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Valerie Richardson

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

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Linda McMahon chats with Scotty's Diner owner Scotty Vincent as she campaigns in North Haven, Conn., on Wednesday, the day after winning the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Connecticut. (AP Photo)

Upstarts bench GOP's all-star team

Less than a year ago, top party officials boasted of experienced candidates poised to breeze through their Senate primary elections and put the hurt on vulnerable Dems. After Tuesday's primary votes, not one member of the dream team will be the Republican nominee in November. Published August 11, 2010

Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, celebrates with his wife, Susan Dagget, at an election party on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Denver after winning the Democratic primary. (AP Photo)

Bennet survives, Buck wins in Colorado

Sen. Michael Bennet, President Obama's candidate, fended off a challenge from Bill Clinton favorite Andrew Romanoff on Tuesday to win the Colorado Democratic Senate primary and avoid the fate of other endangered incumbents this primary season. Published August 10, 2010

VICTORY PARTY: In San Francisco on Wednesday, Stuart Gaffney holds up a sign while celebrating a court's decision to overturn Proposition 8. (Associated Press)

Ruling gives boost to same-sex marriage

National recognition for same-sex marriage took a giant step forward Wednesday when, in a decision that some are comparing to Roe v. Wade, a federal judge overturned Proposition 8, California's voter-approved constitutional amendment on traditional marriage. Published August 4, 2010

Tancredo declares run against GOP

Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo made good on his high-noon ultimatum Monday by announcing that he would enter the Colorado governor's contest as a third-party candidate, essentially dashing the GOP's last hopes of winning the race. Published July 26, 2010

** FILE ** Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (Associated Press)

Tancredo roils GOP in Colorado

There's a showdown in the Colorado Republican gubernatorial primary coming Monday at high noon. Published July 25, 2010

Shirley Sherrod (Department of Agriculture via Associated Press)

Fired fed gets apology from White House

White Houses rarely apologize, but for the second time the Obama administration was forced to issue a mea culpa for its hasty handling of a racially charged incident, this time involving an Agriculture Department employee. Published July 21, 2010

Black USDA official forced to quit, she says

A black former Agriculture Department official said Tuesday that she was forced to resign over her remarks about not having helped a white farmer, though the remarks may not have been racist after all. Published July 20, 2010

Adult stem cells said to 'forget' retooling

Reprogrammed adult stem cells may not be as useful an alternative to controversial embryonic stem-cell research as had been hoped, researchers found in two articles published Monday. Published July 19, 2010

Tancredo cheered for political encore

The plagiarism scandal surrounding GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis has pushed another familiar Colorado Republican back into the political spotlight. Published July 18, 2010

McInnis dismisses calls to quit race

Colorado Republican Scott McInnis rebuffed calls to drop out of the gubernatorial race in the wake of plagiarism accusations that have rocked his campaign. Published July 15, 2010

Scott McInnis

Plagiarism scandal rocks GOP hopeful in Colorado

Republican gubernatorial front-runner Scott McInnis stands accused of copying the work of others in a column, a speech and an essay -- a scandal that jeopardizes the state GOP's chances in one of its most winnable races. Published July 14, 2010

NUCLEAR FORCE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can use the Yucca Mountain issue to remind voters of his clout.

Is Yucca Mountain a voter molehill?

The recent ruling reviving the long, bitter debate over the Yucca Mountain waste storage plan has added an element of surprise to a U.S. Senate race in Nevada already on the verge of going nuclear. Published July 12, 2010

Judge: Gay marriage up to states

A federal judge in Boston struck a blow to the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday by ruling in favor of married same-sex couples seeking federal-based benefits. Published July 8, 2010

Federal judge takes swipe at DOMA

A federal judge in Boston declared unconstitutional the denial of federal spousal benefits to gay couples married in Massachusetts in a major victory for advocates of same-sex marriage. Published July 8, 2010

**FILE** Pepsi products are for sale at a grocery store in Danvers, Mass. (Associated Press)

Pass the pot brownies, but drop that soda

San Francisco's major recently intensified his surge against soda pop just as the city's health department issued regulations to guide medical marijuana shops in how to prepare "edible cannabis products." Published July 7, 2010

FALTERING: Republican Jane Norton, after being the front-runner for months in the Colorado primary race for U.S. Senate, finds herself trailing by double digits in two recent polls. (Associated Press)

Tea party chucking another favorite

In what has been dubbed the "Year of the Republican Woman," Jane Norton is in danger of becoming the exception to the rule. Published June 30, 2010

Obama, Clinton face off in race

It's Obama versus the Clintons again, except this time the venue is the Colorado Democratic Senate primary. Published June 29, 2010

S.C., Utah to tap Republicans

The calendar says June, but for Republican gubernatorial candidates in South Carolina and Utah, it seems like November. Published June 20, 2010