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Valerie Richardson

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

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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

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and others attorneys general are proving whether ExxonMobil deceived the public on man-made carbon dioxide emissions. (Associated Press)

Democratic attorneys general to police climate change dissent

A coalition of Democratic attorneys general in 16 states announced Tuesday an unprecedented campaign to pursue companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change narrative, raising concerns over free speech and the use of state authority to punish political foes. Published March 29, 2016

Sandra Mejia hands a carry-out food order to a customer at Vitali's Bistro on Monday, May 11, 2015 in St. Louis Park, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

California wages ballot fight over plastic-bag ban

LOS ANGELES -- California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on reusable plastic bags could be sacked in November amid a brewing backlash over whether the measure's effectiveness outweighs its inconvenience. Published March 17, 2016