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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (Associated Press)

Sham entry of Hispanic could sway Ariz. vote

The author of Arizona's landmark immigration law is facing a recall election that's as wild and unpredictable as the state's southern border. Published October 16, 2011

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has jumped from crisis to crisis since his January swearing-in. Some of his headaches, such as the state's budget deficit, have been beyond his control, while others, including his swat at the NFL Pro Bowl, are largely of his own making. A staff upheaval hasn't helped. (Associated Press)

Hawaii is no paradise for Abercrombie

Hawaii's Neil Abercrombie is finding trouble in paradise as he makes the rocky transition from longtime congressman to first-time governor. Published October 11, 2011

GOP holding winning hand in Nevada?

While the Republicans' surprising win in New York's 9th Congressional District race drew most of the attention, it was the GOP's second victory on Sept. 13 that could have even bigger ramifications for President Obama's re-election bid. Published September 26, 2011

Casinos support legalized online poker

The nation's largest casino trade group is going all in to legalize online poker, calling Tuesday for a proposed regulatory framework even as the Justice Department continued its crackdown on offshore gambling websites. Published September 20, 2011

Judge unseals tapes of trial about vote on gay marriage

A federal judge Monday ordered the unsealing of the video recordings in the Proposition 8 trial, handing gay-rights supporters another legal victory in their quest to legalize same-sex marriage in California. Published September 19, 2011

Online singles shun politics of dating

Singles searching to connect with soul mates via the Internet are more likely to admit that they are overweight on their online dating profiles than to acknowledge that they are active Republicans or Democrats, according to an extensive academic survey. Published September 13, 2011

Colorado State Sen. Rollie Heath (Associated Press)

A lonely Colo. legislator crusades to raise taxes

Any pol will tell you that there's no good time to try to sell a tax increase to voters, and that a period of deep economic uncertainty is even worse — unless that pol is Colorado state Sen. Rollie Heath, who insists there's no time like the present. Published September 7, 2011

Cain comes on strong out West

Herman Cain showed why he is outperforming more established candidates for the Republican presidential Sunday on his way to topping the field in the straw poll of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Published July 31, 2011