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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Valerie Richardson

**FILE** Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner delivers a speech to Republican delegates at state GOP Congress in Boulder on April 12, 2014. Gardner is stepping down from his current House seat to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in November. (Associated Press)

Gardner edges Udall in Colo. Senate race poll

The Colorado Senate race is still locked in a statistical tie, but now Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is the candidate leading by a nose, according to a poll released Thursday. Published July 17, 2014

The Western Conservative Summit has grown tenfold in the past five years, forcing it to move from the Colorado suburbs to the capital. The theme for this year's conference, which starts Friday with an expected 3,000 attendees, is "Right turn, right now." (GettyImages)

Colorado summit a conservative magnet

Five years ago, John Andrews was casting about for a signature event to put the newly founded Centennial Institute on the map, when he realized that there is probably no place politicos would rather visit in the summer than Colorado. Published July 16, 2014

"The California slide is accelerating, and it will only get worse," says venture capitalist Tim Draper.

'Six Californias' backers say they will force a referendum

Organizers plan to submit petitions Tuesday in Sacramento for a ballot initiative that would split California into six states. The proposed constitutional amendment needs 807,615 valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot, but Six Californias spokesman Roger Salazar said the campaign has gathered significantly more than that. Published July 14, 2014

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg waits to go on a stage at a news conference of the Genesis Prize Foundation in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Genesis Prize Foundation announced the selection of Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first  Genesis Prize Laureate. In making its selection, the Prize Committee focused on a number of the mayor's qualities as they relate to the Prize criteria.  (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Bloomberg: Pro-gun towns must lack roads

Colorado Springs and Pueblo may not be Paris or London, but they are not quite the rural backwaters that anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg apparently thinks they are. The former New York City mayor said he was “sorry” about the recalls of two Democratic state senators last year over the state legislature’s passage of gun-control laws, but said the districts in the recall races were so “rural” that “I don’t think there’s roads.” Published July 10, 2014

President Obama is scheduled to speak at Chessman Park in Colorado Wednesday, but local Democrats won't be joining him. (Associated Press)

Obama gets ditched by Colorado Democrats

Colorado Democrats ducking President Obama's speech here Wednesday morning are drawing hoots for their less-than-convincing excuses. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver in this Wednesday, May 22, 2013 file photo. Hickenlooper Saturday afternoon May 17, 2014 will sign Colorado's "Right To Try" bill, which was passed unanimously in the state Legislature. The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. The bill doesn't require drug companies to provide any drug outside federal parameters, and there's no indication pharmaceutical companies will do so. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Poll: Colorado governor's race locked in dead heat

Bad news for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: A poll released Tuesday shows him running neck and neck with newly nominated Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Published July 1, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is working furiously to negotiate a compromise. Last week, he proposed a "local control" bill that would give cities and counties greater authority over setbacks, inspections and noise reduction rules. (associated press)

Anti-fracking vote mixed blessing for Colo. governor

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is a strong supporter of hydraulic fracturing, but last week's defeat of a high-profile local anti-fracking initiative wasn’t good news for him or state Democrats. Published June 30, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, is still embracing President Obama and refusing to support to the Keystone XL pipeline, even though he is running neck and neck with his GOP challenger. (Associated Press)

Sen. Mark Udall embraces Obama, not pipeline

Other vulnerable Senate Democrats in tight re-election battles are embracing the Keystone XL pipeline and stiff-arming President Obama — but not Colorado's Mark Udall. Published June 16, 2014