Ernest Luning

Colorado Dems party for the Party

Annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner
The Colorado Statesman

In addition to being the Colorado Democratic Party’s largest fundraiser, the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on March 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver was also a swan song for outgoing state party chairwoman Pat Waak, but she had Sandhill Cranes on her mind.

Civil unions bill passes first Senate hurdle

The Colorado Statesman

A Senate panel on Monday gave initial approval to a bill that would create civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado over objections the proposal defies a constitutional ban on gay marriage enacted by voters five years ago.

‘Government in the Grocery’ program returns to CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 constituents showed up for the return of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s “Government in the Grocery” on Saturday at a Lakewood Safeway.

Candidates for Denver mayor get down to business

The Colorado Statesman

If you ask Denver mayoral candidate Jeff Peckman how to fix what ails the city, he’ll tell you: All you need is love. The other candidates at a downtown forum on Wednesday afternoon — while not expressly rejecting love — had some different ideas.

GOP Chair candidates differ on particulars

...Such as what to do with a ‘RINO’
The Colorado Statesman

The four candidates for Colorado Republican Party chairman agreed that if a GOP candidate needs a lecture, it ought to be done out of public view — but that’s about the only topic that found all of them taking the same position at a forum on Feb. 24 at the Bemis Public Library in Littleton.

Race for GOP chair in full gear

The Colorado Statesman

Two of the four men bidding to be the Colorado Republican Party’s next chairman pitched their candidacies Monday night in Northglenn.

Ryan Call and Leondray Gholston told a crowd of nearly 100 grassroots conservatives and elected officials they each have what it takes to run the party and build the coalitions necessary to move Colorado back into the Republican column in next year’s presidential election.

Candidates for Democratic state chair voice solidarity with protesters in Wisconsin

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats can expect a state party chair determined to tell the Democratic National Committee a thing or two, the three candidates vying for the top spot said at a forum Feb. 20 in Greenwood Village. Polly Baca, Adam Bowen and Rick Palacio agreed that local Democrats need to stand up to the national party when Washington bigwigs try to tell the grassroots how things ought to happen.

InnerView with Colorado Democratic Party chair candidates Baca, Bowen and Palacio

The Colorado Statesman

The three candidates running for Colorado Democratic Party chair talk about the state of the party and what they have to offer in an in-depth interview with The Colorado Statesman. Two weeks before state Democrats pick new leadership, Polly Baca, Adam Bowen and Rick Palacio took stock of their campaigns and had a lot to say about the races that will be run in Colorado next year, when the state is considered a must-win for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

Bill introduced for civil unions for same-sex couples

Will Cupid get McNulty’s heart on this issue?
The Colorado Statesman

State Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, on Monday introduced a bill to establish civil unions in Colorado, creating a state-sanctioned relationship for same-sex couples. And because the legislation debuted on Valentine’s Day, a supporter of the bill dressed as Cupid delivered construction-paper “links of love” to legislators during the lunch hour, meant to demonstrate support from around the state for the proposal.

Gholston jumps into crowded GOP state chair race

The Colorado Statesman

The race for Colorado Republican Party chair was upended last week by two-term Chairman Dick Wadhams’ unexpected withdrawal but the dust is still settling. This week, a fourth candidate joined the race while three other Republicans weighed whether to run, including a former statewide candidate and two local chairmen from key swing counties.