Ernest Luning

Davidson’s win in Regents GOP primary sets up repeat election from six years ago

Defeated GOP candidate Matt Arnold says Republican establishment has driven him from politics altogether
The Colorado Statesman

In Colorado’s only statewide race on Tuesday’s primary ballot, Republican voters teed up a rematch between anesthesiologist Brian Davidson and University of Colorado Regent At-large Stephen Ludwig, the Democrat who defeated Davidson by a slim margin six years ago.

Preliminary returns showed Davidson cruising to victory over GOP challenger Matt Arnold, with just over 60 percent of the vote, in a contest that grew heated in its final weeks.

Waters rails against GOP assault on women

‘Come on, Tea Party, let’s get it on!’
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a long-serving California Democrat, blasted congressional Republicans for what she called a “full-scale assault on women’s rights” at a Democratic fundraiser on Saturday in northeast Denver.

The so-called “war on women,” she told a room full of House District 7 Democrats and their supporters inside a packed ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel-Stapleton, was just one front of a broader attack led by the GOP.

Obama’s visit highlights state’s importance

First Lady Michelle Obama rallies supporters in Arapahoe County
The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama fired up a capacity crowd Wednesday in a Colorado county whose voters could wield an outsized influence over who wins the presidency. Promising a close election, she urged supporters to approach every potential voter as the one who could help her husband, President Barack Obama, win a second term.

Romney campaign finds a home in Jeffco

Lakewood office just one of several to open in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

With just over four months to go until the November election, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign finally has an office of its own in Colorado.

“It is an exciting day because today we have the opportunity to kick off the Romney campaign in Colorado officially, with the opening of the statewide headquarters for Romney Victory,” said state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call, welcoming roughly 200 supporters on Saturday to the campaign’s spacious digs in the Denver West office park in Lakewood.

GOP Regent’s race goes rogue

‘Thuggish’ behavior, ‘mafia-style cover-up’ alleged in Republican primary contest
The Colorado Statesman

The Republican primary between Matt Arnold and Brian Davidson for the at-large CU Board of Regents nomination — the only statewide race on the Colorado ballot, other than the presidential contest — has mostly crept along below the radar this year.

But that all changed in the last week as a controversy erupted over whether Arnold misrepresented what kind of advanced diploma he earned two decades ago.

No love lost between Lamborn, Blaha

GOP challenger and three-term incumbent battle it out in CD 5
The Colorado Statesman

One handed over hot dog buns and the other dished up baked beans.

Clad in patriotic aprons, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a three-term incumbent, greeted hungry Republicans just feet away from his determined primary challenger, businessman Robert Blaha. They joined other local politicians who helped serve a sumptuous spread on Tuesday at the annual El Paso County Republican Women’s picnic in downtown Colorado Springs.

Supporters of civil unions pumped up at ‘uncivil soiree’

The Colorado Statesman

When supporters of a civil unions bill — defeated once in the waning days of the legislature and again during a brief special session — gathered to take stock in Denver last week, organizers weren’t sure what term to use on the invitations.

“We didn’t know what to call it,” said Brad Clark, executive director of the One Colorado advocacy group, the primary outside advocacy group backing the bill. “Is this a celebration? Is it group therapy? We thought an ‘uncivil soiree’ would be fitting.”

Denver Republicans hear the spirit of (the) West at Lincoln Day Dinner

Tancredo urges GOP to consider putting West on ticket
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans will play a crucial role in the presidential election, party leaders told several hundred donors at the county’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Monday night. While Denver Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly three-to-one, there’s still such a large pool of votes in the county that boosting GOP turnout by even a few percentage points can make the difference which party carries the state, considered a linchpin for both major party candidates this fall.

Obama tells Coloradans: ‘We’re not going back, we’re moving forward’

President fires up the troops in Colorado visits
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama encouraged graduating cadets to help build another “great American Century” and fired up supporters at a high-dollar campaign event as Air Force One touched down twice on Wednesday in this crucial swing state.

Obama delivered the commencement address at the Air Force Academy at Falcon Stadium north of Colorado Springs and then attended a sold-out fundraiser at the downtown Hyatt Regency Denver before winging off to the Bay Area to raise more campaign cash.

Legislative races come into focus this month

May edition of Colorado’s Top 12 races
The Colorado Statesman

With just two weeks before ballots go into the mail for the June primary election, the state’s top primary races and the battle for control of the General Assembly is coming into sharp focus.

On the heels of a special session marked by partisan bickering — heralded by the demise of a divisive civil unions bill — that could cast a shadow over an otherwise remarkably cooperative legislative session, Democrats and Republicans alike can make a concrete case to voters that control of the legislative chambers makes a big difference.