Ernest Luning

‘Anti-equity’ legislators targeted

Backers of civil unions legislation are behind Fight Back Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

A group formed by supporters of civil unions — and seeded with a hefty contribution from wealthy gay-rights advocate Tim Gill — aims to flip control of the Colorado Legislature in its favor by targeting a handful of Republicans in close races this fall.

Inspired by a similar effort that led to the adoption of same-sex marriage in New York a year ago, organizers of the nominally nonpartisan Fight Back Colorado group say they intend to pick “one or two or three races where we feel we have a chance of making a difference.”

Campaign launched to counter ‘manufactured’ war on women

527 organization formed to reach unaffiliated women voters
The Colorado Statesman

Countering what she terms a “manufactured War on Women,” a veteran El Paso County GOP operative has launched an advertising campaign aimed at persuading women to vote Republican instead of getting distracted by emotional appeals from Democrats.

“Our goal is to give women an alternate message than what they’re hearing,” said Laura Carno, founder of the group I Am Created Equal. “We want to help them see that Republican candidates are going to give them more power and control over their own lives.”

Colorado Democrats gear up for Charlotte

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats heading to Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic National Convention are finalizing hotel arrangements, raising money to help less well-off delegates and swapping convention stories just four years after the spotlight was on Denver.

Conservatives revved up at Summit

The Colorado Statesman

Convening just a day after the Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s signature health care reform legislation, speaker after speaker at the third annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver last weekend said the ruling would stand as a turning point in the presidential race.

“The Court had its say on June 28. The people in this room and around this country will have their say on Nov. 6,” U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner told attendees who packed the downtown Hyatt Regency Denver over three days to hear a host of prominent conservatives light a fire under the movement.

Dutch lawmaker brings his crusade against Islam to conservative confab

The Colorado Statesman

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders brought his crusade against the Islamic religion to Denver last weekend, warning an audience at the Western Conservative Summit that Europe and the United States are vulnerable to an insidious takeover by what he termed a “dangerous, totalitarian ideology” masquerading as a religion.

Longoria stars in White House replay

The Colorado Statesman

A ctress Eva Longoria told a standing-room-only crowd in Wheat Ridge on Sunday that it’s an easy choice for women to support President Barack Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and that women will make the difference in the fall election.

“A lot of you are here because you want your voices heard, and, let me tell you, in November, our voices will be heard,” she told an estimated 400 Obama supporters packed into a conference hall at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.

GOP lawmakers try to bolster the score with help of businesses and associations

The Colorado Statesman Sports Department

State Rep. Libby Szabo’s golf ball vanished into thin air, Assistant Majority Leader Mark Waller sunk an astonishing number of holes-in-one, and House Republicans raised a pot of cash to help defend the party’s narrow, one-vote majority at an afternoon fundraiser last Thursday at a Westminster miniature golf course.

Stephens: ‘We kicked her butt!’

House Majority Leader says clean campaigning was real winner in race against Looper
The Colorado Statesman

State House Majority Leader Amy Stephens prevailed on Tuesday in a hotly-contested primary in House District 19, the most reliably Republican district in the state. The Monument Republican defeated fellow El Paso County lawmaker state Rep. Marsha Looper of Calhan by a 20-point margin, guaranteeing Stephens’ return to the Capitol to represent a seat Democrats aren’t contesting.

Top 12 Legislative Races: June edition

The Colorado Statesman

Following an abbreviated pre-season and an early June primary, this year’s battle for control of the Colorado General Assembly stands to hinge on a dozen close races in competitive districts stretching across the state.

Power of incumbency benefitted U.S. Rep. Lamborn in his defeat of GOP challenger Blaha

Blaha says the thumping wasn’t enough to push him out of politics
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn easily rebuffed a well-funded primary challenge from fellow Republican Robert Blaha on Tuesday, trouncing the political newcomer with 61.7 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Because Democrats aren’t fielding a candidate in the general election, the primary win — his third in four elections — is tantamount to a ticket back to Washington for Lamborn, who regularly tops rankings of the most conservative lawmakers in Congress.