Ernest Luning

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.

Stafford kicks off campaign for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

Dozens of supporters joined former state Rep. Debbie Stafford to kick off her campaign for mayor of Aurora at an ice cream social on July 16 at Highline Park.

A relentlessly upbeat Stafford — a domestic violence counselor, ordained reverend and certified auctioneer — spent much of the event greeting members of her enormous family, including nine grandchildren and numerous “adopted kids” she has kept in touch with since she was their youth pastor.

Colorado GOP could move caucuses to February

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans are considering moving the party’s 2012 caucuses ahead by a month to Feb. 7 if other states jump the gun and abandon a plan to delay the start of the presidential nominating calendar, state GOP Chairman Ryan Call told The Colorado Statesman on Tuesday.

Business execs focus on healthier kids at roundtable

The Colorado Statesman

A group of Denver-based CEOs told Mayor-elect Michael Hancock to focus his administration on the health and education of the city’s children at a roundtable discussion last week. That’s in addition to familiar pleas to cut red tape at city hall, abolish nuisance taxes and treat residents like customers — all suggestions offered at a meeting Hancock held on July 7 with some of the biggest names in the city’s business community.

Dems launch challenges in CD races

2012 Congressional District boundaries still unclear
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic legislators will be led by two congressional candidates next year with a third serving in the Colorado House. Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and state Rep. Joe Miklosi, D-Denver, this week joined House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, launching bids to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton, respectively, even though congressional lines won’t be known for months.

Mayor-elect Hancock names chief of staff

Sinden tapped as Hancock's first mayoral appointee
The Colorado Statesman

With just under two weeks to go until he takes office, Denver’s Mayor-elect Michael Hancock named Janice Sinden as his chief of staff this week. It’s the first job the incoming mayor has filled in his new administration, and it will be key to filling the remaining more than 60 appointments he will make, he said.

Hancock introduced Sinden, currently the executive director of Colorado Concern, a consortium of state business leaders, at a press conference in Civic Center Park on Tuesday.

Mayor-elect Hancock gets down to biz

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock last week returned to the Lower Downtown business where he launched his mayoral campaign to kick off a series of roundtable meetings with small business owners. It’s part of a pledge the city councilman made during his campaign to meet with 100 business leaders as part of his First 100 Days Plan designed to jump-start the city’s economy.

Panel: cooperation key for innovation

Senators, governor hear concerns
The Colorado Statesman

If Colorado businesses and politicians want to foster an environment where innovation can thrive — and jobs are plentiful — then they need to collaborate in a number of areas, including luring venture capital to the state, setting aside partisan bickering, and encouraging government officials to take a longer view when it comes to investment, regulatory and tax policies.