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Under The Golden Dome: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

By Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO

HOT CHOCOLATE IS YOUR ONLY SALVATION: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will be inaugurated today. But why go when several Denver TV stations are streaming the event live?

* 9News
* 7News
* CBS4
* Fox31

This said, the incoming governor promises a short speech (11 minutes!), according to The Post.

SUE BIRCH SENDOFF: The Visiting Nurse Association in Craig held a reception to honor Colorado’s next head of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Craig Daily Press writes.

TRANSPORTATION SWITCH: Suzanne Williams, recovering with her family and others from a fatal car accident, won’t head the Senate Transportation Committee, John Morse decides.

WILL GARCIA APPOINTMENT SLOW HIGHER-ED’S REVOLVING DOOR? That’s what Education News Colorado reports as a possibility.

CONSTITUENT SECURITY CONCERNS: Everyone’s re-thinking grocery meetings in the wake of the Arizona shootings. Denver Daily News story here. Denver Post editorial here.

MAYBE NOT SO MUCH OF A GIFT: On his last full day in office, Gov. Bill Ritter dished out a number of college-board appointments, including two to people he’s worked closely with: House Speaker Terrance Carroll and State Rep. Buffie McFadyen. With higher-ed budget cuts looming, these trusteeships may not be as fun as they once were.

REASON TO WORRY? Benefits to state employees may take a hit this year when lawmakers convene later this week, reports Debi Brazzale of Colorado News Agency.

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