I once read somewhere that Colorado Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst bears some resemblance to Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo. Upon further inspection, I can't say I disagree. Hullinghorst is great lady - very nice and very intelligent, much like Velma the cartoon character. As a kid, I was a fan of the old Hanna-Barbera Scooby Doo cartoons and used to watch them on the weekend's with my brother, so drawing this editorial cartoon was a lot of fun - a little bit of a stroll down memory lane.
The end of Colorado's legislative session was a mad dash to get things done - to kill some bills and to force others through the process in the final hours, clearing a long, backed up calendar of legislation. Making light of that process, many of those bills that died will likely come back from the dead whether by ballot initiative, rumored special session or during the next legislative session. Why is Shaggy shown here as Rep. Steve Lebsock and Scooby as Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon? Well... just because. If it's funny, it works.
Can you pick out the other members of the General Assembly standing on the floor of the House of Representatives in the first panel?
This cartoon was printed in the May 8, 2015, edition of The Colorado Statesman. To subscribe to The Colorado Statesman for my weekly political cartoons and Colorado's premium political reporting and commentary, click here.