Wayne Williams talks elections, SOS business with TV host Aaron Harber

Colorado Wayne Williams' tape interview with TV host Aaron Harber will air for three days, beginning Sunday.
Colorado Wayne Williams’ tape interview with TV host Aaron Harber will air for three days, beginning Sunday.

At last, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ long-awaited interview with Aaron Harber is  available for viewing.

In the two-part program taped earlier, Williams talked about a range of topics, including his commute from Colorado Springs, the 2016 election and  how to check to see where nonprofits are spending their money.

He also talked about the ease of registering and obtaining documents online.

“We’re a big state,” Williams said. “We want people, whether you’re from Cortez or Sterling, to be able to access the information we have here without coming into Denver.”

Williams’ appearance on The Aaron Harber Show will air three days, starting Sunday and continuing on Monday and Tuesday. The times and stations are available in the informational graphic on this page.

The shows also are immediately available online at http://HarberTV.com/Williams.

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More babies! Colorado politicos celebrate!

Adam Dunstone and his wife, Jennie Peek-Dunstone, with their son Clark Albert, who was born four weeks early. "We are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado," Adam Dunstone said.
Adam Dunstone and his wife, Jennie Peek-Dunstone, with their son Clark Albert, who was born four weeks early. “We are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado,” Adam Dunstone said.
Former House Speaker Frank McNulty and his son, Weston Patrick.
Former House Speaker Frank McNulty and his son, Weston Patrick.

The former speaker of the state House, the state director for Americans for Prosperity and a political couple with a number of campaigns under their belts are among the latest  Colorado politicos welcoming babies.

Clark Albert Dunstone was due in late January but showed up on Dec. 28, 2015. He weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces despite the early arrival date.

“Clark told me he came 4 weeks early so that he could witness Michigan State defeat Alabama in person instead of just hearing muffled shouting from inside the womb! LET’S GO GREEN!!!!” proud dad Adam Dunstone wrote on Facebook Dec. 31.

(Perhaps Clark sensed the Crimson Tide would smoke the Spartans 38-0 so he showed up ahead of schedule to distract and console his father.)

“All I know is that Spartan Nation is always happy to gain another maniac rooting for the Green and White!” Dunstone said, when asked about the defeat. “And we are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado.”

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Current, former elected officials honor Donetta Davidson, John Moye

Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, his deputy director Victoria Gallegos and elections director Jennifer Morrell in the front row watch as attorney John Moye and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson receive awards during a ceremony Tuesday. Behind Crane is the Denver clerk and recorder, Deb Johnson.
Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, his deputy director Victoria Gallegos and his elections director Jennifer Morrell watch as attorney John Moye and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson receive awards during a ceremony Tuesday. Behind Crane and to his right is Denver Clerk Debra Johnson.
Attorney John Moye, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson.
Attorney John Moye, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams credited an attorney in private practice with a commitment to public service and a government official willing to listen for turning the office into a national model.

Williams said it wasn’t until he was sworn into office in January and then started meeting with secretaries of state across the country that he realized just how much further ahead Colorado is.

“We are indeed leading the nation and we continue to do that,” Williams said during the event on Tuesday.

He presented awards from the National Association of Secretaries of State to attorney John Moye and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson in a ceremony that saw former and current elected officials show up to pay tribute. The NASS Medallions are given to those who make a difference.

“John, I couldn’t have shared this day with anybody any better than you,” Davidson said.

“Same to you,” Moye replied.

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Tennessee: Williams tours Capitol

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams got a taste of the Southern hospitality he grew up with when he toured the Tennessee state Capitol during a recent business trip to Nashville.

Williams, who was in town for a bi-partisan elections conference, said he told Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett that he wanted to see his office. Williams got a tour of Hargett’s main office a block from the Capitol and an office he has inside the historic landmark.

Williams also got to meet Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

“It was a pleasure to met Tre’s staff and I thank the governor for making time to see me,” Williams said.

The cornerstone of Tennessee’s Capitol was laid on July 4, 1845 and the building was completed in 1859. (Colorado’s state Capitol was built in the 1890s and opened for use in 1894.)

Williams is familiar with historic buildings having grown up near Washington D.C. He was “raised on a zoo in the hills of Virginia. His father was the facilities manager and a civil engineer who oversaw the 3,000-acre facility in the Shenandoah Valley,” according to a 2014 story in the Colorado Statesman.

 

 

 

 

 

OnSight Public Affairs’ holiday card is outta site

This year's holiday card from OnSight Public Affairs, featuring, left to right, Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson.
This year’s holiday card from OnSight Public Affairs, featuring, left to right, Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson.

I  realized I had a stack of unopened mail on the dining room table last night and discovered another awesome holiday card, and from one of my favorite political firms.

OnSight Public Affairs went with a “Star Wars” theme, which is perfect timing considering the latest hype over the latest installment. A movie card is included.

“May the holiday be with you!” the cover of the card reads, emblazoned over a galaxy.

The flip side shows the OnSight team —  Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson — dressed as characters from Star Wars.

I have a long history with three team members.

Melanson, a founding partner, recalls that I physically threatened him during the 2003 Denver mayoral campaign, which I am sure I did. In today’s climate the police would probably be notified but back then it was called “working your sources.

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