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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 11, 20176min1214

Maybe the Colorado Democrats should rename the party's big annual fundraising dinner after Donald Trump, since their enmity toward the Republican president could be the only thing that unites them. Or, if the party is looking to past presidents who didn't own slaves and are unsullied by sex scandals, how about honoring Grover Cleveland and Harry Truman instead of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, as one local pundit suggests?


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 8, 20176min1114

He once sought swing voters in the swingiest of swing seats and ran for president of Arizona as the favorite son candidate — according to his mom, at least — but Gary Swing is trying on a different party for next year's election. After several congressional runs on the Green Party ticket and a Boiling Frog Party bid for the U.S. Senate that didn't make it to the ballot last year, Swing announced Thursday he's joining the Unity Party of Colorado and plans to run in the 1st Congressional District.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightMay 4, 20176min361

Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … The issue of a new stadium for the Denver Broncos turned two bill sponsors against one another when Rep. Vickie Agler, R-Littleton, House co-sponsor of SB 97-230 — a bill that allowed for consideration of a re-fit of Mile High Stadium — accepted an amendment that Senate sponsor Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, didn’t approve of.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 1, 201612min396

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Democrats dispelled any preconceptions that their 1996 national convention would mirror “the GOP’s tightly controlled production” that relied on “cheerleading youth to generate enthusiasm and whips to silence dissenters,” The Statesman reported from Chicago, where delegates nominated Bill Clinton and Al Gore for a second term and controversial first lady Hillary Clinton took center stage.



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 19, 201646min429

DENVER — YESTERDAY'S BIG HEADLINE IN SUM: 'REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DESCENDS INTO CHAOS' ... (but only for a little while, after that ... pretty much business as usual ... or at least Republican business as usual in 2016). As the second day of the Republican National Convention begins, we at this political journal can't help but marvel at all the red meat thrown out onto the stage yesterday to sizzle in front of a restless crowd. I can't remember a rawer, red-meat convention, this year with a pinch of alleged "show biz" — mostly in the form of reality television stars — thrown in. Ok, not just a pinch ... the cap came off. Colorado was most certainly part of the production. Some of it on stage, much of it in the drama department off stage.