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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 1, 201713min5104

The aftershocks were still coming days after a Republican vacancy committee picked a replacement for former state Rep. Clarice Navarro, the Pueblo Republican who resigned to take a position with the Trump administration in early November. Judy Reyher, a Swink resident and former Otero County GOP chair, won the appointment to Navarro’s seat on a 6-5 vote when the House District 47 panel met Monday night in Fowler, about half way between Pueblo and La Junta in southeast Colorado, but that was only the beginning.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 1, 20176min1378

State Rep. Brittany Pettersen, a Democratic candidate for Congress, and Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, both of Lakewood, were married on Saturday, July 1, in a ceremony in the carriage house and garden at the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion in Denver in front of hundreds of friends and family members. The bride is the daughter of Brent and Stacy Pettersen of Englewood. The groom is the son of Ed and Terry Silverii of East Brunswick, New Jersey.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 24, 201718min1493

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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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 22, 201610min684

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, 20169min592

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.”