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Quentin Young

Quentin Young

Quentin Young is the editor of Colorado Newsline.

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People were killed by the thousands. But only cash will motivate some Coloradans.

By: - May 28, 2021

When Gov. Jared Polis announced the state’s latest attempt to convince holdouts to get vaccinated, he placed a giant prop check for a million dollars on a stand and assumed his best carnival barker act. “That’s right! You can win one million dollars, and you may already be entered!” the governor declaimed from a podium. […]

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Only a governor’s veto now can save transparency on finalists

By: - May 21, 2021

The “sole finalist” bill on its face was always a gift to powerful officials at the expense of Colorado residents. State law currently calls for public bodies to name multiple finalists for top government staff jobs, but the bill would allow officials to name just one finalist, in violation of the principles of government transparency. […]

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Ken Buck is no hero of democracy

By: - May 14, 2021

Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday evening, a day before she was ousted from her No. 3 leadership position in the U.S. House Republican conference, gave a defiant speech on the House floor. Cheney’s politics, like her hawkish foreign policy positions and anti-environment record, can be repellent. But she gets one big thing right: basic tenets […]

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Why does Garry Kaufman still have a job?

By: - May 14, 2021

Denver has long been famous for dirty air. In recent years air pollution throughout the Front Range has warranted increasing concern as regulation of toxic emissions proved persistently inadequate. The fouled state of the air presents an immediate risk to public health and is a manifestation of the regulatory breakdown behind the far more dangerous […]

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Move the Bureau of Land Management back to Washington where it belongs

By: - April 30, 2021

It’s great news for Grand Junction that the Bureau of Land Management headquarters moved there. But is it good for the agency, or the federal lands that the agency oversees, or the public functions it carries out? No. And everyone knows it. That’s why federal officials should rescind the cynical Trump administration decision to relocate […]

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Boebert would have been a model member of the America First Caucus

By: - April 23, 2021

The leaked draft of a policy platform for a new congressional caucus earned opprobrium last week from both Democrats and Republicans who were aghast at the document’s unconstrained nativism and unconcealed racism. The America First Caucus document, first reported by Punchbowl News, was said to have come out of the office of hyper-right Georgia Rep. […]

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How will history judge Buck’s immigration stance?

By: - April 16, 2021

On Feb. 19, 1942, just over two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which is now understood as a moment of national shame. The document authorized the creation of incarceration centers to which Japanese immigrants and their children living in the United States, especially along the […]

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Democrats are failing the Boulder massacre test

By: - April 9, 2021

During a virtual community meeting on March 24 — two days after a gunman armed with an assault weapon slaughtered 10 people at a Boulder grocery store — Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg of Boulder said it was “a time to act.” Also at the meeting were state Reps. Judy Amabile and Edie Hooton, […]

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Conspiracy theorist can’t hide from Colorado public

By: - April 2, 2021

“The election of 2020 will go down as the most questioned election in our country’s history,” wrote Danny Moore, the new chair of the new Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission, on Facebook. That’s just one example of this conspiracy theorist’s habit of spreading misinformation about the election, COVID-19 and other topics. In other words, one […]

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Blame for Boulder

By: - March 23, 2021

Less than two weeks ago, a district judge in Boulder struck down the city’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The ban, adopted by the City Council in 2018, was a rare point of optimism for Coloradans who believe American gun laws express a form of civic insanity and who live in a state […]

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Stop the government from keeping finalist lists secret

By: - March 19, 2021

When the University of Colorado regents in 2019 announced Mark Kennedy as the sole finalist in their search for a new president, it was clear to many people who read the relevant Colorado statutes that, to avoid transparency, they broke the law. The Daily Camera sued the regents for information about other candidates for the […]

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Don’t let government curb free speech to stop its abuse

By: - March 11, 2021

One of the most alarming bills so far introduced during the current session of the Colorado General Assembly is a proposed law known as “Digital Communications Regulation.” The law is audacious in its intent, hair-raising in its scope, and contemptible in its implications. It should never have made it into official circulation, and no lawmaker […]