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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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President Obama greets supporters at a campaign event Wednesday in Denver. He is scheduled to make campaign stops Thursday in Colorado Springs and Pueblo during his two-day visit. (Associated Press)

Obama tries to woo women of Colorado

After sweeping Colorado voters off their feet en route to a rousing victory in 2008, President Obama is suddenly finding those same voters playing hard to get. Published August 8, 2012

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, addresses an overflow crowd as he campaigns with his Plan for a Stronger Middle Class at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colo., on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Romney focuses on middle class

Mitt Romney touted his five-point economic plan here Thursday, saying it would create 12 million jobs, while President Obama in Florida called it a scheme to give millions in tax cuts to the richest Americans. Published August 2, 2012

** FILE ** James Holmes, accused of killing 12 people in a July 20 shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, appears on Monday, July 23, 2012, in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., with defense attorney Tamara Brady. (Associated Press/Denver Post)

Colo. shooting case shifts focus to race for DA, death penalty

Until recently, the race for district attorney in Colorado's 18th Judicial District wasn't on anyone's list of must-watch 2012 political faceoffs. Then a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 at the Century 16 theater in Aurora. Published July 29, 2012

Any answers in Holmes’ notebook?

James Holmes may have been sedated. He may be psychotic. Or he already may be trying to improve his chances in court by playing the part of the loopy, unhinged maniac. A notebook may hold some of the answers. Published July 25, 2012

Image of a violent state irks Coloradans

With two of the most horrific mass killings of modern times occurring in their state, Coloradans are bristling at the suggestion that their state is somehow more dangerous or prone to violence than others. Published July 24, 2012

Obama administration to open voter database

It came as something as a shock last weekend when the Obama administration abruptly reversed its position on ballot security by agreeing to let states check suspected illegal voters against a federal database. Published July 17, 2012

Homes are left in ruins after being destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, July 2, 2012. The 28-square-mile wildfire, which has killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes, was 70 percent contained on Monday. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

Global warming seen as a factor in wildfires

A growing chorus of environmental groups is blaming climate change for the ferocity of this year's wildfires, heating up the debate over fire policy as wetter conditions brought relief to the Colorado front. Published July 3, 2012

"No, it's a penalty. It's a penalty that comes under the tax code for the 1 percent perhaps of the population who may decide that they are going to be free-riders." - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat (Associated Press)

A 'tax' by any other name smells just as foul to GOP

The Supreme Court may call it a tax and Republicans may call it a tax, but Democrats insisted Sunday that the fee for noncompliance with the Affordable Care Act bears no resemblance to the T-word. Published July 1, 2012

**FILE** Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Associated Press)

Conservatives bash court ruling at Western summit

Still reeling from Thursday's Supreme Court decision, conservatives gathered Saturday at the annual Western Conservative Summit to lick their wounds, shake their fists and vow to strike back in November. Published June 30, 2012