Kraft-Tharp aims for bipartisan teamwork

Posted 1/12/15

Looking ahead, Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D) said she’s excited to work collaboratively with others in the 2015 legislative session.

“We have a Republican majority senate, Democratic majority house and a Democratic governor who wants to be …

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Kraft-Tharp aims for bipartisan teamwork

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Looking ahead, Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D) said she’s excited to work collaboratively with others in the 2015 legislative session.

“We have a Republican majority senate, Democratic majority house and a Democratic governor who wants to be working together,” she said. “I believe that’s going to totally change how the legislature culture works.”

This session, Kraft-Tharp said residents can expect to see work around developing the Colorado workforce and ensuring gaps in the economy are filled.

“There have been a lot of people left out of the economic recovery and we want to capture them,” she said. “Right now, on a general sense, we’re looking at how, when kids are in high school, we can make them aware of viable options that are livable, workable options that offer a good career.”

Along with workforce development, Kraft-Tharp will be drafting a bill emphasizing a partnership with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the state to work with a preventative model that predicts the trajectory of severe flooding and wildfires.

She will also work to develop a few technical bills, ties with local manufacturers while continuing to focus on affordable housing, revitalizing Colorado’s small business economy and furthering it’s growth.

Kraft-Tharp will serve on the Transportation and Energy committee as well as serve as vice chair on the Business and Labor Affairs committee.

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JimiMack

I'm very curious as to why, in the recent paper edition of Arvada Press, the above story about Democrat Tracy Kraft-Tharp being elected as State Representative was approximately 3-4 times larger than the story about Republican Laura Woods getting elected to the State Senate. Wouldn't an Arvada resident getting elected to the State Senate be just as newsworthy, and therefore deserve equal coverage, as a local person getting elected to the State House? Why the difference?

Could the reason for this disparity in story size be because the layout of the paper version occasionally requires some stories to be drastically minimized due to lack of space, or is it because the Arvada Press has a thinly-veiled bias toward Democrats?

(Wait, wait, don't tell me--it's the space thing, right? Sure, sure it is.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015