Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall says his policies will move Colorado forward during the Senate debate on Oct. 6. Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman

10/10/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, his Republican challenger, sparred over healthcare, birth control, the economy and national security in a feisty, hour-long debate on Tuesday night in Denver, one of three debates between the Senate candidates this week, just days before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters.

10/10/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

Three candidates for Attorney General engaged in a spirited debate before the Colorado Bar Association this week. David Williams, Libertarian, Cynthia Coffman, Republican, and Don Quick, Democrat, were afforded a three-minute opening, followed by a series of questions submitted from various interest group bar associations. Fred Brown, former columnist and editor with The Denver Post now teaching journalism ethics at the University of Denver, served as moderator.

10/10/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

On Friday an overflow crowd filled the AME Shorter church in East Denver for a memorial service in remembrance of Regis F. Groff. For two deeply moving hours the former Senate Democratic Minority Leader was honored for his qualities as leader, pioneer, mentor, teacher, parent and role model. Nearly overlooked were his mischievous temperament, infectious humor and visceral enthusiasm, which he carried into both his political and personal life. Groff was far more than the conscience of the Colorado Senate; he was also a genuinely happy warrior.

10/3/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez shook hands on stage Tuesday night when the Democrat proposed that their two campaigns swear off negative ads, but both candidates swung hard at each other during the rest of an hour-long debate in Denver.

9/26/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

The task force created by Gov. John Hickenlooper to resolve conflicts over oil and gas drilling in Colorado met for the first time on Thursday in Denver, kicking off a five-month process that members said they hope will result in a legislative solution to one of the state’s most divisive issues.

“The work you’re going to do is going to have great significance to the state,” Hickenlooper, calling himself “an incurable optimist,” told members of the panel, convened inside a packed classroom at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices.

9/19/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Just over three weeks before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters, a pair of polls released this week said Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez hold commanding leads over Democratic incumbents U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, marking a dramatic shift from previous polling that has shown the races too close to call.

But a flurry of other polls also released in the past week paint a different picture of the midterm electorate in the purple state, saying either that the races are toss-ups or that the Democrats are ahead.

9/19/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Arapahoe County Republicans toasted an abundant slate of candidates and vowed to steer Colorado toward GOP victories this fall at the party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday in Greenwood Village.

“We are going to turn this country around, we are going to turn this state around, and it’s all going to happen because of the work you are doing here in Arapahoe County,” said the GOP’s Senate nominee, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in a tight race that could determine which party controls the Senate.

MACE: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
9/19/2014
By Frana Mace
GUEST COLUMNIST

Additional education is the choice that most reliably improves an American family’s quality of life. Consequently, both as a former Colorado legislator and during my professional career I have consistently attempted to expand access to and opportunity for college and specialized training programs.

9/12/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — While they disagreed plenty about policy, the candidates on stage on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Club 20 gubernatorial debate differed most in the leadership styles they displayed.

9/12/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20 sponsored seven legislative debates last Saturday punctuated with presentations from four candidates, three Republicans and one Democrat, who are running unopposed for re-election this year. The actual debates ranged from the overtly hostile to amiable exchanges between candidates who actually like each other. Breaks for the legislators running without opponents allowed the audience to refill their coffee cups and run to the restroom.

9/12/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

Deputy Attorney General Bernie Buescher, a former Democratic state representative and former secretary of state, and his wife Mary Beth hosted a fundraiser for Gov. John Hickenlooper in Grand Junction prior to the Club 20 debate Saturday afternoon. While Mesa County leans heavily Republican, 40 or 50 supporters of the Democratic incumbent enjoyed Palisade peaches and ice cream on a warm afternoon. The Governor arrived with several West Slope members of his cabinet, son Teddy and wife Helen Thorpe in tow.

9/12/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

Exactly 13 years after the Sept. 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the American homeland, retired General David H. Petraeus, commander of American troops during combat surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 and later the Director of the CIA, addressed about 2,000 people at an anniversary commemoration held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver.

9/12/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

’Tis the season for complaints against candidates, and they’re flying fast and furiously, particularly in high-profile races in this swing state.

Just this week, state Democrats and a conservative pressure group logged complaints aimed at the two major party Senate candidates, alleging violations of congressional rules, federal regulations and general decency.

9/12/2014

Dear Editor,

I’ve admired former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave for many years and appreciated her advocacy on behalf of pre-born children. Your coverage of her recent event in the Aug. 29 issue is illuminating. I wish I could thank Marilyn for promoting National Right to Life’s 20-week abortion ban, but I can’t.

9/5/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall brought a liberal superstar from Massachusetts and a nationally prominent pro-choice advocate to Jefferson County on Friday afternoon to rally volunteers preparing to contact voters ahead of what could be one of the key Senate races in the country.

