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Valerie Richardson

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

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Partygoers smoke pot at Denver's annual marijuana festival. Tom Angell, spokesman for Marijuana Majority, said he is disappointed Colorado's gubernatorial candidates haven't more vocally supported legalized pot, pointing out that the issue could motivate younger voters to show up for the midterms. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Colorado marijuana legalization spurs racketeering lawsuit

A Colorado hotel franchise and two property owners filed lawsuits Thursday to bring a halt to the state's legalization of recreational marijuana, citing violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Published February 19, 2015

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses an audience on the campus of Norwich University, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Northfield, Vt. (Associated Press) **FILE**

California voters want Condoleezza Rice for Senate: poll

She's been out of public life for years, she's never run for office and she's a Republican, but Condoleezza Rice is now the first choice of California voters to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2016. Published February 18, 2015