Ernest Luning

Bennet pumps up volunteers for 2012 presidential campaign

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s narrow victory in 2010 against GOP challenger Ken Buck has been held up as a model for how Democrats can win Colorado’s crucial presidential vote next year, and Colorado’s junior senator was on hand over the weekend to energize Obama volunteers in Denver.

Gay veteran drops out of primary, accepts newly created party post

Conservative blog suggests "illegal bribe" may have been offered
The Colorado Statesman

A gay veteran who last month launched a primary challenge against three-term state Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, dropped his bid Monday while at the same time accepting a newly created volunteer post to advise the state Democratic Party on veterans’ affairs.

The announcement that Lakewood resident Brian Carroll would be running against Kerr in the newly drawn House District 28 drew national attention because, his supporters touted, he would be the first openly gay veteran to seek public office following the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Democratic Women's Summit offers hope for aspiring officials

The Colorado Statesman

Women politicians face some of the same barriers that seemed outmoded decades ago, but it’s more important than ever to make sure women are well represented in government because of their unique perspective and, studies show, they make better lawmakers.

That was the message delivered to a group of nearly 100 women who gathered all afternoon on Oct. 29 at the downtown Sheraton for the state Democratic Party’s third annual Democratic Women’s Summit.

Controversial vacancy committee meeting gives Neville the nod to succeed Kopp

The Colorado Statesman

A Republican vacancy committee on Thursday night denied veteran state Rep. Jim Kerr, R-Littleton, a promotion to the upper chamber by the narrowest of margins and instead chose activist Tim Neville to take over for retiring Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp. But the proceedings turned sour after the 60-58 vote was confirmed in a supervised recount as Kerr supporters charged that a handful of Republicans who should have voted hadn’t been notified of the meeting.

Tax hike proves to be a losing proposition

Education measure fails to make the grade with electorate
The Colorado Statesman

When it came to increasing state taxes to stem years of cuts to education spending, Colorado voters just couldn’t stomach it. Voters roundly rejected Proposition 103, the only question on the statewide ballot, by a 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday.

Hogan takes prize, lands top spot

The Colorado Statesman

For the first time in 24 years, Aurora won’t have a Mayor Tauer. Instead, another steady fixture in the sprawling suburb’s civic firmament, former Councilman Steve Hogan, will be sworn in as mayor later this month after scoring a decisive win on Tuesday over Councilman Ryan Frazier, his chief opponent, and four other candidates.

Hogan takes over on Nov. 14 from term-limited Mayor Ed Tauer, who followed his father, former Mayor Paul Tauer, in the top office of the state’s third-largest city.

Hancock names Kentucky chief to head Denver cops

The Colorado Statesman

In a long-anticipated announcement that still came a couple days earlier than planned, Mayor Michael Hancock named Louisville, Ky., Police Chief Robert White as Denver’s next chief on Oct. 28.

White will be the first Denver chief in more than 50 years who didn’t rise through the local ranks, and he will also be the first African-American chief of the roughly 1,500-officer force.

Vowing to bring transparency and a new spirit of cooperation between the police force and the community to the job, White, 59, on Saturday said he was “honored” to join Hancock’s team.

Confrontation turns violent with police, Occupy Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Police arrested 20 demonstrators Saturday afternoon and evening in the shadow of the state Capitol during the most chaotic day yet of the month-long Occupy Denver movement.

Obama unveils student loan program

The Colorado Statesman

In a speech that unveiled his administration’s plans to make it easier for college students to repay student loans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the University of Colorado Denver assailed Republican lawmakers for blocking a jobs program he said will put millions of Americans to work and spur a moribund economy.

Dem politics in JeffCo heat up

A hot chile contest and Dem primary
The Colorado Statesman

Things were both chilly and frosty when the Jefferson County Democratic Party revived its annual Halloween chile cook off after a four-year hiaitus last Saturday at the Sheetmetal Workers hall in Lakewood.

Nearly a hundred hungry Democrats showed up to sample more than a dozen pots of red chile and about half that many green chile recipes, all prepared by elected officials, candidates and party luminaries, and it’s a safe bet that no one went away still hungry.