Under The Gold Dome: Increasingly, The Party Of Choice Is No Party

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IT’S GOP CAUCUS DAY, but a centrist think tank finds that in several key states, both parties are losing voters relative to the number of newly declared independents. In Colorado, which holds its Republican caucuses Tuesday, declared independents are now about even with registered Republicans or registered Democrats.

HOW YOU KNOW POLITICS ARE A JOKE: Tebow-might-run story led AP’s national political tip sheet.

COLORADO HOUSE REPUBLICANS vowed to help businesses create jobs by cutting regulation this legislative session. And on Monday, they proved their commitment to that tenet by killing a professional licensing bill that was brought by one of the members of their own caucus, DBJ’s Sealover reports.

TOOK THE DENVER OFF-RAMP: Ray LaHood.

PAYING FOR THAT FRIDAY SNOW DAY, the Colorado General Assembly will consider 126 bills today and Wednesday. Our quick-look calendar is here.

IS NEWS GUY JERRY HEALEY the suburban William Randolph Hearst?

MCNULTY MIGHT REINSTATE BRADFORD to committee chairmanship if special panel clears her. He’ll “for sure” put her back on the panel.

MEDIA DRANK WITH BRADFORD AT HAPPY HOUR, Sentinel’s Ashby suggests.

WILL COLORADO’S CAUCUS be messy?

FUNNY PHOTO: Hick with “Miss Loveland Valentine.”

15 FUN FACTS about the politics of Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri:

WHO WILL BE STATE BILL COLORADO’S 10,000TH TWITTER FOLLOWER? We passed 5,000 on Monday. We’re also now on 250 Twitter lists.

HAT IN: Brian DelGrosso.

HAT IN: Carole Murray.

HAT OUT: B.J. Nikkel.

GOV. JOHN HICKENLOOPER has appointed Theresa Peña, a former member of the Denver school board, to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Peña is the current head of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Denver Education Compact.

MANY OTHER COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENTS released yesterday.

FUNNY HEADLINE: “Cemetery bill may be overkill,” Post editorializes.

DON’T LET SANTORUM, GINGRICH OR ROMNEY LEAVE without buying them a copy of the 2012 Gold Book.

HAS IT SNAPPED YOUR PICTURE? The[News]Seen.com.

HAS CLEARED THE LAUNCHPAD: Spaceflight liability limits.

READY AIM FIRE: “Trigger bill” passes first test.

STILL SLITHERING: Salamander bill.

DRY WELLS: Drilling bills voted down.

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
* 15 introduced bills in the House

NO HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS

NOTHING ON THE SOCIAL CALENDAR: Tomorrow 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.

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