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Valerie Richardson

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

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Anti-abortion demonstrators march past the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators are gathering in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Falwell: Trump's Supreme Court picks helped win over white evangelicals

Nobody would describe President-elect Donald Trump as more devout than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former President George W. Bush, but the casino-building billionaire outperformed previous GOP presidential candidates with white evangelical voters. Published December 26, 2016

Scott Root, whose sister Sarah was killed by an illegal immigrant, gave a hug to Donald Trump. Mother Michelle Wilson-Root says the president-elect "has a heart of gold," and she and Sarah's father, Scott Bernhardt, have since become Republicans (Associated Press)

Trump's embrace helps Iowa family cope with death of daughter killed by illegal immigrant

There was a time when Scott Root and Michelle Wilson-Root looked forward to Christmas, but not this year. Their 21-year-old daughter, Sarah Root, was killed Jan. 31 by Eswin Mejia, an illegal immigrant from Honduras accused of plowing into the back of her vehicle as he street-raced while drunk in Omaha, Nebraska. He skipped bail. Nearly a year later, he remains a fugitive. Published December 22, 2016

Republican electors in the 30 states that backed Donald Trump are under intense pressure to defy the popular vote as part of a long-shot bid to deny him the presidency. (Associated Press)

Anti-Trump forces press electors to upend election results

State officials braced for an anything-can-happen vote Monday of the Electoral College as Democratic and progressive operatives took their historic campaign to upend President-elect Donald Trump down to the wire. Published December 18, 2016

Tarantulas are the heaviest, hairiest, scariest spiders on the planet. U.S. breeders of these spiders are fretting over a petition to list five species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, fearing that the move would actually hurt the population. (Associated Press)

Tarantula fans fret over proposed endangered listing

Tarantula collectors have no fear when it comes to their favorite large, hairy pets, but U.S. breeders are scared to death of a Fish and Wildlife Service proposal that would list the species as endangered. Published December 18, 2016