Ernest Luning

Michelle Obama applauds military families at Coors

'You all are sacrificing'
The Colorado Statesman

DENVER — First Lady Michelle Obama helped children of military families run the bases at Coors Field during an appearance to launch an effort aimed at supporting service members and their families on Wednesday.

Ballots hit mailboxes, Denver mayoral campaigns hit home stretch in close race

The Colorado Statesman

As Denver election officials prepared to drop ballots in the mail on Thursday, the leading mayoral campaigns shifted into high gear this week: debuting TV ads, unfurling policy statements, unveiling key endorsements and announcing what can only be described as stunts in the chase for votes.

Denver panel looks at ways to reduce nation’s debt and deficit

Budget impasse keeps sponsors in D.C.
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s two U.S. senators convened a discussion in Denver on April 8 about reducing the nation’s debt and deficit but were unable to attend because of one of the very roadblocks fingered by the forum’s participants — partisan wrangling.

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.