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Valerie RichardsonValerie RichardsonNovember 7, 201611min380

The pivotal at-large race to determine control of the University of Colorado Board of Regents could hinge on concerns about climate change and free speech. Former Democratic state Rep. Alice Madden injected climate change into the race early on with jabs at the board's 5-4 Republican majority. The board voted last year against changing the University of Colorado system's investment approach to exclude fossil-fuel holdings. "Question of the day: Do you think that all nine of the elected CU Regents should believe in man-made climate change?" asked Madden in a Facebook post reprinted on Complete Colorado. "Seems like a basic premise for a premier research and teaching institution with 12 Nobel Laureates."


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MaySeptember 1, 20167min368

Washington is not an easy-going town. You come here to argue policy with the big boys you should expect some rough-and-tumble. But you also should expect clean fights — no biting, no spitting, no hitting below the belt. Whatever else divides us, we all value free speech and edifying debate, right? Not exactly. Leftwing “activists” — often posing as journalists — have a habit of targeting and trolling those who deviate from the “politically correct” line. About five years ago, it became clear that a concerted effort was underway to defame me and the national security policy institute I founded just after the 9/11 attacks, along with other individuals and groups focusing on the toxic ideologies that had been gaining ground in what we now call the Muslim world. The activists’ goal was to brand us as “Islamophobes” — haters, racists and bigots who should be shunned, drummed out of the public square, made to shut the hell up.


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Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 8, 20166min354

The year was 1979. The Eagles' top song "The Long Run" was a hit on the radio. The Denver Broncos finished second in the AFC West Championship under coach Red Miller. And it was the last year that Democrats held a majority on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. The Eagles were right: it has been a long run indeed for Republicans. Fast forward 37 years to a high-profile 2016 election year filled with wall-to-wall coverage of presidential candidates. During such a busy year, an election for the CU Board of Regents would seem almost an afterthought. But among the down-ballot races in Colorado this year, the real sleeper race may be the statewide, "At-Large" open seat on the Board of Regents that could flip the political power of the nine-member panel that oversees 61,000 students, four college campuses and a $3.5 billion university system budget