Colorado legislature

How Denver moms have made a big impact at the Colorado legislature

n January, a group of moms delivered apple pies at the Capitol when they lobbied lawmakers to delay education testing standards. The next month it was moms, a number pushing strollers, who opposed a bill allowing teachers and school staffers to carry concealed weapons. In the last week of February, a group of moms stood by and watched as Gov. John Hickenlooper touted tough air quality rules that had just been adopted. If there’s a theme of the 2014 Colorado General Assembly, surely it’s moms. Cheri Kiesecker of Fort Collins, who had previously visited the Capitol only to chaperone a class of students, showed up this year to lobby on behalf of a bill that delayed statewide tests for Common Core, the widely adopted national math and language arts standards. She was one of the mom...