Ernest Luning

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.

Colorado Black Caucus launched this week

The Colorado Statesman

Declaring that the time has come for African-American elected officials to band together to foster common goals, state Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, welcomed a crowd of more than 200 to the official launch of the Colorado Black Caucus on Thursday night at the Colorado Museum of Nature and Science.

Boots 'N Business

The Colorado Statesman

Normally staid denizens of Denver donned Colorado western wear on Friday, letting their true inner cowboy and cowgirl shine at this year’s Boots ‘n Business annual luncheon. The event, which attracted about 950 community leaders, kicked off the 106th annual National Western Stockshow & Rodeo.

Colorado Young Democrats celebrate the holidays in old-fashioned style

‘The reason that Obama won Colorado and Democrats did so well is because young people came out to vote.’
The Colorado Statesman

Young Democrats from around the state gathered under the viaduct on Dec. 19 to celebrate the holidays, collect donations for the needy and honor volunteers and elected officials.

Revenue forecast brings good cheer

The Colorado Statesman

The state unwrapped an early holiday present on Dec. 20 when a quarterly forecast showed this year’s tax revenues could be $231 million higher than earlier predictions, allowing Gov. John Hickenlooper to restore $89 million he had earlier proposed cutting from K-12 education.

Community leaders join in Hanukkah celebration

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock joined elected officials and leaders of Colorado’s Jewish community to help light the first Hanukkah candle at Allied Jewish Federation’s public menorah in southeast Denver on Dec. 20.

No magic wand in Santa's gift bag

The Colorado Statesman

Jobs are job one as the Colorado General Assembly prepares to bang itself into session in less than a month, but the governor and legislative leaders from both parties warned against expecting any magical resolution to next year’s budget woes.

Denver Dems party on in anticipation of 2012

The Colorado Statesman

It was standing-room-only on Wednesday night at the Skylark Lounge on South Broadway when Denver Democrats gathered to toast the holidays at the party’s annual bash. The decidedly casual affair brought out more than 100 Dems from all over town, including legislators, city officials, local activists and all manner of political partiers for a shindig that lasted well into the night.

Reapportionment fallout hits home

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday approved Democratic-sponsored legislative maps that Republicans blasted as “vindictive” for drawing so many GOP incumbents into the same districts. Democrats countered that they were forced to propose the maps after Republicans challenged an earlier set of bipartisan plans that didn’t pit incumbents against each other but that the court said divided too many counties.

Lundberg looking at race against incumbent Polis

Other Republicans also weighing bids in 2012
The Colorado Statesman

In a possible match-up he acknowledges would be “kind of a David and Goliath competition,” one of the most conservative members of the Colorado Legislature announced late last week that he’s exploring a run against one of the state’s most powerful — and wealthiest — gay politicians.