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The Hot Sheet – Hick wants $235,109 to remodel 9 bathrooms, lawmakers extending last call, BIG questions concerning ACA repeal, here come the Trumps and… MORE!

Author: Colorado Politics - January 19, 2017 - Updated: January 19, 2017



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DENVER — Good morning. Just one day until a new POTUS is sworn into service for the next four years. Think of it as swapping out that aging radiator hose on the nation’s Yugo … yeah, something like that. That’s unAmerican, you scream! OK, how about that lifted Ford F-350 Lariat Turbo Diesel Fabtech? Better?

President Barack Obama saying goodbye from the White House in his last press conference yesterday. Meanwhile back home, state legislators continue to focusing like a laser beam on our little slice of heaven, largely ignoring the coming Beltway festivities. For instance, Senate Republicans dancing … and pulling light sabers from behind their desks … and petting toy sharks, you know … normal, everyday political behavior, etc. That, at least, is all in their cute promotional video released yesterday. Check it out.

Back to … you know, actual work in state and national politics, Republicans decrying big dollar spending on bathroom renovations at a state mental health hospital in the governor’s budget proposal, and more. And here is that said more from The Colorado Statesman:

News from The Colorado Statesman

US Supreme Court hears case on Colorado’s Exoneration Act

Pot advertising bill clears committee

Speaker Duran lauds ‘good start’ to legislative session, touts coming affordable housing package

McNulty lobbying firm chosen by CCU think tank

School fitness centers help fight childhood obesity

On proposed Colorado death penalty repeal, some key questions

Ontiveros: A 2017 resolution for more opportunity in Colorado

Fans! Letters to a (would be) governor

On Democrat state Rep. Joe Salazar‘s Facebook page in response to the news of Democrat Sen. Mike Johnston‘s announced bid for Colorado governor: “Run Joe Run!” “Uggghhhh education reform means privatization. DFER. Nice guy, good guy, but has corporate hands in his pockets.” “Please run Joseph Salazar! Colorado needs you!”

On Republican state Sen. Ray Scott‘s Facebook page in regards to the news that Victor Mitchell may be planning a Republican bid for Colorado governor: “I would rather have you. Plus depending how Trump does in his first year of office will either sink or swim this guy’s chances.” “Respectfully; we really want YOU to be our Candidate Senator Scott.” “I agree George Gatseos II. I also believe Ray Scott has the ability and the opportunity given his current approach and leadership in the energy committee he currently chairs, to demonstrate the appeal needed to garner the support on the eastern slope. Economic stability, opportunity for growth, and genuine energy independence makes dollars and sense to everyone. It’s a winning platform. The biggest hurdle he has to overcome is the leftist gorillas in the state house who’s only function to date seems to be obstruction and a dysfunctional approach to progress.”

Today’s #Coleg Social Calendar

Office of Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman
Office of Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Open House
Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, Courthouse Atrium
Contact : Jordan Steffen (720) 625-8645

National Western Stock Show, Colorado State University and City and County of Denver Legislative Dinner and Reception
5:00pm-6:30pm, Pro Rodeo 7:00pm
National Western Club, National Western Complex
Contact : Tina Nelson 303-376-2613

Have fun out there!

Read on for your ultimate daily briefing on Colorado’s political scene …


The First Shot

“Are you using the same contractor that the feds and military does that costs us a million (dollars) a toilet?  You simply do the math, it’s $20,000 a shower. Couldn’t you remodel a whole bathroom for that?”

—  Sen. Jerry Sonneberg, R-Sterling.

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The General Assembly

 VIDEO:  Dancing Don Coram tops the highlights of Senate video

Democrats launch effort to repeal death penalty in Colorado

Plan Would Allow Bars in Colorado To Stay Open Past 2 A.M.

Bill would make ‘last call’ a local issue in Colorado bars

Key Dem’s advice to Hick: Think twice before hiking taxes on pot

Hickenlooper pot tax hike plan vaults debate over education spending to forefront

Lawmakers Wary of Request to Raise Colorado Pot Sales Tax

Falling prices mean trouble for states that have legalized marijuana

ICYMI:  New ‘Guns In Schools’ Bill Focused On Training Has A Chance

Colorado GOP lawmakers criticize suicide-proofing bathrooms at mental health hospitals as “wasteful” spending

Curtain lifts today on Republican committee on energy


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Colorado Government

Colorado’s Bennet turns up the heat on Trump’s pick for HHS

Top State Executive Fired, CBI Investigating Alleged Embezzlement

State board increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals, prompting Colorado districts to rethink their role

Denver starts work on allowing pot in yoga studios, coffee shops, art galleries and other public places

Denver Starts Work On Allowing Pot In Public, A First In U.S.

Denver starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US

ICYMI:  What’s a mayor worth? In Denver, try $172,000 a year

City of Denver giving homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town

Community divided over proposed redevelopment near light rail station

Durango’s fluoride fight rooted in the Colorado Brown Stain

Lafayette’s Climate Change Bill of Rights: A small town grapples with a big idea

EDITORIAL: Say ‘no’ to wasteful idea in Colorado Springs

Jeffco Nixes Car Dealers Next to Dino Ridge

Colorado could require fingerprinting of doctors, nurses, even vets

OBAMASCARE: How DeGette and Dems Plan to Kill Health Care Reform

Colorado hospitals could close if Obamacare is repealed and not replaced, execs say

Reporters should press Colorado’s Congressional Republicans on replacement for Obamacare

UNITED: Four Things CO’s GOP Congressman Want You to Know about Obamacare

Gardner Obamacare Repeal Misdirection Continues

How can Colorado businesses profit from public data? New state website will gather ideas


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Trump Inauguration and Politics

A spectrum of political events are scheduled for Inauguration Day in Colorado

Coloradans get ready for marches, Trump protests in D.C. and Denver

Coloradans are headed to Trump’s inauguration

Colorado middle school students to attend inauguration

Donald Trump’s inauguration to be marked in Colorado Springs by prayer, protest and acclaim

D.C. Dispatch: While Locals Hunker Down, Outsiders Pop Up in Washington

Colorado’s Bennet turns up the heat on Trump’s pick for HHS

WASTE OF TIME: Bennet’s Sad Performance at Confirmation Hearing

Sen. Michael Bennet Shreds Price on Price of Obamacare Repeal

Betsy DeVos Bombs in Education Sec. Confirmation Hearings

Women’s March on Denver expects turnout of 30k+

Joining the Women’s March on Denver Saturday? Here’s what you need to know

Hundreds expected at Women’s March on Denver Saturday; some Coloradans head to D.C. march

Two “balls” on tap to celebrate Trump inauguration

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

Man creates dating site for Donald Trump supporters

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Just for laughs


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January 19th

Steel City Republican Women

Douglas County Young Republicans Social

Huerfano Dems Central Committee Meeting

ACDP Executive Board Regular Meeting

January 20th

2017 United States Presidential Inauguration

Lincoln Club of Colorado sponsoring Inaugural Ball

Mesa County Repubican Party-Monthly Luncheon

January 21st

Adams County Republican Women/Trumpeteers

Women’s March on Denver

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Today in history

1997 – Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.

1991 – Gulf War: Iraq fires a second Scud missile into Israel, causing 15 injuries.

1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia.

1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.

1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (a.k.a. “Tokyo Rose”).

1953 – Almost 72% of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.


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