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Valerie Richardson

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

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rogers: Enemies see weakness in America's southern border

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warned Sunday that enemy combatants are increasingly entering through the porous U.S. southern border as terrorist groups recognize it as a "weakness" that can be exploited. Published August 3, 2014

Retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, Kentucky, testifies that coal fired power plants are a danger to public health, on the first of two days of public hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in Denver, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. In hearings, hundreds of people across the country are telling the EPA its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EPA hears testimony on proposed carbon emissions rules

The atmosphere outside was festive, with music, free T-shirts and ice cream giveaways, but the mood inside the Environmental Protection Agency's first hearings on its proposed power plant regulations was anything but. Published July 29, 2014

"Let Israel win!" Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican, said that being a supporter of Israel "means that I will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in the recognition that Hamas is a terrorist state and that Israel should never negotiate with terrorists." (Associated Press)

Coloradans rally to support Israel's fight with Hamas

A crowd of more than 1,500 rallied Sunday on behalf of Israel at the Colorado state capitol, calling on Americans to support the Jewish state's ability to defend itself in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Published July 27, 2014

Colorado Democrats fear the anti-fracking crusade of Rep. Jared Polis may jeopardize their tentative hold on Denver. Mr. Polis is sponsoring two ballot measures against hydraulic fracturing. (Associated press)

Anti-fracking crusade in Colorado is backfiring on Democrats

Rep. Jared Polis and his personal fortune were instrumental in helping Democrats wrest control of Colorado from Republicans, but now Democrats fear that he may jeopardize everything they've worked for with his anti-fracking crusade. Published July 21, 2014

**FILE** Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner delivers a speech to Republican delegates at state GOP Congress in Boulder on April 12, 2014. Gardner is stepping down from his current House seat to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in November. (Associated Press)

Gardner edges Udall in Colo. Senate race poll

The Colorado Senate race is still locked in a statistical tie, but now Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is the candidate leading by a nose, according to a poll released Thursday. Published July 17, 2014

The Western Conservative Summit has grown tenfold in the past five years, forcing it to move from the Colorado suburbs to the capital. The theme for this year's conference, which starts Friday with an expected 3,000 attendees, is "Right turn, right now." (GettyImages)

Colorado summit a conservative magnet

Five years ago, John Andrews was casting about for a signature event to put the newly founded Centennial Institute on the map, when he realized that there is probably no place politicos would rather visit in the summer than Colorado. Published July 16, 2014