‘Taxes and Trump’ is as predictable as a dead bill before Colorado Senate GOP

Author: Joey Bunch - May 2, 2017 - Updated: July 31, 2017

The Colorado legislative session is as much about politics. That’s how we get doomed bills on new taxes, sanctuary cities, banning Columbus Day, guns on campus and replace school uniforms with tie-dye Grateful Dead T-shirts.

That last one’s a joke. but it would have had at least as good a chance as House Bill 1328 stood Monday, when it flat-lined on a party-line vote in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

That was a formality, because it was walking dead over from the Democratic-led House to the Republican-led Senate. It was a zombie bill. You can’t mourn when a zombie bill dies. It was already dead.

Colorado bill that would require presidential candidates to release tax returns advances

Republicans were never going to OK legislation that would be Colorado’s official nose-thumbing to the GOP president. The bill would have required future presidents and vice presidents to show their federal tax returns in Colorado. That would make it official that the General Assembly thinks Trump pulled a fast one.

Trump said he would release his returns during the campaign, once an audit is finished, but now he thinks those who want to see them are pulling a political stunt and he’s evasive on whether he’ll do it. Democrats had a whole big rally about it in Civic Center park in Denver a couple of weeks ago.

Partisan loyalty endures nearly all, even if Trump did insinuate the state GOP was either phony or unfair during the campaign, after he didn’t get any of the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. And some or all of the delegation, depending on who you believe now, even walked out on the RNC in protest of Trump.

Red is the color of blood, however, and blood is thicker than water.

The Senate Democrats sent out a press release Monday evening. They said its life mattered because of Trump’s alleged “ties to foreign powers, including China and Russia.”

“We need to start rebuilding the blocks of trust between the government and the public back up, and simply ensuring Colorado voters know exactly who candidates for the highest office in the land are beholden to is a simple request,” said Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, a declared candidate for Congress next year.

“Regardless of who you voted for this past election, the policy of this bill is not about any one person, but about making our politics more transparent. I was just surprised at my Republican colleagues for reacting in such a negative way to more transparency in our politics.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.