Quentin Young

Quentin Young

Quentin Young is the editor of Colorado Newsline, an affiliate, like the Florida Phoenix, in the nonprofit States Newsroom network.

Colorado GOP participates in landmark lawsuit that seeks to block Trump from ballot

By: - September 20, 2023

The Colorado Republican Party is allowed to participate in a landmark lawsuit that seeks to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado. The judge in the case, Sarah Block Wallace of Denver District Court, granted the state GOP so-called intervenor status Monday, after party officials asked the court for permission […]

Lawsuit seeks to bar Trump from presidential ballot in Colorado

By: - September 6, 2023

A lawsuit filed in Colorado seeks to bar former President Donald Trump from appearing as a 2024 presidential candidate on ballots in the state. The suit was filed by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on behalf of six Colorado voters, who argue Trump is disqualified under a provision of the […]

Secretary won’t say whether Trump can access Colorado ballot

By: - July 13, 2023

The Colorado secretary of state declined to say whether she will grant ballot access to former President Donald Trump, who is running for president in 2024. “We are going to officially decline to comment at this time,” Annie Orloff, spokesperson for Democratic Secretary Jena Griswold, said in response to an inquiry from Colorado Newsline. In […]

Colorado designer does not have to make websites for same-sex couples, Supreme Court rules

By: and - June 30, 2023

Colorado cannot compel a website designer to create custom sites for same-sex couples, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion released Friday. The 6-3 ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, came in 303 Creative v. Elenis. Plaintiff Lorie Smith argued the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, violates her constitutional right to free […]

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado sued for defamation in federal court by activist

By: - June 11, 2023

A North Carolina political activist filed a defamation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Silt, Colorado in federal court Thursday. Plaintiffs David Wheeler, who last year publicized information about Boebert in an effort to derail her reelection bid, and the super PAC American Muckrakers claim that Boebert defamed Wheeler by falsely accusing him of […]

Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis censured in Colorado for false election claims

By: - March 9, 2023

Jenna Ellis, the Colorado attorney who was former President Donald Trump’s senior legal advisor as he tried to overturn his 2020 election loss, has been censured by a Colorado judge for misconduct. The public censure order was signed Wednesday by Presiding Disciplinary Judge Bryon M. Large, who oversees lawyer discipline cases in Colorado. As part of an […]


White nationalism gets a hearing in the Republican House

By: - February 11, 2023

Xenophobia is the original offense of the Trump era. The former president launched his campaign in 2015 by saying of Mexican migrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” It was a gross mischaracterization of facts, but the nativist message resonated with a Republican base primed by far-right media figures to despise non-white immigrants. When […]


Democracy haters aren’t going away. They’re digging in

By: - November 19, 2022

The midterm elections this month brought widespread failure to election deniers on the ballot. The most toxic of these dishonest Republicans all went down in stinging losses. Losers included: Governor candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem in Arizona. Secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant in Nevada. Governor candidate Tudor Dixon and […]


Their election denier is your election denier | Quentin Young

By: - October 16, 2022

Some states are comparatively isolated from the most damaging influence of democracy haters. California, Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Colorado — they are likely to avoid the misfortune of election deniers in high office in the near future, or they operate with voting laws meant to expand, rather than restrict, voter access. But while such states act […]


The GOP is the gallows party

By: - March 14, 2022

“I’ve said we need to build more gallows.” Those words were spoken last month by a Republican state senator from Arizona, Wendy Rogers, at a white nationalist rally. The topic was the execution of political enemies. “If we try some of these high-level criminals, convict them and use a newly built set of gallows, it’ll […]


What I learned from watching more than 500 Jan. 6 videos

By: - February 12, 2022

I recently watched hundreds of videos from the Jan. 6 insurrection. Many of the stark moments from the attack on the U.S. Capitol are well-known — the battle at the west terrace tunnel, the shooting of rioter Ashli Babbitt, the desecration of the Senate chamber. But nothing provides the kind of granular and exhaustive understanding of that day like […]


Could the 14th Amendment block U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert from the ballot?

By: - February 4, 2022

Is U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert eligible to run for reelection this year? According to the 14th Amendment, the answer might be “no.” And, because Boebert herself is unlikely to acknowledge her own potential disqualification, it would be left to other authorities, such as the Colorado secretary of state or voters in the representative’s district, to […]