FROM Chuck Plunkett
Colorado Recalls Two Senators in Blow to Gun Control Yesterday's recall of two state senators in Colorado was a major defeat for gun control. There was big money on both sides — from the NRA and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But all politics is local. Democrat John Morse, President of the state senate and one of the two recalled senators, said, "We had to do gun safety and I've said months ago that if passing gun safety bills cost me my political career that was an amazingly small price to pay." Chuck Plunkett is politics editor for the Denver Post .
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