Ernest Luning

Gardner’s switch changes the game

The Colorado Statesman

In a stunning development that instantly reconfigured Colorado’s electoral landscape, news broke Wednesday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, plans to drop his bid for reelection and instead challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall for a seat that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Caucuses signal start of 2014 election cycle

GOP has more at stake for March 4 meetings
The Colorado Statesman

It’s time for Colorado voters who want to participate in grassroots Republican and Democratic party organizing to partake in that biennial ritual, the precinct caucus. The party meetings are being held throughout the state on March 4 in schools, churches, community centers and other neighborhood gathering places, marking the first official step in the year’s political calendar.

Coffman, Romanoff rally supporters in highly competitive CD 6 race

The Colorado Statesman

The two candidates in what some observers have already pegged the most competitive congressional race in the country this year — and likely the most expensive — encouraged supporters and previewed their campaigns at rallies last weekend in Aurora.

GOP candidates for guv attack Hick and absent front-runners

The Colorado Statesman

Four of Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial hopefuls took turns attacking Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday at a debate in Denver but also heaped criticism on the two GOP front-runners, who have so far declined to participate in debates they say will only sow division among Republicans.

Crowded field of Republican Senate hopefuls united

...against incumbent Udall
The Colorado Statesman

A stage full of Republican Senate hopefuls last Saturday heaped criticism on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and vowed to unite behind whichever candidate wins what could be a crowded primary to take on the Democrat in the November election.

Seven GOP candidates spoke for more than two hours before a crowd of about 100 at the Northglenn Recreation Center, responding to questions ranging from the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement now that Colorado has legalized the drug — the feds shouldn’t second-guess state voters, candidates agreed — to how Republicans can attract Hispanic voters.

Sen. Udall faces tight reelection race, poll says

...but Hick maintains comfortable lead over GOP challengers so far
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is locked in a tight race for a second term, running just barely ahead of several potential Republican challengers, according to a poll released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Voters approved of Udall 45 percent to 42 percent but were evenly split on whether he deserves reelection, with 42 percent picking each side of the question.

Colorado GOP confident about ‘14 prospects

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans are confident that this is the year voters will reverse the GOP’s decade-long slump in the state and throw the Democrats out. With Democratic control of the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and both legislative chambers at stake this year, state Republicans believe they are putting in place an organization primed to take advantage of a restless electorate ready to reject a liberal agenda Republican leaders repeatedly termed too extreme for the swing state.

GOP challenger Ytterberg announces CD 7 candidacy

The Colorado Statesman

Golden businessman and former top Republican official Don Ytterberg announced this week his intentions to challenge four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter to represent the 7th Congressional District in the November election.

“I am a Coloradan and an American who is just fed up with the way our government is going, and we really need to take our country back,” said Ytterberg on Wednesday, before a crowd of some 80 supporters on the bustling floor of the Arvada metal-plating plant he co-owns.

Partners say ‘we do’ after civil unions legislation becomes a reality

The Colorado Statesman

Minutes after midnight on May 1, surrounded by hundreds of well-wishers and nearly as many cameras, Fran and Anna Simon spoke the words that would turn their freshly minted civil union license into a binding commitment in the eyes of Colorado law.

“We do,” the women said in unison, grins spread wide across their faces, bringing to a close the ceremony performed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in the atrium of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building.

Colorado ASSET bill deemed a real asset to state’s undocumented students (finally!)

The Colorado Statesman

Moments after cheers of “Sí, se puede!” — “Yes, we can!” — filled a packed hall on the Auraria campus on Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill to provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented students at state colleges and universities, capping a decade-long effort to pass the legislation.

“Holy smokes,” Hickenlooper said to the hundreds of students, educators, immigration-rights activists and business leaders as he took the stage at the signing ceremony. “Are you guys fired up?”