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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 17, 20188min2706

State Rep. Faith Winter has released a list of Colorado Latino leaders who are endorsing her candidacy for a state Senate seat in the northern metro area, including Ken Salazar, Polly Baca and other well-known Democrats.

Winter, D-Westminster, is taking on Republican incumbent Beth Martinez Humanik, as well as unaffiliated candidate Adam Matkowsky, who is a Thornton city councilman

“I enthusiastically support Rep. Faith Winter for the state Senate,” Polly Baca, a former state senator from Adams County, said in a statement. “She has been a strong supporter of legislation reflecting the values and principles we cherish in Adams County. She will be a great state Senator.”

Added Alberto Garcia, the former Westminster mayor pro-tem, “Rep. Faith Winter is committed to continuing to work with our diverse communities on issues impacting Latinos and Coloradans. Her track record shows that she is working hard for the people that she has represented, first on Westminster City Council and now as a state representative. Her record on promoting fairness and inclusion in all areas of her leadership is something I want to see her continue to do as our next state senator from District 24.”

Winter’s endorsers signed an open letter:

We represent Colorado’s growing Latino population. We represent families that have been on this land prior to Colorado being part of the United States. We represent first-generation college students. We represent DREAMers. The Latino population is growing in both economic and political power. We demand leaders that elevate the voices of Latinos and work in partnership with our communities. One of those leaders is Representative Faith Winter.

We all support Faith Winter for State Senate District 24. We believe that Faith is a strong partner for Latino communities and we are excited to support her.

Faith has a long history working with the Latino community. From the early days of her career registering Latino voters on campuses, to training at the first ever Latino Advocacy Day and partnering with the Latina Initiative to get more Latina’s to run for office, she has worked hard to ensure representation for our community.

As an elected official, Faith has time and time again shown up for the Latino community. From starting the Inclusionary Task Force in Westminster, to increasing affordable housing, to increasing small business support for Latino owned business, she has been an ally and advocate. As a State Representative, Faith is working hard to pass paid family leave, child care tax credits, and equal pay – all are legislation that would have an immediate, positive impact on the Latino community. She also uses her voice to stand up for DREAMers. Last year, she asked the Governor to pardon Ingrid Encalada Latorre in order to save her from being deported and keep her family together

Most importantly, Faith has been training women, including many Latina’s, to run for office across Adams County, the state of Colorado, and across the country. Because of her leadership, Latina’s are now serving on city councils and on school boards across our state. Faith is helping build the bench of Latina leaders that will lead our state now and well into the future.

Please join us in supporting Faith Winter for State Senate District 24

“I am grateful for the support of Latino Leaders across our great state,” Winter said in a statement. “I work hard to uplift the voices of our underrepresented Latino community, protect families, and be a strong ally in the state legislature. Part of being a strong ally is knowing that being an ally is a never-ending process. I will continue to work with, be an advocate for, and engage in conversations with our leaders in the Latino community when elected to the state Senate.”

Those signing the endorsement letter were:

  • Cristina Aguilar, community leader
  • Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver
  • Christine Alonzo, community leader
  • Dulce Anayasaenz, community leader
  • True Apodaca, community leader
  • Colorado Springs City Councilor Yolanda Avila
  • Former state Sen. Polly Baca
  • Patricia Barela-Rivera,community leader
  • Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Commerce City
  • Brianna Buntello, state House candidate
  • Yadira Caraveo, state House candidate
  • Denver school board member Angela Cobian
  • Westminster Mayor Pro-Tem Maria DeCambra
  • House Speaker Crisanta Duran
  • Wheat Ridge City Councilor Monica Duran, state House candidate
  • Northglenn City Councilor Julie Duran Mullica
  • Grace Lopez-Ramirez, community leader
  • Joan Lopez, clerk and recorder candidate
  • Denver City Councilor Paul Lopez
  • Alberto Garcia, former mayor pro-tem
  • Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo
  • Greeley City Councilor Rochelle Gailindo, state representative candidate
  • Julie Gonzales, state Senate candidate
  • Karla Gonzales-Garcia, community leader
  • Sophia Guerrero-Murphy, community leader
  • Dusti Gurule, community leader
  • State Senate Democratic Leader Lucia Guzman
  • Denise Maes, community leader
  • Englewood City Councilor Amy Martinez
  • Scott Martinez, community leader
  • Judith Marquez, community leader
  • Pat Moore, community leader
  • Ysenia Mora-Plata, community leader
  • Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City
  • Aurora City Councilor Crystal Murillo
  • Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver
  • Antonio Parès, community leader
  • Ray Rivera, community leader
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, former Denver city councilor and school board member
  • Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton
  • Ken Salazar, former secretary of the Interior, former U.S. senator and former state attorney general
  • Northglenn City Councilor Jordan Sauers
  • Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco
  • Former Sen. Jessie Ulibarri
  • Paola Urgiles, community leader
  • Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara
  • Alvina Vasquez, community leader
  • Thornton City Councilor Val Vigil, former state representative

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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandJanuary 15, 20187min860
Here’s some of the notables and quotables from the first week of the 2018 Colorado General Assembly. ICYMI: Last October, Gov. John Hickenlooper called lawmakers back to the state Capitol for what was eventually a two-day session intended to fix a drafting error in Senate Bill 17-267. You do remember that, right? Apparently, memories are […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 21, 20175min1074

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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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 16, 20175min312

…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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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 16, 20178min413

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.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 19, 20169min663

A Colorado elector who refused to cast his Electoral College vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton on Monday, Nov. 19, may face criminal charges. Micheal Baca of Denver was one of the nine electors from Colorado, which voted for Clinton in the Nov. 8 general election for president. The 24-year-old Democrat wore a t-shirt saying "Enough Is Enough," and refused to cast his ballot for Clinton. Moments before, Baca took an oath pledging to support the winner of Colorado's popular vote, Clinton.