Editor’s Note: If you haven’t already, give yourself the gift of getting Under The Gold Dome in your mailbox daily. It’s free. Subscribe here.
Compiled by STATE BILL COLORADO
IN TOWN THIS A.M. CAMPAIGNING FOR OBAMA: Harold and Kumar’s Kumar.
BIG WITH THE HEALTH UNDERWRITERS: Amy Stephens.
SHOULD COLORADO CHICK SEXERS BE LICENSED? God, I hope so.
PERVERSELY, MERGER OF COLORADO ENVIRO GROUPS puts them one step closer to extinction. I mean, do the math.
NOW ON TWITTER: Doug Lamborn.
LESSON LEARNED: If you change the commissioners, you change the result. To wit: Taxes on casinos in the state’s three gaming towns will rise 5 percent on July 1, thanks to a unanimous decision by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission on Thursday, according to Ed Sealover of The Denver Business Journal. “The 4-0 vote reverses the commission’s decision one year ago to cut taxes by 5 percent after the state’s casino industry had struggled through three consecutive unprofitable years. Angered by that vote, Gov. John Hickenlooper replaced all five members of the commission with the new board, which increased taxes Thursday.”
MORE THAN 65,000 HAVE SIGNED a Change.org petition challenging Dictionary.com to “correct” its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
PILES ONTO MIKE COFFMAN: Rachel Maddow.
WHO IS JULIE KOVASH and why is she endorsing Angie Layton?
BACK AT DEAR OLD HASTINGS: Michael Hancock.
NEXT INDEPENDENT ETHICS COMMISSION MEETING: 06/04/12, 9 am, 101 West Colfax Ave., 5th floor.
IT’S THE OFFICIAL START OF THE ELECTION SEASON: Celebrate by buying the 700-page (!) Civica Guide To The 2012 Colorado Statehouse Elections, an e-book that’s now on sale ($9.99) at Amazon.com. If you own an iPad, download the free Kindle app, buy the e-book and begin reading it in five minutes or less! The guide will soon be available at Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble Nook and Google Books. Best thing: Frequent updates planned as we cycle through election season. Read more here.
HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE TOO DEEP INTO POLITICS: @PatSteadman sent this Tweet, “Would love to be fly on the wall… RT @ColoSenGOP @SenBillCadmanand @RepMcNulty are meeting with the Denver Post editorial board.#coleg”
TODAY’S FAIR QUESTION, from @MediaMarcus: “Is @denverpost a newspaper or a TV station these days? #coleg #copolitics”
WHEN KEN SALAZAR STARTS TALKING ABOUT UNBOUND RIVERS SURGING, I start looking for higher ground.
NUMBER OF ITEMS THURSDAY ON DENVER POST’S ‘THE SPOT:’ 2.
NUMBER OF ITEMS THURSDAY ON COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE’S ‘SECOND READING:’ 4.
THE[NEWS]SEEN is looking for fun events to photograph. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL ROUNDUP FOR STATE BILL SUBSCRIBERS, COURTESY OUR VIRTUAL BILL BOX:
* Introduced bills
* Signed bills
* Bills acted upon
* New fiscal notes
* Bill amendments
* New bill versions
* Day’s archived audio
* Day’s archived video
* New lobbyists
* New principals
NOTHING ON HICK’S SCHEDULE TODAY, but tomorrow, he’ll be a foamer.
8:30 a.m. – Gov. Hickenlooper will deliver remarks at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s Opening Day festivities and board the first train from Antonito. Location: Antonito Depot, 5234 B U.S. 285, Antonito.
KING OF THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SOCIAL CALENDAR: Pete Meersman.
VETERAN’S DAY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE tonight in Lincoln Park.
Send tips for this column to email@example.com.