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Valerie Richardson

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

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Colorado House OKs 4 gun bills

The Colorado House approved four gun-control bills Monday after lobbying by the White House and in spite of warnings that they would drive firearms and ammunition manufacturers out of the state. Published February 18, 2013

Legislators feeling the heat on gun laws

No state may be better positioned to enact sweeping gun-control laws this year than Colorado, but as state Democrats are discovering, nothing is every easy when it comes to the firearms issue. Published February 10, 2013

A bullet-damaged Los Angeles police vehicle with crime scene tape around it sits on a street in Corona, Calif. Christopher Jordan Dorner is being sought after three killings. (Associated Press)

Shooter leaves bodies, manifesto in his wake

A massive manhunt reached into California mountains, to neighboring states and even into Mexico as authorities continued their search for a bitter and angry ex-policeman suspected of killing three people and terrorizing Southern California in a vendetta against his former department. Published February 7, 2013

Obama: Football needs change

President Obama provided a bit of pre-Super Bowl buzz-kill Sunday by saying that he believed football needs to make changes in order to reduce concussion risks. Published February 3, 2013

Panetta defends Hagel, criticizes GOP questioning

It wasn't that Chuck Hagel was unprepared for his Senate confirmation hearing; it's that Republican senators didn't ask the right questions, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Sunday. Published February 3, 2013

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks Jan. 8, 2012, about eliminating the state gasoline tax in return for an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs. At left is Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton. (Associated Press)

Virginia may start an end to gas taxes

Even though traffic often grinds to a standstill on some of its biggest highways, Virginia is suddenly attracting intense nationwide attention. Published January 30, 2013

Gun control legislation that drew crowds of protesters to the Maryland State House in Annapolis in 2013 would be expanded under a package of bills introduced Wednesday in the General Assembly. (Associated Press/File)

Pro-gun movement stages rallies across the U.S.

Thousands of protestors in all 50 states rallied in favor of gun rights Saturday in a mass demonstration aimed at pushing back at President Obama's sweeping gun-control proposals. Published January 19, 2013

Officer Mike Moore guards the newly renamed Century Aurora movie theater Thursday in Aurora, Colo. Six months after a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70, it reopens with a private ceremony for victims, first responders and officials. (Associated Press)

Colorado theater reopens after July massacre

The movie theater where a gunman opened fire during the midnight premiere of the latest "Batman" film in July reopened Thursday evening with a private ceremony. Published January 17, 2013

** FILE ** A Marine sentry stands guard at the White House on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, an indication that President Obama is working in the West Wing. (Associated Press)

White House not humoring secession pleas

The White House has responded to last year's rash of secession petitions, and no, President Obama has not agreed to allow any of the states to secede. Published January 13, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says nothing is off the table when it comes to options to increase revenue, except a tax increase on the middle-class. (The Washington Times)

More taxes: ‘Behind us’ or ‘on the table’?

Democrats are bubbling over with ideas for raking in additional federal revenue even as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday that "the tax issue is behind us." Published January 6, 2013

** FILE ** Emergency vehicles remain at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., on July 21, 2012, after 12 people were fatally shot in the theater. (Associated Press)

Colorado shooting victims’ kin seek theater boycott

Relatives of those killed in the Aurora movie shooting called Wednesday for a boycott of the Century 16 theater and rejected an offer to attend a reopening ceremony in two weeks. Published January 2, 2013

**FILE** Demonstrators chant slogans against the death penalty at a Sept. 21, 2011, rally in Jackson, Ga., for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, who was executed later that day for the 1991 murder of a police officer. (Associated Press)

States slowly killing capital punishment

The death penalty, already on the decline across the United States, could face its own demise at the hands of several state legislatures next year. Published December 26, 2012