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Under The Golden Dome: NPR Analyzes Hickenlooper’s Quirks, And Task

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By Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO

NPR HAS AN AMUSING LOOK AT A ‘TEFLON’ HICKENLOOPER and a not so amusing look at the budget woes he faces. Here’s “All Things Considered.” Speaker McNulty at 2:08: “The rich uncle that has been giving us money isn’t here anymore.”

STATE OF THE STATE PREVIEW: Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’ll offer core principles but no major new programs in his first state of the state speech, Associated Press asserts.
Go here this morning to watch.

THAT WAS SOO NOVEMBER: What’s with that flare up yesterday with the changing of the committee names? The Post has more about it here. Ashby, too.

TOUGH CROWD: Left-leaning ColoradoPols.com accuses the right-leaning McNulty, on his first day as speaker, of speech plagiarism. Much ado?

FROM STATEBILL’S VIRTUAL BILL DESK:

* House filed 58 bills. See them here.
* Senate filed 38 bills. See them here.

Post’s Tim Hoover talks about 10 of those bills here.

STORY TIP FOR OTHER JOURNOS: Many folks accessing their State Bill “virtual bill boxes” from tablet computers yesterday … Do you subscribe? If so, go here to see what we’re talking about.

ABOUT THAT NEW ‘FACE THE STATE’ NEWSPAPER: Brad Jones & Co. is out with a new weekly print publication — yep, a new *newspaper* — that includes a very cool crossword puzzle featuring many of us dome-heads. Yes, we were obsessed with that damn puzzle. (Full disclosure: Circuit Media, our parent company, assists with production, sales. E-mail Meg Satrom for a media kit: meg@circuitmedia.com.)

EDUCATION SITUATION: The first education bill of the 2011 legislative session was introduced Wednesday, a measure that proposes corralling “excess” state revenues and using them to offset cuts in state K-12 support, Education News Colorado reports.

PULLED FROM THE PAPERS: Rep. Mark Waller, a Republican, impressed with Hick’s inaugural speech (CS Indy). GOP, Dems show unity — sort of. (Durango Herald). Dems wary of widespread cuts (Denver Daily News). GOP vows major reversals (Denver Daily News). Bills target gas, oil revenue, pieces of Ritter legacy (Durango Herald). Lawmakers hold to cautious optimism as session begins (Aurora Sentinel). Colorado legislative leaders differ on how to spur jobs, business (DBJ).

WILLIAMS WATCH: Post editorializes Dems right to withhold chairmanship. … Headlines: After fatal crash in Texas, Colorado senator shows up for first day of legislative session (Post). Colo. lawmaker in fatal crash speaks (Amarillo TV Channel 7). Defiant, Sen. Williams returns to legislature after fatal crash (KDVR). Question: Is the media keeping a respectful distance?

WHAT NEXT, CATS, DOGS SLEEPING TOGETHER?: In Congresss, Udall says Rs, Ds should sit close to each other.

OBSESSED: This column marks State Bill’s 6,000th ‘tweet.’

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