Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 20, 20173min483
Colorado Politics told you last month about a bipartisan group that hopes to move the power to draw legislative districts a little farther away from partisan interests to a independent commission. Thursday Fair Districts Colorado the language for three proposals with the Office of Legislative Council after it says it conducted a statewide listening tour. […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 5, 20172min524

…But you’ll have to show up at a Denver League of Women Voters “Drinks and Dialogue” get-together Sept. 18 at Bogeys on the Park, in Denver’s City Park West ‘hood, to learn what Williams has to say about it all. (A good guess: He will assure those who attend that there’s no voter suppression in Colorado; certainly, not on his watch.)

You even can bend the elbow with the affable elections czar during the meeting’s scheduled “social gathering,” from 5:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., before Williams starts to talk and take questions. Just don’t expect the teetotaling Republican to hoist a tankard of anything stronger than lemonade.

Here’s more, from a League press release:

…Williams was elected Colorado’s 38th Secretary of State in 2014 after serving as the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder from 2011 to 2015.  We hope to socialize and learn about this important topic.

Q:  Why is the League of Women Voters interested in whether voter suppression is fact or fiction?

A:  The League of Women Voters has a long history of protecting voting rights.  Protecting the right to vote is indivisibly part of the League’s basic purpose and voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.

Q:  Why do we want to have a public dialogue with Secretary of State Wayne Williams?

A:  One of the duties of The Secretary of State is to ensure the integrity of elections. Integrity of our elections is a “hot topic” that needs to be addressed.

Bogey’s on the Park is at 2500 York Street in Denver 80205.


Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 3, 20174min392

Political reform groups made up of Democrats, Republicans and independents are planning and event called Unrig the System: How We Can Fix Colorado Politics in Denver Saturday afternoon.

The hosts are Represent.Us, Independent Voter Project, The Centrist Project and other groups that want to talk about “structural political reforms that increase competition, participation and accountability in politics” aimed at partisan divides.

The meeting is from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Alliance Center at 1535 Wynkoop St.

“Government should work for the people, not political parties and special interests,” the groups said in a press release.

Besides speakers from several organization, Unrig the System will include a workshop on skills building and citizen lobbying, as well as a question-and-answer session with representatives of the organizations.

A list of representatives and descriptions provided by organizers stated:

  • Tori Gates, Represent Denver chapter leader — “Represent Denver is the local chapter of Represent.Us, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign. Represent.Us brings together conservatives, progressives and everyone in between to pass anti-corruption laws in cities and states around the country.”
  • Nick Troiano, Centrist Project executive director — “The Centrist Project aims to strategically elect independent candidates to office who can break through political gridlock and serve as a voice for all those in the sensible center, not as a traditional third party, but as America’s first unparty.”
  • Chad Peace and Jim Jonas, Independent Voter Project — “The Independent Voter Project is a nonprofit organization that seeks to re-engage nonpartisan voters and promote nonpartisan election reform through initiatives, litigation, and voter education.”
  • Ron Tupa, former state Senator, Fair Districts = Fair Elections.
  • Jon Biggerstaff, Clean Slate Now — “Clean Slate now believes that elected officials should put their constituents first, not their campaign contributors. Biggerstaff will also speak about the Democracy for the People Initiative, a citizen-led ordinance that will reform and modernize elections in Denver. It would increase transparency, prohibit corporate contributions to candidates, decrease contribution limits and implement a small donor matching program to publicly fund elections.”
  • Neal McBurnett and Jennifer Bales, The League of Women Voters — “The league is a citizens’ organization dedicated to improving our government and engaging all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. They will speak about better voting methods.”
  • Linda Templin, FairVote — “FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. She will speak about opportunities to reform elections through ranked choice voting.”
  • Eliza Fackler and Ryan Mironczuk, Wolf-PAC Colorado — “Wolf-Pac plans to pass the 28th amendment to bring free and fair elections to America and reclaim our democracy. Wolf-PAC has members around the country.”