Ernest Luning

Obama raises hopes, money, in Denver

But top Democratic officials skip event
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama boasted about the nation’s economic recovery since he took office and slammed congressional Republicans for blocking steps that used to be uncontroversial during a speech to several hundred invited guests at Denver’s Cheesman Park on Wednesday morning.

“Despite what you may hear, there is no doubt we are making progress,” Obama told the cheering crowd. “By almost every measure, we are better off than when I took office.”

A slice of pizza, a sip of beer, a game of pool...

The Colorado Statesman

The bear was loose in a big way on Tuesday night in Denver.

President Barack Obama this week passed through Denver — the city where he accepted the nomination for president six years ago — to raise money for Democratic Senate candidates and make a speech about the economy, but found time to play a game of pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper and shake hands with someone wearing a horse head mask during about 20 hours in town. He also had dinner at a popular LoDo eatery with five Coloradans who had written letters to the White House.

Colorado Republicans put on a united front

The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez on Tuesday named Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella as his running mate and the team set out the next day along with his three former primary foes on a “unity tour” of the Front Range.

“Honestly, friends, I think this is the strongest Republican ticket that we’ve seen in over a decade,” state GOP Chairman Ryan Call told a packed Republican campaign office in Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon, introducing Beauprez and Repella on the tour’s fourth stop of the day.

On the record...

The Colorado Statesman

The same day Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez toured the Front Range with his newly minted running mate and his former primary rivals, Democrats pounced on a video that depicts the former congressman telling a room full of Rotarians “we’ve got almost half of the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill” and decrying the fact that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income tax.

15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon honors those ‘getting it right’

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth welcomed guests and honorees to the 15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon on June 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. The awards luncheon was sponsored by the University of Colorado chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy established in 1993 to honor Wirth.

Mark Safty, who is the current occupant of the Wirth chair, honored individuals, organizations and entire industries for their achievements helping balance economic, environmental and social welfare objectives, which are the stated purposes of the chair.

Beauprez nabs GOP nomination for Guv

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans Tuesday picked buffalo rancher and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez from a crowded field to run against Gov. John Hickenlooper in the Democrat’s bid for a second term this fall.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo ran a close second in the primary, ahead of Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp. With 94 percent of the vote reported at press time, Beauprez had 30.23 percent, leading Tancredo’s 26.71 percent, Gessler with 23.21 percent and Kopp at 19.85.

Buck wins in CD 4; incumbents survive

The Colorado Statesman

Republican primary voters on Tuesday stuck with two incumbent congressmen and gave the nod to a former U.S. Senate candidate, who won the nomination for Colorado’s only open congressional seat.

U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn both won nominations for another term — Tipton easily and Lamborn in a close race — while Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck won decisively in the heavily Republican 4th Congressional District in the night’s congressional primaries.

No elephant convention in Denver in 2016

The Colorado Statesman

Did parading elephants and a smiling quarterback trump briefcases and flowcharts? Or are Republicans more covetous of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes than Colorado’s nine? Maybe it all came down to dollars and cents, and Denver’s lack of fundraising commitments doomed the city’s chances.

Whatever the elements of the decision, Denver won’t be the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention, a GOP selection committee said on Wednesday when it announced that Dallas and Cleveland were the surviving finalists. Kansas City, Mo., was also eliminated from consideration.

The Clintons take their Initiative to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

The Clintons — former President Bill, former Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary and former First Daughter Chelsea — took Denver by storm this week as the Clinton Global Initiative America settled into town for three days of meetings.

Perlmutter, Udall fuel up reelection campaigns

The Colorado Statesman

A couple hundred enthusiastic supporters — including U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and other statewide candidates — helped U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter formally kick off his bid for a fifth term in Congress on Saturday at the Democrat’s field offices in Wheat Ridge.