Ernest Luning

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!

Dems pick Palacio for state chairman

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats elected sixth-generation Pueblo native Rick Palacio as state chairman at the biennial reorganization meeting March 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Palacio won on the first ballot, carrying 57 percent of the vote in a three-way race against a former state senator and past chairman of a crucial swing county.

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.