Ernest Luning

A toast to Denver’s HD 8 Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

When Northeast Denver Democrats get together for their annual House District 8 spaghetti dinner, there’s always a toast. Or two.

This year, more than 100 party activists and elected officials raised their glasses to celebrate the district’s heritage as a liberal stronghold — powerful enough to sway state elections, some say — and to remember missing friends and neighbors at a fundraiser on April 21 at Loyola Catholic Church on the west side of City Park.

Legislative races of 2012: April edition

The Colorado Statesman

This time around, the cardinal number is six: It’s just six weeks until ballots drop for June’s all-mail primary election, and six months from now Coloradans will already be voting in what promises to be one of the most hard-fought general elections in memory.

While Colorado’s role as a crucial battleground in the presidential contest — some say it’s the key swing state — will surely suck up most of the oxygen this year, dozens of races in every corner of the state will vie for attention as voters select a new legislature.

Sandoval fostered dreams of the powerful and powerless

The Colorado Statesman

Soon after news broke that legendary North Denver power broker Paul Sandoval had died, the tributes began to pour in from across the country, remembering the tamale proprietor’s influence on local, state and national politics over four decades.

Sandoval was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last February and died at his home on Tuesday afternoon, said his wife, Paula. He was 67.

GOP candidates nominated

Assembly delegates give nod to congressional candidates
The Colorado Statesman

Republicans at congressional district assemblies set up one surprise primary, kept two potential primary challengers off the ballot, and sent a whole lot of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum delegates to attend the Republican National Convention during a series of meetings last Thursday and Friday.

Colorado GOP splits support among Romney, Santorum and Paul

The Colorado Statesman

At last, supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney believed last week, the Republican presidential candidate would get his due in Colorado.

Baumgardner top lines in SD 8 GOP primary

The Colorado Statesman

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, won top line on the June primary ballot over incumbent state Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, at the Senate District 8 Republican assembly on Friday.

House Democrats still hoping to find a Republican sponsor for civil unions bill

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to establish civil unions still lacks a House sponsor nearly two months after passing out of a Senate committee, but that’s because Democrats shepherding the measure remain intent on finding a Republican to champion the legislation before sending it over to the GOP-controlled chamber, backers said this week.

Groups sue Gessler over campaign finance rules

The Colorado Statesman

A pair of liberal watchdog groups sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler last week claiming that an extensive overhaul of state campaign finance rules wasn’t authorized by statute or the Colorado constitution.

'Ted was clearly the John Elway of Colorado politics’

Brown: 'He pulled no punches'
The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown stood before the assembled friends, colleagues and family of former Senate President Ted Strickland on Monday afternoon and prompted them to form a picture in their mind’s eye of the legendary Republican, whose career spanned five decades in Colorado politics.

Gloria Tanner continues to nurture young leaders

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly four decades of public service, former state Sen. Gloria Tanner, a Denver Democrat, says she’s almost ready to slow down a bit — but not until next year, or maybe the year after that, not until she helps launch another group of African-American women into the civic realm.