Ernest Luning

Yesteryear: From same sex marriage ban to work for idle miners

This week's political stroll down memory lane
The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … State Rep. Kevin Lundberg called the debate over a ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado “the most significant domestic issue of the decade.” The Berthoud Republican wouldn’t budge when House Democratic Caucus Chair Angie Paccione asked if he really meant that the issue trumped the state’s fiscal crisis, health care, education or jobs. “Either marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively or anything goes,” he said.

Senators talk terror

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, in the midst of weighing a presidential bid, said on Wednesday in Denver that he would be willing to commit troops abroad to fight terrorists if it will keep the fight overseas.

“I can’t think of a way to defend this nation without some of us being over there,” the South Carolina Republican said at a discussion on the U.S. response to violent extremism. “Here’s the good news,” he added. “Most of the people in the region are not buying what these nut jobs are selling.”

Coffman turns 60, braces for new challenge ahead

The Colorado Statesman

Declaring that “60 is the new 40,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman welcomed some 150 guests to his birthday party on Saturday at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. “I hope that’s true, I really hope that’s true,” he said with a smile before dropping to the floor and doing 100 pushups at the urging of the crowd.

Imbroglio embroils election bill

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislature could be on the verge of approving sweeping changes to the way most municipalities conduct elections in the state, but not until a lawmaker intends to introduce last-minute changes before the final Senate vote on the legislation.

Colorado’s Jewish community celebrates

The Colorado Statesman

More than 400 well-wishers gathered to celebrate Colorado’s Jewish community and bestow honors at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s ninth annual luncheon last Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver.

“The one unique thing about the JCRC is, it truly is the only single consensus voice for the Jewish community in representing our point of view to elected officials,” said JEWISHcolorado president Doug Seserman, welcoming the over-capacity crowd.

Yesteryear: A stroll down politics' memory lane

Looking back: Final Four to civil rights march
The Colorado Statesman

Twenty-five years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Precinct caucuses were approaching, but attendance at the neighborhood gatherings would be vying against feverish interest in the NCAA Final Four championship games set for the same night in Denver. Although scalpers were demanding upwards of $2,500 for seats, “A lot of people still think they are miraculously going to get tickets,” said Arapahoe County Democratic chair Gale Drexler.

Coffman turns 60, braces for new challenge ahead

The Colardo Statesman

Declaring that “60 is the new 40,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman welcomed some 150 guests to his birthday party on Saturday at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. “I hope that’s true, I really hope that’s true,” he said with a smile before dropping to the floor and doing 100 pushups at the urging of the crowd.

Colo. Supreme Court Justice Hobbs to set down gavel, nominees sought

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs is retiring from the bench on Aug. 31, after 19 years of service, and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission is taking nominations to fill his seat. The commission plans to meet on June 8 and 9 to interview candidates and forward nominees to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will make the appointment.

Hobbs, considered an expert in water law, was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer in 1996 and has been retained by voters twice. His current term expires in 2019.

GOP CLEANS HOUSE

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans on Saturday elected former gubernatorial candidate Steve House as state party chair, ousting two-term chair Ryan Call by a comfortable margin at the party’s biennial reorganization meeting in Castle Rock.

Republicans were restless at the meeting, also replacing the party’s vice chair and secretary. Derrick Wilburn, the founder of American Conservatives of Color, defeated incumbent vice chair Mark Baisley, former El Paso County chair Eli Bremer and former Summit County chair Debra Irvine. Moffatt County chair Brandi Meek beat incumbent secretary Lana Fore.

GOP dines to celebrate ‘earthquake’ victories

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Colorado Republicans celebrated victories in last fall’s election and turned an eye toward next year, when the swing state will again be in play and at the center of national attention, at the state party’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday in Greenwood Village.