Ernest Luning

Colorado Remembers 9-11

The Colorado Statesman

They brought flags, picnic lunches and deeply seared memories to a downtown park on the afternoon of Sept. 11 to commemorate the same day 10 years ago when everything changed.

By turns mournful and festive, the ‘Colorado Remembers 9/11’ event included patriotic speeches delivered by the state’s most prominent elected officials, mighty Air Force jets flying overhead, and a rousing concert by the Beach Boys, but the stars of the occasion were the roughly 500 military, police, firefighters and other emergency responders honored for their courage and standing for their fallen brethren.

DeGette, Pelosi get earful from women business owners at forum

The Colorado Statesman

A group of women business leaders painted a grim portrait of the economic climate and didn’t sound confident in the ability of Congress to fix things anytime soon at a forum sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette on Tuesday in Denver. The event’s headliner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, acknowledged the public is fed up with what appears to be a broken government and a slack economy but told the women not to despair.

Aurora mayoral candidates run gamut at first debate

The Colorado Statesman

Should Aurora aggressively court major developments, or have city officials devoted too much energy to hitting elusive jackpots at the expense of smaller retailers and other businesses?

Is it the mayor’s job to bring together potential employers and institutions to train workers, or would the next mayor more effectively help create jobs by getting out of the way?

Do voters want someone who shows up for the first candidates’ debate in an expensive suit and well-shined shoes, or do they prefer a more casual approach, down to a comfy pair of Crocs on their next mayor’s feet?

Coffman credits GOP with taking on tough tasks

The Colorado Statesman

The easy way out would have been to vote against the compromise on raising the federal debt ceiling earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman told a crowd at a fundraising luncheon for the state GOP last Thursday in Denver.

If he’d done that, Coffman said, he could have told conservative audiences he stood in the way of more government borrowing, and he could have told liberal audiences he had drawn the line against deep spending cuts.

One Colorado presents its 'Ally Awards'

The Colorado Statesman

A dazzling crowd of gay and straight allies, including both of Colorado’s U.S. senators and an array of elected officials from throughout the state, turned out on a crystal-clear evening Saturday at the Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate progress and honor individuals who have advanced the cause of gay civil rights.

Hey, Jude

Sandvall mounts uphill challenge for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

By most conventional measures, Jude Sandvall’s run for mayor of Aurora would have to be called a longshot, and that’s being charitable. The conservative barely registers in the polling — only a smidgeon of a point above the margin of error — and has raised just a fraction of the cash his better-known opponents have banked.

Hancock pledges: "Better, faster and stronger" city

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told a gathering of the region’s most powerful business leaders he intends to deliver a “better, faster and stronger” city in his first major speech, delivered on Aug. 17, just 30 days after he took office.

Hancock relents, lets press use recorders

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock didn’t make any “crazy news” at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at city hall, but by then the arrangements for the press conference itself already had.

Following an outcry from reporters and ridicule by bloggers, the new mayor — in office just 23 days — conducted a half-hour, formal event for about a dozen reporters and a couple of television cameras instead of the casual “pen and paper” briefing originally set by press secretary Amber Miller.

Western Conservative Summit 2011

The Colorado Statesman

If Georgia businessman Herman Cain wins the presidency next year, he might mark his stunning straw poll win at a gathering of Colorado conservatives as a turning point in his campaign. And even if the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO doesn’t ascend to the highest office in the land, he’ll likely still savor the memory of his reception in Denver last weekend, when nearly 1,000 cheering audience members leapt to their feet with sustained applause after his speech and then proceeded to vote for the Republican in overwhelming numbers.

GOPer Cain dominates Colorado conservative summit straw poll

The Colorado Statesman

Here are the results of the Western Conservative Summit’s inaugural presidential straw poll, conducted on July 31 near the conclusion of the three-day confab in Denver. The names of 14 declared and rumored Republican presidential candidates appeared on the ballot, as well as President Barack Obama. (Not surprisingly, after a weekend largely devoted to arguing that a second Obama term could destroy the country, the Democrat didn’t receive a single vote.) There was also a space to write in candidates.