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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 1, 20176min3220

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 LuningMay 25, 201727min1331

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 regular session. Considering all the bills that made it to final, third-reading votes in the session — 490 in the House and 459 in the Senate — between them, these three legislators cast the most ‘no’ votes and the most ‘yes’ votes, respectively, according to an analysis prepared by bill-tracking service Colorado Capitol Watch.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 27, 201731min142

Arapahoe County Democrats say they’re working to resolve racial tensions within the party after a years-old remark about “too many blacks” running for office in the county resurfaced recently on social media and in a newspaper article, reigniting a long-simmering controversy. The conflict stems from a candidate training session conducted by party officials in Aurora nearly three years ago when comments — there’s sharp disagreement whether the handful of words were overly blunt, too clumsy, poorly chosen, insensitive or downright racist — left some uncomfortable and others offended, while still others contend the words were misinterpreted beyond recognition. But it’s what happened next that stoked rancor that persists years later, and that’s what party officials say they are determined to mend.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 10, 20175min61
Instead of alms for the needy, some Colorado lawmakers want to give them a shot at a retirement plan — through a new fund that would be set up by the state. House Bill 1290, recently introduced in the House by state Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D- Lakewood, and Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, sets up the “Colorado Secure Savings Plan” and establishes a […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 15, 20173min48
Andy Kerr didn’t sound like a guy who was about to get whipped. The Senate Republican majority, year after year, tells Democrats that employers shouldn’t be mandated by law to give employees up to 18 hours a year to attend school functions. The employer isn’t required to pay for the leave. A seventh-grade geography teacher by […]

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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 6, 20174min46
State lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure that would once again grant leave time to workers to take part in their children’s school academics. House Bill 1001, sponsored by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, passed the Democratic-controlled House Eduction Committee on a party-line 7-5 vote. One Republican member of the committee, Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo, […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 28, 20166min48
Democrats will take a third shot at restoring up to six hours a month of unpaid parental leave for school activities when the session starts Jan. 11. Rep. Janet Buckner of Aurora carried the bill in the last session. She was finishing the term of her  husband, John Buckner, the renowned high school principal who passed away in 2015. […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 26, 201616min78

In Aurora, at the at Arapahoe County Democratic Party's 10th annual Patricia Schroeder dinner, lots of political insiders mingled with heavy-hitter progressive U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN5, who even donned a Broncos hat out of respect for the Centennial State during the Saturday night festivities. The dinner was named for former U.S. Rep. Patricia Nell Scott "Pat" Schroeder, who represented Colorado in the U.S. House from 1973–1997. Statesman veteran contributor Ernest Luning was there to capture all the action ...