Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 8, 20185min589

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, 201813min782

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, 20176min1236

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 WrightApril 27, 201712min395

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … In a continuation of the battle for welfare reform, Gov. Roy Romer outlined his reason for vetoing House Bill 97-1166. “I am vetoing this bill because of one provision. That provision creates an irrational two-tiered system of welfare cash assistance benefits for our fellow citizens in Colorado who fall on hard times and need some short-term help to get back on their feet. That provision would allow for so-called ‘pilot-projects’ that would permit counties to be exempted from providing a minimum cash benefit to families.”


Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 2, 201712min308

…Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Democrat state legislators were making their opinions known on what they contended was a poor handling of Medicaid funding by the Republican majority. The minority party in both chambers had kicked off the 1997 legislative session clashing early and often with GOP leadership over Medicaid. One Senate Democrats caucus lunch meeting took center stage in late January 1997, as Dem legislators discussed the issue among themselves, bringing in a state expert. Dean A. Woodward, legislative liaison for the Colorado Department of Healthy Care Policy and Financing, gave a presentation at the lunch, providing Democratic members with what they thought would be some information firepower.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsMarch 1, 201617min386

The year was 2008 and interest in Colorado’s quirky and confusing precinct caucus system reached a zenith thanks to the presidential race, especially on the Democratic side. As a political reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, I asked a variety of politicos — from then-City Auditor Dennis Gallagher to U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard to former First Lady Wilma Webb — about their precinct caucus experiences. With Colorado Republicans and Democrats holding their precinct caucuses tonight, here’s that 2008 story: