Ernest Luning

Civil unions bill passes committee

The Colorado Statesman

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill to establish civil unions over opponents’ objections that the measure amounts to an end-run around a constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage in Colorado.

Colorado Dems look to the future at JJ Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

Newark Mayor Cory Booker brought down the house at the Colorado Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson dinner on Feb. 11, but not before a tribute to former sate Sen. Paul Sandoval moved the crowd to tears.

Presidential campaigns leave mark in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

For a few days, Colorado lived up to its storied battleground status as Republican presidential candidates criss-crossed the state urging supporters to turn out at Tuesday’s caucuses.

Santorum scores hat trick, upsets Romney in caucus

The Colorado Statesman

At campaign events in the week before Colorado Republicans cast ballots in a presidential preference poll, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called upon conservatives to “reset this race” with their votes. And at caucuses across the state on Tuesday night, they obliged.

Coors taps into CD 7 race

The Colorado Statesman

A retired executive with one of the most famous names in Colorado made his congressional campaign official this week.

Surrounded by family members and Republican officials, Joe Coors, Jr., launched his bid to unseat three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter before an excited crowd of about 200 at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood on Tuesday.

Presidential hopeful Paul gets rock star welcome

Enthusiastic crowds greet Ron Paul in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

More than 1,100 passionate supporters crammed a hotel ballroom to welcome long-shot presidential candidate Ron Paul to Denver on Tuesday as the Texas congressman became the first Republican to land in Colorado ahead of next week’s caucuses.

Vowing to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget during his first year in office, Paul said he would deliver on his promise of smaller government if elected president.

Santorum tells supporters to ‘reset’ presidential race

Former GOP senator campaigns in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

A feisty Rick Santorum challenged Colorado Republicans to “reset this race” by backing his presidential candidacy at next week’s precinct caucuses during a stop Wednesday in Lakewood as he barnstormed the battleground state.

At a mid-morning appearance at Colorado Christian University, the former Pennsylvania senator portrayed himself as the viable conservative alternative to GOP front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, just hours after Florida voters handed him a distant third-place finish in that state’s presidential primary.

Blaha challenges incumbent Lamborn in CD 5 GOP primary

The Colorado Statesman

In an election year already crowded with primaries, the Colorado Springs Republican repeatedly ranked as the most conservative member of Congress is facing a challenge from a conservative businessman who says the constituents in the safely Republican 5th Congressional District deserve an “articulate champion” for their values.

President Obama energizes Colorado crowd with remarks about country’s energy policies

“An all-out, all-of-the-above strategy [to] develop every available source of America’s energy.”
The Colorado Statesman

During a brief stop-over at Buckley Air Force base in Aurora on Thursday, President Barack Obama said that after hearing talk about reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil his entire life, his administration is finally doing something about it. Pointing to initiatives under way at Buckley, Obama said he plans to harness the vast purchasing power of the military to invigorate markets for clean energy, a move he predicted would save taxpayers money while strengthening national security.

Early GOP caucuses could alter national political landscape

The Colorado Statesman

Just a couple weeks ago, it looked like the Colorado Republican Party’s decision to move its precinct caucuses up to the first week in February wouldn’t matter much. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, by all appearances, was prepared to bag the first three presidential nominating contests — in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — leaving it to subsequent states merely to nod their approval and endorse the presumptive nominee.