One of the best things about riding the 16th Street Mall shuttle is you run into folks you know, including Tom Noel, a lover of history, particularly Denver and Colorado history.
It turns out Professor Noel, or Dr. Colorado as he is known, on Monday was hitching a ride to his barber so he would look spiffy for Colorado Day today when Noel and other members of the new State Historians Council will be introduced to the public at History Colorado. Noel will lead the group.
I was happy to introduce Noel to my boss, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who asked, “What’s a state historian?”
Three journalists discussed Colorado’s status as a red/blue/purple state, the condition of their industry and how it impacts political coverage, and the upcoming election during a forum hosted by the Foothills Republicans.
Chuck Plunkett, the editorial page editor of The Denver Post, CBS Denver’s Shaun Boyd and Joey Bunch with the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Colorado Politics fielded questions last Thursday from the audience and the moderator, former GOP chairman Dick Wadhams.
Before the start of the forum, Foothills President Rick Enstrom invited elected officials and candidates to introduce themselves, but it was Wadhams who got the biggest applause, when adding his 2 cents during a question about money in politics.
“Do away with every stupid finance law that exists,” he said. “Allow any amount of money from any entity at any time but with full and immediate disclosure and let the people decide if (the candidates) are bought off or not.”
Bunch got the biggest laughs with his homespun colloquialisms, including. “You know when a fact becomes a fact? When it gets a lobbyist.”
“We applaud Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams for turning over only that data that is legally releasable, and dismiss as politically opportunistic calls from some that he should have turned his back to the commission’s request entirely.” –The Grand Junction Sentinel
Hundreds of Coloradans have called, e-mailed or written to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in recent days, urging Secretary Wayne Williams to refuse to turn over public voter roll data to a commission appointed by President Donald Trump.
Had Williams announced he had no intention of doing so, he might have been a hero to some judging from the angry comments we have received. He also would have been breaking the law and setting, he believes, a dangerous precendent.
“Colorado law does not permit the secretary of state, county election officials or anyone else to say, ‘I’m only going to give it to the people I like,’ or, ‘I’m only going to give it to my friends,’ or, ‘I’m only going to give it to the people in my party,’” Williams said at a news conference last week.
“That is not a provision of Colorado law, nor do you want to put such a provision in place where only favored people can receive that information.”
The headline today on a ColoradoPolitics blog read, “Hyper-local politics in Denver: It’s all about parking,” referring to an “uproar” in Cherry Creek.
“Hel-lo!” Businessman John Hickenlooper taught us that lesson in 2003, when he was one of pack of candidates running in the first open Denver mayor’s race in a dozen years. An early poll showed him tied — for fifth place.
Then came Hickenlooper’s folksy, funny ad featuring his showdown with a parking meter attendant. Hickenlooper used an actual change belt tied to his waist, handed out coins to drivers and even fed money into an expired meter in LoDo.
How good was that ad? Did the spot tap in to the frustration of drivers wanting to hang out in downtown Denver? Well, now we call him Gov. Hickenlooper.
I sat down at the bar at Maggiano’s the other day, opened up the Oct. 25th edition of The Denver Post and read how Democrat Hillary Clinton had all but won the presidential race.
By that time, Nov. 8 had already passed and Republican Donald Trump had shocked plenty of people in his own party as well as Democrats when he coasted to victory.
Some background is necessary: If I don’t get around to reading the newspaper, I throw it in my trunk and then grab one if I am at some event and know I’m early. Such was the case recently when I randomly grabbed a Post from the car.
One story was about how vice presidential candidate Mike Pence was imploring fellow Republicans “still wary of Donald Trump ‘it’s time to come home.” The article said, “Pence is promoting the idea that he and Trump can still win a race that some pundits say is becoming a foregone conclusion.”
Another article said that young white voters are “shifting toward” Clinton in the closing stretch of the presidential race.
And then there was the story about how the Trump team was publicly and privately saying crucial Pennsylvania may be slipping away to Clinton, although Trump blasted “phony” polls and said, “I believe we’re actually winning.” BTW, Trump carried Pennsylvania, with 48.2 percent compared to Clinton’s 47.5 percent.
I don’t know what my reaction had been if I had actually read these stories on Oct. 25 — none were written by Post staffers, but were from wire outlets — but reading them after the election was like having a cup of cold water thrown in my face. Talk about getting it all wrong.