Lawmakers In Need Of Coffee, Lunch

In their brief meeting on the House floor Mondat, legislators took time to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King.

They also lamented the lack of coffee and food.

Here are a few things that happened Monday:

  • Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) was passing around a symbolic cash cow to support participants in the National Western Stock Show.
  • Rep. Terrance Carroll (D-Denver) praised Martin Luther King, and referred to an article in the Rocky Mountain News reporting that black youths in Colorado are more likely to be incarcerated than the national average. 
  • Rep. Alice Borodkin (D-Denver) was collecting money for food, and commented that there wasn’t a “crumb in the house.” Around the same time, another lawmaker made sure assembly members understood that coffee in the break room was on an “honor system,” and that money would also need to be collected to continue the service.

    Food hasn’t been as easy to come by since voters approved Amendment 41, restricting gifts that lobbyists can give to public officials.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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