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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonSeptember 17, 20187min3270

Despite all the public chest thumping that takes place on both the right and the left regarding policy preferences, it’s wise to remain alert to the possibility these displays are often masquerades behind which lurk personal animosities. As a freshman legislator I quit the House Democratic caucus following an accusation by Minority Leader Bob Kirscht that I had traded my vote with Republican Frank DeFilippo. I announced I would not return to the caucus until it elected new leadership and then dedicated the ensuing year to the insurrection that replaced Kirscht with Federico Peña as Democratic leader in 1981. Bob switched his party affiliation the following morning in exchange for an appointment to the Joint Budget Committee, a plum assignment from which he would ladle dollars over his House District in Pueblo.


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Dennis GallagherDennis GallagherMay 19, 20177min550

I am so glad I was able to make Sen. Ray Kogovsek's funeral Mass at St. Mary Help of Christians Slovenian Catholic Church in Pueblo May 5. It was Friday morning in his hometown and in the parish he grew up in. And a hometown occasion it was — a warm spring day with flowers bursting forth in the small yards of homes near the church.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 30, 201613min347

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Cities across the country were facing challenges in the face of economic pressures — a recent survey showed that 60 percent of 660 American cities were facing budget deficits in 1986 — but Denver was not demoralized, said Mayor Federico Peña in his State of the City address. “We will not decline. We are optimizing our resources so that basic services can be maintained. And we have a local economy that, while presently weak, is still basically sound and diverse,” Peña said.


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 24, 20167min505

Lawmakers past and present showed up Tuesday to pay tribute to Lee Bahrych, the former chief clerk of the state House who loved the Capitol as much as she despised the pranks rowdy lawmakers were prone to pull. Former staffer Donna Acierno recalled how Bahrych once got so annoyed with Rep. Scott McInnis she grabbed the lawmaker’s ear and made him sit down in his seat. “That was before Scott was in leadership,” Acierno said, with a laugh.