Ernest Luning

Assembly activities in full gear in Douglas County GOP stronghold

The Colorado Statesman

Like many of the Republicans gathering around the state for county assemblies this month, Highlands Ranch resident Arvina Barnes hasn’t been a very active participant in politics before this election season.

Young candidates in a hurry to replace 'Old Guard'

The Colorado Statesman

A bumper crop of young candidates promises to shake things up at the statehouse by bringing a fresh perspective and energetic voices if they’re elected this fall.

Caucus-lite for Dems on Super Tuesday

The Colorado Statesman

What a difference an incumbent president makes.

Just four years ago, there wasn’t a parking place to be found at Overland High School in Aurora, where Democrats from some 40 surrounding precincts gathered for caucuses.

Scalia urges audience not to reject possibility of miracles

Supreme Court Justice is mostly mum on political issues
The Colorado Statesman

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia urged Catholics to have “the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world” during a keynote address at a religious conference on Saturday at the Colorado Convention Center.

Jefferson County Republicans prep for Election Year victories

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Republicans filled the Lakewood Elks Lodge to overflowing on Saturday for an unconventional Lincoln Day Luncheon and Candidate Roundup that featured a full slate of optimistic candidates and energized activists. The bellwether county is represented by Colorado’s three Democratic members of Congress and a number of swing races that could determine control of the state legislature.

Democratic caucuses will focus primarily on local races

The Colorado Statesman

Even as one of Colorado’s liveliest election seasons in memory begins to heat up in the key battleground state, Democratic precinct caucuses on March 6 promise to be mostly quiet occasions this year.

Udall, high-ranking military officials discuss national security at CELL event

The Colorado Statesman

The question of how to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions amounts to the “most vexing challenge” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said he’s faced in all his years in Congress at a panel discussion on national security Wednesday night at the Denver Art Museum.

Amid fresh tension over reports Iran had blocked international inspectors from a nuclear facility, Udall cautioned against a rising drumbeat to attack the country, warning that brute force hasn’t always yielded the intended results in the troubled, complicated region.

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.