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Quentin Young

Quentin Young

Quentin Young is the editor of Colorado Newsline.

COMMENTARY

Colorado GOP has no leaders left

By: - March 5, 2021

The race for the chair of the Colorado Republican Party is further indication that the organization is out of competent leaders. Five people are running for the position, and not one of the viable candidates offers the kind of vision, or even sanity, that conservatives in the state need if they value political relevance. The […]

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Aurora law enforcement is a danger to the people

By: - February 25, 2021

A report from independent investigators released this week confirms what many observers of the Elijah McClain case intuited all along — that Aurora cops and paramedics behaved with mortal recklessness in handling the 23-year-old McClain, who was the suspect of no crime and posed no threat, and that, upon the young man’s death, their allies […]

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The Colorado redistricting commissions need your help

By: - February 22, 2021

The redistricting process in Colorado is a case of the Constitution versus the coronavirus. And recent news suggests the virus could be victorious. Coloradans can’t let that happen. The state is poised to undertake its once-every-decade process of drawing new boundaries of districts for members of Congress and the Colorado Legislature, a high-stakes activity that […]

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Investigate the Colorado Judicial Branch

By: - February 15, 2021

If members of the public are to accept the legitimacy of the court system, they must have trust in the personal character of its officers and the culture of its offices. But in Colorado, the integrity of the judicial branch is in doubt.

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RTD betrayed taxpayers on FasTracks

By: - February 8, 2021

FasTracks could be the most egregious example of taxpayer betrayal in modern Colorado history. The story of that betrayal is stark: A taxing authority said it would do something, voters entrusted it with their money to do that thing, and then the authority didn’t do the thing it said it would do. There are reams […]

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Private prison phase-out is welcome. Now do it for immigration.

By: - January 29, 2021

Less than a week into his term, Biden issued an executive order that will phase out Department of Justice contracts with private firms that operate criminal detention facilities. It was a welcome move. But an incomplete one.

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The most important speech of Boebert’s life, annotated

By: - January 22, 2021

At about 1:55 p.m. on Jan. 6, the freshman representative from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, Lauren Boebert, stepped to the microphone on the floor of the U.S. House. It was her third full day as a congresswoman, and it was her first floor speech. The speech is certain to endure as one of the key […]

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Check Trumpists now or invite a war later

By: - January 11, 2021

Americans should treat the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as a warlike attack. The event didn’t exhibit all the traditional elements of war. But it was coordinated, directed by a commander-in-chief, targeted a central institution of state authority, employed arms, and resulted in casualties. And, as in war, were it to go […]

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Is the COVID dial dead?

By: - January 11, 2021

When Colorado public health officials introduced a “dial” system to determine what level of COVID restrictions should apply in individual counties, it was all about data, local conditions and, most importantly, beating the pandemic. Not anymore. Now it’s about restriction avoidance, statewide perspective and walking “a difficult line between the public health crisis and the […]

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Insurrection at Capitol followed lies in Congress

By: - January 7, 2021

The U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was the site of an insurrection. A violent pro-Trump mob stormed this temple of democracy, overran security, battled law enforcement officers and occupied the House and Senate chambers. A woman was shot dead. Moments before attackers stormed the building, Republican gun enthusiast and freshman Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert gave her […]

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What 2020 taught us about being close to other human beings

By: - December 31, 2020

A friend recently said something that convinced me that 2020, despite how morbid the whole affair was, will leave us with an invaluable lesson. He’s a journalist, someone who has covered murders and medical fraud and the kinds of stories that select for unsentimental types and inevitably reinforce a person’s innate cynicism. We were talking […]

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Conspiracy theories corrupt a Colorado committee

By: - December 15, 2020

Colorado has one of the most reliable election systems in the country. Democrats and Republicans alike once lauded the exceptional security and ease of voting in the state. Then came 2020. Since Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump fairly in a landslide, a growing and increasingly emboldened faction of the Republican Party has joined Trump […]