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

Morgan Smith

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: Bill Armstrong was courteous, thoughtful and a true statesman

Morgan Smith

“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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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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