Ernest Luning

Complaint filed against GOP State Chairman

Delegate: Call improperly elected to Credentials Committee
The Colorado Statesman

Last Friday, a Republican National Convention delegate from Denver filed a formal petition with the national GOP asking that State Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call be thrown off the convention’s Credentials Committee, charging that state party rules don’t allow the kind of election that put Call on the panel. The complaint stirs up simmering tension in Colorado’s delegation between backers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and upstart supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who hasn’t conceded the nomination.

Obama encircled by Romney campaign in Springs

Obama derides GOP economic proposals as ‘this trickle-down tax cut fairy dust’
The Colorado Statesman

The Democratic president of the United States and the Republican governor of Louisiana spent a good part of the day last Thursday laying out sharply different prescriptions for the nation’s economy in appearances in Colorado Springs.

President Barack Obama capped a two-day, four-city campaign swing through Colorado with an outdoor rally at Colorado College, where a sun-drenched crowd estimated at 4,200 filled the liberal arts school’s Cutler Quad to hear him rip apart Republican proposals while making a case that he’s put the country on the right track.

Michelle Obama: ‘Elections are always about hope’

First Lady campaigns in Denver for Obama’s reelection
The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama made an energetic case that voters should return President Barack Obama to the White House for a second term during a speech before 240 donors on Saturday evening at a downtown Denver museum.

“We’re not just here because we want to win an election — which we do, and we absolutely will, yes we will,” she said with a grin as the crowd whistled and cheered. “We are doing this because of the values we believe in.”

President rallies women in Denver

Romney slammed as harmful to women’s health security
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama launched a two-day campaign swing through Colorado on Wednesday with an appeal aimed at the crucial battleground state’s women voters, warning that his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, intended to yank the nation back to the 1950s when it comes to women’s rights.

Greeted with thunderous cheers of “Four more years,” Obama smiled and told the crowd, “If we win Colorado, I’ll get four more years.”

Thune campaigns for Romney in Colorado

Senator blasts Obama’s economic policies
The Colorado Statesman

Sandwiched between visits to Colorado by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, both campaigns waged a war of words in the state this week over which candidate would do a better job helping the struggling middle class.

U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican sometimes mentioned as a possible Romney running mate — though he dismissed those prospects on Monday — appeared at a Denver company to blast Obama’s economic policies and make a case that voters should give Romney a chance.

Super effort lodged by GOP on ‘Super Saturday’

GOP knocks on doors, makes phone calls, recruits supporters
The Colorado Statesman

At Mitt Romney’s state campaign headquarters in Lakewood, phone calls to voters are treated as a kind of currency with its own economy.

Complete 65 calls, and a volunteer qualifies for a bumper sticker. Two hundred and fifty calls convert to a yard sign. And for supporters who rack up a staggering 10,000 calls — by no means unattainable, as a handful of youngsters are already more than half way to that goal — there’s a meeting with the presidential candidate in their future.

Romney unveils plan to strengthen middle class during trip to Jeffco

The Colorado Statesman

In his first campaign speech since returning from overseas, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney unveiled his plans to strengthen the middle class and blasted President Barack Obama for what he said was a failed record on key economic measures before a packed hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden on Thursday.

“I can’t wait to get to Washington,” an exuberant Romney said. “I’m so excited about getting America working again.”

Dems’ voter registration drive marks 100 days until election

The Colorado Statesman

Thousands of volunteers and a couple of young celebrities fanned out across Colorado last weekend to mark 100 days until the election as part of President Barack Obama’s “It Takes One” campaign initiative to register voters and organize supporters in Colorado.

Relying on Old Glory to turn Colorado Red

The Colorado Statesman

If you’re stuck in traffic on the way to a polling place in November — or even sitting bumper-to-bumper on your way home to cast a mail ballot for the fall election — don’t be surprised if you inexplicably start voting for Republican candidates, even if you’ve favored Democrats all your life. It’s all according to a Douglas County GOP activist’s plan.

‘We will remember you,’ Hickenlooper says

The Colorado Statesman

Thousands gathered to sing, pray and grieve at the Aurora Municipal Center on Sunday, two days after a shooting rampage at a nearby movie theater left 12 dead and 58 injured.