Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsAugust 2, 20166min443

The Colorado County Clerks Association today recognized three lawmakers who sponsored a bill to make it easier for clerks to maintain or upgrade equipment used to record documents. The effort to pass the bill actually began two to three years ago, CCCA director Pam Anderson told clerks at their summer conference, which began Monday. A lot of people put a lot of effort into getting Senate Bill 115 passed, she said, including the sponsors. The bill was sponsored by two Republicans, Rep. Kathleen Conti of Littleton and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Thornton, and Rep. Dominick Moreno, a Commerce City Democrat.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 29, 20165min563

Reporter Joe St. George made sure that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine did an in-studio interview when the Democrat came to Colorado in March to campaign for Hillary Clinton for president because, well, the journalist just knew. Kaine was on President Obama’s short list in 2008 for vice president, and St. George was sure Kaine would be Clinton’s No. 1 choice, even with the senator’s reputation for being “boring.”


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 11, 20167min590

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams crossed paths with Republican Bill Armstrong and Democrat Howard Gelt, political icons who died last week. Armstrong died July 5, Gelt July 8. Colorado mourned the deaths of both men, who made such an impact on the state. (Check out the Secretary of State blog for separate stories on Armstrong, the guy who went from saying “no” to maybe, and Gelt, an unsung force.) What Williams had to say about each man: HOWARD GELT: In late 1996, I contemplated running for El Paso County Republican Party chairman. Howard was the former state chairman for the Colorado Democrats, but I knew he understood law and politics and he was in the Denver office of my law firm — Sherman & Howard. So I approached Howard about the possibility of my running for county chairman.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 11, 201610min533

Two proposed ballot measures dealing with primary elections and a presidential primary will drive up costs for counties to run elections. Language concerning recall elections added to Colorado’s constitution in 1913 conflicts with current federal and state law. And what about signature verification for candidate and initiative petitions? Those topics were discussed Friday during the inaugural meeting of the Bipartisan Election Advisory Commission created by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with support from legislators and others concerned with elections.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 11, 201616min813

Howard Gelt, the kid who got kicked out of military school and continued a rebellious streak for years, left his mark on Colorado in a number of ways, from politics to transportation to the arts. A pioneer for women’s rights, he helped found the Colorado NARAL chapter. At 6-foot-5, he appeared like a giant when he crashed an IOC meeting in Japan in 1972 to let members know Colorado wasn’t that excited about hosting the Olympics. He once faked a southern drawl to get an environmental bill through the North Carolina legislature. Gelt died Friday after battling with esophageal cancer. Gelt was 73, although he always let out his trademark big grin when people commented he looked younger.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 10, 20166min492

Children waved tiny American flags and smiled while some adults couldn’t hold back tears Thursday during a naturalization ceremony in Colorado Springs where 31 immigrants became U.S. citizens. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who regularly participates in naturalization ceremonies, urged the new Americans to register to vote. “You can be a part of whatever your American dream may be,” he also said. Thursday’s event at a Colorado Springs library was covered by KOAA TV, which outlined the requirements to become a citizen.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 6, 20169min527

As Congress was fighting the debt ceiling in 2013, Dick Wadhams, Colorado’s political historian, passed on a New York Times story he knew I would enjoy: a 1983 feature on U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong and his brand of conservatism. “In one sense the Senator is a missionary, preaching the gospel of fiscal rectitude to the heathens on Capitol Hill. But, in another sense, he is a pragmatist who knows how to count votes and when to accept a deal,” the newspaper wrote. “I’m relatively inflexible on principles,” the Colorado senator told the Times, “but I’m flexible on the details.” I reprinted the articled in the Denver Post’s award-winning political blog, The Spot, and it’s worth rereading. Armstrong died Tuesday at the age of 79.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 1, 20167min452

A group of Armenian officials who met with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Thursday were interested in a variety of topics, including overseas Americans participating in elections back home to the upcoming presidential contest. Williams explained Colorado is a “swing” state that sometimes votes Republican and sometimes Democrat for president. He stunned the delegation when he told them that Hillary Clinton spoke in Denver on Tuesday and Donald Trump would be here Friday. “Seriously? Here?” one Armenian asked.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 30, 20167min608

When Kathy Packer started working at the age of 18, Dick Lamm was governor of Colorado, Federico Peña was mayor of Denver and Secretary of State Natalie Meyer was her boss. “Natalie was a very classy, professional lady, always very poised and put together,” Packer recalled. Packer would go on to work for seven more secretaries of state, including the current officeholder, Wayne Williams, before deciding to call it quits. Her last day was today, June 30. Her co-workers held a party to celebrate her 31½-year-career in state government, all at the Secretary of State’s office.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 27, 20167min573

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams teamed up with his counterpart from Nevada Monday to visit county clerks in Broomfield, Clear Creek and Arapahoe the day before the primary election. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske was interested in touring counties using the latest equipment from Dominion Voting Systems. Her state uses an older version. In all, 18 Colorado counties are using the new Dominion equipment this primary. “It was fast but we got a lot in,” Cegavske said of the visit to the counties. “I’ve been making mental notes to myself of everything. We are grateful we were able to meet with the clerks and talk to them.”