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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Valerie Richardson

Recall of Colo. legislators hobbles Democrats

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper hobbled into a news conference Wednesday on crutches after hip surgery, a fitting metaphor for state Democrats following this week's historic recall election. Published September 12, 2013

**FILE** During a two-day tour of rural parts of the state, Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper leaves the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art, in Trinidad, Colo., on Aug. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Colorado recalls portend ill for Democratic governor

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper hobbled into a Wednesday press conference on crutches after hip surgery, a fitting metaphor for state Democrats following this week's historic recall election. Published September 12, 2013

Colorado state Sen. Angela Giron, a Democrat, is the focus of a recall vote Tuesday in Pueblo. Another recall is set for Colorado Springs. (Associated Press)

Colorado recalls for state legislators likely to be close

Tuesday's Colorado recall elections, pitting energized gun owners against well-funded Democrats, careened toward the finish line with weekend get-out-the-vote drives as analysts attempted to predict which way voters are leaning. Published September 8, 2013

**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