Ernest Luning

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.

Bush pays visit to Colorado ahead of potential campaign

The Colorado Statesman

On the same day Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign in Kentucky, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another likely candidate in what promises to be a crowded field of GOP contenders, barnstormed the Colorado Front Range with a series of meetings with constituent groups and a fundraiser.

House shaking up state GOP structure

The Colorado Statesman

Just weeks into his tenure as head of the Colorado Republican Party, former gubernatorial candidate Steve House says he’s shaking up the way the party runs things.

In his first public appearance since winning the chairmanship, House told a group of Douglas County Republicans last Friday that he’s forging ahead with one of his campaign promises, organizing the GOP to run like a business, with key positions operating under a “team of rivals” principle.

Yesteryear: From same sex marriage ban to work for idle miners

This week's political stroll down memory lane
The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … State Rep. Kevin Lundberg called the debate over a ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado “the most significant domestic issue of the decade.” The Berthoud Republican wouldn’t budge when House Democratic Caucus Chair Angie Paccione asked if he really meant that the issue trumped the state’s fiscal crisis, health care, education or jobs. “Either marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively or anything goes,” he said.

Senators talk terror

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, in the midst of weighing a presidential bid, said on Wednesday in Denver that he would be willing to commit troops abroad to fight terrorists if it will keep the fight overseas.

“I can’t think of a way to defend this nation without some of us being over there,” the South Carolina Republican said at a discussion on the U.S. response to violent extremism. “Here’s the good news,” he added. “Most of the people in the region are not buying what these nut jobs are selling.”

Coffman turns 60, braces for new challenge ahead

The Colorado Statesman

Declaring that “60 is the new 40,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman welcomed some 150 guests to his birthday party on Saturday at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. “I hope that’s true, I really hope that’s true,” he said with a smile before dropping to the floor and doing 100 pushups at the urging of the crowd.

Imbroglio embroils election bill

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislature could be on the verge of approving sweeping changes to the way most municipalities conduct elections in the state, but not until a lawmaker intends to introduce last-minute changes before the final Senate vote on the legislation.

Colorado’s Jewish community celebrates

The Colorado Statesman

More than 400 well-wishers gathered to celebrate Colorado’s Jewish community and bestow honors at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s ninth annual luncheon last Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver.

“The one unique thing about the JCRC is, it truly is the only single consensus voice for the Jewish community in representing our point of view to elected officials,” said JEWISHcolorado president Doug Seserman, welcoming the over-capacity crowd.

Yesteryear: A stroll down politics' memory lane

Looking back: Final Four to civil rights march
The Colorado Statesman

Twenty-five years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Precinct caucuses were approaching, but attendance at the neighborhood gatherings would be vying against feverish interest in the NCAA Final Four championship games set for the same night in Denver. Although scalpers were demanding upwards of $2,500 for seats, “A lot of people still think they are miraculously going to get tickets,” said Arapahoe County Democratic chair Gale Drexler.