? No silver bullets: Jim Carpenter stresses fundamentals, agility

Author: Ernest Luning - November 3, 2016 - Updated: November 4, 2016

Jim Carpenter likes to tell a story about a campaign stop more than two decades ago in a small town on the Eastern Plains. It’s no coincidence the story stars former three-term Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, a man Carpenter describes as the master of quick-thinking and innovative approaches to the surprises any politician is sure to encounter.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.