Under The Gold Dome: Let The Navel-Gazing Begin

Compiled by Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO

HICKENLOOPER SAID HE WAS FULLY PREPARED to call a special session today and had drafted an executive order to do it just in case. “I never thought it was bluster,” the governor said of Republicans’ actions to sacrifice a rules bill by amending it to appease payday-lending businesses, adding that he wasn’t sure there would be a resolution when he sat down with McNulty, Shaffer and other lawmakers for the second time that day. Leaders in both parties said that working together this year proved harder than they thought. “It’s been extremely frustrating, if on some days not impossible,” concluded House Republican Leader Amy Stephens.

DUELING MEDIA BRIEFINGS: Shaffer at noon, McNulty at 1.

SUPPORTS THE HEATH TAX-INCREASE IDEA: Great Education Colorado.

KILLED, THROUGH FORMAL NEGLECT: Ballot-initiative reform. Amazon-tax repeal.

SAVED: Funding for mental health Circle Program. Air-permit relief.

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW planned next week in Loveland.

IN THE GLASS-HALF-FULL CAMP: Bob Gardner. Marsha Looper.

TESTY, Denver mayoral debate is.

TAKING SIDES IN MAYOR’S RACE: Prominent Latinos.

POOR TURNOUT IN DENVER ELECTION: Sun Valley neighborhood.

REDISTRICTING JUDGE: William Hood, a former colleague of Dem lawyer Grueskin.

THE BEST WORK THE DAILY SENTINEL HAS DONE ALL YEAR, AND THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING: Rubber-band ball drop video.

TODAY’S HICKENLOOPER SCHEDULE:
11:45 a.m. – remarks at the 24th annual Colorado Pray Luncheon. Location: The Colorado Convention Center, Korbel Ballroom, 700 14th St., Denver

ON THE SOCIAL CALENDAR: Rest and relaxation away from the Capitol.

LOTTERY CELEBRATES ITS NEW LOBBY: Honest. A celebration. Of a lobby.

MOSTLY HAPPY: Teachers.

HE SAID IT: “I actually have a lot of respect for Chris Romer, but I’m very scared of Chris Romer. I’m glad (former mayoral candidate) James Mejia has joined his campaign and brought some sense to it. . . . I think Chris plays games with the facts — they’re fuzzy facts.” — Michael Hancock.

HE SAID IT: “They’re hijacking this bill and putting the entire state at risk just to pay back a special interest.” — Rep. Mark Ferrandino.

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