Ernest Luning

Jeb Bush talks vets, immigration at town hall

The Colorado Statesman

SHERIDAN— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called for finishing construction on the Veterans Administration’s over-budget hospital in Aurora and defended his earlier references to “anchor babies” at a town-hall appearance on Tuesday at a VFW hall in this Denver suburb.

At his first campaign appearance in Colorado since the Republican officially declared himself a candidate for president, Bush spoke briefly and then took questions for just over an hour from some 150 veterans and others at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9644.

Coffman throws down in preview of campaign against Carroll

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, previewed his campaign against Democratic challenger state Sen. Morgan Carroll on Sunday at the sixth annual summer barbecue fundraiser thrown by Jim and Joy Hoffman at their Greenwood Village home.

“The challenges going forward, it’s going to be tough,” Coffman told the crowd of some 250 supporters. “But I want to continue as the only veteran in the Colorado delegation, as the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq wars.”


Kogo a no go for governor in ’86, but Holly Coors keeps door open

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … As a service to the proliferating field of candidates weighing runs for governor — incumbent Dick Lamm was stepping down in 1986 after serving three terms — the newspaper produced a Generic Gubernatorial Campaign Speech, “[s]uitable for everyday campaign use and moth swatting.” Based on pages of interviews with a half-dozen potential candidates published in the previous week’s Denver Post, the all-purpose speech, composed by Statesman theater critic Miller Hudson

Hancock launches campaign to fund National Western expansion

The Colorado Statesman

With a yee-haw and a giddy-up, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Wednesday kicked off a campaign to persuade Denver voters to approve extending a tourism tax to fund part of a $865 million renovation and expansion of the decrepit National Western Center, home for more than a century to the National Western Stock Show.

Hillary rips Republicans, rallies Dems at Denver organizing event

The Colorado Statesman

Hillary Clinton tore into Republican presidential candidates at her first campaign appearance in Colorado on Tuesday in Denver, blasting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in particular for his positions on immigration and remarks he made earlier that day about women’s health.

“I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to full and equal citizenship,” said the Democratic presidential candidate to cheers from an estimated 300 supporters inside a sweltering La Rumba nightclub. “There is no place in the United States for second-class citizenship.”

Colorado River Day celebrated, conservation urged for resource

The Colorado Statesman

Whether they knew it or not, some 40 million Americans across seven states celebrated, Colorado River Day on Saturday, marking the anniversary of the day when the river’s name was changed from the Grand River in 1921.

News From Yesteryear

Allard, Martinez weigh Senate bids; Hart staffers meet with 'no agenda' in Vail

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat up in 1996 were starting to emerge. U.S. Rep. Wayne Allard had set up shop at a Lakewood office building, smack in the middle of Jefferson County and well outside his 4th Congressional District, fueling speculation that he was planning a run for the Republican Senate nomination.

Hancock sworn in for 2nd term as Denver mayor

Affordable housing, college assistance programs touted at inauguration
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was sworn in for a second term standing alongside his wife, Mary Louise Lee, on Monday before a cheering crowd of roughly 1,000 at the city’s downtown Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Poll: Clinton trailing GOP rivals in Colorado, state backs gay marriage

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is running behind three top Republican presidential candidates in Colorado, according to a swing-state poll released this week by Quinnipiac University.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida leads Clinton 46-38 points among Colorado voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads 41-36, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is ahead 47-38 percent.

The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, with similar results in the two other swing states.

Campaign 2016

Republican presidential debate set for CU Boulder

The Colorado Statesman

The third Republican presidential candidate debate will be on Oct. 28 at the Coors Events Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, debate sponsor CNBC announced on Thursday. The debate, one of a dozen sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, will focus on the economy and will be broadcast by the cable network.