Ernest Luning

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.

Bush backs principal training effort in Denver visit

The Colorado Statesman

Former President George W. Bush praised a local nonprofit dedicated to training non-traditional school principals during a brief visit to Denver on Thursday and said he has been inspired by Mayor Michael Hancock’s life story.

Gardner hopes seeds of fiscal restraint will bloom

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans heard from U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner about congressional efforts to create jobs, his own legislation to stimulate domestic energy production and his thirsty daughter during a luncheon thrown by the state GOP on Thursday at a downtown Denver restaurant.

Gardner was the speaker at the October Capital Club gathering, a consistent draw for about 100 donors every month at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant since Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call launched the monthly fundraiser this spring.

Cop chief is priority for Mayor

The Colorado Statesman

As Denver Mayor Michael Hancock approaches a decision on hiring a new police chief, dozens of residents let the mayor know what kind of chief they’d like him to pick at a town hall on Monday night at Manual High School.

“We hope the person you select will have sensitivity to all the communities you represent in Denver,” said the Rev. Timothy Tyler, pastor of the Shorter Community AME Church, one of about 20 residents who trooped to a microphone to tell a selection committee what Denver needs in its new top cop.

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Obama fights for jobs bill as 'warrior for the working class' in Denver visit
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama brought the campaign for his jobs bill to a sun-drenched parking lot outside Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver on Tuesday.

Calling himself a “warrior for the working class,” a peppy Obama repeatedly urged Republicans in Congress to “pass the bill,” a $447 million proposal he said combines tax cuts for working families and small businesses with increased spending on infrastructure and government jobs, including teachers.

SoS, Pueblo spar over inactives

The Colorado Statesman

In a series of terse letters exchanged this week between top election officials in Colorado and Pueblo County, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Pueblo Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz accused each other of misinterpreting the law when it comes to who should receive mail ballots. By week’s end, both sides were threatening to take the other to court over the question of sending ballots to “inactive” voters serving abroad in the military.

GOP Official instills hope for 2012

NRCC's Rep. Pete Sessions heads Republican dinner in Colorado Springs
The Colorado Statesman

COLO. SPRINGS — There was a little bit of Texas swagger on stage in Colorado Springs last Saturday night as U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions — the Dallas Republican who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee — told a statewide GOP fundraising dinner that it’s up to Republicans in Colorado to make sure President Barack Obama doesn’t serve another term.

Colorado gets a 24-karat donation to cover the State Capitol dome in gold

The Colorado Statesman

The State Capitol’s iconic gold dome will once again be clad with gold mined in Colorado, and the shiny stuff won’t cost taxpayers a cent.

That’s because Anglo-Gold Ashanti, owners of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mine in Teller County, is donating 72 ounces of the precious metal to a state preservation effort under way to restore the dome.