OTIS —If Democrats don’t mend fences out here amid the sprawling fields and crowded cattle barns of Colorado’s Eastern Plains, their hopes for the 2016 presidential race and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s re-election could be swept away in the withering high prairie wind.

Democrats, who haven’t done well in rural regions for quite some time, were remarkably trounced in November.

So it’s no surprise Democrats and Republicans are attaching the term “rural Colorado” to a raft of bills in the current legislative session, even to bills that apply just as much to cities much larger than the 500 people of Otis.