Ernest Luning

Colorado legislative races: 12 to watch in 2012

The Colorado Statesman

It’s just four months until Colorado voters cast ballots in the June primary, and already the battle for control of the General Assembly is taking shape.

Santorum won straw poll, but does it mean much?

Bragging rights don’t necessarily translate to delegates
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans made headlines last week when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the state’s presidential preference poll at the Feb. 7 caucuses — he also won contests in Minnesota and Missouri that day – but when it comes to picking this year’s GOP nominee, did he win anything beyond bragging rights?

It’s too soon to tell, say state Republican Party officials. It all depends on how thousands of delegates elected at precinct caucuses last week eventually vote at a series of assemblies that begin next week and don’t conclude for nearly two months.

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.