Ernest Luning

Colorado GOP could move caucuses to February

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans are considering moving the party’s 2012 caucuses ahead by a month to Feb. 7 if other states jump the gun and abandon a plan to delay the start of the presidential nominating calendar, state GOP Chairman Ryan Call told The Colorado Statesman on Tuesday.

Business execs focus on healthier kids at roundtable

The Colorado Statesman

A group of Denver-based CEOs told Mayor-elect Michael Hancock to focus his administration on the health and education of the city’s children at a roundtable discussion last week. That’s in addition to familiar pleas to cut red tape at city hall, abolish nuisance taxes and treat residents like customers — all suggestions offered at a meeting Hancock held on July 7 with some of the biggest names in the city’s business community.

Dems launch challenges in CD races

2012 Congressional District boundaries still unclear
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic legislators will be led by two congressional candidates next year with a third serving in the Colorado House. Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and state Rep. Joe Miklosi, D-Denver, this week joined House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, launching bids to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton, respectively, even though congressional lines won’t be known for months.

Mayor-elect Hancock names chief of staff

Sinden tapped as Hancock's first mayoral appointee
The Colorado Statesman

With just under two weeks to go until he takes office, Denver’s Mayor-elect Michael Hancock named Janice Sinden as his chief of staff this week. It’s the first job the incoming mayor has filled in his new administration, and it will be key to filling the remaining more than 60 appointments he will make, he said.

Hancock introduced Sinden, currently the executive director of Colorado Concern, a consortium of state business leaders, at a press conference in Civic Center Park on Tuesday.

Mayor-elect Hancock gets down to biz

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock last week returned to the Lower Downtown business where he launched his mayoral campaign to kick off a series of roundtable meetings with small business owners. It’s part of a pledge the city councilman made during his campaign to meet with 100 business leaders as part of his First 100 Days Plan designed to jump-start the city’s economy.

Panel: cooperation key for innovation

Senators, governor hear concerns
The Colorado Statesman

If Colorado businesses and politicians want to foster an environment where innovation can thrive — and jobs are plentiful — then they need to collaborate in a number of areas, including luring venture capital to the state, setting aside partisan bickering, and encouraging government officials to take a longer view when it comes to investment, regulatory and tax policies.

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.