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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 21, 20175min921

Colorado Democrat Michael Baca, one of the so-called "Hamilton electors" who tried to derail Donald Trump's presidential win in the Electoral College, has signed on to a federal lawsuit charging Secretary of State Wayne Williams with voter intimidation because he wouldn't allow Baca to vote for someone other than the winner of Colorado's popular vote.


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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusAugust 22, 20176min235
Republican Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Monday announced that she would not prosecute a Colorado elector who defected in last year’s presidential vote. Coffman’s decision came as a blow to Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who expressed disappointment following the decision. Elector Micheal Baca of Denver, a Bernie Sanders supporter, became one of […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 16, 20175min235

…But our working assumption is they won’t get even 15 minutes of notoriety this time around. You do remember Democrats Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich; they were Colorado’s dissident delegates to the Electoral College who hatched a plot with a handful of like-minded electors in other states to derail Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency. They dubbed themselves the “Hamilton Electors.” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams just called them “faithless.”

That was last December, after the November election in which Trump’s victory had blindsided the press and political establishment.

Though Colorado’s electorate awarded the state’s electoral votes to Hillary Clinton, Baca and Nemanich planned to band together with electors of other parties in other states to cast their votes for another Republican than Trump on the assumption that any other Republican would be better, even to Democrats such as they. It was a bold if futile notion.

After a series of stunts including some legal rope-a-dope by their lawyers — suing to release the duo from their pledge to vote for the winner of Colorado’s popular vote — Baca and Nemanich and the rest of Colorado’s electors met at the Capitol Dec. 19 as scheduled and voted as they were supposed to (though another holdout refused and was replaced). And Donald Trump became president.

The whole affair couldn’t have unfolded at a better time for its instigators, during the holiday lull when the media have little else of urgency to write about in the political world. All the same, we’d thought they were history after that.

Not quite, as it turns out. The Secretary of State’s Office informed us via press release this week:

Two Colorado presidential electors announced today they are suing Secretary of State Wayne Williams, saying his refusal to allow them to vote for someone other than the presidential winner in Colorado violated their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit comes just 12 days after the same two electors, Polly Baca of Denver and Robert Nemanich of Colorado Springs, dismissed a similar claim that they had filed in U.S. District Court in Denver. The pair lost their preliminary hearing in that court case.

And though the office itself is being sued, its press shop was nice enough to include some verbiage from Baca and Nemanch’s lawyer:

“Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich believed the special circumstances of the last election required that they vote their conscience, contrary to a pre-election pledge,” attorney Lawrence Lessing announced in a news release from the group Equal Citizens. “Secretary Williams took the egregious step of threatening them with removal, as well as criminal prosecution, if they did so.”

Williams’s comeback also was in the statement from his office:

“The question of removal was directly raised in the state court and the judge ordered that an elector who does not vote as Coloradans voted can be removed. That binding decision was appealed by these same two electors, and their appeal was denied by the Colorado Supreme Court…”

“According to the binding court decisions faithless electors can be removed, which preserves the votes of the nearly three million Coloradans who cast their ballots in the November election. The only thing I asked the electors to do was follow the law.”

Nevertheless, their quest sputters on for now.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 24, 20176min228

Remember those so-called "Hamilton Electors?" Of course you do. They were four of the nine Colorado Democratic electors who joined a national movement to try to thwart Donald Trump's election through the Electoral College process. The plan was to get enough electors nationwide to band together and vote for an alternate candidate, keeping Trump from the White House.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 16, 20178min310

Colorado Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted down a <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-099" target="_blank">proposal</a> to join the <a href="http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/status" target="_blank">National Popular Vote Agreement</a>, which would require Colorado to deliver all of its electoral college votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote tallied from all 50 states. Ten states and the District of Columbia have already signed on to the agreement, representing a total of 165 electoral college votes. The agreement would take effect only once states party to the agreement can deliver a majority of electoral college votes — the magic number 270. Depending on your perspective, 2017 is a year ripe for signing onto the proposal.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 20, 201615min232

DENVER — This time of year is general known as “dead” in most newsrooms. Many reporters are snug in their too-little padding office chairs working (sort of) on year-end stories, new year stories and holiday features. Not the case this year. Between the “faithless electors,” weather that blew in (who knew) and the Denver City Council … There’s more than enough “real” news to go around. Let’s get started and you be the judge … As you are probably well aware, Donald Trump maneuvered the 12th Amendment correctly Monday to put him one step closer to the desk inside the Oval Office. Despite one Colorado “faithless” elector (who was quickly replaced), our little slice of heaven cast its electoral votes for Hillary Clinton. After reaching the magical number of 270, the president-elect blasted a Tweet out from between his palms:



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 15, 201614min298

DENVER — As our grandmothers used to say, “It’s going to be a Merry Christmas for the electric company!” You might also say the same for the attorneys involved in the rogue Hamilton ‘faithless’ Electors legal maneuvers. With billable hours at stake, the ‘faithless’ and their attorney have announced an intention to seek relief in the state’s high court. Come on, everybody SING, “…Just what makes that little old ant — think he'll move that rubber tree plant?” The most reported Colorado news item in the last 24 hours? No doubt, it’s been the decision by the tiny Hanover School District to allow staff to conceal carry on campus. Expect — as anti-gun activists begin cold calling newsrooms — to hear much, much more about statistics and other facts and figures on gun violence in schools.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 8, 201616min308

DENVER — Good morning holiday shoppers … Just two more weekends of manic buying before Christmas Day. Yippee! Of course, it’s also the time of year when we're over-scheduled with office parties, block parties, decorating parties, school parties … every kind of party. AGAIN, yippee. We do want to thank the members of Colorado’s Lincoln Club for a look into their Christmas party this week. (We appreciate the e-mail and pictures, you guys.) How do political insiders celebrate the holidays? Why talking state politics, of course!