Ernest Luning

Ferrandino soon to be known as “Mr. Speaker”

The Colorado Statesman

Six months to the day after House Republican leaders killed a bill to establish same-sex civil unions in a bitter procedural standoff, a newly elected, triumphant Democratic majority on Thursday nominated Mark Ferrandino as speaker of the House, marking the first time an openly gay legislator will preside over the chamber.

The Denver Democrat fought to hold back tears as he told a packed committee room at the Capitol that he was humbled by the honor and considered it a win for kids who’ve been bullied or who grew up feeling like they didn’t fit in.

Colorado Democrats giddy over Obama, Statehouse wins

The Colorado Statesman

When the Associated Press called Colorado’s nine electoral votes for President Barack Obama on Tuesday night — swinging the election to the Democrat and cementing the state’s decisive role in national politics — an already ecstatic crowd in downtown Denver erupted in even more deafening cheers.

Riding a wave of strong support from the state’s Latinos, women and younger voters, Obama won Colorado with 1,252,679 votes, or 51.23 percent, over Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 1,135,403 votes, or 46.44 percent. In 2008 Obama carried the state by a wider margin, roughly 9 points, only the second time in the last four decades that a Democrat has won the state.

Perlmutter head over heels after election victory

Republican Coors left in dregs after fizzling campaign
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter was turning cartwheels after roundly defeating Republican challenger Joe Coors to win a fourth term representing Colorado’s 7th Congressional District on Tuesday.

Performing what has become a Perlmutter trademark — he embraced the move during his last campaign after an attack ad accused him of cartwheeling around Washington, D.C. — the Democrat went head over heels on election night in front of a room full of supporters at the Lakewood Sheraton and then again two days later at the State Capitol at Democratic caucus meetings.

Dems increase ranks, take control at State House

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats retook control of the Colorado House by a wide margin and kept their majority in the Senate on Tuesday, smoothing the path for legislation stalled by Republicans in the last session when the GOP ruled the House by one seat.

Democrats increased their share of House seats from 32 to 37 seats, leaving Republicans with 28. In the Senate, Democrats will continue to hold a 20-15 edge. On their way to majorities in both chambers, Democrats evicted four House Republicans: Reps. Cindy Acree, R-Aurora; Mark Barker, R-Colorado Springs; J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio; and Robert Ramirez, R-Arvada.

Former President Clinton continues to slam Romney at Colorado campaign stops

‘Explainer-in-chief’ delivers stunning blows
The Colorado Statesman

Former President Bill Clinton revved up supporters of President Barack Obama and delivered a ringing denunciation of Republican nominee Mitt Romney at two campaign stops on Tuesday in Commerce City and Denver.

Obama has “got a better jobs plan, he’s got a better health care plan, he’s got a better education plan, he’s got a better budget plan and he’ll keep trying to bring us together,” Clinton told an estimated 2,000 supporters inside a packed gymnasium at Manual High School after speaking earlier to a smaller crowd at Adams City High School.

Candidates brand each other liars in CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

With less than a week to go before ballots are counted, the race for the 7th Congressional District seat between incumbent Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger, Joe Coors, is coming down to a hard-fought chase for votes after a campaign that has turned brutal in recent months.

“We have this saying in Jefferson County — if you walk, you win,” said Perlmutter at a rally for volunteers on Sunday. “It’s the personal contact you make, it’s that door-to-door contact… when you look somebody in the eye and you explain why you feel it’s so important.”

The stars shine brightly for candidates

‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm attracts the ladies, but goal is to get them to vote
The Colorado Statesman

Advocates for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criss-crossed the state as the clock ticked down toward the Nov. 6 election.

The stars came out on Saturday as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, his wife, actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, and “Law & Order: SVU” star Stephanie March plied the metro area in an Obama campaign van, making stops at field offices and what the campaign calls staging locations, where volunteers gather to pick up canvassing material, in Lakewood, Littleton and Denver.

Second Lady makes first rate pitch for Obama-Biden

The Colorado Statesman

Dr. Jill Biden — wife of Vice President Joe Biden, known as America’s second lady — told Obama supporters in Colorado that important gains for education, veterans issues and women’s rights are on the line in the presidential election at stops on the Front Range this week.

Biden, who has continued teaching English at a Delaware community college, was introduced by her daughter Ashley and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter at a Sunday night rally at a Lakewood campaign office filled with about 50 volunteers and staff. The next day she spoke at rallies in Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins.

Obama campaigns (again) in Denver

President electrifies 16,000 supporters in City Park
The Colorado Statesman

Under heavy skies on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama made a brisk case for re-election at a quick campaign stop at Denver’s City Park.

“We’ve got a long way to go, Colorado, but we’ve come too far to turn back now,” he told an estimated 16,000 supporters sprawled across the green on the east side of Ferril Lake. “We cannot go back to the same policies that got us into this mess. We’ve got to keep moving forward with the policies that are getting us out.”

Romney, supporters revel at Red Rocks

The Colorado Statesman

MORRISON — When Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stepped to the front of the stage at Red Rocks on Tuesday night, he paused for a long moment, put his hand over his heart and gazed up at the crowd as it rained down cheers and clattered together campaign-themed Thundersticks in a deafening roar, a contented smile growing on his face.

“Look at the handiwork of our Creator,” he said over the din. “It’s just overwhelming.”