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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Dimitry Lazar fires his 9mm pistol at targets at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

'Ammo control' picks up steam among Democrats aiming to limit gun access

With 300 million firearms in circulation and calls for more restrictions hitting a wall, Democrats and gun control advocates from California to Virginia are increasingly turning to other proposals such as restricting ammunition and magazine rounds and narrowing the ability to wield weapons. Published October 15, 2015

Rep. Trey Gowdy heads up the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trey Gowdy denies ex-staffer's allegations of Benghazi committee bias

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Sunday that a former staffer accusing the panel of bias against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton never mentioned her before being fired "deficient performance," including mishandling classified information. Published October 11, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy attends a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

EPA comes under fire following another Colorado mine spill

The Environmental Protection Agency took flak Thursday for reports of another spill from a clean-up project at a Colorado mine, this time a relatively small discharge at the Standard Mine near Crested Butte. Published October 8, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an equal-pay measure that lets female employees challenge pay discrimination based on the wages a company pays to other employees who do similar work. Equal Rights Advocates lauded the law as "the strongest equal-pay law in the country," while the California Political Review predicted the bill would usher in "government control of wages and work." (Associated Press)

Tough new equal pay law threatens to accelerate California's business exodus

California Gov. Jerry Brown's signing Tuesday of what is billed as the nation's toughest equal pay law drew loud applause but also alarm over the additional government regulation threatening to accelerate the state's business exodus -- with implications for Tinseltown too. Published October 6, 2015

A right-to-die bill was signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown, making that state the fifth to allow physician-assisted suicide. (Associated Press)

California becomes fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide

California's wrenching yearlong legislative debate over the right to die culminated Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law a bill making California the fifth state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Published October 5, 2015

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks to members of the media following a U.S. Senate delegation tour of the over-budget Veterans Administration hospital complex, which is under construction, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Plan to transfer Gitmo detainees angers Colorado

The Defense Department's plan to consider two Colorado prisons as possible destinations for Guantanamo Bay detainees is meeting with outrage from the state's Republican congressional delegation, demonstrating the political resistance President Obama faces as he tries to honor his promise to close down the Cuba detainee facility. Published October 4, 2015

Image of the Gospel of John, from Wikimedia

Ex-football player sues alma mater for blocking Bible verses on locker room nameplate

An ex-college football player is taking his alma mater to court for rejecting an inscription on a personalized locker room nameplate over his request for two citations from the Bible. Attorneys for Michael Lucas, a former nose tackle for the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, filed a lawsuit last week contending that the public university violated his constitutional rights by refusing to allow the words "Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9" on the nameplate. Published October 4, 2015

Judge blocks BLM 'end run' to restrict fracking

A federal judge temporarily blocked the Bureau of Land Management's new rule on hydraulic fracturing Wednesday, suggesting the agency attempted an "end run" around Congress by imposing a layer of regulation in violation of federal law. Published September 30, 2015