Governor John Hickenlooper delivered his fourth State of the State address on Thursday, November 9. The governor stressed that through the tragedies Colorado faced in 2013, including forest fires, flooding and the Arapahoe High School shooting, "we showed the world Colorado does not shut down, Colorado does not quit, Colorado does not break."
The governor confidently stated "the state of the state is stong."
"According to just about every forecast, trend and study, the state of the state of Colorado is only growing stronger," said Hickenlooper. He pointed to statistics that stated that Colorado's unemployment rate has gone down to the lowest levels since 2008.
While Colorado Democrats lauded the speech, others felt it was lacking.
"I felt like I was in 'Men in Black' and he that he put the device in front out our face so we would forget everything that happened last year," Former House Speaker Frank McNulty, (R-Highlands Ranch), said to the Denver Post.
This is the fourth State of the State address for Hickenlooper. The Democratic governor is up for re-election this year. Challengers for his seat include Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who Hickenlooper referred to as "honey badger," in his speech.
Hickenlooper started his speech by thanking the Denver Broncos for "giving us something to cheer about," and congratulating the Colorado State University Rams for their 2013 New Mexico Bowl victory.
"How could we not congratulate the Colorado State University Rams? That fourth-quarter win over Washington State—scoring 18 points in the final three minutes to come from behind—THAT was nothing short of amazing!," Hickenlooper exclaimed.
AUDIO: Hear the State of the State Address
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