Colo. has first divided Legislature in a decade

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Republicans are back in charge in Colorado’s House of Representatives and they’re vowing to slash spending and stick to conservative principles.

Members of the House and Senate convened for the new session today.

The GOP now has a thin one-seat majority in the House. Democrats still control the Senate by a comfortable margin, giving Colorado its first divided Legislature in a decade.

Both sides are promising to find common ground because either house can kill legislation they don’t like.

The top agenda for everyone this year is jobs and the economy.

Lawmakers face tough battles over belt-tightening to cover a $1 billion deficit.