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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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President Obama speaks Aug. 22, 2012, during a campaign event at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. (Associated Press)

Economic model predicts Romney will beat Obama

A University of Colorado economic model that has correctly predicted the past eight presidential elections shows Mitt Romney emerging as the victor in 2012. Published August 22, 2012

**FILE** President Obama walks offstage May 23, 2012, to greet supporters after speaking at a campaign fundraiser in Denver. (Associated Press)

Denver company has city award rescinded for bucking Obama health law

The Newland family didn't spend 50 years building a business here for the plaudits, but when a Denver City Council member moved to recognize them with an anniversary proclamation, the clan was flattered. So it came as a disappointment last week when the Newlands learned that the council decided to cancel the honor, especially when they found out the reason: Their successful legal challenge against the Obama health care reform's birth control, sterilization and abortion mandates. Published August 19, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waves Aug. 14, 2012, to supporters as he enters during a campaign rally in Lakewood, Colo. (Associated Press)

Women turn out for Ryan debut in Colorado

Julie Coffman says she's aware of what Democrats are calling the war on women, but she came to Tuesday's rally for Paul Ryan because of what Republicans are calling the war on employment. Published August 14, 2012

Democrats slam Ryan as threat to social safety net

Democrats said Sunday that Mitt Romney, by picking Rep. Paul Ryan to fill out his presidential ticket, has set up this year's election as a referendum on the deep cuts to the social safety net that the GOP's top budget man says are needed to fix federal finances. Published August 12, 2012

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