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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

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential hopeful, speaks during a campaign stop at a sports bar in the Cherry Creek area in Denver on June 30, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rand Paul pushes to defund Planned Parenthood after alarming videos

Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood steamrolled Wednesday as Sen. Rand Paul introduced an amendment to cut off federal support, citing concerns raised in two undercover videos about the organization's handling of fetal-tissue donations from abortion. Published July 22, 2015

Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, greets abortion rights advocates as they leave the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas, on July 12, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pro-life group to Planned Parenthood: Release fetal-tissue contracts

The Center for Medical Progress called on Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to release all contracts with companies that provide fetal tissue to laboratories after she apologized Thursday for a top doctor's "tone and statements." Published July 16, 2015

Anousone Sudettanh, an employee of Waste Management Inc., collects garbage for the city of Seattle on April 5, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Lawsuit aims to trash Seattle law requiring garbage-snooping

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Seattle of violating residents' civil rights by requiring trash collectors to snoop through people's garbage to check for items such as half-eaten hamburgers and used pizza boxes. Published July 16, 2015

This Feb. 5, 2013, photo shows Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham,Ore. An administrative law judge proposed Friday, April 24, 2015, that the owners of the suburban Portland bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago. The judge, Alan McCullough, ruled in January that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer by refusing to bake them a wedding cake. The bakers cited their religious beliefs in a case that has been cited in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays. (Everton Bailey Jr./The Oregonian via AP)

Sweet Cakes by Melissa crowdfunder breaks record with $352K

A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. Published July 14, 2015