Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 8, 20185min578

STEP BY STEP ... When Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donna Lynne, Colorado's lieutenant governor and chief operating officer, announced plans to walk the entire 26-mile length of Colfax Avenue on April 8, the stratagem echoed a pair of signature campaign exploits that propelled a couple of Colorado’s most successful politicians in decades past, as well as some statewide journeys that didn't lead to laurels. 


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 201813min781

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.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 5, 20176min1229

Former Colorado State Treasurer Cary Kennedy on Saturday called on her fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidates to limit their primary election spending to $3 million, in addition to running positive campaigns and rejecting contributions from corporate interests. While all the leading Democrats in the race say they’re committed to running positive campaigns, none said they were willing to limit their spending in what could be one of Colorado’s most expensive statewide primaries in memory.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightJune 22, 20178min319

Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman: Little old Colorado was plunged into the deep end of international politics when Denver hosted eight world leaders from the Group of Seven. Denver rolled out the carpet for national leaders from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom, and on the agenda for discussion were a host of heavy-weight issues including


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 7, 20175min975

A national Democratic fundraising group that backs women running for office endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy on Wednesday. “Colorado has a long history of strong women’s leadership, but has never before elected a woman as governor,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement. “Cary will not only break through that glass ceiling but will bring all Coloradans with her.”


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsMay 17, 20166min515

Donna Lynne officially became Colorado’s 49th lieutenant governor after she took the oath of office at the state Capitol in front of friends, family and a whole lot of political folks. Lynne told Gov. John Hickenlooper during the ceremony on Thursday it was a good thing he didn’t choose her as his running mate when he first ran for governor in 2010 because her maiden name was Schleinkofer. The idea of a Hickenlooper-Schleinkofer ticket got a laugh during the light-hearted ceremony. Hickenlooper picked Joe Garcia, the president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, to run with him on the Democratic ticket, and the pair was re-elected in 2014. Garcia announced last fall he was returning to education, and Hickenlooper in March announced Lynne would succeed Garcia.