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Valerie Richardson

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

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**FILE** Supporters of health care reform rally March 28, 2012, in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (Associated Press)

Health care law wins reprieve with Obama re-election

Like a sick patient who somehow always rallies, President Obama's health care law survived another scare Tuesday with Mr. Obama's defeat of Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday. Published November 7, 2012

Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, talks to the media after winning re-election to the Senate over Rep. Shelley Berkley, his Democratic challenger, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. At right is his wife, Lynne. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Heller retains Senate seat in Nevada

Republican Sen. Dean Heller has won a re-election squeaker in Nevada, besting Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley by just 12,137 votes. Published November 7, 2012

**FILE** Cartons of cigarettes sit on shelves at Discount Smoke Shop on Oct. 31, 2012, in Ballwin, Mo. (Associated Press)

176 initiatives on ballots on Election Day

Ballot measures on marijuana and marriage are drawing the lion's share of media attention across the country, but other propositions included on this year's ballot could affect everything from the food you eat to how much you pay in taxes. Published October 31, 2012

Governor fights legalizing of pot in Colorado

Ordinarily Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Democrat, enjoys being ahead of the curve — but not when it comes to being the first state to legalize marijuana for nonmedical use. Published October 30, 2012

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie (NBC News via Associated Press)

Romney adviser says jobless report 'damning'

Senior Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie dismissed questions Sunday about whether the Labor Department's unemployment figures have been manipulated for political purposes, saying, "The numbers themselves are very damning." Published October 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a Colorado Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) meeting in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney hailed as conquering hero at conservative conference

The nation's movement conservatives have not always been Mitt Romney's biggest fans, but activists were downright giddy when the former Massachusetts governor made a surprise drop-in here at the CPAC Colorado gathering the day after his powerful debate showing against President Obama on Wednesday night. Published October 4, 2012

Chris Bandrowsky, 20, of Denver, dressed in red, white and blue, gives the thumbs up while having his picture taken at DebateFest at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver, before the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Debate provides politics-themed party for Denver students, demonstrators

With thousands of cheering students, a huge media presence, people dressed as animals and plenty of food, the atmosphere Wednesday at the University of Denver felt more like that of a really big football game than the first presidential debate of the 2012 election. Published October 4, 2012

Television crews setup on a riser out side of the Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver,Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, where the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled for Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Debate spawns political festival

It's only scheduled to last 90 minutes, but the first presidential debate of the 2012 election season has evolved into a weeklong political festival featuring rallies, parties, panels and lots of spin. Published October 2, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican.

GOP senators berate Obama over looming defense cuts

Republican senators had a message for President Obama during a town-hall meeting here Tuesday on the looming defense cuts: Get off the campaign trail and come back to Washington. Published September 25, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney embraces a supporter at a campaign event in Pueblo, Colo., on Monday. Colorado is a swing state. (Associated Press)

Colorado tight despite 3-to-1 Obama spending edge

President Obama has practically made Colorado his second home, making numerous appearances over the past two months and heavily outspending the campaign of Republican rival Mitt Romney on television advertising in the Denver media market. Published September 24, 2012