Ernest Luning

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.

Tried and true tips on how to navigate the caucus process

The Colorado Statesman

Douglas County Republican Crista Huff isn’t the only one teaching voters how to navigate the caucus process — Republican presidential campaigns are training supporters in hopes of netting delegates via subsequent assemblies, and some of Huff’s past pupils are organizing classes of their own this year — but she’s been running classes for more than two years and sounds like she has the art down to a science.

A new era begins for New Era Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

More than 200 young politicos — and their supporters — showed up at a Capitol Hill bar on Jan. 11 at New Era Colorado’s annual celebration of the Legislature’s opening day. Lawmakers, campaign operatives and candidates rubbed shoulders with young activists and raised toasts to an ambitious legislative agenda unveiled earlier that day down the street at the Capitol.

Hickenlooper’s second State of the State draws on images of the Colorado West

The Colorado Statesman

It was all about hats as Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his second State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature on Thursday at the Capitol.

Recounting the history of John B. Stetson — who ventured west to territorial Colorado, only to discover his “hatting” skills led the way to an extraordinarily lucrative business — Hickenlooper connected the iconic headwear to the audience in the House chamber.

Lawmakers pledge cooperation — but hard feelings linger

Opening day at the 2012 Legislature
The Colorado Statesman

For at least a day, the second floor of the Colorado State Capitol was among the happiest places on earth.

As the second regular session of the 68th General Assembly of Colorado kicked off on Wednesday, legislative leaders from both parties pledged to reach across the aisles to tackle the state’s sluggish economy and dismissed suggestions that election-year politics or lingering rancor over new district lines might impede the people’s business.