Ernest Luning

GOP candidates nominated

Assembly delegates give nod to congressional candidates
The Colorado Statesman

Republicans at congressional district assemblies set up one surprise primary, kept two potential primary challengers off the ballot, and sent a whole lot of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum delegates to attend the Republican National Convention during a series of meetings last Thursday and Friday.

Colorado GOP splits support among Romney, Santorum and Paul

The Colorado Statesman

At last, supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney believed last week, the Republican presidential candidate would get his due in Colorado.

Baumgardner top lines in SD 8 GOP primary

The Colorado Statesman

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, won top line on the June primary ballot over incumbent state Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, at the Senate District 8 Republican assembly on Friday.

House Democrats still hoping to find a Republican sponsor for civil unions bill

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to establish civil unions still lacks a House sponsor nearly two months after passing out of a Senate committee, but that’s because Democrats shepherding the measure remain intent on finding a Republican to champion the legislation before sending it over to the GOP-controlled chamber, backers said this week.

Groups sue Gessler over campaign finance rules

The Colorado Statesman

A pair of liberal watchdog groups sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler last week claiming that an extensive overhaul of state campaign finance rules wasn’t authorized by statute or the Colorado constitution.

'Ted was clearly the John Elway of Colorado politics’

Brown: 'He pulled no punches'
The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown stood before the assembled friends, colleagues and family of former Senate President Ted Strickland on Monday afternoon and prompted them to form a picture in their mind’s eye of the legendary Republican, whose career spanned five decades in Colorado politics.

Gloria Tanner continues to nurture young leaders

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly four decades of public service, former state Sen. Gloria Tanner, a Denver Democrat, says she’s almost ready to slow down a bit — but not until next year, or maybe the year after that, not until she helps launch another group of African-American women into the civic realm.

Denver Democrats rally at assembly

Incumbent Rep. Labuda toplines for Dem primary
The Colorado Statesman

Even as temperatures climbed and the unseasonably warm spring day beckoned on Saturday, more than 1,000 Denver Democrats packed into a school near the airport to ratify their support for a mostly uncontested ticket, and state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, had a word for it.

Looper edges Stephens in HD 19

El Paso County Republicans designate primary nominees
The Colorado Statesman

The showdown between two high-profile Republican lawmakers lived up to its billing as among the most hotly contested and potentially closest primary races in the state on Saturday as delegates to the El Paso County GOP assembly handed top-line designation to state Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, by a slim margin over House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.

Looper garnered 51.7 percent of the vote to Stephens’ 48.3 percent, a difference of 10 votes out of 298 cast at the boisterous, all-day gathering at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs.

Dem legislative races begin to take shape

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats headed off one legislative primary and set up another at metro-area county assemblies held on Saturday.

In the jostling for an open, competitive seat in central Lakewood, political organizer Brittany Pettersen emerged unopposed as the Democratic nominee after a late entry in the House District 28 race against gay veteran Brian Carroll, who failed to qualify for the ballot at the district assembly at Lakewood High School.