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Morgan SmithMorgan SmithMay 14, 20183min1640

“Thirty four years of elected office, many more of consequential service, have passed far too quickly,” says Steve Hogan, the late Mayor of Aurora, in what turned out sadly to be his last message. I only served with him for two of those years, the 1975 and 1976 sessions of the Colorado House of Representatives, but I remember him as a cheerful, dedicated and very capable member of our House Democratic Caucus.


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Morgan SmithMorgan SmithOctober 9, 20173min657

I first met Wally in the late 60s in Adams County when I handled a minor traffic ticket for him. That was the start of a rich and treasured friendship that included both politics and agriculture but was always full of laughter. In fact, as I learned of his death on Oct. 6, I was driving from the Albuquerque airport north to Santa Fe when suddenly the huge Sandia Casino appeared on my right. He would come down to the casino to gamble and we would meet for lunch. He would assure me that he was winning big and I woild never question him. Our last lunch was on April 4 and as sharp as his mind was, his body was obviously failing him.


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Morgan SmithMorgan SmithJune 19, 20177min252

Now that the Trump administration has initiated the process of renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), let’s hope that this process is marked by thoughtfulness and not rhetoric like the president’s earlier comments that NAFTA was “the worst trade deal in history.” Despite the anti-trade rhetoric, NAFTA has been ...


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Morgan SmithMorgan SmithJanuary 3, 20177min365

“What now?” my son, Jay asked. It was Sunday, Dec. 5, and we were just north of Dilia, New Mexico, where he has a small farm and where we had loaded his Toyota Tundra with firewood. We were preparing to head out to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota but had just heard that the Army Corps of Engineers had called a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project that had been under protest there. Should we call it quits or continue the 1,000 mile drive? “Let’s keep going,” we both said simultaneously.


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Morgan SmithMorgan SmithOctober 24, 20168min253

In a stunning setback for Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, Colombian voters narrowly defeated a referendum to approve a treaty between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Oct. 2. The margin of votes was 53,893 out of 12,808, 858 counted so it was a razor thin loss. The leader of the opposition was Alvaro Uribe, twice president of Colombia (2002 - 2010 ) and the man who, during his presidency broke the back of the FARC and the violence that has consumed the country for more than 50 years, cost 220,000 lives and displaced as many as 5 million people.


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Morgan SmithMorgan SmithJuly 14, 20166min241

“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 Mayor Wellington Webb but wanted to create an endowment as insurance against the possibility that a future mayor would be less supportive of his efforts to improve the South Platte or that the economy would crash.