9/5/2014
By Morgan Smith
The Colorado Statesman

It’s August 26, and I’ve driven to the ranch of Helen Shoemaker and her husband, former State Representative Bob Shoemaker in a beautiful valley north of Cañon City to visit. Sunday, August 31 was Helen’s 90th birthday and Bob, her husband of 67 years, will be 90 next June.

10/10/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent, and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger, clashed over public safety questions and the state of Colorado’s economy at a debate in Denver on Monday, but it was an off-the-cuff quip by Hickenlooper about state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana that drew the most attention.

10/10/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

Well-known Colorado politicos debated controversial Amendment 68 at the South Metro Chamber of Commerce office in Centennial on Oct. 7. The citizen initiative, if passed by voters on Nov. 4, would provide as much as $114 million annually to improve Colorado K-12 public and charter schools by permitting expanded gaming at Arapahoe Park horse racetrack. It would also allow gaming at no more than one horse racetrack in each of Pueblo and Mesa counties where racing and wagering have taken place for at least five consecutive years.

10/10/2014
By Morgan Smith
Special to The Colorado Statesman

Regis Groff not only brought great class and dignity to the Colorado General Assembly but he was able to lift us from what often seemed like the day-to-day grind of our work and enable us to see that being an elected official was both a special opportunity and a unique responsibility. I served in the House and he was in the Senate and I remember often going over to the Senate Chambers when he was to speak on an issue because I knew that whatever he said would be uplifting.

10/3/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign across Colorado, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez routinely stumped for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and this week the former Massachusetts governor returned the favor, rallying a crowd of supporters on Monday at Heritage High School in Littleton for Beauprez and the GOP ticket in the state.

10/3/2014
By Sandra Fish
Special to The Colorado Statesman

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has raised nearly four times as much as Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger.

But the financial heft of the Republican Governors Association and Beauprez himself could render the incumbent’s fundraising lead moot.

In fact, outside spending by the RGA, the Democratic group Making Colorado Great and potentially others will likely ultimately overshadow spending by the two candidates.

9/26/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

The leader of the national Republican Party rallied supporters in Colorado on Wednesday and said that the GOP’s efforts to “be a national party that’s everywhere, all the time, in every community around the country” are paying off.

“You are all at the epicenter of not just having a great midterm but of laying the groundwork of saving this country and putting a Republican in the White House in 2016,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus told a standing-room-only crowd of several hundred gathered at state party headquarters in Greenwood Village. “And it happens right here.”

9/26/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

An aggressive Andrew Romanoff jabbed continuously at U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman during the candidates’ third formal debate on Tuesday night in Denver, criticizing the incumbent Republican for everything from opposing birth control methods throughout his lengthy political career to attacks on the Democratic challenger’s Ivy League education.

9/19/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

[Updated 9-25-14 with statement from Attorney Ted Olson regarding Judge Jackson's 9-22-14 decision.]

9/19/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

More than 300 clients, family members and caregivers involved with a host of nonprofit groups that serve Jefferson County had the chance to talk over plates of barbecue with lawmakers and candidates on Tuesday evening at the fairgrounds.

For the 12th year running, four large community service organizations — Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Seniors’ Resources Center and The Family Tree — invited those who benefit from their services and those who might have a say in how those services are delivered to share stories and talk policy.

9/19/2014

A PRIME NEW YORK DINNER FOR A COUPLE COLORADANS

Straight from The Colorado Statesman’s bureau in the Big Apple comes this meaty item... Spotted at New York City’s elegant Capital Grille restaurant on Sept. 14 was Colorado Republican U.S. Senate nominee Cory Gardner enjoying a fine dining experience with South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. Also at the table, of course, was local GOP bigwig Larry Mizel.

9/12/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed over the federal government’s role in virtually every aspect of life in Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 6, at their first debate, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at Western Slope advocacy group Club 20’s fall meeting.

HUDSON: A FULL WEEKEND OF ELECTIONEERING
9/12/2014

Some 30 years ago the Bell System crumpled under pressure from Congress, regulators and competitors, not-so-voluntarily acceding to an anti-trust dissolution of its monopoly over national telephone service. American Telephone & Telegraph announced a divestiture plan that would spin off seven Baby Bell companies that would continue to offer the basic dial tone, while its manufacturing divisions, including Western Electric and Bell Labs, would emerge as an independent equipment developer and AT&T itself would carry on as primarily a long distance and high volume data transfer provider.

9/5/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

For many attorneys, an appointment to a judgeship is the culmination of a career aspiration that may appear somewhat aside from politics. An appointment to the bench often rewards either evident legal acumen or the generous financial support of politicians. In the case of former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Federal District Court Judge James “Jim” Carrigan, it was also his sense of humor that was lauded during a memorial service last week at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder.

9/5/2014

Farm dinners, like the Isabelle Farm partnership with Boulder’s Zolo Grill held August 18, reverse the trend, still utilizing a bounty of organic and sustainable fresh produce but instead bringing the table (and the chefs and all their expertise) to the farm.