Ernest Luning

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.

Well-funded chiropractor announces for CD 6 race

Haney joins Miklosi for Dem nomination
The Colorado Statesman

It looks like state Rep. Joe Miklosi could face a well-funded Democratic primary opponent after all.

A week after former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff made it clear he isn’t jumping into the race for the newly competitive 6th Congressional District, chiropractor Perry Haney announced he’s a candidate for the seat.

Chiropractor boning up to run in 6th District

No word yet if Miklosi is bent out of shape…
The Colorado Statesman

It looks like state Rep. Joe Miklosi could face a well-funded Democratic primary opponent after all.

Just days after former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff made it clear he isn’t jumping into the race for the newly competitive 6th Congressional District seat, wealthy chiropractor Perry Haney has been making the rounds meeting key Democratic players. At the same time, his backers are letting word leak out that the candidate intends to spend what it takes to win the nomination.

High court affirms maps drawn by Dems

Newly configured Congressional districts are more competitive
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday that congressional district lines drawn by Democrats and approved by a Denver judge will stand.

The high court issued its order just days after hearing arguments over whether the map fairly reflects changing demographics or it yanks major Front Range counties into other districts for no good reason.

Open season on open seats for 2012 legislative races

The Colorado Statesman

If the legislative maps submitted this week to the Colorado Supreme Court win approval, the General Assembly could see unprecedented turnover after next year’s election, and it won’t matter who wins or who loses at the polls. That’s because the Democratic maps approved late last month create open seats in 11 House districts and three Senate districts, a byproduct of drawing 29 legislative incumbents into districts with other incumbents. And that’s on top of the usual open seats created by term limits and legislators who decline to run again.

Romanoff says no to CD 6 race

The Colorado Statesman

Ending more than a month of fevered speculation, former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff said Tuesday he won’t jump into the race for a newly competitive 6th Congressional District.

Saying up front that he never had plans to run for the seat, the Denver Democrat said several months of ardent lobbying from state and national backers weren’t enough to persuade him to run.

“The timing is not right for me,” Romanoff told The Colorado Statesman.

Arapahoe GOP revelers bestow early Christmas gift to Mitt Romney

The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County Republicans rang in the holiday season Tuesday night at the Cherry Creek Marina and Yacht Club, overlooking the cozy event center’s namesake reservoir.