Ernest Luning

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.

The Statesman’s Top 12 legislative races

The Colorado Statesman

After spending the first part of the year “walking, knocking and talking,” in the words of a veteran legislative campaign operative, Colorado’s statehouse candidates are preparing to pivot before the end of the summer to the main event. For months, candidates have been introducing themselves to voters, locking up solid supporters and amassing war chests they’ll soon unleash on their neighbors.

Trailblazing elephants on the hunt

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans last week unveiled a new set of rankings for its top-tier legislative candidates and then introduced most of them to a crowd of donors intent on wresting control of the state Senate from Democrats and expanding the GOP’s narrow House majority in the November election.

More than 400 donors gathered for an afternoon of barbecue and politics on a balmy Saturday afternoon last week at the Wiens Ranch in rural Douglas County south of Sedalia, where former state Sen. Tom Wiens breeds and raises quarter horses.

Mayor delivers optimistic State of the City message

But fiscal reality requires lifting of TABOR
The Colorado Statesman

Proclaiming Denver a “vibrant, world-class city,” Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday unveiled a host of programs aimed at delivering services more effectively and said the city plans to ask voters for a permanent repeal of revenue limits this fall in order to “remove the fiscal handcuffs of TABOR.”

Republican delegates look ahead to RNC in Tampa

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado delegates to this summer’s Republican National Convention gathered for the first time since the state convention at a mixer last weekend in Denver to get acquainted, preview a packed schedule, and joke about the possibility of a hurricane.

Because Colorado is considered one of only a handful of key battleground states in this year’s presidential election, the state’s contingent of 36 delegates and 33 alternates to the RNC can expect a lot of attention from national media at the convention, set for Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., organizers said.

Former Homeland Security chief Chertoff says citizen involvement is cornerstone of security

The Colorado Statesman

The United States is facing rapidly evolving threats unforeseen when the federal government established the Department of Homeland Security a decade ago, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, a former head of the department told a Denver audience last week.

Michael Chertoff, the second secretary of Homeland Security, warned against the risk of biological terrorism, cyber attacks and the rise of transnational criminal outfits that might not adhere to a particular ideology but nonetheless threaten the safety of Americans at an appearance on July 12 at the Denver Art Museum.