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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 6, 201711min809
If you’re among the many Coloradans glad to no longer be enveloped by a cloud of cigarette smoke when entering a restaurant or bar, you can thank Dan Grossman. And if you are among the minority of Coloradans who still smoke and now feel left out in the cold — literally, when it’s winter — […]

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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJune 8, 20178min276

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 whose contributions to the welfare of humanity surpass our ability to ...


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightMay 11, 20177min397

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A new welfare law was finally agreed upon and the Legislature narrowly averted a special session. “That’s the art of compromise,” Gov. Roy Romer said. He said he would sign the latest version of the state's welfare reform law that had successfully met the requirements of new federal laws while passing muster on both sides of the Legislature's aisle.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJanuary 26, 201712min318

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … Take that President Bill Clinton! With Chuck Berry presiding as Speaker of the Colorado House, the Republican majority House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee amended and then proceeded to methodically pass a contentious anti-abortion bill sponsored by state Rep. Barry Arrington, R-Arvada, to ban what he — backed by Christian conservatives who praised Arrington for the measure — called "partialbirth abortions." HB 97-1136, passed after an extensive cross examination by Arrington of Dr. Warren Hern, director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic. The bill made it a misdemeanor, punishable with jail time, for a physician to abort a fetus during a partial birth abortion.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJanuary 12, 201711min319

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Diana DeGette is sworn in as a new member of Congress. The newly elected DeGette hosted more than 300 of her supporters, family and closest friends at her ceremonial swearing-in as the 19th representative for the 1st Congressional District. DeGette replaced retiring Democratic Rep. Pat Schroeder, who had served in the seat for 24 years. DeGette defeated her Republican opponent, Joe Rogers,with 56.9 percent to 40.2 percent the previous November. After taking the (ceremonial) oath of office administered by 10th Circuit Court Judge Carlos Lucero, at the Denver Public Library, DeGette spoke briefly on themes she had emphasized during her campaign.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 10, 20168min308

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas introduced and lauded his former law clerk Allison Eid, who was sworn in as the 95th justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Eid, appointed to the bench by Gov. Bill Owens, replaced Rebecca Love Kourlis, who had announced she was stepping down from the high court at the beginning of the year in order to help launch the University of Denver’s Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.