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Discussing the Impacts of Raising Minimum Wages Across the Nation

This year marks the first big election year I have participated in. My parents mailed in my ballot from Washington, and, along with voting for president for the first time, I also voted on key issues presented on the Washington ballot. For instance, Initiative 1433 proposed to raise the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 an […]

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Ballot Issue 3A, 3B: Increasing Funding for JeffCo Schools

Although Jefferson County is relatively wealthy, schools have disappointing academic statistics compared to national averages. Ballot issues 3A and 3B were added to the ballot by the local school board and are part of a process to improve the schools in the county. The city council has given its support to both bills, which put […]

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Proposition 106: Giving People the Freedom to Choose

Proposition 106 on the Colorado ballot would give terminally-ill patients the ability to self-administer medicine that would quickly end their life. Under the proposition, patients with less than six months to live would have the capability to take, in a lethal dosage, secobarbital – which is generally administered as a sleeping aid. Rivals to the […]

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Poli-ticking Me Off

The 2016 election has two of the most historically disliked candidates as front-runners. Chaos from both sides resulted in Clinton and Trump coming out on top, yet Democrats and Republicans alike are unsure about their candidates. How did this happen? How did the most disliked candidates become front-runners? In middle school and high school, the […]

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Should Moderators Be Allowed to Fact-Check?

Last month Chris Wallace, a Fox News journalist and the host of Fox News Sunday, became the first reporter in the channel’s history to be selected as a moderator for a presidential debate. His achievement, however, was immediately shadowed by the firestorm and backlash he received from his comments regarding the debate, during an interview […]

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A Student’s Perspective: Looking at the Presidential Platforms

I am going to cover three main candidates and their foreign policy platforms. Hopefully, in an entertaining and informative manner. This is my warning, I am biased and I will include my opinion in this article because this is the opinion section. Gary Johnson is the candidate for the libertarian party, and has a more […]

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The United States Still Has a Long Way to Go

As many of us know from the countless ads on TV, sound bites on the news, and articles on the internet, we live in a time of record wealth and income inequality. Income Inequality What is not commonly known is that the reality of income inequality is far worse than our perception of the problem. […]

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Star Wars Meets Politics

As fans and moviegoers all across the world find themselves eagerly waiting for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (expected Dec. 16, 2016), that spectacular galaxy is not too far, far away from everyone’s mind. Because of this, there has never been a more important time to address how the Star Wars movies are a […]

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Colorado Caucus Provides Unnecessary Dramatics to Election Process

My preconception of the caucus process was that it was a more democratic way of specifying your presidential preference. What I found after caucusing for the first time was that the caucus is a wholly disorganized process where few people know what’s going on. In effect, I strongly believe that Colorado should go with a […]

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Imagining a World with Donald Trump as President

Imagine on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 that the man taking the oath of office is Donald Trump. Before you ask yourself how in the world America let that happen, let’s take a while to think about what a Trump presidency could look like and what that would mean for America. We’ll take a look at […]