Ernest Luning

Denver mayoral candidates offer sunny spin in Sun Valley

The Colorado Statesman

No one disputes that Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood — notoriously the state’s poorest and, according to some observers, among its most overlooked — faces tremendous challenges. Last weekend, mayoral candidates vied to see who best understood just how extensive those challenges are.

Denver mayoral hopefuls survive ‘biggest, baddest, sexiest’ debate of campaign season

The Colorado Statesman

If the crowd at New Era Colorado’s rowdy debate held Wednesday night in a LoDo bar had its say, Doug Linkhart would be Denver’s next mayor. But if the six leading mayoral candidates made the pick — and were forbidden from voting for themselves — then UFO enthusiast Jeff Peckman would be running the city.

Civil unions bill killed on party-line vote

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly eight hours of often emotional testimony on legislation to establish civil unions, the House Judiciary Committee took less than a minute to quash the measure on a party-line vote last week, with six Republicans opposing the bill and five Democrats voting in favor.

Santorum warns Colorado Republicans about addictive entitlements, socialism

The Colorado Statesman

There was spaghetti and chicken parmesan on the tables, but red meat was on the menu at a fundraising luncheon thrown by the state Republican Party on Wednesday at a downtown Denver restaurant.

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.