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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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Adult stem cells said to 'forget' retooling

Reprogrammed adult stem cells may not be as useful an alternative to controversial embryonic stem-cell research as had been hoped, researchers found in two articles published Monday. Published July 19, 2010

Tancredo cheered for political encore

The plagiarism scandal surrounding GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis has pushed another familiar Colorado Republican back into the political spotlight. Published July 18, 2010

McInnis dismisses calls to quit race

Colorado Republican Scott McInnis rebuffed calls to drop out of the gubernatorial race in the wake of plagiarism accusations that have rocked his campaign. Published July 15, 2010

Scott McInnis

Plagiarism scandal rocks GOP hopeful in Colorado

Republican gubernatorial front-runner Scott McInnis stands accused of copying the work of others in a column, a speech and an essay -- a scandal that jeopardizes the state GOP's chances in one of its most winnable races. Published July 14, 2010

NUCLEAR FORCE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can use the Yucca Mountain issue to remind voters of his clout.

Is Yucca Mountain a voter molehill?

The recent ruling reviving the long, bitter debate over the Yucca Mountain waste storage plan has added an element of surprise to a U.S. Senate race in Nevada already on the verge of going nuclear. Published July 12, 2010

Judge: Gay marriage up to states

A federal judge in Boston struck a blow to the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday by ruling in favor of married same-sex couples seeking federal-based benefits. Published July 8, 2010

Federal judge takes swipe at DOMA

A federal judge in Boston declared unconstitutional the denial of federal spousal benefits to gay couples married in Massachusetts in a major victory for advocates of same-sex marriage. Published July 8, 2010

**FILE** Pepsi products are for sale at a grocery store in Danvers, Mass. (Associated Press)

Pass the pot brownies, but drop that soda

San Francisco's major recently intensified his surge against soda pop just as the city's health department issued regulations to guide medical marijuana shops in how to prepare "edible cannabis products." Published July 7, 2010

FALTERING: Republican Jane Norton, after being the front-runner for months in the Colorado primary race for U.S. Senate, finds herself trailing by double digits in two recent polls. (Associated Press)

Tea party chucking another favorite

In what has been dubbed the "Year of the Republican Woman," Jane Norton is in danger of becoming the exception to the rule. Published June 30, 2010

Obama, Clinton face off in race

It's Obama versus the Clintons again, except this time the venue is the Colorado Democratic Senate primary. Published June 29, 2010

S.C., Utah to tap Republicans

The calendar says June, but for Republican gubernatorial candidates in South Carolina and Utah, it seems like November. Published June 20, 2010

Proposition 8 trial phase ends

The trial on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 wrapped up Wednesday in San Francisco federal court as attorneys made their closing arguments about same-sex marriage, with the pro-gay lawyer comparing his clients' civil status to slavery-era blacks. Published June 16, 2010

Members of George "Nick" Kirk's family (front row from left) Jamie Stewart, Mandi Hull, and Barb Webb, listen as the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole announces its unanimous decision to deny Ronnie Lee Gardner's request for commutation. Gardner, who shot and injured Kirk in 1985, is scheduled to be executed by firing squad on Friday for fatally shooting attorney Michael Burdell. (Associated Press)

Utah steps closer to using firing squad

Utah moved closer to executing an inmate by firing squad after the state parole board refused Monday to commute the sentence of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. Published June 14, 2010

Reid, Angle depicting other as out of touch

She's billed as a nut-job, and he's portrayed as a one-man economic wrecking crew. It appears she wants to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, while he wants to tax and regulate the nation into oblivion. Published June 13, 2010

Primaries engender year of the woman

If California is the bellwether state, then the rest of the nation can expect to see an army of Republican, ex-CEO women taking politics by storm. Published June 9, 2010

Greens seeing red over new Gulf oil permit

The Obama administration ran afoul of environmentalists Wednesday by approving a new oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, even as millions of gallons of oil continue to gush from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig and the British oil giant struggled with its latest effort to cap the well. Published June 2, 2010

California GOP: Conservatism, cash

In the battle between Tom Campbell and his conservative foes, score one for the foes as the Republican candidates battle to challenge Democratic stalwart Sen. Barbara Boxer in November. Published May 31, 2010

GOP establishment pick falls in Idaho

This may turn out to be a great election year for Republicans, but it hasn't been a great year for the Republican establishment. Published May 26, 2010

** FILE ** Sharron Angle participates in a Republican primary forum for Senate hopefuls Tuesday, May 18, 2010, in Las Vegas. The winner of the primary contest will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. (Associated Press)

'Tea party' favorite surges in Nevada

The Nevada Republican primary battle to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has turned into a three-candidate race with the stunning recent surge of "tea party" favorite Sharron Angle. Published May 24, 2010