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Smith: May The Colorado Statesman’s legacy of humanizing politics live on

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Congratulations and best wishes to Clarity Media, the new owner of The Colorado Statesman. I’ve been writing for The Statesman since at least the early 1980s when I was commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture and have always seen the newspaper as a vital player in Colorado’s political life. I see its value even […]

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Smith: U.S. ties with Mexico matter now more than ever

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With all the excitement, chaos, turmoil — whatever you want to call it — that has filled Donald Trump’s first days in office, it’s easy to forget that Joaquín Guzmán, “El Chapo,” the world’s most notorious criminal and drug cartel leader was extradited from Mexico to the United States the same day as Trump’s inauguration.

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? Smith: Next steps in Latin America: A role for the US and Colorado

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In a stunning setback for Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, Colombian voters narrowly defeated a referendum to approve a treaty between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Oct. 2. The margin of votes was 53,893 out of 12,808, 858 counted so it was a razor thin loss. The leader […]

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Smith: Bill Armstrong was courteous, thoughtful and a true statesman

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“Bill Armstrong is going to be your co-chairman,” Joe Shoemaker said. “Oh no,” I thought. “Not Bill Armstrong.” It was 1998 and former state Sen. Joe Shoemaker had asked me to co-chair a campaign to build an endowment for the Greenway Foundation called the Greenway Preservation Trust Foundation. He had an excellent relationship with then-Denver […]

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Smith: The recapture of El Chapo

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Congratulations to those Mexican Marines who recaptured Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán after a bitter gunfight in his home state of Sinaloa. Unlike his 2001 escape when he was at large for 13 years, this time he was recaptured in less than six months. For most Americans, this seems like a fairly simple case of excellent […]

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No one knew finances better than Pueblo’s Bob Kirscht

Bob Kirscht, right, and then-state Sen. Ray Kogovsek, both Pueblo Democrats at the time, make a pitch to the Joint Budget Committee for more funds for the community college in Pueblo in this photo from the 1970s. Kogovsek was memorialized in Pueblo on May 5, 2017. (Photo by Morgan Smith/The Colorado Statesman)
“It was so much fun then,” Bob Kirscht says in reference to his 16 years in the Colorado House of Representatives, from 1971-1986. Bob was one of the finest legislators of his generation and someone who was highly respected by both parties. He was both the majority and minority leader when I served with him […]

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