Ernest Luning

Call scores GOP chair on first ballot

The Colorado Statesman

In the end, it wasn’t even close. A spirited and divisive race to replace Dick Wadhams as the next Colorado Republican Party chairman ended after just one ballot on March 26 at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock with a clear majority for Ryan Call, the state GOP legal counsel and former Denver County chairman.

N.M. guv stresses the issues

Romney wins straw poll, Bachmann places second
The Colorado Statesman

The nation’s first Latina governor told Colorado Republicans to stick to their guns but not to be too tied to traditional labels in the next election at a fundraising dinner on March 25 in Lone Tree.

‘Sí se puede!’

Latino, labor activists join to celebrate César Chávez
The Colorado Statesman

A capacity crowd danced the night away at a VFW hall in West Denver on March 26 to celebrate the legacy of César Chávez at the dinner-dance sponsored by the local council of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

Wadhams looms large in GOP race

Five running for state chairman
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans pick a new state chairman this weekend from a field of five starkly different candidates but the outgoing party boss looms large over the election even after withdrawing from the race more than a month ago.

‘The Herminator’ revs up Denver Republicans

Republicans raise Cain and bucks in traditionally Democratic domain
The Colorado Statesman

It’s hard to be a Republican in Denver — at least according to Denver Republicans, who gathered for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner on March 18 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Candidates for GOP chair talk money

The Colorado Statesman

The five candidates for Colorado Republican Party chairman got into a spirited discussion about money — how to raise it for the state party, whether old campaign debts should be an issue and whether the chairman’s job should be a paid position — at the breakfast meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club on March 9 at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in the Tech Center.

InnerView with Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The Colorado Statesman

Seven years ago this month, two-term U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell sent Colorado’s political world spinning with an abrupt announcement he wouldn’t seek another term.

Ballot measures on taxes being pulled by Heath, Fiscal Policy Institute

The Colorado Statesman

Ballot measures on taxes that were headed to the November ballot are being pulled by their sponsors, Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, and the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, but for very different reasons.

Heath told The Colorado Statesman Monday that he’s pulling his citizen initiative that would increase the rates of state income and sales taxes for three years, in favor of a measure that would make the increases permanent.

Stafford readies bid for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

A Republican-turned-Democrat is preparing to announce her candidacy against a Democrat-turned-Republican for mayor of Aurora, The Colorado Statesman has learned.

Mayor hopefuls debate schools

The Colorado Statesman

Denver mayoral candidates agreed on at least one thing Tuesday during a debate over how to fix the city’s schools: Go Angels!