Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper appeared to hit a home run on his first state of the state speech, receiving praise from lawmakers on opposite ends of the political spectrum. To kick off this session’s Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland analyzes the speech, and how the political mood may be working in his favor.

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