Ernest Luning

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.

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.