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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 1, 20173min4130

The campaign organization that works to elect Democrats to the Colorado Senate has named political veteran Michael Whitehorn as its executive director, it announced Monday. Whitehorn, who was most recently U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette’s campaign manager and senior counsel to the Denver Democrat’s congressional office, takes over from Andrew Short, who helmed the Democratic Senate Campaign Fund in the last cycle.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 11, 20179min7598

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed an executive order committing Colorado to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with a global climate agreement rejected last month by President Donald Trump. Hickenlooper said the state is joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of 13 states and Puerto Rico committed to adhering to the goals set by the Paris climate accord.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 26, 20178min167

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a “political stunt” and told Colorado Politics he doubts the predictable rankings — Democrats good, Republicans bad — give voters any meaningful information.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 6, 20179min1780

State Sen. Mike Merrifield discusses his love for the outdoors and the reason he doesn’t miss “The Big Bang Theory,” a sitcom about nerds, in a new episode of “Behind the Politics,” the weekly podcast produced by Colorado’s Senate Democrats. He also recalls with pride that he had the distinction during his first term in the House as the lawmaker who felt the wrath of the speaker’s gavel most often.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 28, 201715min1590

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, Commerce City Democrat, has been in office longer than many of his fellow lawmakers but is still the youngest member of the state Senate, a distinction he explores in this week's episode of “Behind the Politics,” a podcast produced by the Senate Democrats. The 32-year-old member of the Joint Budget Committee also talks about the "huge challenges" balancing constitutional mandates in the $26.8 billion budget bill introduced late Monday in the Senate and reveals the most embarrassing moment he's experienced at the Capitol, which involved a group of rambunctious elementary school students who accidentally summoned the State Patrol.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 13, 20172min710

Ready for a little friendly media rivalry in the state Senate? No, not among us folks in the “working press” who cover the upper chamber; this time, it’s between the two parties’ press offices that dish out information to the public.

Ruling Republicans have been posting weekly video messages via YouTube, tapping into their members’ talents to make their caucus’s case on the issues.’s Joey Bunch has been giving us the best seats in the theater for the shows; some have been a real hoot.

Senate Democrats are now answering with “Behind the politics.” It’s a just-announced series of weekly podcasts profiling their caucus members and is now available on iTunes as well as YouTube.

The debut segment — an interview with Assistant Senate Minority Leader (and rising star) Leroy Garcia of Pueblo — comes across as distinctly Democratic. Not because of the politics but rather the stuff that really matters: the music, of course! The episode is cued in to the strains of jazz. It is hosted by in-house talent David Pourshoushtari, the Dems’ communications director, and Jill Mullen, the director of civic engagement.

For his part, Garcia takes full advantage of the mic time and, before delving into more serious topics like his efforts to curb youth opioid addiction, touts the attributes of his hometown. Needless to say, he is a big fan of the Steel City.

Tune in!