Ernest Luning

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.

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.