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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 201813min551

I'LL SEE YOUR BERNIE AND RAISE A JOYCE FOSTER ... The battle of the bold-faced names is on in the House District 9 Democratic primary, where three-term incumbent state Rep. Paul Rosenthal is facing two candidates seeking to dislodge him from the southeast Denver seat. Less than a week had passed since Bernie Sanders — yes, that Bernie Sanders — endorsed Rosenthal challenger Emily Sirota when Rosenthal rolled out a Bernie endorsement of his own from Bernie Steinberg — yes, that Bernie Steinberg — to counter it.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 8, 20184min1439

Rep. Paul Rosenthal has two primary challengers in his re-election bid in House District 9, but he doesn’t lack support from fellow Democrats close to home.

Rosenthal has key endorsements from former State Sen. Joyce Foster, Denver Councilwoman Kendra Black, Denver Public Schools board member Anne Rowe, and RTD board member Claudia Folska.

Rosenthal said his campaign slogan is “Building Coalitions, Getting Results.”

“Over the years, I’ve seen Paul lead in this community, especially on climate change, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ and affordable housing issues,” Foster, also a former Denver city councilwoman, said in a statement. “He’s a good man who works hard, cares deeply, and has helped so many people. What I really admire is how he connects with people at his innovative events and brings individuals and groups to the Capitol to meet legislators. We need responsive people like Paul in the legislature.”

Rosenthal is seeking is fourth and final two-year term in the House representing the southeast Denver district. He faces primary challenges from Emily Sirota and veteran Ashley Wheeland.

The race will be one to watch. Last year a Democratic campaign operative accused Rosenthal of touching him improperly at a party. The charge was dismissed after an House investigation, as the allegation pre-dated Rosenthal’s service in the legislature. He denies it ever happened.

Last week, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed Sirota, as did state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, former Denver Public Schools board members James Mejia and Jeannie Kaplan and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Rosenthal’s campaign joked that he was endorsed by Bernie, too — “long-time and well known HD9 Democratic activist also named Bernie, namely Bernie Steinberg.”

Rosenthal’s campaign noted in a statement his endorsements were “from progressive leaders and activists who live in — or have led — in the area of House District 9.”

“My friends, neighbors, and constituents in southeast Denver know me well,” Rosenthal stated. “They know how I’ve been devoted to helping people, especially students who deserve more recognition for their success, refugees, LGBTQ and those struggling families who need assistance to get ahead.”

His other endorsements from Democrats within the district include: Dr. Faye Rison, Ron and Bobbi Morrow, John Stoffel, Mike and Elizabeth Bono, Roger Armstrong, Ted and Deborhah Dreith-Calloway, Dianne Tramutola-Lawson, Lee McDonnell, Kathy Steinberg, Larry and Cynthia Gallegos, David and Myra Rieger, Steve Bennett, Harry Bailis, Julie Friedemann, Kip Sleichter, Sam Valeriano, Ben and Selene Gochman, Gayle Stallings, Sarah Shirazi, Sandy Mandel, Londa Coddington, Dorie Furman, Peter Kandell and George Harding, Cecilia Mascarenas, AJ Shaikh and Eddie Valle, Scott Bates, Barry Cohen, Bert and Diane Hansen and Deborah Barnard among others, the campaign said.

He also has been endorsed by fellow legislative Democrats, including Sen. Angela Williams of Denver, Rep. James Coleman of Denver, Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver, Rep. Joann Ginal of Fort Collins, Rep. Edie Hooton of Boulder and Rep. Donald Valdez of La Jara, as well as Pitkin County Commissioner Rachel Richards.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 19, 20183min825

Three newcomers to Aurora's nonpartisan city council will be honored with the Rising Star Award by the Colorado Democratic Party at its inaugural Obama Dinner on Feb. 3 in Denver, the party announced. State party chair Morgan Carroll also plans to give the Chair's Service Award to three term-limited state officials — Gov. John Hickenlooper, House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, all Denver Democrats.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 8, 201817min5697

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in House leadership, encouraged Democrat Levi Tillemann to end his primary campaign in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District during a December meeting at a Denver hotel, saying that state and national congressional and party leaders had decided “very early on” to consolidate their resources behind another Democrat, Jason Crow, to run against Republican incumbent Mike Coffman, according to detailed notes Tillemann wrote immediately after the meeting.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 8, 201814min3209

The nonprofit formerly known as the Centrist Project, a group working to elect nonpartisans officials nationwide, on Monday unveiled a slate of four unaffiliated Colorado candidates running this year for the Legislature  in the opening salvo of its assault on the two major parties' unbroken rule of the state's government. It also announced it's changing its name to Unite America and will call the state-focused organization Unite Colorado.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 2, 20184min1090

Seizing upon an ongoing dispute between state Republicans over whether gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo can attend a forum sponsored by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans, a spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party gleefully tweaked the opposition Tuesday. State GOP officials, for their part, shrugged off the jab from across the aisle, with one calling it a "lame attempt" to drive apart Republicans.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 31, 20173min728

The Bernie Sanders-inspired advocacy group Our Revolution Boulder will be sizing up the candidates vying to replace Jared Polis in Congress at a forum next weekend.

The forum is next Sunday at noon at the Meadows Branch Boulder Library on Baseline Road.

At least four candidates running in the 2nd Congressional District have confirmed: former University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen and former Boulder Democratic Party chairman Mark Williams, as well as independent candidate Nick Thomas.

Republican Peter Yu’s campaign said he would be out of town, but Our Revolution hopes to have a representative or a video from the candidate. Yu’s campaign kickoff party, coincidentally, is the next weekend, Jan. 13, in Loveland.

Colorado Politics told you this month that Democrat Ken Toltz has suspended his plans to seek the office. After Polis announced he would leave the seat to run for governor, Toltz was the first Democrat to say he might run, though not the first, by a long shot, to announce a formal candidacy.

“The purpose of this forum will to give the public a first-hand look at the differences between the candidates and to get a general idea of who they are, but it also will be taking place before January 8th, which is the secretary of state’s deadline to register with a major party in order to participate in their caucus, so we wanted to educate the public on how the 2018 system will work.”

Our Revolution started in August 2016, with its organizing event hosted on the University of Colorado campus by Buffs for Bernie, as in Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate. The organization gets its name from Sanders’ book.

The Boulder chapter is part of a national organization that claims three goals: “to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness,” it states on its website.