Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 27, 201731min651

Arapahoe County Democrats say they’re working to resolve racial tensions within the party after a years-old remark about “too many blacks” running for office in the county resurfaced recently on social media and in a newspaper article, reigniting a long-simmering controversy. The conflict stems from a candidate training session conducted by party officials in Aurora nearly three years ago when comments — there’s sharp disagreement whether the handful of words were overly blunt, too clumsy, poorly chosen, insensitive or downright racist — left some uncomfortable and others offended, while still others contend the words were misinterpreted beyond recognition. But it’s what happened next that stoked rancor that persists years later, and that’s what party officials say they are determined to mend.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 14, 20175min479

Colorado Democrats are conducting a mail-ballot vote this month to decide whether to conclude an unfinished election for a statewide vice chair position by awarding posts to the top three finalists. The post of 2nd vice chair has gone unfilled since last month’s party reorganization meeting when none of the candidates won a majority of the vote after multiple rounds of balloting.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 201710min863

Three of the four candidates for chair of the Colorado Democratic Party sounded the alarm and raised the roof campaigning for the post at Denver County’s reorganization meeting on Saturday. Former Senate President Morgan Carroll, Colorado Democratic Party 2nd vice chair Barbara Jones and Clear Creek County Commissioner Tim Mauck made their pitches to the hundreds of Denver Democrats assembled at South High School, invoking Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and rural Democrats who want practical solutions to real-world problems.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 26, 201616min452

In Aurora, at the at Arapahoe County Democratic Party's 10th annual Patricia Schroeder dinner, lots of political insiders mingled with heavy-hitter progressive U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN5, who even donned a Broncos hat out of respect for the Centennial State during the Saturday night festivities. The dinner was named for former U.S. Rep. Patricia Nell Scott "Pat" Schroeder, who represented Colorado in the U.S. House from 1973–1997. Statesman veteran contributor Ernest Luning was there to capture all the action ...