Under The Gold Dome: Hey, You. Yeah, You, Without The Receipt.

Compiled by Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO

TONY KOVALESKI’S REPORTING STYLE HASN’T ENDEARED him to his news subjects or to some journalists, but the effect of it can’t be disputed: Intentionally or not, some Colorado legislators looked terrible in a four-minute report last night on whether they paid for dinners with lobbyists. 7News referenced 16 lawmakers who dined with Pinnacol Assurance-contracted lobbyists from Axiom Strategies, but only a handful appeared on or were heard on camera: Senators Boyd, Brophy and Mitchell, and Representatives Terrance Carroll, the former speaker, and Casso. [The Denver Post separately identified Representatives Ferradino, White, McNulty and DelGrosso.] Casso denied attending an event for which Pinnacol was billed $350, raising his right hand to swear it didn’t happen. The other representatives stumbled over their words — surprised, no doubt, by Kovaleski’s controversial ambush reporting style. Most lawmakers assured Kovaleski they had paid for their portion of the meals, whether in cash or by check, but couldn’t produce the necessary documents. “We’re just bad at keeping papers,” the former speaker is heard telling the reporter in a brief audio excerpt. PREDICTION: After this, legislators will become pretty good at asking for and keeping receipts.

TWO WHO CAME OFF LOOKING GOOD: Jenny Flanagan, Colorado Common Cause director, who was allotted about 30 seconds of the 7News report to explain Colorado’s Amendment 41 and her organization’s role in writing it. Mark Ferrandino, who produced to The Denver Post a credit-card statement showing he paid for Starbucks coffee.

GRATUITOUS? BOMBASTIC? UNNECESSARY? Kovaleski’s on-camera comment to a departing Mitchell, “I don’t want to show you running away, senator, but that appears what you’re doing.”

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW: Larry Liston.

TODAY’S DENVER ELECTION DAY. Check back at 7 p.m. for results.

UP TODAY: Johns schools.

PROGRESSING: “School to jail” reform. MMJ law clarification. Wildlife-Parks merger.

KILLED: Business personal property tax timeout.

KILLED, SORT OF: Arizona-style immigration.

FIND YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BUDGET NUMBERS: Education News Colorado.

GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS: Fix education.

FAMILIAR FACE: Lieutenant governor giving Saturday commencement address at CSU-Pueblo.

SOLE ED COMMISSIONER FINALIST: Robert Hammond.

TODAY’S CALENDARS. House. Senate.

SUBSCRIBERS: Your Virtual Bill Box is here. Your Personal Calendar is here.

HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENT TODAY
6:30 p.m. – remarks at the Anti-Defamation League’s 30th Annual 2011 Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program. The program will highlight the stories and messages of more than 30 Holocaust survivors who live in Colorado. Location: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall, 1245 Champa St., Denver.

DINNER ON YOUR OWN, OR WITH PINNACOL: There’s nothing on the social calendar today.

INCREASED SECURITY IN COLORADO after bin Laden’s death.

UNVEILED: Obama portrait.

DENVER SCHOOLS CELEBRATE five years of ProComp.

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HE SAID IT: “I can say with certainty it’s an accounting error. Didn’t happen.” — Rep. Ed Casso.

HE SAID IT: “I’m sure any of my colleagues from now or former colleagues from now on because of a situation like this will change their practices and take receipts with them. If I was their counsel, I would advise them to do that.” — Former House Speaker Terrance Carroll, now with Greenberg Traurig.

HE SAID IT: “The people of Colorado said, that’s against the law. Can you explain it?” — Tony Kovaleski, to Sen. Shawn Mitchell.

HE SAID IT: “There are people with drug felonies from when having a half-ounce of pot was a felony. Today it’s a petty offense. So we’re backing away from some of those restrictions, because we want people to have jobs in this state.” — Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.

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