Ernest Luning

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.

Dem state chair candidates stand up against outside involvement in primaries

The Colorado Statesman

The next chair of the Colorado Democratic Party won’t stand for it if outsiders try to influence a state primary.

Harvey mounts conservative challenge to Wadhams for GOP state chair

The Colorado Statesman

Charging that two-term Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams has lost the confidence of grassroots Republicans, state Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, announced on Monday he plans to challenge Wadhams in next month’s GOP election.

Labor lightning rod Golombek survives sparks in contentious confirmation hearing

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Senate on Wednesday approved the nomination of Ellen Golombek to head the state Department of Labor and Employment over strong objections from Senate Republicans, who charged the appointment of the former union boss and political organizer smacks of the divisive partisanship Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he wants to avoid.

A dozen candidates make pitches for Denver mayor

The Colorado Statesman

Twelve candidates for Denver mayor recalled summers spent in neighborhood parks, discussed ways to pay for a parks system that hasn’t kept pace with the city’s growth, and wrangled over whether gigantic commercial ventures should shut residents out of their own public spaces at a forum on Wednesday night at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Hickenlooper kick-starts economic development plans

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper wrapped up a four-day statewide economic development tour — and his first week in office — with a stop on Monday in Loveland, where more than 200 local government officials, business leaders and interested citizens joined a two-hour discussion on how to rev the business engines of the northern Front Range.

Tancredo rejoins GOP, is resigned to another Wadhams term

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who ran for governor of Colorado on the American Constitution Party ticket, is a Republican again.

Wadhams to run for a third term as GOP State Chairman

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams announced Tuesday he is running for a third term.

“I want to serve as state chairman during the 2012 election cycle because of the extraordinary opportunities Colorado Republicans have to dramatically impact our state and nation,” Wadhams said in a lengthy e-mail to state Republicans.

Inaugural party features boots, bolos and barbecue

The Colorado Statesman

At the end of a busy day that began with hand-warmers and hot cocoa in bone-chilling temperatures on the steps of the state Capitol, more than 3,000 revelers toasted Gov. John Hickenlooper’s brand-new administration on Tuesday at an inaugural barbecue and dance followed by a rock concert that lasted until the wee hours.

Denver mayoral candidates open doors, disclose year-end campaign fundraising

The Colorado Statesman

Three of the leading candidates to take Gov. John Hickenlooper’s place as Denver mayor threw open the doors to their campaign headquarters and released preliminary fundraising figures this week.