Ernest Luning

InnerView with Ryan Call and Rick Palacio, state party chairs

The Colorado Statesman

When 36-year-old Rick Palacio was elected to head the Colorado Democratic Party in March, he became the youngest state chair in living memory. Three weeks later, he lost the title when Republicans elected 35-year-old Ryan Call to chair the state GOP.

Fur flies in Denver mayoral race

The Colorado Statesman

If all’s fair in love and war, the Denver mayoral campaign might have turned positively amorous this week.

Romer and Hancock edge Mejia for spots in runoff election

A contrast in background and style
The Colorado Statesman

The well-to-do son of a three-term governor will face an Army brat abandoned at a young age by his alcoholic father in the June runoff election for Denver’s next mayor.

Mayoral candidates stake out insider, outsider roles, rack up endorsements

The Colorado Statesman

After a late night celebrating narrow victories, the two candidates headed for a runoff in Denver’s mayoral election got up early the next day and staked out sharply different approaches to running the city even as they agreed on virtually everything they want to accomplish.

Palin thanks President — Bush, that is — for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice

Speech at CCU benefits military families
The Colorado Statesman

The day after American forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin thanked the troops, intelligence services and former President George W. Bush for bringing the “public face of Islamic terrorism” to justice during a speech delivered Monday night in Lakewood.

Mayor’s race winds down with three bunched at top

The Colorado Statesman

As votes trickle in with less than a week remaining before Denver’s municipal election, mayoral candidates are beating the bushes for ballots in what has turned into a close race for a spot in the anticipated runoff.

Positively Carla: Birthday party celebrates councilwoman’s life, spark

The Colorado Statesman

Paul Weiss looked up from the throngs of celebrants that surrounded him on the west side of the Denver Museum of Science and Nature last Saturday. “The forecast said it would rain,” he said, with a gleam in his eye and a note of astonishment in his voice, “but look at this!”

Boigon drops out of mayoral race, endorses Hancock

The Colorado Statesman

With just over two weeks to go until Denver’s mayoral election — and a day after a poll showed the race has turned into a statistical dead heat between three candidates — Carol Boigon dropped out of the running and threw her support to one of the front-runners, fellow City Council member Michael Hancock.

Mayor race tightens, charges start flying

The Colorado Statesman

As Denver voters began returning ballots this week, the leading candidates for a spot in the June mayoral runoff have kept their heads down and their elbows out.

Ex-Gov. Dean: Health care law can lose the mandate, needs cost controls

The Colorado Statesman

The Supreme Court can go ahead and strike down a controversial requirement that Americans purchase health insurance, but that won’t undermine last year’s landmark health care reform law, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean told a group assembled at a Denver law office last week.