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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

Articles by Valerie Richardson

Colorado Senate race heats up

As anyone who has ever run against Bob Schaffer knows, it's only a matter of time before the "gotcha" moment. It's that instant right after Mr. Schaffer maneuvers his opponent into making what appears to be a harmless statement. Like four years ago, during a debate against Pete Coors in the Republican Senate primary, when Mr. Schaffer repeatedly cited a man named Paul Martin. Published October 6, 2008

Legal group sues over polar-bear listing

The Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the Bush administration´s decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species, the latest salvo in the debate over global warming and its impact on Arctic wildlife. Published October 2, 2008

Michelle Obama courts student vote

Michelle Obama urged University of Colorado students to register to vote at an event here Wednesday, underscoring the importance of both Colorado and the youth vote in her husbands presidential campaign. Published October 1, 2008

Obama regains lead in battleground Colorado

Sen. Barack Obama hammered Monday at his favorite targets, Sen. John McCain and Wall Street, as polls showed him regaining the lead in the presidential race in this battleground state. Published September 30, 2008

Coors is not light in union battle

A high-stakes game of chicken between labor and business is unfolding in Colorado over four pro-union ballot measures and a right-to-work proposal, all of which are scheduled to appear on the November ballot. Published September 30, 2008

Name change latest quirk in race for Senate

Other politicians may say they're pro-life, but Marvin Richardson is Pro-Life. The 67-year-old candidate, running as an independent for a U.S. Senate seat from Idaho, legally changed his name earlier this year to Pro-Life. That's how it will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, along with a brief aside identifying him as a person, not a position. Published September 30, 2008

Palin's 'mission' to call for more transparency

Sarah Palin said her "mission" as vice president in a McCain administration would be to promote energy security, clean up government and increase support for families of special-needs children, including pushing for cures through medical research. Published September 16, 2008

Deaths fan immigration debate

An illegal immigrant charged with causing a two-car crash that left three people dead last week had been arrested repeatedly, but never deported - and now Colorado lawmakers are scrambling for cover and passing blame. Published September 11, 2008

Palin, Obama swap salvos

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continued to jab at the Democratic campaign Saturday, finally drawing return fire from the top of the rival ticket, Sen. Barack Obama, who accused her of pork-barrel hypocrisy. Published September 7, 2008

Ads flood Denver airwaves with new fervor

The Mile High City was awash in political advertising this week, but that had more to do with the situation in Colorado than the arrival of the Democratic National Convention. Published August 29, 2008

Archbishop grabs spotlight from Dems

In retrospect, maybe the Democrats should have included Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput in their convention activities after all. Published August 28, 2008

Pro-life activists vex faith panelists

The Democratic National Convention's first-ever Faith in Action panels were heavy with calls for expanded social programs but were again vexed by pro-life demonstrators critical of the party's stance on abortion. Published August 27, 2008

Democrats court religious voters

The 2008 Democratic National Convention kicked off on Sunday with a first-ever interfaith gathering aimed at luring the devout to the party fold. Published August 25, 2008

Police told to ignore pot possession during convention

A city drug panel has voted to urge police to refrain from arresting adults for marijuana possession during next week's Democratic National Convention, but the cops aren't necessarily on board. Published August 22, 2008

'Big oil' label turns in candidate's favor

Bob Schaffer's opponents have spent the past two months tarring him as "Big Oil Bob," an advocate of oil drilling and an energy-industry insider. Maybe he should thank them. Published July 28, 2008