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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** New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at City Hall in New York on Dec. 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg arms anti-gun lawmakers in Colorado with $350,000 to group

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is the single biggest contributor to a group that is helping two anti-gun state Democrats fend off a recall effort and save their state legislative seats, according to just-released campaign finance reports. Published August 28, 2013

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, facing a secession movement, said "when I think of Colorado, it means all of our diverse communities and people." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Colo. governor wants to keep state in one piece

Advocates of the effort to form a 51st state comprised of rural northern Colorado counties will have to do so without the support of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Published August 25, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Most Colorado voters oppose new gun laws: poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows that most Colorado voters oppose the state's newly passed gun-control laws, refuting Democratic lawmakers' insistence that the gun bills enjoy popular support. Published August 22, 2013

"I think that the president fundamentally misunderstands the constitutional powers," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday." "The checks and balances come from independent branches of government." (Associated Press)

Paul and King highlight GOP's great divide on surveillance

Republicans Rand Paul and Peter T. King sparred Sunday over the National Security Agency's domestic-surveillance program, illustrating the party's divide on the federal government's monitoring of private data in the interest of national security. Published August 18, 2013

**FILE** New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy delivers a speech at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., on July 30, 2013. During her speech, the first as the head of the EPA, McCarthy told an audience that curbing climate-altering pollution will strengthen the economy. (Associated Press)

On climate change, Obama, EPA plan action without Congress

EPA chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday the Obama administration is finished waiting for Congress to act on climate change and plans to bypass the legislative branch in developing a federal response. Published August 14, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, on Sunday won an early straw poll for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But Mr. Cruz isn't discussing White House aspirations yet. "At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate," he said. (Associated Press)

Sen. Ted Cruz triumphs in 2016 presidential straw poll

Sen. Ted Cruz hasn't said whether he has presidential ambitions, but Sunday he won one of the first straw polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The Texas Republican captured 45 percent of the 504 votes cast by attendees at the Western Conservative Summit, a day after drawing several standing ovations during his luncheon speech at the fourth annual conference. Published July 28, 2013