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Valerie Richardson

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

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (left) meets with Rev. Starsky Wilson (center) and Rich McClure (right) after swearing the two men in as co-chairs of the 16-member Ferguson Commission in St. Louis Tuesday. The independent commission has been created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Associated Press)

Nixon swears in Ferguson Commission ahead of jury verdict

Tensions remained high Tuesday in Missouri as police, protesters and policymakers prepared for unrest in anticipation of the grand jury's verdict in the August shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Published November 18, 2014

The original cast of "The Love Boat" christens Princess Cruises' newest ship, Regal Princess. (PRNewsFoto/Princess Cruises)

'Love Boat' crew launches new Princess Cruises ship

Before "The Love Boat" set sail on its 10-year TV voyage, taking a cruise vacation was a luxury reserved for the wealthy few. Even actor Gavin MacLeod admits he had never stayed aboard a cruise ship until he was cast as the captain in the hit ABC series. Published November 12, 2014

Demonstrators rally against Colorado Senate Bill 175, in a protest led by Archbishop of Denver Samuel J. Aquila, on the steps of the state capitol in Denver, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The bill up for debate Tuesday is described as a guarantee that state or local policies won't interfere with reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception. Democratic sponsors say the measure is needed to protect women's rights. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Colorado Republicans claim biggest legislative win

The Colorado state Senate was one of 11 state legislative houses captured last week by Republicans, padding the GOP's advantage at the statehouse level and giving the party its largest number of legislative seats since 1920. Published November 11, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall gives his concession speech at the Colorado Democrats' party at the Westin in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Jerilee Bennett) MAGAZINES OUT

Go-to Democratic game plan failed badly in Colorado

The so-called "Bannock Street Project," the Democratic political blueprint for attracting young- single women and turning purple states blue, faces new questions after last week's stunning loss by incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado. Published November 11, 2014

Ballot initiatives run gamut from marijuana to minimum wage

This may come as a surprise if you live in a state with the minimum wage, marijuana, genetically modified food labeling or election-rules measures on the ballot, but 2014 is actually a down year for state-ballot initiatives. Published November 3, 2014