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PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN EXAMINES WHY STATE IGNORES executive order issued by then-Gov. Bill Ritter requiring the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade to tell the General Assembly once a year how the state has benefited from tax incentives handed out to businesses. (It turns out that Ritter based his order on a piece of legislation carried by Rep. Sal Pace in 2010 that died in the Legislature.) “Already in the legislative session that began last week, lawmakers are clamoring for accountability and threatening to carry legislation that shines a light on what works — and what doesn’t — to create jobs in Colorado,” Chieftain reporter Patrick Malone writes. House, Senate business committees will be able to quiz eco-devo leaders at joint committee hearing, upon adjournment, Room 0112.

MEANWHILE, HOW IT SHOULD BE: Colorado holds back eco-devo incentives until job promises are met.

ANNOUNCED PUEBLO AS DEM CONVENTION SITE: Party chair Rick Palacio, a Pueblo native.

BUY TODAY, PICK UP TODAY: The all-new, pocket-sized 2012 Colorado Legislative Gold Book has arrived. It spans 82 pages and features biographies and pictures of every representative and senator as well as detailed information on their committee assignments, office numbers, phone numbers and names and contact information for virtually all Capitol staffers. Buy online through and pick up today in the Capitol basement. Click on the number of copies you would like: 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100, and 250.  For larger orders, or for irregularly sized orders, fill out this editable PDF and send to Exempt from sales taxes? Order tax-exempt Gold Books online here.

WHAT? YOU DIDN’T BUY A BRANDED GOLD BOOK? Gold Books branded with your organization’s logo and contact information is the ultimate legislative marketing tool for corporations and trade associations. Contact a Gold Book sales representative at 303-292-1212 or to discuss — or order — the 2013 edition.


BELTWAY JOURNALISM? NYT writes about the beltway. No, not that beltway. Denver’s beltway.

MLK NUMBERS: As many as 27,000 people participated in Monday morning’s march/parade hybrid to honor the birthday and enduring influence of the slain civil-rights champion, whose bronze likeness in City Park served as the event’s launch point.

THE LOBATO BEHIND LOBATO: Hint — she’s a DU student.

SHADES OF DENVER? On the final night of this fall’s Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium, party sources told the Observer Monday night.

TRUE: Ken Salazar is in Everglades today for “python announcement.”

TODAY’S CAPITOL NEWS from The Denver Post’s fashion desk.

WHO’S COUNTING? Last night in Longmont, Cory Gardner had his 59th town hall meeting since being elected to Congress.

TODAY’S BIG HILL APPEARANCE: Chief Justice Michael Bender, House Judiciary Committee, 1:30 p.m., Room 0107. Will the Republicans quiz him on redistricting?


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* 18 introduced bills
* Zero signed bills
* Zero bills passed out of committee
* Zero bills passed on third reading
* Zero killed bills

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NO HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS TODAY. But at 9 a.m. Wednesday, he’ll talk gas at “Drawing the Blueprint for a Sustainable Natural Gas Future.” Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.

I’M ALREADY HUNGRY: Today’s social calendar highlight is the Colorado Cattleman’s Association lunch, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Scottish Masonic Temple, 1370 Grant St. Contact: Jennifer Tippets 303-431-6422

HE SAID IT: “When you get to cheat off of somebody else’s test, it’s going to have a different outcome.” — Speaker Frank McNulty, on redistricting dispute.

SHE SAID IT: “There were not enough math classes, no AP classes and the school could not afford the technology needed. [There were] not enough textbooks, and many were outdated.” — Taylor Lobato.

HE SAID IT: “Having government trying to do economic development is like teaching a pig to dance.” — Former state Rep. Joel Judd, a Democrat from Denver.

SHE SAID IT: “Well, they operated for eight years, so we don’t view it as a waste.” — Laura Coale, the director of media relations for DIA, on subsidized Denver-Mexico flight, since discontinued.

SHE SAID IT: “Everybody stumbles and falls, and the United States has stumbled and fallen on its face. But as Martin Luther King said, the measure of man is how you work when you’re down. . . . It’s time to brush ourselves off and try again.” — MLK event vice-chairwoman Terry Nelson.

HE SAID IT: “Any project that goes through, we should know the amount of true jobs it creates or retains and how much that cost. If they’re given incentives, we ought to know how it worked. Did it work because we reduced red tape or hurdles? Why was it? We’d then have a beneficial report to us from (the economic development office) as to whether or not what we’re doing is working here at the Legislature. The office of economic development should already be doing that on any project we touch.” — Rep. Jon Becker.

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