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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Donald Trump used the Colorado outcome to fire up his backers by blasting the state GOP for its "crooked" and "totally unfair" process. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump blasts 'rigged' GOP system after latest setback

Billionaire Donald Trump unloaded Monday on the Colorado GOP for what he called a "rigged" system after being swept at last weekend's convention, but the attack also drew attention to his biggest weakness: his sloppy ground game. Published April 11, 2016

Seal of Los Angeles County, California

Christian cross ordered off Los Angeles County seal

Restoring a tiny Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal is unconstitutional because it places the county's "power, prestige and purse" behind one religion, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Published April 7, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at a campaign stop at the Armory, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

John Kasich: Open GOP convention would be 'fun,' 'cool'

Far behind rivals Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the hunt for delegates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday an open convention in July to pick the presidential nominee would be "fun" and "cool" from his perspective. Published April 3, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz addresses more than 1,600 delegates at the North Dakota Republican Convention in Fargo, North Dakota, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Convention-goers in this red state will on Sunday select 25 of the 28 national delegates who likely will play a role in choosing the Republican presidential nominee. ( AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Ted Cruz captures first six GOP delegates chosen in Colorado

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday picked up the first six of 37 Colorado delegates to be chosen before the Republican National Convention, giving his candidacy a boost entering this week's Wisconsin primary. The six delegates, three each from 1st and 6th congressional districts, shut out would-be delegates for businessman Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at party assemblies. Published April 3, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 4, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

RNC chief Priebus moves to steer Trump away from third-party bid

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus insists that he doesn't think Donald Trump or any other GOP presidential candidate will make a third-party run if he loses the nomination. But if someone does, the GOP will be ready. Published April 3, 2016