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Valerie Richardson

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

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President Obama is scheduled to speak at Chessman Park in Colorado Wednesday, but local Democrats won't be joining him. (Associated Press)

Obama gets ditched by Colorado Democrats

Colorado Democrats ducking President Obama's speech here Wednesday morning are drawing hoots for their less-than-convincing excuses. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver in this Wednesday, May 22, 2013 file photo. Hickenlooper Saturday afternoon May 17, 2014 will sign Colorado's "Right To Try" bill, which was passed unanimously in the state Legislature. The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. The bill doesn't require drug companies to provide any drug outside federal parameters, and there's no indication pharmaceutical companies will do so. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Poll: Colorado governor's race locked in dead heat

Bad news for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: A poll released Tuesday shows him running neck and neck with newly nominated Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Published July 1, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is working furiously to negotiate a compromise. Last week, he proposed a "local control" bill that would give cities and counties greater authority over setbacks, inspections and noise reduction rules. (associated press)

Anti-fracking vote mixed blessing for Colo. governor

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is a strong supporter of hydraulic fracturing, but last week's defeat of a high-profile local anti-fracking initiative wasn’t good news for him or state Democrats. Published June 30, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, is still embracing President Obama and refusing to support to the Keystone XL pipeline, even though he is running neck and neck with his GOP challenger. (Associated Press)

Sen. Mark Udall embraces Obama, not pipeline

Other vulnerable Senate Democrats in tight re-election battles are embracing the Keystone XL pipeline and stiff-arming President Obama — but not Colorado's Mark Udall. Published June 16, 2014

**FILE** Attorneys Theodore Boutrous (second from left) and Marcellus McRae (third from left), representing nine California public school students who are suing the state to abolish its laws on teacher tenure, seniority, and other protections, walk to a news conference outside the Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 27, 2014. Their case Vergara v. California is the latest battle in a growing nationwide challenge to union-backed protections for teachers. (Associated Press)

Calif. judge rules teacher tenure policies unconstitutional

In a stunning defeat for teachers' unions, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge found Tuesday that job-security policies such as teacher tenure are unconstitutional because they cause disproportionate harm to poor and minority students. Published June 10, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pounds her fist as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Clinton defends Obama's prisoner exchange

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the Obama administration's hotly debated prisoner swap Sunday, saying the circumstances behind the American soldier's capture don't matter. Published June 8, 2014

Pakistani commandos get ready to enter Karachi airport terminal following attacks by unknown gunmen on Sunday night, June 8, 2014, in Pakistan. Gunmen stormed an airport terminal used for VIPs and cargo in Pakistan's largest city on Sunday night, killing and wounding scores of people, officials said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Gunmen kill 13 people at Pakistan airport

Heavily armed gunmen attacked Pakistan’s busiest airport late Sunday, killing 13 people and touching off a gunfight with police and military commandos. Published June 8, 2014