Ernest Luning

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.

Douglas County Republicans stick with ‘true conservatives’

Speaker McNulty accused of RINO behavior
The Colorado Statesman

The eyes of the conservative movement were on a gathering of several hundred Republicans at the fairgrounds in Castle Rock on Feb. 10. And when it came down to it, they didn’t blink.

Denver Dems pleased with state of county party

Party leaders elected
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats gathered to mingle, hear from elected officials and state party hopefuls, sign petitions for municipal candidates and pick party leaders for the next two years at Place Bridge Academy in Denver on Feb. 12.

‘As goes Jeffco, so goes Colorado in statewide elections’

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Democrats picked party officers for the next two years in uncontested elections at the biennial reorganization the morning of Feb. 12 at Alameda High School in Lakewood. The mostly relaxed meeting was punctuated by impassioned pleas to fire up suburban Democrats for next year’s presidential election and stern reminders that, as a rule, as goes Jeffco, so goes Colorado in statewide elections.

GOP chair candidate ranks could swell

The Colorado Statesman

The race for Colorado Republican Party chair was upended this week by two-term Chairman Dick Wadhams’ unexpected withdrawal but the dust might not have settled yet. Three prominent Republicans are considering getting into the race next week, The Colorado Statesman has learned, including a former statewide candidate and two local chairmen from key swing counties.

Wadhams quits bid for third term as GOP chairman

Party legal counsel Call announces he's running for top spot
The Colorado Statesman

Warning against the notion that “uniting conservatives” is all it takes for Republicans to win elections in Colorado, state GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams on Monday dropped his bid for a third term. A day later, the state party’s legal counsel — and a key Wadhams deputy — jumped into the race, which also features a conservative Douglas County lawmaker who has promised to do just what Wadhams said will lead Republicans to defeat.

County parties undergo biennial reorganization

New party leaders could affect state chair races in both parties
The Colorado Statesman

It’s February in an odd-numbered year, which means Republicans and Democrats are meeting county by county to pick officers, name bonus delegates and otherwise conduct off-year business in advance of state central committee meetings next month.