Under The Gold Dome: Vote For The Best Of The Capitol 2011!

Compiled by Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO

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STATE BILL COLORADO is now taking your votes for our “Best of the Capitol 2011.” It’s our first fun look back at the session that was. The results will be revealed at a special event later this year, but why wait until then to make your voice heard? Categories include: best dressed, best places to unwind and rising starts in Colorado’s legislature. Take the survey here.

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YET ANOTHER REASON TO DISLIKE OUR ELECTION SYSTEM: Negative anonymous phone calling.

PLANNING TO REAPPLY FOR RACE TO THE TOP: Colorado.

NEARLY HALF OF TABOR PLAINTIFFS have education ties.

WANTING TO JOIN FIGHT AGAINST TABOR LAWSUIT: El Paso County Attorney.

SAYING HICK SHOULDN’T SIGN MED POT CLEANUP BILL: Rob Corry.

LOBBYING FEDS ON FORT LYON: Bill Long.

IN DENVER MAYORAL RACE, big focus is on Latino vote.

HONORING BILL RITTER ON JUNE 16: Jewish Community Relations Council.

SHAFFER’S RUNNING FOR THE 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: He’s just not saying so yet.

OUT TO PRESERVE SAN LUIS VALLEY: John Hickenlooper.

WHERE WAS JOHN HICKENLOOPER YESTERDAY? Talking transit in Nashville.

WHERE IS JOHN HICKENLOOPER TODAY?
* 10:45 a.m. – joining Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and to announce pilot conservation and recreation projects being undertaken as part of President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Immediately after the announcement, Secretary Salazar and Gov. Hickenlooper will host a media availability. Location: Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR Visitor Center, 6550 Gateway Rd, Commerce City.
* 12:20 p.m. – remarks at the Alliance for Choice in Education luncheon. Location: Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., Denver.
* 2 p.m. – joined by legislators, business and community leaders to sign two bills: HB 1115 “Public Entity Construction Retainage,” sponsored by Reps. Kevin Priola, John Soper and Sen. Lois Tochtrop and HB 1288 “Unemployment Insurance Solvency Reform,” sponsored by Reps. Larry Liston, Daniel Pabon and Sen. John Morse. Location: *NOTE: the event location has changed to the West Steps, State Capitol, Denver.
* 4:30 p.m. – joined by elected officials and members of the clean energy industry to sign SB 47 “Colorado Science and Technology Innovation Reinvestment Act,” sponsored by Sen. Rollie Heath and Reps. Cheri Gerou and Jim Reisberg. Location: Colorado Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.
* 7 p.m. – remarks at the Mizel Museum Annual Dinner Honoring Sharon Magness Blake. Location: Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Parkway, Denver.

DINNER ON LARRY MIZEL: Mizel dinner, referenced above, is tonight’s big social event.

HE SAID IT: “Rep. Hoyer doesn`t make decisions for my family.” — Brandon Shaffer.

SHE SAID IT: “It’s not something that I’ve heard of or something the campaign has any connection to.” — Laura Chapin, spokeswoman for Chris Romer’s campaign, on mysterious phone calls.

SHE SAID IT: “Mejia’s not running for anything. Why is he on the campaign sign?” — Helen Giron, a former Mejia supporter.

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