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Valerie Richardson

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

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., right, looks on as his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, makes point as they debate in Spanish in the studio of a television station in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

English-speaking House hopefuls do first-of-kind all-Spanish debate

Two congressional candidates whose first language is English held a Spanish-language debate Thursday evening in a first for Colorado politics. Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and Democrat Andrew Romanoff squared off in a 30-minute live televised debate at Entravision studios in Denver, near the 6th Congressional District in the southern and eastern suburbs. Published October 30, 2014

Houston Mayor Annise Parker (Associated Press) **FILE**

Houston mayor withdraws pastor subpoenas after national uproar

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday that she will withdraw subpoenas aimed at five local pastors after a national firestorm during which she was accused of anti-religious intimidation and abuse of power. Published October 29, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a rally at which former President Bill Clinton urged Coloradans to reelect Gov. Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, and other Democratic candidates, in Lakewood, Colo., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Clinton held his second rally in two days for embattled Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Udall. The former president told a crowd in Lakewood that Colorado symbolizes the future due to its diversity and youth. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Republican takes lead in Colorado governor race

Republican Bob Beauprez pulled ahead of Gov. John Hickenlooper in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday in Colorado's hard-fought gubernatorial contest. Published October 29, 2014

Investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson is seen here Jan. 13, 2012, in New York during a broadcast of "CBS This Morning." (Associated Press/CBS, John P. Filo)

Reporter Sharyl Attkisson says feds hacked computer, CBS protected Obama

Those who suspect the worst about the Obama administration and the media won't have their beliefs contradicted by former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson's explosive new book, "Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama's Washington." Published October 28, 2014

Despite protests from environmentalists, a Senate report has touted the safety of fracking. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Fracking industry booming despite liberal protestations

The U.S. oil and gas industry is thriving despite efforts by the Obama administration and liberal environmental groups to undermine fossil fuel development and production, according to a Senate report released Thursday. Published October 23, 2014