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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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Oases: Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown is instituting statewide mandatory water reductions on residents. Republicans are striking back, saying such draconian policies will not save the Golden State from its drought. (Associated Press)

Liberals blamed for California drought

For California Gov. Jerry Brown to crack down on shower-taking and toilet-flushing to save precious quarts of water as millions of gallons flow into the Pacific Ocean doesn't make a lot of sense to Travis Allen. Published April 13, 2015

Rep. Michael Burgess, Texas Republican, tours Yucca Mountain in Nevada after newly published Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff findings appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open a national nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert, if decision-makers want to go forward. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Yucca Mountain nuclear dump gets another look

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid hasn't left office yet, but one of his signature achievements — keeping the nation's radioactive nuclear waste from being stored in his home state of Nevada — is already showing signs of decay. Published April 9, 2015

capitol offense: Demonstrators take to the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock in protest of homosexual discriminatory language in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Changes were signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. (Associated Press photographs)

Arkansas, Indiana religious freedom bill revisions spark more debates

Arkansas and Indiana lawmakers rushed Thursday to reconfigure their much-maligned religious freedom bills, striking compromises that mollified some critics but also touched off a new round of debate between religious conservatives and gay rights advocates. Published April 2, 2015

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is interviewed in a hallway at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) ** FILE **

Corporations enter the fray over religious freedom laws

No business wants the kind of publicity that was heaped Wednesday upon Memories Pizza, which may explain in part why so many companies have rushed to oppose the Religious Freedom Restoration Act measures in Arkansas and Indiana. Published April 1, 2015

Martin O'Malley (Associated Press)

Democrat O'Malley irks Hillary Clinton adviser with shot at Clinton dynasty

There was jostling Sunday on the Democratic presidential campaign trail between a top Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter and ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley after he took a swipe at the former secretary of state, saying the presidency isn't a "crown to be passed between two families." Published March 29, 2015