Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Compromise is in the Air

The midterm election has changed the political climate. The passage of the federal tax extension and the tax cut package reflects the desire of the public to see compromise of some key issues. A majority of the public (57%) favored the compromise. Democrats (63%) especially thought their Democratic congresspersons should compromise as did unaffiliated voters (65%). And, although Republican voters were more closely divided on the question if their Republican congresspersons should compromise (47% yes to 47% no), independent voters favored Republicans compromising (64%).

The new legislative and gubernatorial team in Colorado is sending signals they want to look for some opportunities for compromise.

• Republicans won’t push for changes in the gas and oil rules they campaigned against. They are being realistic and will push for improved enforcement.
• There may be room for compromise on higher education funding and setting up health care exchanges.
• Democrats and Republicans have started a bi-partisan committee of House and Senate members to try to strike a compromise on congressional redistricting.

See articles:
9 News – GOP won’t push for big changes to Colo. Gas rules
WSJ – Poll supports shift to center

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