Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 1, 20173min2180

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.


Joey BunchJoey BunchJuly 7, 20173min1570

Nic Morse, the Republican who challenged Jared Polis in last year’s 2nd Congressional District, says he’s considering a run for state Senate next year.

The Loveland entrepreneur would be a candidate for the Republican District 15 seat being vacated by term-limited Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud. Lundberg is considering a run for state treasurer, a race Morse briefly considered after last fall’s election.

The district includes most of Larimer county, except Fort Collins.

“I have been exploring a run for office over the past few months; while consulting with my wife and pastor about the best steps forward,” Morse told Colorado Politics. “I will always believe in Colorado, along with the Republican cause, and that is why I am considering a run again. It’s important we keep an eye on the challenges ahead and work to solve them, instead of continually punting our problems down the road.”

Some of the ideas he shared, “creative and unique solutions,” he called them, included:

  • “Moving the PERA board compensation through the legislature and restructuring our portfolio to make sure every participant gets a return on what they’ve trusted the state with.
  • “I-25 expansion from Exit 240 to 269B without increasing taxes with this one project. By reducing the reserve fund for one year by 0.4 percent and earmarking it towards highway construction, we can see I-25 expanded.
  • “Meeting our water needs for years to come by supporting projects such as NISP. Which allows Northern Colorado to continue to grow while protecting our $1 billion agricultural industry for the foreseeable future.”

Morse said he would announce his decision by the end of the year.

So far, the only candidate officially in the race is Democrat Ralph Trenary of Loveland, who announced his decision to run on Facebook last week.

A retired Army veteran, Trenary served on the Loveland City Council from 2011 to 2015, before he lost his re-election bid.

The Senate District 15 seat hasn’t been held by a Democrat since Stan Matsunaka served from 1995 to 2003.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 26, 20178min95

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 22, 20177min2051

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced on Twitter on the last day of the legislative session earlier this month.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 6, 20179min960

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, 201715min820

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.