Alexa knows Bill Hammons.
A few months back, when Hammons was sitting around the table at Thanksgiving in Austin, Texas, chewing the fat with family, the topic turned to what Uncle Bill was doing. Addressing the Amazon device in the room, his sister asked, "Alexa, who is Bill Hammons?" Almost immediately, Alexa spit back, "Bill Hammons is the current chairman of the Unity Party of America."
He once sought swing voters in the swingiest of swing seats and ran for president of Arizona as the favorite son candidate — according to his mom, at least — but Gary Swing is trying on a different party for next year's election.
After several congressional runs on the Green Party ticket and a Boiling Frog Party bid for the U.S. Senate that didn't make it to the ballot last year, Swing announced Thursday he's joining the Unity Party of Colorado and plans to run in the 1st Congressional District.
Colorado Republicans will decide in September whether to cancel next year’s primary election rather than allow unaffiliated voters to participate, party officials said this week, although the state GOP chairman says he’s confident the proposal will go down in flames.
This week’s Colorado political news touched on a little bit of everything, seemingly: a new state party, a career opportunity for a high court justice, shoddy construction and cops’ rewards for crime busting.
These are the Colorado Politics stories our staff thinks you’ll be hearing more about in the weeks, months and years to come:
5. Welcome to the party, Unitarians
Incremental though it may be, it’s always history when a new political party officially joins the fray. Colorado Politics’ All-Night Party has never made the cut. This week, however, the Unity Party of Colorado cleared the 1,000-member hurdle to be an officially sanctioned minor party in the state. Unity joints the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and the American Constitution Party. Maybe if Colorado Politics gets a band for the All-Night Party, we can get a thousand members.
One of the few remaining groups still thinking about asking voters for a new tax to fund much-needed transportation projects in Colorado in November said this week they won’t do it this year. The coalition of contractors like their odds better in 2018. Meanwhile, the Independence Institute could still ask voters to force lawmakers to address major interstates in the existing state budget.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed surprisingly controversial legislation to press law enforcement on publicly disclosing all the proceeds and assets they collect in civil cases. Law enforcement uniformly fought the bill, saying it was arbitrary and could endanger important sources of federal money they receive.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that when a builder and a homeowners association sign a contract, the HOA members can’t vote to change it. The issue could have log legs in determining how construction defects deals are struck and enforced.
1. Colorado Justice Allison Eid nominated to federal bench
An 11-year member of the state’s highest court, Allison Eid would be the first woman to serve on the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals, which hears cases from Colorado and a bunch of other Western states. Whether it was a consolation nod or not, she still has to get through the U.S. Senate, and Sen. Michael Bennet of Denver could play a pivotal role.