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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

President Barack Obama speaks at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, before signing the farm bill. The president signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Conservative court to consider doctor's Obamacare challenge

Dr. Steven Hotze faces a grim choice as he grapples with rising insurance costs under Obamacare: Reduce the hours worked by the 97 employees at his Houston wellness center or jack up prices on his patients. Published February 10, 2014

** FILE ** Original wording on current box of Cheerios. (The Washington Times/Maria Stainer)

MSNBC fires tweeter after racially charged Cheerios gaffe

MSNBC has fired the person who posted a tweet calling conservatives racist after an uproar that included a biracial social-media blitz and a Republican National Committee ban on staff appearances on the left-wing television network. Published January 30, 2014

Eric Jensen, 37,  leaves the federal courthouse in Denver on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, with attorney Forrest Lewis after he and his brother Ryan were sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention. The two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 were also ordered to each pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

No jail time in deadly food poisonings

Two Colorado brothers who grew cantaloupe that sickened and killed 33 people in 2011 were sentenced Tuesday to probation. Published January 28, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat (Associated Press)

Panel that cleared Udall was all Democratic officials

A skirmish over Sen. Mark Udall’s efforts to pressure state insurance regulators into reworking their Obamacare cancellation figures has entangled another prominent Colorado Democrat: Gov. John Hickenlooper. Published January 28, 2014

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell kept press out of a meeting in Colorado to ensure an "open and frank conversation," said her spokesman. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Reporters barred from Interior Department event

The Obama administration's testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it's now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting last week. Published January 26, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks to members of the Outdoor Industry Association at a trade show for outdoor gear makers Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Jewell made a pitch Wednesday for a privately funded youth conservation corps and sought donations for the effort from executives at an outdoor-gear trade show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Colorado firestorm: Administration bars scribes from public meeting

The Obama administration's testy relationship with the press is nothing new in Washington, but it's now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week. Published January 24, 2014