Ernest Luning

Community leaders discuss aftermath of shootings by police

The Colorado Statesman

It was standing room only on Friday afternoon when Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led what he termed a “very frank” discussion about race relations and law enforcement at the History Colorado Center.

“Sometimes in our life, we don’t have an option whether we have tough conversations,” Hancock said, pointing out that the crowd of more than 200 had shown up on one of the busiest days of the holiday season.

Tancredo toasts to conservative principles at dinner with supporters

The Colorado Statesman

Supporters of former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo raised a glass to toast the Republican and conservative principles at a gathering of a couple dozen key backers of his gubernatorial bid on Sunday night at a Lakewood steakhouse.

Noting that he had celebrated his 69th birthday the day before, a wistful-sounding Tancredo observed, “It’s been a wonderful ride — a wonderful life.” Smiling, he asked, “Isn’t that the movie?”

Liberal dash of merriment at this year’s holiday party for young conservatives

The Colorado Statesman

There was plenty of holiday spirit at the Leadership Program of the Rockies party on Thursday at the Wellshire Event Center in south Denver, where more than 150 supporters, alumnae and members of the current Class of 2015 talked liberty and founding principles over a sumptuous spread.

Jeb Bush gets early gift at Lincoln Club holiday party

The Colorado Statesman

The Lincoln Club of Colorado’s third annual holiday party rang in the seasonal cheer on Wednesday night at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s building in Denver, giving members a chance to toast Republican victories on last month’s ballot and look forward to more success in the new year.

Denver Republicans celebrate Christmas early with statewide wins

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans haven’t had much to toast in the aftermath of elections for the past decade — beyond camaraderie in the face of mounting Democratic wins -— but this year it was different.

“Don’t we have a lot to celebrate this year?” asked Denver Republican Chair Wendy Warner at the county GOP’s Christmas party on Saturday. The hundred or so revelers gathered at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association headquarters raised their glasses to toast the candidates who won statewide, due in part to closer-than-usual margins in Democratic-dominated Denver.

Denver Young Democrats have a good old time

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats young and, er, older alike toasted the holidays at what has become a traditional festive gathering thrown by the Denver Young Democrats on Thursday at the Governor’s Residence — officially, it’s the Boettcher Mansion — in Denver.

GOP triumphs in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, stoking widespread discontent with President Barack Obama, toppled Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Tuesday, scoring the first major statewide win by a Colorado Republican in a dozen years.

“Is there anybody here from Yuma?” Gardner asked an ecstatic crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center at the state GOP’s election night party, referencing the small town on the Eastern Plains where his family has lived for generations. “Tonight, we shook up the Senate,” he shouted. “You shook up the Senate!”

Hick wins reelection amidst red tide

The Colorado Statesman

As the crowd that packed the West Foyer of the State Capitol on the morning after Election Day chanted “Four more years!” a smiling Gov. John Hickenlooper encouraged their cheers and then gave a hearty summation: “The voters of Colorado have spoken. What I want to express, first and foremost, is gratitude. We are incredibly grateful that we have earned a second term as Colorado’s governor.”

Congressional races favor incumbents; Buck wins CD 4; Coffman prevails in tough CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s congressional delegation kept the same partisan distribution — four Republicans and three Democrats — on Tuesday and every incumbent who sought reelection won another term, including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, the Aurora Republican who triumphed by a wider than anticipated margin in the face of one of the most hard-fought challenges in the country from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row

The Colorado Statesman

For the second election in a row, Republicans swept all three of Colorado’s statewide cabinet-level offices on Tuesday, scoring wins for attorney general, state treasurer and secretary of state.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton won a second term, besting former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, the Democratic nominee, 50 percent to 44.9 percent. Libertarian David Jurist got 5.1 percent of the vote, according to returns posted at press time by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.