Capitol M: Sine Die (#ohthankgoodnessitsover) edition

Author: Marianne Goodland - May 10, 2018 - Updated: May 31, 2018

A lighter side, usually, of what goes on at #coleg, also known as the Colorado General Assembly, in the last three days of the 2018 session.

Talk about jumping the gun…Too soon? House Bill 1436, the red flag bill that generated a ton of controversy in the last 10 days of the 2018 session, came to an end on Monday, May 7. CBSDenver had an interesting story on its demise; what made it interesting was that they reported its demise at around 4:02 p.m. The hearing on the bill actually started about 30 minutes later. The premature announcement did not go unnoticed.

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The story didn’t identify which committee the bill died in or even what the vote on the bill was (3-2 to kill, just in case you were wondering).

Capitol M could not resist a little dig.

Best response goes to Kyle Clark of KUSA. The CBS4 tweet was deleted shortly after.

The bill met its eventual end about three hours after the initial tweet.


There’s never a police officer when you need one, unless you’re Andy Kerr…Capitol M frequently drives to the Capitol along 14th Avenue near the Denver City/County building where there’s a nice bike lane. It happens to be the bike lane Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood rides to get to the Capitol.

On Tuesday, Kerr was on his way to the Capitol (and yes, he stopped at the red lights), and Capitol M caught up with him just as he was flagging down a Denver police officer. The bane of Kerr’s existence is anyone who parks in the bike lane. He’s pretty militant about it; he tweets the location of the offender to Denver Police and anyone else who will listen. There were two offenders Tuesday, both white trucks. One was partially obstructing the bike lane, the other was flat out right in the middle of it.

By the time Capitol M cleared the intersection, Denver Police officers were exiting their vehicle to write the ticket. Don’t mess with Kerr!


Tribute to Sen. Kerr, part two…Although no pictures exist, during Monday’s tribute to the term-limited Senator from Lakewood included a mention of his cycling devotion, complete with his bike (which has some serious gearing for a mostly uphill trip back to Lakewood).

The highlight was his riding the bike on the Senate floor. He rides his bike to the Capitol at every chance, and in 2018 that’s 52 out of 81 working days, or 65 percent, and not always in the nicest weather.

Kerr, for the last several years, has been the Senate Democrats’ collector of the rubber band ball that gets dropped from the top of the Gold Dome on Sine Die. In 2019, Sen. Angela Williams of Denver will take on that, ahem, duty. On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Vicki Marble of Fort Collins has been keeping her entry (yes, it’s a contest, isn’t everything?) under wraps, but Capitol M learned on Tuesday that the Republicans’ ball has been specially “engineered” to win this year’s contest. Capitol M is sworn to silence on the ball’s secret center.


Quote of the week, part uno…“I need a nap and a binky.” Rep. Jeff Bridges, at about 6:30 p.m. on Sine Die.


Quote of the week, part dos…”Rep. Williams does a better Rep. Pabon than I do.” Rep. Dan Pabon, referring to the spot-on imitation that Williams did of Pabon during the 2018 Hummers. And a h/t to Rep. “Skinny” Winkler, whose mimicking of Rep. Mike Weissman had everyone in stitches.


Oh say can you see…Rep. Yeulin Willett’s beard. He’s auctioning off his elaborate chin whiskers for a shearing for a St. Baldrick’s Day event in Grand Junction on June 23. Normally, people have their heads shaved for St. Baldrick’s, but Willett has little to offer in that regard, but plenty around the chin. He added a little incentive: winning bidders at the lege could decorate his beard.

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Rep. Yeulin Willett and his star-spangled beard.

So then a bidding war ensued! The competitors: Reps. Dan Thurlow and Edie Hooton, and in the end, the decision was made that they would both cough up $100 and get one part of Willett’s face.

“We could track you in the dark,” said Rep. Joe Salazar. For the rest of the 120th day, you couldn’t go anywhere without finding glitter somewhere, including a path along the Republican side of the House.



Quote of the week, part tres…During the tributes to departing lawmakers (at least 17 in the House and eight in the Senate), Salazar revealed that his grandmother had been a custodian in the House during the days of Gov. Dick Lamm. She would come home and tell stories about being at the Capitol. “And now her grandson has served in this chamber,” he said.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.