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Month in Review | September 2023

Month in Review | September 2023



  • Lauren Boebert was kicked out of a theater during ”Beetlejuice” performance, her embarrassing antics caught on video.
  • Boulder will not increase the city’s minimum wage in 2024 after a 5-4 vote, affirming 2025 as the year wages will increase.
  • Colorado GOP proposes banning gender-affirming care in another performative act that has no chance of passing.
  • Local 17-year-old USA cyclist Magnus White was struck and killed by an SUV on Colorado Highway 119. The DA is looking into potential charges for the driver.
  • CU Buffs are off to a hot start under coach Sanders, upsetting TCU and defeating longtime rival Nebraska to start the season.


  • Five police officers that beat Tyre Nichols to death have been indicted on federal charges.
  • Mitt Romney is not running for reelection for his Senate seat, opening a chance for a more extreme conservative to fill the seat.
  • However, Nancy Pelosi will be running again despite her decreasing relevance to national politics.
  • Hunter Biden indicted on gun charges and not a single Democrat is up in arms protesting the justice system, because why would they be?
  • United Auto Workers strike in efforts for more job security as the auto industry shifts towards more electric vehicles, echoing the Hollywood writer’s strike over AI generated scripts.


  • Earthquake ravages Morocco, with hundreds of deaths and major structural damage in multiple cities including Meerakeesh
  • Massive rains in Libya flood and overflow dams, destroying a coastal city with tens of thousands feared dead
  • Elon Musk disabled his Starlink satellites to thwart communication during an Ukrainian naval offensive in the Black Sea further raising ethical questions of how much power one individual should wield.

Small Talk

“Providing convenient travel choices to our community is one of our priorities and it is through collaborative funding partnerships like this that we’ll be able to continue to expand options throughout our community. This award provides the funds to make this new and improved service to Gunbarrel possible.” – Natalie Stiffler, City of Boulder Transportation and Mobility Director 

“There have been no substantial allegations that the government violated the 4th, 5th, or 6th Amendments in prosecuting January 6 defendants. It is irresponsible to allege, without evidence, as your letter does, that Americans are being systematically denied their most basic Constitutional rights based on their political beliefs.” – Republican Representative Ken Buck, CO

“The Center of the American West is currently fading, and while it may yet be resuscitated, there will be lasting loss and damage to CU Boulder and the fields of Western history, applied history, and countless others.” – Letter from academics across the West regarding CU Boulder’s sudden firing of Patty Limerick

“It is a step toward housing accessibility in our city, without building anything, without tearing anything down.” – Boulder Mayor Aaron Brockett on raising housing occupancy limits

By the Numbers

$826 millionProposed to expand Colorado broadband access across the state
$52 millionDenver mayor Mike Johnson lays out new initiatives to address the homeless crisis
171Unhoused individuals counted by Boulder city staff for “July Point in Time Count Results,” of which 25% said they were experiencing homelessness for the first time
12.4%Poverty rate in the US, up from 7.8%, the largest single year increase on record 


Austin Clinkenbeard
Austin Clinkenbeard has been traveling the world with his wife for the past several years exploring food, history and culture along the way. He is a passionate advocate for stronger social science education and informed global travel. Austin holds degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from San Diego State. When he’s home there’s a good chance you can catch him cooking allergy friendly food. You can follow along Austin’s travel adventures and food allergy journey at www.NowWeExplore.com.

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