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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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Attorney General nominee breaks with President Obama's no-big-deal on marijuana.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Loretta Lynch's hard-line stance on marijuana is making Colorado sweat

Nobody in the Colorado marijuana industry is panicking, but those involved are sweating a little over the hard line taken by Loretta Lynch, President Obama's pick to be the next attorney general, on legalization during this week's Senate confirmation hearing. Published February 1, 2015

Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 during her confirmation hearing before the committee. Lynch made her remarks in the opening moments of a hearing into her appointment as the nation's first black female attorney general. It is the first confirmation proceeding since Republicans took control of the Senate this month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama AG pick Lynch harshes vibe in pro-pot states

States that have legalized or are considering legalizing recreational marijuana use butted heads continually with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., who refused to relax stricter federal laws against pot use. Judging from this week's performance, the fight won’t end if Loretta Lynch, President Obama's pick to succeed Mr. Holder, is confirmed by the Senate. Published January 30, 2015

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from "American Sniper."  The film is based on the autobiography by Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) ** FILE **

'American Sniper' smashes box office records, ignites culture war

The blockbuster "American Sniper" has opened up another front in the culture war, triggering a media firefight between liberals who have denounced the film as glorifying killing or whitewashing the Iraq war and conservatives who have embraced its patriotic hero. Published January 27, 2015

Billionaire Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer (Associated Press) **FILE**

Liberal billionaire Steyer passes on California Senate race

San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not run for California Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, saying that he wants to focus his efforts on electing a Democratic president in 2016. Published January 22, 2015

Marjorie Silva, who owns Denver's Azucar Bakery, posted this photo on the bakery's Facebook page after a customer filed a complaint against the bakery for refusing to write anti-gay messages on a Bible-shaped cake.

Customer files complaint against bakery for refusing to make anti-gay cake

Marjorie Silva, owner of Azucar Bakery in Denver, said she received a complaint alleging religious discrimination from the state Department of Regulatory Agencies after she declined in March a customer's request to write messages like "God hates gays" on a cake. Published January 22, 2015