Ernest Luning

Romney has chips with regular Joes

The Colorado Statesman

Better get used to it, Colorado. Next time diners reach for their guacamole and chips, they might look up to find a presidential candidate shaking hands and talking about the economy. That’s what happened to at least a few hungry Coloradans at the Brewery Bar IV in southeast Aurora on Monday afternoon when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney packed the Mexican restaurant for about an hour of intensive retail campaigning before heading to a pricey fundraiser in a nearby suburb.

After intense scrutiny, no evidence emerges of wrongdoing by Hancock

The Colorado Statesman

A week after winning election as Denver’s next mayor, City Councilman Michael Hancock was working round the clock to deflect allegations that surfaced in the closing days of the campaign that he purchased the services of high-class prostitutes several years ago.

Initiative process comes under siege in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

An unlikely alliance of some of the state’s leading liberal and conservative voices are sounding the alarm that Colorado’s ballot initiative process is facing an unprecedented assault from established interests and lawmakers.

Romanoff boosts international development mission

The Colorado Statesman

Members and supporters of the Denver-based Chamber of the Americas were treated to a demonstration of a foot-powered treadle pump and a Bollywood-style musical tribute to the benefits of advanced irrigation technology at the organization’s monthly breakfast.

Hancock easily elected mayor

The Colorado Statesman

Michael Hancock brought a grin to a knife fight and walked away as Denver’s next mayor.

Hancock picks transition veteran Huggins to help assemble new administration

The Colorado Statesman

The morning after he was elected Denver’s next mayor, Councilman Michael Hancock tapped an experienced hand to lead his transition team.

Putting this year’s mayor’s race into perspective

The Colorado Statesman

Local media described Michael Hancock’s 16-point win over Chris Romer variously as a trouncing, a cruise to victory and a landslide.

Denver mayoral candidates talk about schools in mostly agreeable final debate

The Colorado Statesman

The seemingly endless series of forums and debates in Denver’s mayoral race came to a conclusion on Tuesday night the same way it began, with the candidates talking about education.

GOP strategist Rove declares Colorado could be key to 2012

The Colorado Statesman

It could all come down to Colorado.

That’s according to Republican strategist Karl Rove, who called Colorado “the quintessential swing state” and laid out a scenario to a group of Republicans in Denver that depicted the state as crucial to defeating President Barack Obama next year.

The 2011 Denver Mayoral Race Quiz

The Colorado Statesman

AS DENVER’S MAYORAL campaign nears the finish line, we wanted to reward readers who have paid close attention to the race — and amuse those who haven’t — with a quiz about the marathon endeavor.