“The big guy” talks about elections issues with Jon Caldara

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Jon Caldara, president of the right-leaning Independence Institute, discussed a range of election topics during a recent appearance together, from the Russians to the impact of a measure that allows unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections without declaring to be a Republican or a Democrat.

Williams appeared on Caldara’s show, Devil’s Advocate, which was taped last week and airs at 8:30 tonight on Colorado Public Television Channel 12.  (Update: Here’s the link to the show.)

“We’re going to have open primaries, which is crazy to me but the law is the law and now unaffiliated candidates will be able to vote in any primary,” Caldara said, referring to Propositions 107 and 108, which voters passed a year ago. “So if I’m a registered Republican, at this point why bother? You can just be unaffiliated and get both ballots.”

Williams pointed out that more than 90 percent of candidates get on the ballot through the caucus and assembly process. And in some places with lopsided registration — GOP- dominated El Paso County or Democratic-laden Denver — that process can determine who wins in November.

“So there’s still a very good reason to be affiliated and participate,” he said.

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Warning: Former journalist doing math on Colorado Day

My pathetic ability to do simple math received even more public scrutiny today when I messed up a text message I sent from my boss’ account:

Colorado is known as the Centennial State because it joined the Union in 1876, which means it celebrated its 140th birthday today. (I did mean to say “You wear well.”)

I wrote the tweet last week and scheduled it to drop today, which happened to be the opening of the Colorado County Clerks Association’s summer conference. I was busy at the event saying hello to clerks I’ve met on the road with Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and live-tweeting District Attorney George Brauchler’s hilarious speech so I took me a while to figure out there was a problem.

So then  I tweeted something else on Williams’ account:

 

Which is true.

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