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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 25, 20186min367

A majority runs through it … Before U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman dropped to the floor at an Aurora restaurant last Sunday for his birthday pushups — 63 of them, one for each of his years on this planet — his fellow Republican George Brauchler ribbed Coffman about his age and whether or not the Marines perform authentic pushups the way they do in the Army. But first, Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District attorney and the GOP candidate for attorney general, talked  about Coffman’s congressional district and the stakes involved in his bid for a sixth term.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 18, 20189min533

TREASURER HUNT ... There are six Republicans running for state treasurer, and if current trends continue, primary voters could have nearly that many to choose from in June. Two of the candidates — Denver businessman Brian Watson and state Rep. Polly Lawrence of Roxborough Park — have turned in petitions, which are awaiting verification but were both gathered with the assistance of top-notch firms, so chances are decent they'll both make the ballot.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 11, 20188min433

A STATEWIDE WIN'S A STATEWIDE WIN ... State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a leading Republican candidate for governor, was making the rounds at precinct caucuses Tuesday night at Lakewood High School, pitching his candidacy to Jeffco Republicans, who were convening in scattered classrooms. At one of his first stops, Stapleton delivered a rapid-fire introduction to the contest ahead — spending the bulk of his of time talking about Democrat Jared Polis, a Boulder congressman and leading Democratic candidate for governor.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 18, 201816min1091

THEY GRABBED A CLIPBOARD ... It looks like a lot of Coloradans took the advice of a certain soon-to-be-former president. In his farewell address, delivered just over a week before leaving office, President Barack Obama said an oft-quoted line — "If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself" — that might have launched a thousand candidacies, including quite a few here in Colorado.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 201813min730

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.