Morgan SmithMorgan SmithMay 14, 20183min351

“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.


Morgan SmithMorgan SmithJune 19, 20177min420

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 ...


Morgan SmithMorgan SmithJanuary 3, 20177min645

“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.


Morgan SmithMorgan SmithOctober 24, 20168min407

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.


Morgan SmithMorgan SmithJuly 14, 20166min440

“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.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 31, 20169min375

Thirty-Five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Dick Lamm hadn’t decided yet whether he planned to run for a third term in 1982, but the Democrat conceded he could be unseated by Colorado Republicans, who had said their major goal in the next year was retaking the governor’s mansion. “Oh, sure,” Lamm said in an interview with The Statesman. “I think anyone in public office is beatable, especially in these very shifting times. You go into any campaign — no matter how high or seemingly unbeatable you are — with at least a third chance of losing just because of the vagaries in a campaign and the kind of things which can happen. You’ve involved in a process that you only have marginal control over.” …