Ernest Luning

Coffman settling in as state’s chief lawyer

The Colorado Statesman

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman knows her way around the office. As chief deputy attorney general under her predecessor, John Suthers, and having worked for the state’s chief lawyer for a decade, she’s worked closely with employees and played a key role in decisions.


Sine Die through the years

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman…The Legislature gaveled down the session two days early, wrapping things up ahead of schedule for the first time since the 120-day calendar was adopted in 1989, saving taxpayers some $30,000. But not before passing the Colorado Economic Recovery Act with barely bipartisan support.

Denver municipal elections: More of the same, but different

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock strolled to a second term on Tuesday against a handful of mostly unknown challengers, but voters stunned two city council veterans, sending one packing by a wide margin and denying another his bid for election as city auditor.

The message in the low turnout, nonpartisan election was clear: More of the same, only different.

Voters are likely to get their wish.

Women gather to support ‘Strong Sisters’

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 women gathered in Denver on Monday to watch a preview of Strong Sisters, a documentary about women in Colorado politics, and help raise money to finish the film.

“It’s about something we all should be telling our daughters and granddaughters about,” said former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, introducing filmmakers Meg Froelich and Laura Hoeppner at a luncheon she organized at the Artwork Network gallery in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.


Mayoral runoff, paper’s IRS troubles and more

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Denver voters sent Wellington Webb, the city’s first African-American mayor, a “somber message” on Election Day, handing a win to City Councilwoman Mary DeGroot in the first round of balloting. DeGroot edged the incumbent by a whisker, just 0.1 percent of the vote, though she had been running far behind Webb in polls, with less than 30 percent in surveys.

Build The Damn Thing

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee holds hearing in Aurora
The Colorado Statesman

“Build the damn thing,” was the message delivered by members of a Senate Committee and Colorado’s congressional delegation at a field hearing held on Friday in Aurora to examine the beleaguered Veterans’ Administration hospital, long under construction and way over budget.

The phrase was lifted from pins that read “B-T-D-T” handed out by Steve Rylant, president of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado, and it expressed a nearly universal sentiment.


Denver candidates grapple with growth

The Colorado Statesman

When ballots are counted in the Denver municipal races on the night of May 5, the city is almost certain to wind up with familiar faces in citywide and district offices while at the same time greeting an unusually large number of newcomers to city government.

Wayne Williams a contrast to former SOS

The Colorado Statesman

Three months after being sworn in, Secretary of State Wayne Williams has mostly stayed out of the news, and that’s the way he likes it.

Sen. Lindsey Graham charts presidential path

The Colorado Statesman

While his positions on immigration and climate change might land Lindsey Graham outside the mainstream among Republican presidential hopefuls, the South Carolina senator says he’s got solid majorities of GOP primary voters in his corner. Add to that his years crafting a distinctly hawkish foreign policy — a favored position in early primary states — and Graham has no problem envisioning a good run in what is already a burgeoning field of candidates.


Log Cabin Republicans disinvited from Western Conservative Summit

The Colorado Statesman

The organizers of this year’s Western Conservative Summit — billed as “the premiere summer destination for Americans who still believe in freedom, family, faith, and the future” — this week told a Republican organization devoted to advocating for gays and lesbians that it can’t formally participate in the June conference in Denver.