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Valerie Richardson

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

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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, right, flanked by Tim Knight, who led the recall movement in Colorado against two state legislators for the votes on gun control laws,  announced that they are considering a recall campaign against five Democratic state lawmakers for their support of gun control bills in California, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California gun grab triggers Colorado-style recall launch

California gun-rights advocates, emboldened by last month's successful Colorado recall vote, announced Thursday that they plan to target vulnerable Democratic legislators for recall over their support for sweeping gun-control legislation. Published October 25, 2013

Anti-fracking proponents maintain the ballot initiatives in several Colorado cities are needed because of the pro-development bent of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Any proposal to restrict hydraulic fracturing is likely to be challenged and end up in court. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Cities in Colo. to vote on fracking moratorium

It's been a tough year for the oil-and-gas industry in Colorado: First its operations were clobbered in last month's historic floods, and now they're fighting four anti-fracking measures on local ballots. Published October 20, 2013

L.A. Times nixes letters from climate change deniers

The Los Angeles Times has stirred a dust-up over global warming with a newly announced policy barring letters to the editor that deny the existence of man-made climate change. Published October 10, 2013

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender (left) shakes hands with Bernie Herpin as George Rivera looks on after the two Republicans were sworn in Thursday as state senators, having defeated Democratic senators in a recall over new gun restrictions in October. They replace John Morse and Angela Giron of Pueblo. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Recalled over guns, loser fires parting shot

Two Republicans were sworn in Thursday to replace ousted Democratic state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, capping Colorado's history-making recall elections and signaling a shift in the state's political direction. Published October 3, 2013

**FILE** Guns are offered during a buyback program on Jan. 26, 2013, in San Mateo, Calif. Authorities are offering up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, or up to $200 for an assault rifle at the event at the San Mateo Event Center. (Associated Press)

NRA threatens suit over Calif. gun bill

The National Rifle Association plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill restricting the sale of some commonly used hunting rifles, raising the stakes as the deadline approaches for the governor's decision. Published October 2, 2013