Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 9, 201614min359

Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Legislators were working overtime in a special session called by Gov. Roy Romer to put together an incentive deal to bring “a billion-dollar shower of money” to the Denver area by luring a United Airlines maintenance center, a reservations “megacenter” and expanded flight operations by the carrier at the new Denver International Airport.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 26, 201613min330

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Elected officials had a range of reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Colorado’s Amendment 2, the ballot measure to forbid “protected status based on homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation,” passed by state voters four years earlier. The court “rejected the equal rights vs. special rights distinction that was the basis for Colorado voters’ decision,” said Attorney General Gale Norton. U.S. Rep. Wayne Allard, who was running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, called himself “very disappointed” in the decision.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 24, 201610min358

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Roy Romer wielded his veto pen “with open hands urging reconciliation and respect,” rejecting a bill that would have outlawed same-sex marriages in Colorado. Romer said he spent many hours studying the question and, despite an intense campaign waged by supporters and opponents, wound up about where he had started before the bill landed on his desk. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, and state Sen. Ben Alexander, R-Montrose, “was ...