I love the story of how Ian Silverii and Brittany Pettersen met.
On a cold December day at the corner of 13th Avenue and Sherman Street, right in front of Denver’s version of Portlandia, City O’ City, and just a block from the state Capitol, Ian was headed to a meeting and Brittany was standing in the freezing cold with a clipboard.
“Do you have a minute to save the children?” she asked.
“No,” Ian replied, “but I have about 30 minutes to flirt with you.”
I burst out laughing when I read about that encounter on the couple’s wedding website. I met Ian when he had the good sense to introduce himself to me at Hamburger Mary’s and say he was a huge fan of my reporting. His line to Brittany in 2009 was so him: fast and funny.
Their wedding Saturday at the Governor’s Mansion was such a Demapalooza that Sen. Lois Court joked enough lawmakers were present to go into an emergency special session and vote to fund the energy office.
The invite from attorney Martha Tierney took me by surprise: “Friend, I would be delighted if you would join me at my table in support of Colorado Common Cause for a Champions for Democracy luncheon and fundraiser.”
As a journalist, I tangled over the years with Tierney and Common Cause on several issues, including Amendment 41, the ethics measure that is less than crystal clear, and ballot proposals that limited campaign-finance donations, which critics said just drove the money underground.
And so I e-mailed Tierney, the attorney for the Colorado Democratic Party, to say that if I had been put on that list by mistake I totally understood. To my surprise, she actually had invited me.
The event Thursday at the Denver Consistory was a reminder of the good work Common Cause does do.
“As many of you know who have been longtime supporters of Common Cause, our first campaign in the 1970s was working to pass the Sunshine Law,” said Elena Nuñez, the executive director of the group.
Nuñez lauded Republican Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams for convening a group to study how the state’s open records laws can be updated to reflect strides in technology. An open-records bill introduced in the 2016 died after stakeholders said it was flawed.
“And that’s one of the keys to our success, we’re able to work with our partners, even when we don’t initially agree, to find common ground,” she said. “Working together we’ve made great strides to reclaim our democracy and we have great opportunities ahead with your support we can work toward a government that truly is of, by, and for the people.”
A Steamboat Springs school board member frustrated that he couldn’t find out until after an election how much outside groups poured into to elect their favorite board candidates watched Wednesday as Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an accountability bill into law.
Roger Good testified on behalf of House Bill 1282 at a Senate committee hearing — he would have been at the House hearing, too, he said, but he was out of state.
“I wanted to be a voice for rural Colorado,” Good said after the bill signing.
House Bill 1282 bill requires the disclosure of independent expenditures of more than $1,000 within 60 days prior to the election. It also requires disclosure of spending on advertisements, billboards and direct mailings. It does not deal with individual donations to candidates; a bill to limit those contributions died.
Currently, information about independent expenditures in school board races has to be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office quarterly, including a report on Oct. 15 before the November election. But the next report doesn’t have to be filed until Jan. 15 of the following year, allowing donations throughout October and early November to be kept quiet until after the election.
That’s why Good got involved.
“Anyone should be able to give whatever they want to any candidate they want, but it’s in the public’s best interest to know who’s giving,” Good told his hometown paper, the Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today, on Wednesday.
Hat tip to retired lobbyist Frank DeFillipo, who pointed out the Colorado candidate. He said he plans to make a donation and then tell his Democratic friends he donated to a “Nancy Pelosi.” But it turns out the names aren’t pronounced the same.
“It’s my married name,” Pallozzi said, whose maiden name is McIntosh.
It’s Leader Pelosi’s married name, too. Her maiden name was D’Alesandro. Pallozzi noted she’s been getting attention ever since the congresswoman began climbing in politics, as the House minority leader and the first woman speaker of the House.
Pallozi, a 48-year-old Lakewood native, is trying to unseat another Jefferson County native, Democrat Brittany Pettersen, 34, who is running for her third term in the House.