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YESTERYEAR: Webb wins Denver auditor, has ‘no ambitions for mayor’

Filmmaker Michael Moore stood on the west steps of Colorado’s state Capitol building during the promotion for his film, "Sicko" in June 2007. He told the crowd that if a Democrat won the White House in 2008, he hoped that real health care reform would be on the agenda in the new president’s first term. (Statesman archives)
Thirty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman: A former state legislator from Denver and cabinet member for Gov. Richard Lamm reigned supreme in a key race in the city and county of Denver. Wellington Webb defeated his opponent, Bill Schroeder, in the Denver auditor’s race. 

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YESTERYEAR: Romer takes on Union of Taxpayers’ chief over TABOR refunds

Thirty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … On election night, 1987, incumbent Mayor Federico Peña went on to capture 79,674 votes for 51 percent of the total vote compared to challenger Don Bain’s 49 percent. The highlight (or lowlight) of the evening, was Peña’s sweltering downtown headquarters where 1,000 people crammed into […]

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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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YESTERYEAR: GOP reviles Ritter signed construction defects legislation

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams and Gov. Bill Ritter share a good-natured, bipartisan laugh at the 25th Mizel Institute Annual Dinner in June 2007. (Statesman archives)
Thirty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … Elie Wiesel and Emil Hecht received honorary degrees in Humane Letters from the University of Denver at “A Triumph of Conscience” dinner which was attended by 1,400 distinguished eventgoers. Dr. Dwight Smith, Chancellor of the University of Denver, said the honors were bestowed on “two […]

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YESTERYEAR: Legislator’s party flip infuriates local union

Thirty Years Ago this Week in the Colorado Statesman … State Rep. Faye Fleming, D-Th0rnton, switched her party affiliation from Democratic to Republican Feb. 14, 1987, only six weeks after she took office. One of her campaign contributors, United Steel Workers Local 8031, threatened to sue her for misrepresentation. The influential union also took to […]

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ICYMI: Hemp bill hot water, redistricting outcry in El Paso County, Aurora performing arts center in the works

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A bill designed to help an Arkansas Valley hemp farmer in a water dispute with the federal government landed state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, in some hot water with at least one constituent. Coram sponsored Senate Bill 117, which recognizes industrial

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