Ernest Luning

Dem chair candidates spar over party’s direction

The Colorado Statesman

The race for Colorado Democratic Party chair is nearing the home stretch as county parties wrap up reorganization meetings and contenders for the leadership position lob charges at one another.

‘Best is yet to come’: Hancock announces his reelection bid

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock launched his bid for a second term on Tuesday, boasting that the city has rebounded from the recession and has “a vibrant economy firing on all cylinders,” with every reason to be optimistic about the future.

Palacio under fire from challengers for Dem performance

The Colorado Statesman

The three candidates in the race for Colorado Democratic Party chair agree that the party needs to retool in the wake of defeats in the last election but differ sharply on how much change is necessary and who to blame.

Democrats will decide at the end of the month whether to elect chair Rick Palacio to a third term or to hand over the reins to David Sabados, a Denver-based campaign consultant, or Vic Meyers, the Trinidad rancher who lost a congressional bid in November.

Sias is top gun in House vacancy election

The fourth time is a charm
The Colorado Statesman

A Republican vacancy committee on Saturday named former Navy fighter pilot Lang Sias to fill the House District 27 seat left open when former Assistant Minority Leader Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, was appointed earlier in January to fill a vacancy on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Calling himself “very pleased and very humbled” by the appointment, Sias said he planned to carry “a sense of humility and a desire to get smarter” to the Capitol.

Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher is surely one of a kind, as documentary shows

The Colorado Statesman

More than 150 friends, family members and fans of Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher gathered to watch the premiere showing of a documentary film chronicling the storied North Denver Democrat’s life and political career on Wednesday night at the Oriental Theater.

Hickenlooper embarks on job creation even as state’s unemployment rate dips

The Colorado Statesman

The same day a state agency reported Colorado’s unemployment rate had dropped to its lowest level since October 2007, Gov. John Hickenlooper told a civic group that he plans to increase efforts to combat joblessness by expanding to additional populations a recently launched program intended to assist the long-term unemployed find work.

Dem State Chair faces challenger

Challenger alleges Palacio gave himself $25,000 in raises without approval of state party executive committee
The Colorado Statesman

Campaign consultant David Sabados announced late this week that he is challenging Colorado Democratic Party chairman Rick Palacio, who is seeking a third term as head of the state party at the Democrats’ reorganization meeting next month. Former congressional candidate Vic Meyers of Trinidad is also seeking the chairmanship.

Hickenlooper embarks on second term after profound changes in last four years

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took the oath of office for his second term on Tuesday, marking profound changes wrought on the state during his first term and casting a hopeful eye toward the next four years.

The self-described “incorrigible optimist” lauded the state economy’s climb in the aftermath of the Great Recession, all while facing unprecedented floods, fires and mass-shootings, along with the dissolution of his own marriage, he noted in one of several remarkably personal notes struck during the Denver Democrat’s second inaugural address.

Revelers celebrate at inaugural dinner and concert

The Colorado Statesman

Some 2,000 revelers celebrated Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s second inauguration on Tuesday night with dinner and a concert on Capitol Hill, and the Democrat got some seasoned words from predecessors squeezed in among the tasty bites and tunes.

Echoing Hickenlooper’s first inaugural celebration four years ago — it also included a dinner at the Fillmore Auditorium and a concert featuring Colorado bands at the Ogden Theater — Garcia introduced former Govs. Dick Lamm, Roy Romer and Bill Ritter to offer advice to the governor.

Opening Day of Legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Boulder Democrat Dickey Lee Hullinghorst was elected speaker of the Colorado House as the 70th Session of the General Assembly launched on Wednesday, wielding a slimmer majority than Democrats had in the last session and facing a Republican-controlled Senate for the first time in a decade.