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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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YESTERYEAR: Astronaut turned would-be Colorado congressman memorialized

Mark and George Lundeen, who sculpted the statue of Jack Swigert, proudly stood in front of their work in Statuary Hall in this May 1997 photo. (Statesman archives)
Twenty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … A statue of Jack Swigert, Apollo 13 astronaut, was unveiled in Washington D.C., memorializing the fallen Coloradan in Statuary Hall. Swigert died from cancer in 1982 just days before he was to be sworn in as Colorado’s first elected Congressman from the newly created 6th […]

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ICYMI: Buy out your boss, Louisville looks at mayor & Council salary hike and more

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Sick and tired of your boss making bad decisions? Think you could do better? Here’s your chance, hot shot. A bill, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. James Coleman and Republican state Sen. Jack Tate, was approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor to require the Colorado Office of Economic Development to

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Kagan: Gov. Hickenlooper should call special session

Daniel Kagan

As I write, Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating whether to call the Legislature into special session in order to pass a comprehensive transportation bill. He should do it, and give the Legislature a chance to resuscitate the transportation proposal that so narrowly failed during the regular session. Almost everyone agrees that we need to repair […]

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