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HEY, IT’S CONSTITUTIONAL: In a victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court decided to uphold his signature health care law’s individual mandate in a split decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, according to SCOTUSblog, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court. Twenty six states sued over the law, arguing that the individual mandate, which requires people to buy health insurance or face a fine starting in 2014, was unconstitutional.
IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK: @AFPColorado tweets, “That’s what happens when you leave it to lawyers. Rally for repeal in Denver Friday: http://bit.ly/LO5d6p #redco #copolitics #coleg”
OBAMACARE OPPONENTS TO BE BUSED TO DENVER from Colorado Springs and Loveland.
SIMPLY GREAT REPORTING: Jeremy Meyer and Sara Burnett of The Denver Post, helped by aerial photography, today broke the story of 300 homes destroyed by the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire. Officials had only agreed that houses were destroyed, but they were unwilling to put a number to it.
PABON TAKES TO FACEBOOK TO ANNOUNCE BABY ON WAY: “The past couple of years have been exciting for me and Heather Gwinn Pabon. And now it’s only going to get more amazing. We are proud to announce we are having a boy in November! Let the fun continue!” Pabon even posted this ultrasound.
GEARING UP: Fight Back Colorado to target lawmakers who killed civil unions bill.
WON BY 49: Jovan Melton.
HICK CABINET MEETS with Fremont folks.
SHUNNING OBAMA: Some Democrats.
MODEST MONEY carried Lundberg to nomination.
RIPE FOR LITIGATION? Gay couple discover their image was used in attack ads in Colorado races.
RALPH CARR REMEMBERED in Governing magazine.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED for Circuit Media as part of the Mission: Small Business grant!
BIG CHANGES AHEAD in Arapahoe DA’s office.
SUBSCRIBERS: State Bill renewal contracts are now available. Lock in this year’s rates! Email email@example.com.
MAYBE WE SHOULD PUT THE FIRES OUT FIRST: Denver panel says Olympics bid won’t burden taxpayers.
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.
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* Introduced bills
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* Bills acted upon
* New fiscal notes
* Bill amendments
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HICKENLOOPER’S PUBLIC SCHEDULE TODAY
* 10 a.m. – Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia will deliver remarks at the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Trustees Summit. Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch, 1020 16th St., Denver. NOTE: Media must RSVP to 303-866-2723 by June 27.
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