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03/10/2011 03:47 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Grandmas and Lawmakers Say the Darndest Things

Colorado's legislative session has lacked the drama of Wisconsin's governor-union standoff. There's plenty of serious business going on under the golden dome, most notably balancing a budget that means chopping education and other critical services. But there are many people who lose their perspective and say silly things or do silly things, especially when there is no money to spend. Unfortunately, there's a whole second half to top this list.

From my perch, these are the funnier highlights of the first 60 days:

Thurgood Marshall Humanitarian Award - Secretary of State Scott Gessler
Gessler told the House State Affairs Committee that requiring photo IDs to vote does not suppress minority voting. He cited the fact that Georgia had passed a photo ID requirement and the number of African American voters increased in 2008! Oops, forgot to mention the fact that Barack Obama was on the ballot that year. (House State Affairs Committee, HB 1003, February 2, 2011)

Hugo Chavez Cultural Sensitivity Award - Rep. Jim Kerr

"As a family guy myself with children and grandchildren, I take a very strong responsibility to earn money to feed my own family." (Lambert)

"That doesn't mean we don't care about feeding children, and it doesn't mean we don't understand the impacts. I'm not going to spend money that we haven't seen a need for." (Gerou)

Humane Society Award for Kids & Animals - J. Paul Brown
A trio of stands that defy imagination. He advocated eliminating preschool for the most extreme at-risk children at the Republican Study Committee of Colorado, was the