Under The Gold Dome: Colorado Caucus As Irrelevant As Ever?

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164 BILLS UP today, tomorrow.

LOTS OF BLEARY EYED LOBBYISTS TODAY: House introduced nearly 60 bills Tuesday afternoon.

FEWER PEOPLE THAN FILL SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD ON A FALL SUNDAY voted in Tuesday’s Colorado GOP caucus, seemingly making Rick Santorum heir to Jerry Brown’s headline-grabbing 1992 Colorado caucus win over eventual victor Bill Clinton. Romney won all metro-area counties with the exception of Adams. “Romney spin can’t cover stinging defeat,” beltway paper The Hill headlined the story. But make no mistake: the biggest winners are TV stations in Maine, Arizona, Michigan and Washington — the states leading up to the March “Super Tuesday” primaries.

TODAY’S CAPITOL BRUSH WITH GREATNESS: Pam “Foxy” Grier, star of moderately successful films, to speak in favor of film bill.

SANTORUM SHOULD THANK HIM: Wyoming cowboy Foster Friess.

SANTORUM’S CHOICE: Go to Michigan and Arizona and pull a shocking upset, or focus on the southern slate of Super Tuesday states that offers a better ideological fit.

NOTHING’S CHANGED: Colorado’s “solid purple.”

STILL CAUCUS CRAZY: Denver’s John Wren hasn’t changed his tune, Tweeting, “The big story is all the new leaders and potential candidates that were born today across Colorado.”

FIVE THINGS CNN LEARNED from Santorum sweep.

CRIME BILL stirs abortion debate.

GJ SENTINEL WROTE ABOUT BRADFORD ATTORNEY RESPONSE LETTER but didn’t post it.

LAURA BRADFORD’S LAWYER: Richard Bryans.

RYDEN RIPS state Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

HICKENLOOPER TALKS ABOUT CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY: He turned 60 Tuesday. “It’s great to be getting old.”

WHO WORE IT BETTER? John Hickenlooper or B.J. Nikkel?

NEW BILLS OF NOTE EDUCATIONALLY: The expected third-grade literacy measure was introduced as House Bill 12-1238. This year’s attempt to expand electronic gambling for help fund higher education came in as House Bill 12-1280.

GIVING THAT PER DIEM BACK, WE HOPE: Many lawmakers took most of the day off Tuesday to return to their districts for precinct caucuses, so the avalanche of new bills moved across the House front desk largely unnoticed by members.

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: As oil and gas development increases throughout Northern Colorado, Sen. Morgan Carroll wants to require energy companies to provide more information to the state about how much water is used for hydraulic fracturing and prevent possible groundwater contamination from the practice, particularly in areas where radioactive and explosive material can be found.

UP TODAY: “Concerning crimes against an unborn child.”

LOOK, IT’S SANTA COLORADO: Clothing and school supplies would be tax-free during an annual Colorado “sales tax holiday” under consideration in the Colorado House.

LATEST TO OUTSOURCE TO INDIA: Boulder Daily Camera.

DEBTOR UPDATE: Bennet, $500K; Norton, $473K; Buck, $0.

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THE[NEWS]SEEN shot photos last night at Romney event.

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YESTERDAY’S BILL ROUNDUP, FROM STATE BILL COLORADO
* Nearly 60 introduced bills

HICKENLOOPER/GARCIA PUBLIC EVENTS
* 11 a.m. – Hickenlooper remarks at the Future Business Leaders of America, District IV Leadership Conference. Location: Northeastern Junior College, 100 College Ave., Sterling.
* 3:15 p.m. – Garcia remarks to the Colorado State Board of Education. Location: Department of Education, 201 East Colfax Ave., Denver.
* 4:15 p.m. – Hickenlooper joining in Weld County Commissioners Sean Conway and David Long for a media availability to discuss their tour earlier in the afternoon of the Niobrara Energy Park. Location: Grader Shed, southwest corner of Weld County Road 126 and U.S. Highway 85, Weld County.

YOU READ THAT RIGHT: Hickenlooper is having a press event in this grader shed.

SADLY, THEY WON’T BE SERVING WHEAT BEER: On today’s social calendar is the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers Lunch, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 14th and Grant, Denver. Contact: Darrell Hanavan 970-449-6994 dhanavan@coloradowheat.org

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