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Valerie Richardson

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

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Former Alaska Democratic party gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallot (left) appears with newly independent candidate Bill Walker in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Walker and Mr. Mallott will combine on a unified ticket to face Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. (Associated Press)

'Unity ticket' forms in Alaska gubernatorial race

Alaska's Democratic and independent gubernatorial candidates announced Tuesday that they will join forces to run on the same ticket, a stunning decision aimed at creating a credible challenge to Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. Published September 2, 2014

State treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey speaks to supporters as he claims victory on winning the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.  Ducey defeated the other Republican candidates and will face Democrat Fred DuVal, who was unopposed in the primary, in November. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Poll says Arizona governor's race tied

Republican Doug Ducey is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Fred DuVal in the Arizona governor's race, according to the first poll taken since last week's primary contest. Published August 31, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who previously stated he was in favor of the death penalty, has been heard on an audiotape telling CNN journalists that he would consider granting "full clemency" to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of multiple murders. (Associated Press)

Hickenlooper reverses course on Colorado death penalty

In a 45-minute audio interview with CNN conducted Feb. 6, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper intimates twice that if he loses in November, he would have the option of giving "full clemency" before leaving office to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap. Published August 25, 2014

Colo. senator's re-election bid dogged by Obamacare woes

Sen. Mark Udall's support for Obamacare came back to haunt him again Thursday with the release of figures showing that thousands more Coloradans have had their health insurance policies cancelled. Published August 21, 2014