Ernest Luning

Yesteryear

Mayoral runoff, paper’s IRS troubles and more

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Denver voters sent Wellington Webb, the city’s first African-American mayor, a “somber message” on Election Day, handing a win to City Councilwoman Mary DeGroot in the first round of balloting. DeGroot edged the incumbent by a whisker, just 0.1 percent of the vote, though she had been running far behind Webb in polls, with less than 30 percent in surveys.

Build The Damn Thing

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee holds hearing in Aurora
The Colorado Statesman

“Build the damn thing,” was the message delivered by members of a Senate Committee and Colorado’s congressional delegation at a field hearing held on Friday in Aurora to examine the beleaguered Veterans’ Administration hospital, long under construction and way over budget.

The phrase was lifted from pins that read “B-T-D-T” handed out by Steve Rylant, president of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado, and it expressed a nearly universal sentiment.

ELECTIONS

Denver candidates grapple with growth

The Colorado Statesman

When ballots are counted in the Denver municipal races on the night of May 5, the city is almost certain to wind up with familiar faces in citywide and district offices while at the same time greeting an unusually large number of newcomers to city government.

Wayne Williams a contrast to former SOS

The Colorado Statesman

Three months after being sworn in, Secretary of State Wayne Williams has mostly stayed out of the news, and that’s the way he likes it.

Sen. Lindsey Graham charts presidential path

The Colorado Statesman

While his positions on immigration and climate change might land Lindsey Graham outside the mainstream among Republican presidential hopefuls, the South Carolina senator says he’s got solid majorities of GOP primary voters in his corner. Add to that his years crafting a distinctly hawkish foreign policy — a favored position in early primary states — and Graham has no problem envisioning a good run in what is already a burgeoning field of candidates.

CHATTER

Log Cabin Republicans disinvited from Western Conservative Summit

The Colorado Statesman

The organizers of this year’s Western Conservative Summit — billed as “the premiere summer destination for Americans who still believe in freedom, family, faith, and the future” — this week told a Republican organization devoted to advocating for gays and lesbians that it can’t formally participate in the June conference in Denver.

Yesteryear

A new convention center, and a visit from the first lady

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Construction companies handed Denver Mayor Federico Peña a “giant skeleton key, finished in brilliant gold” to the new Colorado Convention Center, which was set to open on time and on budget. “Each of you need to share in the celebration,” said Phelps Construction president Jerry Morgensen as he handed the enormous key to Peña.

Gardner: Iran deal ‘a dance of porcupines’

The Colorado Statesman

Fresh from a congressional trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said on Monday that he has “great concerns” about a nuclear deal announced last week with Iran and wants to see Congress vote on the agreement.

CHATTER

Dems are shocked, shocked over Coffman campaign contributions

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats and their allies are demanding that U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman give back $20,000 in campaign contributions from former Rep. Aaron Schock’s political action committee following the Illinois Republican’s ignominious fall from office.

A Coffman spokesman said the Aurora Republican has already donated the Schock contributions to a veterans organization and dismissed the furor as left-wing hysteria.

Clinton tied with GOP rivals in Colorado swing-state poll

The Colorado Statesman

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has slipped dramatically in match-ups against potential Republican rivals among Colorado voters in a swing-state poll released Thursday morning by Quinnipiac University. Clinton is in a statistical tie with all seven of the GOP candidates polled, marking a drop from leads she held in a previous poll released in mid-February.