Editor’s note: This is State Bill’s daily look at Capitol-area goings on.
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GOOD MORNING, AND THAT’S SO YESTERDAY: State Bill’s roundup of Hickenlooper inauguration stories is here.
CEREMONIAL START: The new General Assembly convenes at 10 a.m. with plenty of ceremony. New legislators will be sworn in, and new leadership, including Speaker-Designee Frank McNulty, will be formalized. [Republicans take the House; Democrats maintain the Senate.] Some joint committees will meet Thursday. But consideration of bills won’t begin until next week.
PINNACOL PARTY CANCELED: 9News is out with yet another Pinnacol Assurance story, this time about the cancellation of a holiday party in light of tough economic times.
MCNULTY PIECE: The speaker-designee’s hometown newspaper, the Highlands Ranch Herald, is out with a story about his rise to power: “Douglas County’s first elected state official to be named speaker of the House has his sights set on turning around Colorado’s stagnant business climate. Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, said his new role as speaker “will be a lot of work,” and although he never coveted the position, the rising star representative pledged to take on his duties with the same ferocity and dedication he showed during his first two terms in the House.”
CONGRATS TO SARA TRUAX on her promotion at The Colorado Statesman.
CONGRATS TO AP’S KRISTEN WYATT for taking over Capitol coverage duties for the indefatigable Colleen Slevin.
MEDIA CRITIC JASON SALZMAN has a nice exit interview with 9News political reporter and author Adam Schrager, who’s set to join Wisconsin Public Television next month. Revealed: Colleague Chris Vanderveen will be handling the General Assembly. Read more about Vanderveen, a Colorado native, here.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Colorado Public Radio’s Michelle Fulcher.
OUTGOING SPEAKER TERRANCE CARROLL tweets a thank you.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Thank you to former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter for your four years of service. You deserve to go fishing.