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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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Moderators (from left) John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla take the stage for the CNBC Republican presidential debate Wednesday at the University of Colorado in Boulder. (Associated Press)

CNBC debate fires up Republican base over media bias

Republicans stoked the backlash Thursday against CNBC's chaotic presidential primary debate even as it became clear that the hostile forum had inadvertently provided the party with one of its best nights of the campaign to date. Published October 29, 2015

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, argue a point during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado on Wednesday in Boulder, Colo. (Associated Press)

Candidates sharpen attacks, blast media in third Republican debate

Desperate to stand out as time begins to run short, the Republican presidential candidates lashed out at one another Wednesday in their third presidential debate, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking aim at the new generation of anti-establishment Republicans who have eclipsed them in the polls. Published October 28, 2015

On the eve of the third GOP debate, about two dozen Hispanic leaders emerged Tuesday from a closed-door meeting in Colorado with a stark warning for Republicans: They can kiss the Hispanic vote, and their chances of winning the White House, goodbye if Donald Trump is nominated. (Associated Press)

Republicans move into hostile political territory with Boulder debate

If Republican presidential candidates were seeking to exit their comfort zone, they could hardly have done better than to hold the third primary debate at the deeply blue University of Colorado in Boulder. As expected, the campus was awash with progressive activism the day before Wednesday's debate as left-wing groups from the Center for American Progress to People for the American Way mobilized for press events, roundtables and a #KochParty. Published October 27, 2015

President Obama is promoting a platform of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America's transition to cleaner sources of energy. Republicans, however, say his plan will ultimately bring Americans higher power costs. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Business groups join fight to combat Clean Power Plan

The battle over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan heated up Monday as pro-business groups staked out their case against the newly published rule that mandates a massive reduction in carbon emissions in the next 15 years, arguing that it will jack up energy costs and slash jobs without making a dent in greenhouse gases. Published October 26, 2015

Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo., on Aug. 14, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA mine spill was preventable, not inevitable, report says

The Environmental Protection Agency botched the cleanup effort at the Gold King Mine by rushing to complete the job instead of taking precautions that would have prevented the disastrous toxic spill into the Animas River. Published October 22, 2015