Under The Gold Dome: Getting Down To Business

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IT’S ALL BEEN SHOW UP TO NOW, but today the 68th General Assembly, second session, finally gets down to actual business, hearing testimony on actual bills, debating actual language and, one can only hope, taking actual votes. You can navigate your way using those new big-screen TVs in the lobbies of the House and Senate conference zones ($2,300 apiece, plus staff time to write the software program: We asked). Or you can refer to State Bill Colorado’s lower-cost but similarly high-tech list here.

REP. JUDY SOLANO’S promised testing measure was introduced Tuesday, setting the stage for what’s expected to a lively debate this session over the extent and funding of the statewide achievement tests that will replace the CSAPs.

COLORADOPOLS.COM has gone dark in anti-SOPA solidarity with Wikipedia. [Caution: Link won't work until 12:01 a.m. Thursday because ... they've ... gone ... dark.]

NOT GOING DARK ANYTIME SOON: JFK’s eternal flame. The Centralia, Pa., underground coal-mine fire. Under The Gold Dome. State Bill Colorado. The sun.

WHO ARE ALL THESE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE urging Shaffer to run in the 6th CD?

MAYBE WE CAN GET A FLYBOY TO RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT? Shaffer campaign adviser Craig Hughes said unnamed people like the matchup” of military service that former U.S. Navy officer Shaffer would bring to a contest with Mike Coffman, a U.S. Army and Marine Corps Reserve veteran.

GOOD TO KNOW: A candidate for Congress doesn’t have to actually live inside the district he or she is running for.

WHAT WAS UP TUESDAY WITH THE DENVER POST’S ‘SPOT’ BLOG? It was down hard for several hours, along with other interior Post pages on the web.

PROBABLY NOT MOVING: The Colorado State Fair.

WILL THE SIXTH TIME BE A CHARM? Immigrant tuition.

HAT IN: Democrat Lee Kemp, SD-23 (vs. Rep. Glenn Vaad)

HAT IN: Joann Ginal, primarying Kefalas in HD-53.

HAT IN: Lang Sias, running in Hudak’s SD-19.

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SPONSOR — GET ME A SPONSOR! Civil unions.

OCCUPY SCOTT TIPTON’S OFFICE

THE KIND OF COLORADO JOB ANNOUNCEMENT WE ARE HOPING FOR: TeleTech.

DROPPING SOME RED-LIGHT FINES: Denver.

RUNNING TBD COLORADO: Brenda Morrison’s Engaged Public.

STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND TBD COLORADO: Amy Stephens.

TODAY’S CALENDARS. House. Senate.

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YESTERDAY’S BILL ROUNDUP, FROM STATE BILL COLORADO
* 15 introduced bills
* Zero signed bills
* Zero bills passed out of committee
* Zero bills passed on third reading
* Zero killed bills

HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS
* 9 a.m. – remarks at “Drawing the Blueprint for a Sustainable Natural Gas Future.” Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.
* 6:30 p.m. – remarks at the annual Winter Dinner. Location: The Broadmoor Hotel, International Center Ballroom, One Lake Ave., Colorado Springs.

TODAY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR: Partnership of Douglas County Governments, 10th Anniversary Celebration/Elected Officials Caucus, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Marriott Park Meadows/Denver Marriott South, 1034 Park Meadows Drive, Littleton, 80124, Contact : Wendy Holmes, Director of Public Affairs, Douglas County 303-880-7785

HE SAID IT: “TBD. I guess we’ll see. I appreciate very much this governor’s willingness to work together and his interest in bringing Coloradans together But at some point you do need to show that leadership to move this state forward. … So we’ll look forward to specifics.” — Speaker Frank McNulty.

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