LITTLETON | Grandview’s young girls basketball team made its long wait to start the 2014-15 season worth it by winning the 2014 Dakota Ridge Tournament. Tipping-off 10 days after the first day teams were allowed to open regular season play, the Wolves finished off a 3-0 run in their season-opening tournament with a 66-56 victory […]

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks to supporters as she concedes defeat in her Senate runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Left is her husband Frank Snellings. Cassidy denied Landrieu a fourth term, calling his Senate victory "the exclamation point" on midterm elections that put Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill for President Barack Obama's last two years in office. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“This victory happened because people in Louisiana voted for a government that serves us, that does not tell us what to do,” Cassidy said in Baton Rouge, the state capital.

FILE - In this March 16, 2013 file photo, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.  An audacious conservative with a telling Minnesota twang, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she entered in Congress in 2006. The Republican is now ending a turbulent career marked by fights with the left and her own party, as well as a fast-rising and then fast-fading presidential campaign.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“I didn’t get sucked into the system of Washington,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I didn’t become a politician. I was a constitutional conservative.”

Congress Whats Left

Among the lower profile items on the agenda are renewing the government’s terrorism risk insurance program and extending the ban on state and federal taxes on access to the Internet.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., , left, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, shortly after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said the fight wasn’t over.

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pauses for applause while delivering his annual State of the State speech during a joint session of the Colorado Legislature, at the Capitol, in Denver. An all-Democrat Capitol didn't happen this year as Republicans gained a one-seat majority in the State Senate, allowing them to control the upper House. Democrats still control the House, and Hickenlooper is a Democrat (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

“They’re actually going to have to listen to us,” said Loveland Rep. Brian DelGrosso, the GOP leader in the House, where Democrats will hold a 34-31 majority, compared with the 37-28 lead they had two years ago.

“It is disappointing,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, who was behind a similar ballot initiative rejected by Aurora voters in 2012. “We hope that the economy keeps improving and that more money comes in that we can allocate to public works and transportation-related projects, or we’re going to have to look hard at taking money away from other projects and putting it into transportation projects.”