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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 23, 201713min499

Gov. John Hickenlooper had a simple message to convey before he pulled a saber from its scabbard and sliced into an enormous birthday cake. Noting that the Colorado National Guard is an institution older than the state — it counts territorial militias, including the Colorado Volunteer Militia, the Denver Guard and the Jefferson Rangers, in its lineage — the governor surveyed the crowd gathered Monday in the state Capitol’s West Foyer and smiled. “They have all, without exception, been there to answer the call,” he said, kicking off a celebration of the Guard’s 157th birthday.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsAugust 10, 20166min405

The 2016 Democratic National Convention was the most exciting, inspiring, spiritual convention that I have ever attended — and I have attended every DNC Convention since 1964. Exciting because every notable Democratic leader in the country was there either on stage or in the hall. Inspiring because it highlighted a Muslim American family who shared their pain about the loss of their son and demonstrated how we should all handle our pain as Americans. Spiritual because of the energy in the hall reflected in the signs — “Love trumps Hate” — in the songs — “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love” — and in Hillary Clinton’s speech as she advocated for more love and kindness, and policies that help middle and low-income Americans.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 25, 201614min440

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette says she isn’t taking anything for granted in the June primary, when she faces her first Democratic challenger in 14 years. “I always run hard,” DeGette, 58, told The Colorado Statesman on Saturday after a 90-minute debate with challenger Chuck Norris. “As I’ve said, I think I need to make my case to the voters as to why they should rehire me. I’m happy to be here, and I’m happy to let people know.” Norris, 68, a geologist and longtime Democratic activist, said the electorate is restless and growing, and that voters are ready for a change.



September 12, 20087min227
By Stephanie Clary THE COLORADO STATESMAN The offspring of many powerful figures — present and past — played a visible role at the Democratic National Convention. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children spoke at Invesco on Aug. 28, the anniversary of their father’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Sen. Barack Obama’s daughters joined their mother, […]

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September 5, 20088min212
And it’s not very good By John Schroyer THE COLORADO STATESMAN As the thousands of Democrats at the Pepsi Center were hearing an earful of the line “John McCain — more of the same,” the Republicans also were staying on message. They were peddling their single-minded attack on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The gist […]

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September 5, 200810min326
By Chris Bragg THE COLORADO STATESMAN It’s a few minutes before 9 a.m., and Polly Baca is already in a huge hurry. She’s heading to her second Democratic National Convention event of Tuesday morning — and it’s about to start without her. Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez mans the wheel of his black Honda while […]

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September 5, 200819min257
Protesters find respect By Chris Bragg THE COLORADO STATESMAN Just outside the Pepsi Center, 40 members of Iraq Veterans Against the War march slowly towards a barricade. Behind the barricade tower three SWAT team “cherry picker” vehicles, elevated high into the evening sky. Thirty police stand ready on the vehicles, pepper-spray guns pointing downward towards […]

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