At the invitation of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Department of Homeland Security officials came to Colorado hunting for bad guys in the SOS’s network.
Did they bag anything?
“I learned a new acronym: NSTR — Nothing Significant to Report,” said Trevor Timmons, the Secretary of State’s office chief information officer.
The exercise is the latest effort by Williams to ensure that Colorado’s elections are accurate and secure. The Washington Post recently wrote about “how Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote.” Colorado already had implemented many of the measures recommended after election officials learned of Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.
Legend has it that in 1974 then-Gov. John Vanderhoof lost a shoe rounding second base during a league softball game and “the stinky old shoe” was bronzed and used as a first-place trophy until it was retired.
Now a Stanley Cup-style trophy is presented to the winners but co-ed slow-pitch league featuring state agencies continues.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s team is Hot SoS, with S0S pronounced “sauce.” (What, no one changed the team name to Honey Baders?)
Some of the team names are pretty funny:
Inglorious Batters, for Department of Labor and Unemployment
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ name is linked with elections but the Colorado Springs Republican’s expertise also includes transportation, which is obvious when he’s out and about.
At the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Blue Ribbon Reception Wednesday night, Williams reminisced with Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat. They were county commissioners when they served together on the Colorado State Transportation Advisory Committee. The same happened at a recent breakfast meeting with county clerks when Williams ran into Tim Harris, the former chief engineer for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“A fun thing about being SOS,” Williams said, “is I get to drive on a lot of the roads that I helped to get funding for.”
His knowledge on transportation came in handy Thursday when Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the issue during his State of the State speech.