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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Oh what fun! Another holiday season

Oh what fun indeed. The WestBrooke Group's holiday card for 2015.
Oh what fun indeed. The WestBrooke Group’s holiday card for 2015.
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From Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod and her staff.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter and his wife Nancy.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter and his wife Nancy.

My favorite holiday card so far this season comes from the WestBrooke Group, a political consulting firm started by Monica Owens Beauprez and Hillary Shoun.

“Oh what fun!” the card reads and it looks like they are having quite a first year.

Another card that caught my eye came from Moffat County Clerk Leslie Herod and her staff. It was sent to my boss,  Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Beautiful.

And I loved the simplicity of the postcard sent by Congressman Ed Perlmutter and his wife Nancy.

I hope your holiday season is great.

 

 

Welcome to Broomfield and the world, Theodore James Gray

Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.
Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.

Dang it, Matt Gray, hours after I had finally written a blog about the latest political babies his son decided to make his debut.

Theodore James Gray, known as Theo, was born at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

When I lamented to Gray about his timing, he fired back with one of his perfect responses: “I asked Kaiser if we could induce early for that reason but they said no.”

Gray, an attorney,  is the former chair of the Broomfield County Democratic Party, and a candidate for state House in 2016. He is running for the seat now held by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield.

He also was one of three pro bono copy editors when I wrote for The Denver Post’s political blog, The Spot. Either he, or state Sen. Chris Holbert (the son of a newspaper man) or  Jack Wylie, a former state Senate spokesman turned legislative director for a state agency, would regularly send me e-mails.  You’re missing a word. You have an extra word. I think you meant this or that.  The tips came at all hours of the day and night and I will forever be grateful for their help.

Theo Gray.
Theo Gray.

About Theo. He was born at Good Samaritan in Lafayette. Vital stats:  7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches.

“Good Samaritan is also where his 2-year-old sister Ellie was born and is across the street from the Gatehouse, where Katie and I got married in 2006,” Gray said, in an e-mail.

“When Ellie came to the hospital to visit after the birth, I hadn’t seen her in almost 24 hours but as soon as she saw me in the hallway instead of saying ‘hello’ or wanting a hug, the first thing she said was ‘Where’s Theo?'”

Also welcoming babies this month are former state Sen. Josh Penry and his wife, Kristin Strohm, a political consultant. They’re hoping to bring their twin daughters home by Christmas.

Irony: Jack Wylie e-mailed me to say I had misspelled his name in the blog.

Wayne Williams meets with other secretaries of state, Pitkin clerk in Aspen

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, far right, joins other current and former secretaries of state for an election event in Aspen on Monday.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, far right, joins other current and former secretaries of state for an election event in Aspen on Monday.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill. (Photo courtesy of Aspen Public Radio/)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill. (Photo courtesy of Aspen Public Radio/Marci Krivonen)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams squeezed in a visit with Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill and her staff when he attended an elections seminar in Aspen sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew convened a bipartisan group of about 20 current and former secretaries of state to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve election administration in 2016 and beyond.

“The overall goal of Pew’s Election Initiatives team is to help election officials improve the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, accuracy, and convenience of elections,” said David Becker, director of elections initiatives for Pew. “We will be following up with several states about ways we can help them consider new technologies and ways in which better data may assist their efforts.”

Williams said that sharing “challenges and solutions” with both Republican and Democrat secretaries of state is “beneficial and interesting.”

Williams, who took office in January, headed for Aspen on Monday and left Tuesday with three secretaries of state whose flights out of Aspen had been canceled because of a snowstorm. Before taking off, he talked to the Pitkin County commissioners and the clerk’s office.

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