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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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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

Proposition 8 trial phase ends

The trial on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 wrapped up Wednesday in San Francisco federal court as attorneys made their closing arguments about same-sex marriage, with the pro-gay lawyer comparing his clients' civil status to slavery-era blacks. Published June 16, 2010

Members of George "Nick" Kirk's family (front row from left) Jamie Stewart, Mandi Hull, and Barb Webb, listen as the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole announces its unanimous decision to deny Ronnie Lee Gardner's request for commutation. Gardner, who shot and injured Kirk in 1985, is scheduled to be executed by firing squad on Friday for fatally shooting attorney Michael Burdell. (Associated Press)

Utah steps closer to using firing squad

Utah moved closer to executing an inmate by firing squad after the state parole board refused Monday to commute the sentence of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. Published June 14, 2010

Reid, Angle depicting other as out of touch

She's billed as a nut-job, and he's portrayed as a one-man economic wrecking crew. It appears she wants to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, while he wants to tax and regulate the nation into oblivion. Published June 13, 2010

Primaries engender year of the woman

If California is the bellwether state, then the rest of the nation can expect to see an army of Republican, ex-CEO women taking politics by storm. Published June 9, 2010

Greens seeing red over new Gulf oil permit

The Obama administration ran afoul of environmentalists Wednesday by approving a new oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, even as millions of gallons of oil continue to gush from BP's Deepwater Horizon rig and the British oil giant struggled with its latest effort to cap the well. Published June 2, 2010

California GOP: Conservatism, cash

In the battle between Tom Campbell and his conservative foes, score one for the foes as the Republican candidates battle to challenge Democratic stalwart Sen. Barbara Boxer in November. Published May 31, 2010

GOP establishment pick falls in Idaho

This may turn out to be a great election year for Republicans, but it hasn't been a great year for the Republican establishment. Published May 26, 2010

** FILE ** Sharron Angle participates in a Republican primary forum for Senate hopefuls Tuesday, May 18, 2010, in Las Vegas. The winner of the primary contest will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. (Associated Press)

'Tea party' favorite surges in Nevada

The Nevada Republican primary battle to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has turned into a three-candidate race with the stunning recent surge of "tea party" favorite Sharron Angle. Published May 24, 2010

Ariz. governor now targets ethnic studies

Gov. Jan Brewer, already under fire for approving the nation's toughest illegal immigration law, has again run afoul of liberal activists, signing a bill that targets ethnic studies programs in schools that critics say unfairly demean white Americans. Published May 13, 2010

Arizona governor now targets ethnic studies

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, already under fire for approving the nation's toughest illegal immigration law, has again run afoul of liberal activists, signing a bill Wednesday that targets ethnic studies programs in schools that critics say unfairly demean white Americans. Published May 13, 2010

Thieves take Mojave Desert cross

Two weeks after the Supreme Court said it could stay, the Mojave Cross war memorial has been ripped out of and stolen from its rocky embankment in the California desert. Published May 12, 2010

Incumbency encumbers Utah senator

Sometimes politicians just wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Think House Democrats running for re-election in 1994, or Senate Republicans in 2008. Published May 7, 2010

Most Arizonans back new immigration law

Opponents of Arizona's tough new immigration law marked Cinco de Mayo with a flurry of protests, boycotts and threatened legal challenges, but a poll released Wednesday found that a majority of Arizonans support the measure. Published May 6, 2010

'Border hawk': Will the new McCain fly?

Sen. John McCain of Arizona has been called many things during his lengthy political career: maverick, straight-talker, the White Tornado. But "border hawk" isn't one of them. Until now. Published May 3, 2010

Three states kick-start primary season

Three battleground states that swung for candidate Barack Obama in 2008 are holding closely watched Senate primaries Tuesday that could solidify the Democratic Party's gains or contribute to a Republican rebound in 2010. Published May 3, 2010

Mojave Cross can stay on display in Calif.

An 8-foot cross honoring fallen soldiers in the remote Mojave National Preserve in California can stay where it is, because the Supreme Court said Wednesday that the Constitution nowhere requires the "eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm." Published April 29, 2010