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Under The Gold Dome: Governor Uses Political Capital, But Will GOP Cash It?

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MOST REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS sat stone-faced following Hickenlooper’s “State of the State” remark advocating civil unions, while Democrats leapt to their feet and gave the governor an ovation, The Pueblo Chieftain’s Patrick Malone reports. Malone said the exception was Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, who had vocalized his support for civil unions last year, and joined Democrats to cheer Hickenlooper’s stance. Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, was an opponent of civil unions last year, and the governor’s endorsement of the idea did not change his mind. Speaker McNulty has not been shy about his personal opposition to civil unions.

ONE OF THURSDAY’S TOP RETWEETS: “Elevators and women’s bathrooms. That’s where the work gets done,” attributed to Sen. Jeanne Nicholson.

WILL LEGISLATORS SELL the Old Fort Lewis property near Hesperus?

GAZETTE EDITORIAL EDITOR on Denver U.S. Attorney’s “must-close” letter Thursday to medical marijuana outlets too close to schools: “Mr. Suthers, please seek injunctive relief from this attack on your state’s sovereignty.”

MAYBE THAT PAYWALL IS TOO TIGHT? Reporter Charles Ashby sent a Tweet reminding pols that “Sentinel stories from the Capitol are in front of the paywall.”

ONE CAN ONLY HOPE: McNulty anticipates a “quiet session.”

THRILLED WITH GOVERNOR’S SPEECH: Stetson Hats. “Made Of America.”

OF COURSE THEY DID: Post headline writers decided to emphasize a certain footballer in this morning’s report, even before civil unions: “Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State of the State speech cheers Tim Tebow, civil unions”

HAT IN: Perry Buck, HD49.

HAT IN: Vicki Marble, SD23 (from HD49).

WEARING HAT: Michael Fassi, new Larimer GOP chief.

DENVER CHAMBER’S LEGISLATIVE FOCUS: Refunding the unemployment insurance trust fund. Deciding on the future of the state’s successful workers’ compensation system.

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CHIEFTAIN EDITORIAL TODAY: “Now is the time for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration to redouble efforts to save Fort Lyon as an indispensable contributor to the economy of Bent County and the Lower Arkansas Valley.”


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* Two new resolutions
* Bills filed so far, with sponsors

NO HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS TODAY. At least, not that he’s told us about.

TODAY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR: It’s Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado Day at the Capitol, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Colorado State Capitol, 1st Floor, Contact: Charlie Sheffield 303.810.0669

HE SAID IT: “It’s time to pass civil unions.” — John Hickenlooper.

HE SAID IT: “I was a little disappointed in the emotional reaction we saw to his comments on civil unions. We saw a lot of emotion there, and if this session’s truly going to be about jobs, if it’s truly going to be about putting Colorado back to work, that doesn’t seem to be where the emotion and the concern of the other party is right now. It’s in regard to a social issue, not about jobs.” — Sen. Kevin Grantham.

HE SAID IT: “Unlike our current president, Mitt Romney knows how the economy works and how jobs are created. He understands that the private sector, not government, will restart our economy. With Mitt Romney’s conservative record and economic know-how, Coloradans can be confident that he will turn around our economy.” — Speaker Frank McNulty.

SHE SAID IT: “I’m not advocating a sale. I’m just in the process of exploring options.” Sen. Gail Schwartz.

HE SAID IT: “We think a bike tour across the Eastern Plains will not only be great for the sport of cycling, it will also give folks an opportunity to see where our food comes from.” — Hickenlooper.

SHE SAID IT: “It was the right thing to do. Perry and I are so aligned. Why fight each other? The biggest difference between Perry and me is our shoe size. We have the same friends.” — Vicki Marble.

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