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Threats, harassment a grim part of public life, lawmakers say

Author: Ernest Luning - October 7, 2016 - Updated: October 7, 2016

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Capitol veterans and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle greeted news that a 21-year-old Arvada man had been arrested and charged with threatening to shoot state Sen. Laura Woods with sympathy for the Arvada Republican and a grim acknowledgement that facing threats has become a familiar part of public life.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.