Ernest Luning

Obama looking to mimic ‘Michael Bennet’s campaign on steroids’

Democratic National Convention Day 1
The Colorado Statesman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jim Messina starts by telling what feels like a well-worn anecdote about a 3-year-old. The tyke, it seems, can answer with authority when asked what President Barack Obama does. “He approves this message,” the youngster says. “Welcome to life in a battleground state,” Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, tells a crowded restaurant filled with Colorado Democrats, who roar with laughter, because they know exactly what he’s talking about.

Romney speech inspires Colorado delegates: 'We can do this'

The Colorado Statesman

TAMPA – After the candidates and their families had left the stage, but while red and blue balloons still bounced around the pulsing convention hall late on Thursday night, members of the Colorado delegation to the 2012 Republican National Convention pulled down the towering sign that marked the state’s position on the convention floor and gathered around to sign it for posterity.

“We can do this,” wrote delegation chairman Sean Conway, a Weld County commissioner, above his signature, and then broke into a broad grin.

Colorado delegates united around Ryan’s nomination as Veep

Day 3 of the RNC
The Colorado Statesman

TAMPA – Colorado delegates and guests effused over GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan when he accepted the nomination on Wednesday even as critics hammered the Wisconsin congressman’s speech for a litany of inaccuracies and misleading statements.

RNC gives Romney nod, but rules strife festers

The Colorado Statesman

TAMPA — On the same day Republicans formally nominated Mitt Romney for the presidency, a battle over proposed party rules changes roiled the GOP’s national convention on Tuesday and left some Colorado delegates vowing they won’t cast a vote for the former Massachusetts governor in the fall election.

Storms, disputes threaten to rain on RNC

The Colorado Statesman

CLEARWATER, FLA. – Even though the Republican National Convention missed a direct hit from one storm on Monday, controversy and bad weather still threaten to dampen the GOP’s chance to showcase its presidential ticket behind a unified party.

National DNC leader Wasserman Schultz campaigns for Obama in Denver

GOP State Chair calls it a ‘political distraction’
The Colorado Statesman

The head of the national Democratic Party and an icon of the women’s rights movement campaigned for President Barack Obama in the Denver area on Saturday, touting the administration’s economic policies and commitment to funding education and preserving Medicare, but state Republicans called on the Democrats to “abandon political distractions” and instead focus on what they termed “terrible economic news.”

Control of Legislature is at stake

August, 2012 Top 12 Races
The Colorado Statesman

Actual voters — not just Capitol insiders and political operatives — are about to start paying attention to legislative races, once the kids are back in school and the air turns crisp. After the national parties’ conventions conclude and Labor Day starts to recede into the rear view mirror, mailboxes should fill up and phones should ring off the hook as Republicans seek to keep control of the House and take over the Senate, while Democrats aim for the opposite outcome.

Republicans hold a one-seat majority in the House and Democrats count a five-vote margin in the Senate.

Coors campaign releases optimistic internal poll

Perlmutter camp scoffs at results, methodology
The Colorado Statesman

Republican challenger Joe Coors is leading three-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter by a wide margin, according to a month-old internal poll released by the Coors campaign this week, though Democrats challenged the survey’s methodology and scoffed at the results.

Ryan pick elicits cheers and jeers

Republican vice presidential candidate ignites both sides
The Colorado Statesman

A few days after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, the race is on to define the Wisconsin con-gressman in front of Colorado voters.

Is he the bold visionary poised to reverse decades of Americans’ increasing dependence on the federal government? Or is he the dangerous extremist bent on eviscerating Medicare and leaving vulnerable Americans to fend for themselves?

Maybe he’s the boyish fitness buff who can boast of the 14ers he’s climbed and regularly visits the state to take his family camping?

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.