Ernest Luning

Coffman turns 60, braces for new challenge ahead

The Colardo Statesman

Declaring that “60 is the new 40,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman welcomed some 150 guests to his birthday party on Saturday at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. “I hope that’s true, I really hope that’s true,” he said with a smile before dropping to the floor and doing 100 pushups at the urging of the crowd.

Colo. Supreme Court Justice Hobbs to set down gavel, nominees sought

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs is retiring from the bench on Aug. 31, after 19 years of service, and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission is taking nominations to fill his seat. The commission plans to meet on June 8 and 9 to interview candidates and forward nominees to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will make the appointment.

Hobbs, considered an expert in water law, was appointed by Gov. Roy Romer in 1996 and has been retained by voters twice. His current term expires in 2019.


The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans on Saturday elected former gubernatorial candidate Steve House as state party chair, ousting two-term chair Ryan Call by a comfortable margin at the party’s biennial reorganization meeting in Castle Rock.

Republicans were restless at the meeting, also replacing the party’s vice chair and secretary. Derrick Wilburn, the founder of American Conservatives of Color, defeated incumbent vice chair Mark Baisley, former El Paso County chair Eli Bremer and former Summit County chair Debra Irvine. Moffatt County chair Brandi Meek beat incumbent secretary Lana Fore.

GOP dines to celebrate ‘earthquake’ victories

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans celebrated victories in last fall’s election and turned an eye toward next year, when the swing state will again be in play and at the center of national attention, at the state party’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday in Greenwood Village.

Throwback Thursday: 'News from Yesteryear'

Looking back at the party politics of the distant and not so distant past
The Colorado Statesman

Ten years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … On the heels of their best performance at the polls in decades, Colorado Democrats decided to deny state chair Chris Gates another term, voting instead for “relative newcomer” Pat Waak by a margin of just three votes. Just months earlier, Democrats had taken control of both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in memory and the Salazar Brothers had taken a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional seat from Republican hands.

Call, House GOP state chair race down to final hours

Election happening this Saturday in Castle Rock
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans meet this weekend to elect a state chairman in the wake of sweeping wins at the polls in November, although the incumbent chair Ryan Call and his challenger, Steve House, have sharply different interpretations of last fall’s results.

Protestors greet Bennet launch

Bennet defends Keystone XL Pipeline vote at campaign kickoff event
The Colorado Statesman

Dozens of protesters greeted arrivals at the campaign kick-off for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s reelection bid on Sunday in Denver, demanding that the Democrat reconsider his stance on the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline and its potential effect on the climate.

Throwback Thursday: 'News from Yesteryear'

Looking back 15, 25, 35 years ago this week
The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … columnist Norman Duncan revealed in a front-page story why he had changed his registration after being a “SERIOUS Democrat” since childhood. “I found it harder and harder to support the party I perceived as a total captive of special interests,” Duncan wrote, faulting the party for backing affirmative action long after it was clear the policy wasn’t working as intended and for supporting teacher unions when they were more interested in protecting the jobs of educators than in teaching children.

Palacio wins

The Colorado Statesman

Rick Palacio won reelection to a third term as chair of the Colorado Democratic Party on Saturday at the biennial meeting of the party’s state central committee in downtown Denver, fending off challenges from campaign consultant David Sabados and former congressional candidate Vic Meyers.

Palacio won on the first ballot with 53 percent of the vote. Out of 468 votes cast, the incumbent received 248, Sabados got 182 and Meyers had 38.

Dems rally with Franken at 2015 Jefferson Jackson Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats celebrated last year’s wins and lamented losses while urging party members to keep it together ahead of next year’s election at the state party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Day fundraising dinner on Saturday in Denver.

The ballroom at the Marriott Denver Downtown had only cleared out hours earlier after a bruising election for state party leadership, when state chair Rick Palacio won election to a third, two-year term over challengers David Sabados and Vic Meyers.