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Valerie Richardson

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

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3rd-party bid buffed Tancredo viability

Technically, he's no longer a Republican, but Tom Tancredo's decision to run for governor as a third-party candidate may have made him the most electable conservative in Colorado. Published November 10, 2010

Colo. group scores court win in free-speech case

A group of Colorado neighbors who ran afoul of the state's complex campaign-finance rules scored a victory Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the law imposed an unreasonable restriction on free-speech rights. Published November 9, 2010


Rocky Mountains slowed Republican wave

The Republican juggernaut lost a bit of its steam once it hit the Rocky Mountains, with Democrats and Republicans largely splitting the key contested races for governor and Senate, and Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet pulling out a win in a race that was only called late Wednesday. Published November 3, 2010

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., embraces family members after defeating Sharron Angle to win re-election at the Nevada State Democratic election night party , Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Reid overcomes Angle to keep Nev. Senate seat

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was projected as the winner early Wednesday in the hard-fought Nevada Senate race, beating back a formidable challenge from Republican Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle and overcoming his own high negatives with the voters. Published November 2, 2010

Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, walks with his three daughters to his polling place for early voting on Friday. From left are Caroline, 10; Anne, 5; and Halina, 9. (Associated Press)

In Colorado race, it's economy vs. abortion

The pivotal Senate race in Colorado is locked in a dead heat as Republican Ken Buck struggles to keep the message on taxes and spending, while Democrat Michael Bennet pounds his opponent on social issues. Published October 27, 2010

LeAlan Jones (Associated Press)

3rd-party candidates could tip tight races

Even political junkies might not be able to identify LeAlan Jones, Shawn Moody, Scott Ashjian and Ceci Iglesias, but all four could have a major effect on the political balance of power after Election Day. Published October 24, 2010

With few undecideds, Reid, Angle try to rally voters

Polls show nearly all voters in Nevada have made up their minds about the state's bitter Senate race, but combatants Harry Reid and Sharron Angle upped the ante this week with a round of fresh attacks as they try to gain separation in a contest that's long been too close to call. Published October 19, 2010

Colorado clean-campaign vow at risk

Democrat John Hickenlooper has repeatedly vowed to run no negative ads in his campaign for Colorado governor, but that was before Tom Tancredo pulled within 4 percentage points. Now campaign watchers are waiting to see how much longer the Hickenlooper campaign can continue to ignore Mr. Tancredo's insurgent American Constitution Party candidacy. Published October 17, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would have "enormous consequences for our troops." (Associated Press)

Military gay ban best left to Congress, Gates says

The Obama administration distanced itself Wednesday from a federal judge's injunction banning enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, with officials saying that the policy should be properly addressed by Congress and not the courts. Published October 13, 2010

Judge orders end of 'don't ask, don't tell'

A federal judge in California on Tuesday ordered the U.S. military to stop enforcing the 17-year-old policy banning openly gay service members, the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell." Published October 12, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo speaks during a gubernatorial debate at KMGH Television in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

'Tea party' warms up to Tancredo

There's a "tea party" candidate running for governor in Colorado this fall, but with three weeks to go in the campaign, it's not entirely clear who it is. Published October 11, 2010

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has already taken part in one debate, qualifying her for public campaign funds.

Mum's the word as Brewer shuns debates

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer insists she won't participate in any more debates after her notorious brain-freeze moment in the first gubernatorial debate, but so far that doesn't seem to be hurting her with the voters. Published October 6, 2010

**FILE** In this file photo originally made available by Advanced Cell Technology in 2006, a single cell is removed from a human embryo to be used in generating embryonic stem cells for scientific research.

'Major' stem cell development announced

A major breakthrough in stem cell development could help resolve the ongoing debate over the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research. Published September 30, 2010

California initiatives do battle on ballot

The 2010 California ballot isn't just a list of traditional ballot initiatives and propositions - at times it's a toe-to-toe slugfest between the state Legislature and anyone standing in its way. Published September 23, 2010

Fiorina refuses to run as a moderate

After Carly Fiorina won California's Republican Senate primary, many analysts expected her to shake off her conservative mantle and make a lunge for the moderate middle in the general election against liberal incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. That's not how it has played out. Published September 12, 2010