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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 9, 20186min1422

Kathleen Cunningham
Party: Unaffiliated
Age: 64
Hometown: downtown Denver
Occupation: Retired CPA
Family: Four siblings
Political experience: Independent and write-in races for president and governor since 2010

This is a weekly series by Colorado Politics to feature a wide range of candidates for governor to tell voters who they are as people before we plow into their politics in the weeks ahead.

If resiliency was political currency, Kathleen Cunningham would enjoy a fat bankroll in a crowded field running for governor this year.

She has been an announced or write-in candidate for governor or president repeatedly for a decade.

She considers herself part of the #MeToo movement and “a second-class citizen by virtue of being a female.”

Cunningham defends immigrants and wants to find a solution to stop sex-trafficking and homelessness. Protecting the environment, ensuring equality for all and providing universal health care for $100 a month are her top three priorities.

“I’m sickened by Hickenlooper,” she said of Gov. John Hickenlooper, the former Denver mayor who’s leaving office after his second and final term. “He had a 10-year plan for homelessness, and we still have a homelessness problems and a mental illness problem downtown.”

Cunningham hasn’t been a reliable teammate for either party.

“I tried to play with the Republicans,” she said of the 2016 presidential race. “I was a write-in for president as a Republican trying to flip the Clinton vote.”

Cunningham also ran without much luck for president in 2008 as a Democrat and 2012 in as unaffiliated.

She declared her candidacy for president for the 2016 race on Twitter, the same day Donald Trump announced he would run, too, Cunningham recalled. His campaign got more traction.

“Minor candidates just don’t get much time,” she said in a rare interview as a candidate.

Cunningham, a retired CPA, moved to Colorado in 1991. She grew in New Jersey dreaming of someday being the mayor of New York City. She lived in New York when she made the leap Out West, where two of her brothers lived.

“I went skiing,” she said of the draw. “I was a pretty good skier. I played softball when I first came out. I loved the weather.”

Her father was politically engaged in New Jersey. His parents came from Ireland and other relatives were involved in the Civil War and Revolutionary War, Cunningham said of her reasons for being so determined to serve.

Her positions, though, depend on the issue, not a party membership card, she indicates. And some of her ideas, neither party would touch.

Cunningham, for instance, would like to turn downtown Denver into the West’s Central Park by rerouting traffic.

She, for instance, supports a mandatory four-year college or mandatory non-combat peacekeeping service. Her solution to police brutality is to “draft” officers from respective communities for 3- or 4-year terms, with job placement and relocation after that.

Cunningham would like to move the U.S. Capitol back to New York City and locate it underground.

She also would turn the White House into a museum and immigration center, and create the Rose Lincoln First Ladies Museum, Library and Tea Room in the Old U.S. Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. Cunningham thinks tea rooms should be located in areas affected by natural disasters and economic distress with a high number of veterans.

“I believe in taking vacations in the U.S.A,” she continued. “I want baseball in all 50 states. I want the uniforms made out of cotton, and I want them to be made in the United States.”

That’s professional baseball, and you can include Puerto Rico and Guam.

Cunningham acknowledges her platform sounds better aimed at city government or Washington than the Gold Dome in Denver, but Cunningham counters, “You speak truth to power. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

How should a poor reporter describe her, then?

“It depends on what point of view you want to support,” she said of her varied partisan positions. “You can make the words say anything you want. As a Republican my neighbor would say I was very liberal, or that I was a Democrat or a socialist. But he wouldn’t vote for any Republican.”

Who will vote for Cunningham, then?

“I’d like to capture everybody’s vote,” she said.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackDecember 27, 20176min541

The next time you see my old college roommate, Mr. G, be sure to thank him. For whether you know it or not, you are grateful to Mr. G for his hard work as a career bureaucrat with the Colorado state government. He has made your daily life much better – and your lives quieter and  more tranquil – by his service. You see, Mr. G is the fellow that wrote the actual legislation that created Colorado’s Do Not Call list, which has made our dinner more pacific and our evening more serene. Yup, a bureaucrat.


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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJuly 27, 20175min260

Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State, Wayne Williams, received a renewed request on Wednesday from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for voter data.

Williams’ office said the renewed request came with several changes that had been proposed by his office following an outcry.

The commission had initially put a hold on submitting data until a judge ruled on a lawsuit that’s trying to block the release. Williams had agreed to send the commission voter data that he’s legally allowed to provide to anyone who asks.

Following the initial request from the White House election commission, Williams on July 14 sent a letter outlining Colorado’s processes. He notified the commission that certain information, including date of birth and Social Security numbers, is confidential under Colorado law.

The secretary of state requested two changes, including that publicly available data would be transmitted “in a secure manner,” and that “all data” received by the commission “should be secured,” according to a news release from his office. The commission on Wednesday agreed to Williams’ recommendations.

“The Commission’s adoption of our requested changes with respect to securing the publicly available data represents a significant improvement over the procedures proposed initially,” Williams said in a statement. “As with any request we receive for public information, we must comply with Colorado law.”

The commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, its chair, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was created in May by President Trump to examine vulnerabilities in election systems “that could lead to improper voter registrations, improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting.”

Kobach, in the initial letter delivered to state officials on June 28, asked state officials to submit the publicly available information from each state’s voter rolls, including full names and addresses, dates of birth, party affiliation, driver’s license numbers, the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers, voting history going back a decade, felony convictions and military and overseas voter status.

The request was met with a storm of criticism from advocacy groups and officials questioning the commission’s motives and voters unhappy their records would be sent to Washington. Williams found himself facing much of the criticism in Colorado, despite the secretary of state promising not to share confidential information, including Social Security numbers.

Thousands of Coloradans withdrew from the voter rolls in the wake of the request, with Democrats withdrawing at a rate much higher than Republicans, highlighting the political nature of the backlash.

Left-leaning groups urged Williams to refuse to comply with the request, though the secretary of state repeatedly stressed that he would only share information available to anyone who asks and pays a nominal fee. Voter records are routinely requested and made available to political parties, campaigns and news outlets.

“It’s my hope that citizens who withdrew their registration will re-register, particularly once they realize that no confidential information will be provided and that the parties and presidential candidates already have the same publicly available information from the 2016 election cycle,” Williams said.


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Chris BianchiChris BianchiJune 22, 201721min2300

The quick answer: yes. The real answer: it's complicated. Helped by an influx of transplants drawn to Colorado's liberal marijuana laws, high-tech economy and overall high quality of life, the state, by most metrics, is in a considerable economic boom. That same associated population growth, by the way, likely means ...