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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 24, 201718min1348

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.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min376

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.



Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 3, 201659min554

DENVER — Good morning and Happy Wednesday to all you loyal Hot Sheet wonks out there. If you are traveling to one of the Hillary Clinton or Mike Pence events in the metro area today, stay safe out there and remember to keep an open mind as these candidates do battle to control it ... at least up until Election Day, after that they won't need your assistance for a few years. And they really only need control over the hemisphere that controls your hands ... you know, so you fill in the right oval or check the right box ... Lots of great insider stuff for you today, so read on for your total Colorado politics enlightenment ...


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 22, 201610min560

Democrats and an independent expenditure committee rained down mailers on House District 42 in Aurora on Wednesday in an attempt to steer voters away from embattled candidate Eric Nelson in the June 28 Democratic primary. “Eric Nelson is a liar,” reads one side of an oversized, glossy postcard sent by the House Majority Project, an arm of the Colorado Democratic Party dedicated to electing Democrats to the state House. The other side of the mailer highlights what it terms “Eric Nelson’s violent criminal conduct” and quotes from the June 13 Colorado Statesman article that first reported questions about the candidate’s background and honesty.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 22, 20169min516

The Aurora Public Schools Board member and House District 42 candidate at the center of allegations he has invented much of his resume — including numerous academic degrees and an illustrious military career — refused to step down from the school board Tuesday night after all but one of his fellow board members asked for his resignation. “I have no intention of resigning from this board,” a calm Eric Nelson told the school board more than three hours into its regular meeting. “The people of Aurora elected me to do this job, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 21, 20168min343

The president of the Aurora Public Schools Board says she plans to ask embattled board member Eric Nelson to resign his position immediately on Tuesday night at the board’s regular meeting in the wake of allegations that Nelson has fabricated academic degrees, among other deceptions. Nelson is also running in next week’s Democratic primary for the House District 42 seat held by term-limited state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora. Over the weekend, he rejected pleas to drop out of that race.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 19, 201613min472

Aurora Public Schools Board member Eric Nelson politely refused on Saturday to withdraw from a Democratic primary race even as Democrats increased pressure on the candidate to “admit to himself that the charade is over.” Following a conversation with Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio on Friday, Nelson said he would consider a request that he bring an end to his campaign in the face of reports he has fabricated advanced degrees, pretended to be a retired military officer and concealed a lengthy criminal background, Palacio told The Colorado Statesman.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 16, 201619min1167

The Aurora Public Schools Board director and state legislative candidate under scrutiny for his criminal background and numerous misrepresentations to voters and employers has also represented himself as a retired Air Force officer at public events, on social media, on his resumé and in at least one press release, despite having only served eight weeks in the Air Force before being discharged, an investigation by The Colorado Statesman has discovered.