Ernest Luning

National DNC leader Wasserman Schultz campaigns for Obama in Denver

GOP State Chair calls it a ‘political distraction’
The Colorado Statesman

The head of the national Democratic Party and an icon of the women’s rights movement campaigned for President Barack Obama in the Denver area on Saturday, touting the administration’s economic policies and commitment to funding education and preserving Medicare, but state Republicans called on the Democrats to “abandon political distractions” and instead focus on what they termed “terrible economic news.”

Control of Legislature is at stake

August, 2012 Top 12 Races
The Colorado Statesman

Actual voters — not just Capitol insiders and political operatives — are about to start paying attention to legislative races, once the kids are back in school and the air turns crisp. After the national parties’ conventions conclude and Labor Day starts to recede into the rear view mirror, mailboxes should fill up and phones should ring off the hook as Republicans seek to keep control of the House and take over the Senate, while Democrats aim for the opposite outcome.

Republicans hold a one-seat majority in the House and Democrats count a five-vote margin in the Senate.

Coors campaign releases optimistic internal poll

Perlmutter camp scoffs at results, methodology
The Colorado Statesman

Republican challenger Joe Coors is leading three-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter by a wide margin, according to a month-old internal poll released by the Coors campaign this week, though Democrats challenged the survey’s methodology and scoffed at the results.

Ryan pick elicits cheers and jeers

Republican vice presidential candidate ignites both sides
The Colorado Statesman

A few days after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, the race is on to define the Wisconsin con-gressman in front of Colorado voters.

Is he the bold visionary poised to reverse decades of Americans’ increasing dependence on the federal government? Or is he the dangerous extremist bent on eviscerating Medicare and leaving vulnerable Americans to fend for themselves?

Maybe he’s the boyish fitness buff who can boast of the 14ers he’s climbed and regularly visits the state to take his family camping?

Complaint filed against GOP State Chairman

Delegate: Call improperly elected to Credentials Committee
The Colorado Statesman

Last Friday, a Republican National Convention delegate from Denver filed a formal petition with the national GOP asking that State Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call be thrown off the convention’s Credentials Committee, charging that state party rules don’t allow the kind of election that put Call on the panel. The complaint stirs up simmering tension in Colorado’s delegation between backers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and upstart supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who hasn’t conceded the nomination.

Obama encircled by Romney campaign in Springs

Obama derides GOP economic proposals as ‘this trickle-down tax cut fairy dust’
The Colorado Statesman

The Democratic president of the United States and the Republican governor of Louisiana spent a good part of the day last Thursday laying out sharply different prescriptions for the nation’s economy in appearances in Colorado Springs.

President Barack Obama capped a two-day, four-city campaign swing through Colorado with an outdoor rally at Colorado College, where a sun-drenched crowd estimated at 4,200 filled the liberal arts school’s Cutler Quad to hear him rip apart Republican proposals while making a case that he’s put the country on the right track.

Michelle Obama: ‘Elections are always about hope’

First Lady campaigns in Denver for Obama’s reelection
The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama made an energetic case that voters should return President Barack Obama to the White House for a second term during a speech before 240 donors on Saturday evening at a downtown Denver museum.

“We’re not just here because we want to win an election — which we do, and we absolutely will, yes we will,” she said with a grin as the crowd whistled and cheered. “We are doing this because of the values we believe in.”

President rallies women in Denver

Romney slammed as harmful to women’s health security
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama launched a two-day campaign swing through Colorado on Wednesday with an appeal aimed at the crucial battleground state’s women voters, warning that his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, intended to yank the nation back to the 1950s when it comes to women’s rights.

Greeted with thunderous cheers of “Four more years,” Obama smiled and told the crowd, “If we win Colorado, I’ll get four more years.”

Thune campaigns for Romney in Colorado

Senator blasts Obama’s economic policies
The Colorado Statesman

Sandwiched between visits to Colorado by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, both campaigns waged a war of words in the state this week over which candidate would do a better job helping the struggling middle class.

U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican sometimes mentioned as a possible Romney running mate — though he dismissed those prospects on Monday — appeared at a Denver company to blast Obama’s economic policies and make a case that voters should give Romney a chance.

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.