Ernest Luning

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.

Miklosi kicks off run against Coffman while district lines are still unknown

The Colorado Statesman

Asked whether the slogan for his congressional campaign might be “Joe Miklosi: No Boundaries,” the Democratic state lawmaker demurred with a chuckle and instead directed his fire at the veteran Republican he hopes to unseat next year in a district whose lines won’t be known for months.

POWRful Republican Women laud gains

Say 'Quiet Stories' can help sway votes
The Colorado Statesman

More than 200 Republican women — and their admirers — gathered to talk politics on July 29 at the Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village at a fundraiser sponsored by the Colorado group Political Organization of Republican Women.

RNC chief says Colorado will be 'absolute battleground'

Priebus plans on making state his second home
The Colorado Statesman

Politically active Coloradans had better figure out how to pronounce the name of Reince Priebus as the state takes center stage in the 2012 presidential election. That’s because the Wisconsin attorney, who took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, plans to spend a lot of time here. (His first name starts out like the river “Rhine,” and his last name sounds like the hybrid automobile “Prius,” only with an extra consonant.)

Obama's campaign organizes in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Even though the 2012 election is 15 months away, President Barack Obama’s campaign is already off to a fast start in Colorado, seen as a key battleground state in what is shaping up to be a tight presidential contest. Earlier this month, hundreds of Obama volunteers and summer interns fanned out up and down the Front Range as part of a national “Day of Action” meant to register voters and kick-start a massive organization that plans to keep going until next November.

Hancock appoints Friednash to city attorney

The Colorado Statesman

The former state lawmaker who portrayed Michael Hancock’s runoff opponent during mayoral debate preparation this spring was named Denver’s city attorney on Wednesday.

Hancock said Doug Friednash, 49, a Greenberg Taurig attorney who specializes in complex litigation and government affairs, stood out among “unbelievable candidates” from throughout the country who applied for the top legal position in the new administration.

'Skinny kid from Northeast Denver' sworn in as mayor

The Colorado Statesman

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More than 25 years after he told a television reporter he intended to become the city’s first black mayor, Michael Hancock, 41, was sworn in as Denver’s 45th mayor on July 18 before a packed house at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater.

Stafford kicks off campaign for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

Dozens of supporters joined former state Rep. Debbie Stafford to kick off her campaign for mayor of Aurora at an ice cream social on July 16 at Highline Park.

A relentlessly upbeat Stafford — a domestic violence counselor, ordained reverend and certified auctioneer — spent much of the event greeting members of her enormous family, including nine grandchildren and numerous “adopted kids” she has kept in touch with since she was their youth pastor.

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.