Ernest Luning

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.

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Update of Colorado’s top legislative races in 2012

The Colorado Statesman

Smack in the middle of what might be called Colorado’s political pre-season — both parties have concluded their caucuses, county assemblies are under way, and the primary ballot is still taking shape — dozens of legislative races are beginning to vie for attention in a year so far dominated by the presidential race.

Still too soon to determine who’s ahead in Colorado’s race for prez

GOP presidential candidates in battle for Colorado delegates
The Colorado Statesman

More than six weeks after Colorado Republicans handed a surprise upset victory to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in a caucus-night straw poll, it’s still too soon to tell which GOP presidential candidate has won the state.

Speculation about stuffed ballot boxes, old-style political intrigue erupts in Adams County

The Colorado Statesman

Adams County Democrats sent two-term Commissioner Alice Nichol packing at the county assembly on Saturday but not before a snag in the ballot count raised tensions that were already running high inside the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds in Brighton.

Assembly activities in full gear in Douglas County GOP stronghold

The Colorado Statesman

Like many of the Republicans gathering around the state for county assemblies this month, Highlands Ranch resident Arvina Barnes hasn’t been a very active participant in politics before this election season.

Young candidates in a hurry to replace 'Old Guard'

The Colorado Statesman

A bumper crop of young candidates promises to shake things up at the statehouse by bringing a fresh perspective and energetic voices if they’re elected this fall.

Caucus-lite for Dems on Super Tuesday

The Colorado Statesman

What a difference an incumbent president makes.

Just four years ago, there wasn’t a parking place to be found at Overland High School in Aurora, where Democrats from some 40 surrounding precincts gathered for caucuses.