Ernest Luning

Hancock pledges: "Better, faster and stronger" city

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told a gathering of the region’s most powerful business leaders he intends to deliver a “better, faster and stronger” city in his first major speech, delivered on Aug. 17, just 30 days after he took office.

Hancock relents, lets press use recorders

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock didn’t make any “crazy news” at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at city hall, but by then the arrangements for the press conference itself already had.

Following an outcry from reporters and ridicule by bloggers, the new mayor — in office just 23 days — conducted a half-hour, formal event for about a dozen reporters and a couple of television cameras instead of the casual “pen and paper” briefing originally set by press secretary Amber Miller.

Western Conservative Summit 2011

The Colorado Statesman

If Georgia businessman Herman Cain wins the presidency next year, he might mark his stunning straw poll win at a gathering of Colorado conservatives as a turning point in his campaign. And even if the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO doesn’t ascend to the highest office in the land, he’ll likely still savor the memory of his reception in Denver last weekend, when nearly 1,000 cheering audience members leapt to their feet with sustained applause after his speech and then proceeded to vote for the Republican in overwhelming numbers.

GOPer Cain dominates Colorado conservative summit straw poll

The Colorado Statesman

Here are the results of the Western Conservative Summit’s inaugural presidential straw poll, conducted on July 31 near the conclusion of the three-day confab in Denver. The names of 14 declared and rumored Republican presidential candidates appeared on the ballot, as well as President Barack Obama. (Not surprisingly, after a weekend largely devoted to arguing that a second Obama term could destroy the country, the Democrat didn’t receive a single vote.) There was also a space to write in candidates.

Miklosi kicks off run against Coffman while district lines are still unknown

The Colorado Statesman

Asked whether the slogan for his congressional campaign might be “Joe Miklosi: No Boundaries,” the Democratic state lawmaker demurred with a chuckle and instead directed his fire at the veteran Republican he hopes to unseat next year in a district whose lines won’t be known for months.

POWRful Republican Women laud gains

Say 'Quiet Stories' can help sway votes
The Colorado Statesman

More than 200 Republican women — and their admirers — gathered to talk politics on July 29 at the Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village at a fundraiser sponsored by the Colorado group Political Organization of Republican Women.

RNC chief says Colorado will be 'absolute battleground'

Priebus plans on making state his second home
The Colorado Statesman

Politically active Coloradans had better figure out how to pronounce the name of Reince Priebus as the state takes center stage in the 2012 presidential election. That’s because the Wisconsin attorney, who took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, plans to spend a lot of time here. (His first name starts out like the river “Rhine,” and his last name sounds like the hybrid automobile “Prius,” only with an extra consonant.)

Obama's campaign organizes in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Even though the 2012 election is 15 months away, President Barack Obama’s campaign is already off to a fast start in Colorado, seen as a key battleground state in what is shaping up to be a tight presidential contest. Earlier this month, hundreds of Obama volunteers and summer interns fanned out up and down the Front Range as part of a national “Day of Action” meant to register voters and kick-start a massive organization that plans to keep going until next November.

Hancock appoints Friednash to city attorney

The Colorado Statesman

The former state lawmaker who portrayed Michael Hancock’s runoff opponent during mayoral debate preparation this spring was named Denver’s city attorney on Wednesday.

Hancock said Doug Friednash, 49, a Greenberg Taurig attorney who specializes in complex litigation and government affairs, stood out among “unbelievable candidates” from throughout the country who applied for the top legal position in the new administration.

'Skinny kid from Northeast Denver' sworn in as mayor

The Colorado Statesman

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More than 25 years after he told a television reporter he intended to become the city’s first black mayor, Michael Hancock, 41, was sworn in as Denver’s 45th mayor on July 18 before a packed house at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater.