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Maybe Hick does his best thinking while he’s picking on a banjo?

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 17, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017


Colorado Peak Politics, that reliable antagonist of all things Democratic, notes Gov. John Hickenlooper was strumming a banjo on stage at Denver’s Paramount Theater with the Old Crow Medicine Show last weekend — the same weekend he said he would be pondering whether to call the legislature back for a special session. Peak even links to the story last week that had reported Hick’s plans for meditating on the matter (thanks!).

The conservative blog also notes that after the impromptu performance at the Paramount on Sunday, the governor:

…then, flew to Washington, D.C. on Monday where he grabbed drinks with a well-known political operative. We assume he is still not thinking about Colorado’s transportation issues.

So far, there’s still no word from the guv’s office as to whether lawmakers will be reconvening early. (Political operative, eh? Hmm.)

In any event, we’ll defer to Peak or anyone else when it comes to discerning what’s really on Hickenlooper’s mind — whether it’s a special session, a presidential run or simply the song he happens to be playing at the moment. We’ll also leave it to others to decide if Hick’s extracurricular activities leave him enough time to take up the presumably solemn business of mulling a special session.

Let’s toss some possibilities onto the table, though, just for discussion:

  • The governor followed through, thought about a special session — on Saturday, perhaps? — then thought better of it and let things lie. It has happened before, you know. Remember when he said last year he was considering an executive order implementing Colorado’s own version of the Obama administration’s stalled Clean Power Plan — a pretty bold move — then said never mind?
  • The governor’s talk of a special session was only half-hearted in the first place.
  • He really was thinking about a special session while belting out (would it be folk-a-billy?) ballads — and just happens to be a good multi-tasker. And his decision is forthcoming.

Now, watch us be wrong. About all of the above.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.

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