health-care-savings.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 19, 20175min2500

More Coloradans than ever have health insurance, according to a massive biennial survey released Tuesday, although the state continues to see lower rates of coverage outside the Denver metro area. The Colorado Health Access Survey found the number of state residents without health insurance dipped slightly to 6.5 percent from 6.7 percent in 2015 — the first year the survey reflected full implementation of the Affordable Care Act — and that consistency could be the big news in this year’s survey, its sponsors say.


Levi-Tillemann-Dems-W.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 21, 20178min144

A former Democratic elected official is accusing Levi Tillemann, an Aurora Democrat, of acting as a congressional candidate when he was operating an exploratory committee to determine whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a five-term Republican, in Colorado's 6th Congressional District. But Tillemann, one of three Democrats running for the swing seat, said his conduct has been well within the limits of federal election law and then opened up a fresh attack on Jason Crow, one of his primary opponents, for legal work the attorney has performed in recent years.


Remark-Jones-T.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 27, 201731min146

Arapahoe County Democrats say they’re working to resolve racial tensions within the party after a years-old remark about “too many blacks” running for office in the county resurfaced recently on social media and in a newspaper article, reigniting a long-simmering controversy. The conflict stems from a candidate training session conducted by party officials in Aurora nearly three years ago when comments — there’s sharp disagreement whether the handful of words were overly blunt, too clumsy, poorly chosen, insensitive or downright racist — left some uncomfortable and others offended, while still others contend the words were misinterpreted beyond recognition. But it’s what happened next that stoked rancor that persists years later, and that’s what party officials say they are determined to mend.


W-Nelson-DU-FB-W-1024x609.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 24, 201718min3522

Eric Nelson, the Aurora Public Schools board member with a knack for self-invention, is at it again. Nelson, who lost a Democratic primary for an Aurora House seat last summer when it came to light that he’d fabricated nearly everything on his resume, including numerous advanced academic degrees and a career as a decorated Air Force officer, went quiet for months after the school board erased his once-lengthy biography from its website, took away the district’s credit card and publicly censured him for lying about his background.


Bison-1024x653.jpg

Rachael WrightRachael WrightMarch 23, 201711min55

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora were witnessing a dramatic increase in trash production within their jurisdictions, generated by their accumulating residents thanks to the large population boom. Meanwhile, land developers were seeking to eliminate the biggest resource for trash disposal, the Denver-Arapahoe disposal site at the Lowry Landfill, to make way for further development — and they set their sights on lobbying the Colorado Department of Health — heavily. Sounds like a clash waiting to happen, right?


JeffcoGOP-Ytterberg-W.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 201720min94

On his last day as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, Don Ytterberg had a few things to say. After welcoming several hundred members of the county GOP’s central committee — along with family, friends and a handful of Republican candidates — to the party’s biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Ytterberg spoke to the crowd about his time at the helm.