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Under The Gold Dome: They’re Back, And We’re Back

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THAT’S ABOUT RIGHT: The Pueblo Chieftain’s Patrick Malone described Wednesday’s General Assembly as conducted “with the decorum of two boxers touching gloves and pledging a clean fight before setting about the business of pummeling one another for 120 days.”
Other first-day wrapups:
* The Denver Post.
* Education News Colorado.
* Colorado News Agency.
* The Durango Herald.
* Associated Press.
*
Fox 31.
* Fort Collins Coloradoan.

STEADMAN AND MASSEY have become the de facto home team in the Capitol for medical marijuana.

SEAL THRILL: House Majority Leader Amy Stephens removed images of the state seal from her web site hours after a complaint was filed against her for using the image. But Post’s Bartels notes others use seal, too: Levy, Conti, Ferrandino.

GIRON’S IMMIGRANT-EDUCATION BILL differs from last year’s because it includes an option for colleges to refuse to participate.

NEARLY 100 PEOPLE gathered Wednesday evening at the Cornerstone Arts Center in Colorado Springs to support Steadman’s Colorado Civil Union Act, which was introduced hours earlier.

SPEAKING OF CIVIL UNIONS, Steadman’s still looking for a Republican to sponsor the bill in the House.

LANDING EARLY: Big education bills.

FLAT SESSION? No bills dealing with beer were filed on the first day of the session “though there are no guarantees the issue won’t arise.”

WISHFUL THINKING: The in-state tuition proposal has been re-worked and altered — some would say, “watered down” — and introduced as Senate Bill 15, leading bill sponsor Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, to tweet Wednesday that he hopes Tim “Tebow magic” will get the bill over the hump.

IS THIS THE POST’S LATEST INSTANCE of imaginative reporting?

PETER BLAKE COLUMN: Colorado Cleantech Industry Association will be promoting a bill that would exempt recharging businesses from the slow-moving, entry-controlling, lawyer-laden, price-setting PUC.

YOU CAN’T REALLY ARGUE WITH THAT: Senate Democratic Leader John Morse said redistricting, by definition, makes changes.

HULLINGHORST, LEVY, HEATH are pushing the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant Boulder’s application for about a half-million dollars to greatly expand the city’s bike sharing program.

TODAY’S CALENDARS. House. Senate.

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

YESTERDAY’S BILL ROUNDUP, FROM STATE BILL COLORADO
* Introduced House bills
* Introduced Senate bills

HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS
He’ll deliver his second State of the State speech today. The Denver Democrat will address all 100 lawmakers in the House chambers at 11 a.m.

TODAY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR:
Didn’t get enough to eat last night? You have your pick of three receptions.
* Reception: Colorado Mining Association, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Brown Palace Hotel, Ballroom A, 321 17th Street, Denver. Contact : Annette Seibert or Jody Courtney 303-575-9199
* Reception: Emergency Medical Services Association Legislative Reception, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., The University Club, 1673 Sherman Street, Denver. Contact : Charlie Sheffield 303.810.0669 charlie@chrishowes.com
* Reception, American Civil Liberties Union Reception, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Civil Liberties Union Office, 303 E. 17th Ave. 1st Floor Conference Room, Contact : Shelley Schreiner 303-863-7777

HE SAID IT: “You know, the law enforcement community could decide this is a big sham for money laundering, or the banking and credit industries could decide they don’t want anybody else to have a piece of the market that they can’t have. I’m not certain, even though I’ve been talking with folks for quite a while.” — Patrick Steadman.

HE SAID IT: “The responsibility for finding gainful employment lies not solely with the individual. Our public and private institutions must create the opportunities we need to thrive as individuals and succeed as a society.” — Brandon Shaffer.

HE SAID IT: “I think the complaint is rather silly, but we’d rather error on the side of caution. – Amy Stephens’ campaign consultant, Dustin Olson.

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