Harvey Milk Champion of Change

On May 22, 2013, I was honored by the White House as one of ten elected and appointed officials across the country to receive the Harvey Milk Champion of Change Award.  We were invited to the White House to meet one another and share our experiences working to advance LGBT equality.  Stuart Milk, Harvey’s nephew and […]


Eleven of the Best Bills I Sponsored This Year

I sponsored too many bills this year.  I worked myself very hard, and I have a lot to show for it.  I sponsored 64 bills, and 61 of them passed.  More than half of those were JBC bills.  Of the losses, one was a House bill that died in its first committee hearing, so I […]

SB13-230: the Long Bill – funding Fiscal Year 2013-14

On Monday, March 25, 2013, I introduced SB 230 in the Senate.  It’s the biggest bill I’ve ever carried:  hundreds of pages, billions of dollars.  It’s known as the “Long Bill” and it is the product of almost five months of work by the Joint Budget Committee.  The Colorado Constitution requires the state budget to […]


I wrote this small poem for the occasion of the final passage of SB 11, especially for Twitter, and it’s dedicated to Dave:       11 is a prime number. Eleven is a lovely word. It’s binary; a pair of ones.  It’s two like things, bound together, to make a whole of ones.        […]


Civil Unions Bill Approved!

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the House of Representatives voted to pass SB 13-011 by a margin of 39 to 26.  All Democratic members of the House and Senate voted to support the extension of basic legal rights that SB 11 offers to couples in our state, as did a handful of Republican members.  The […]