

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