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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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Members of Pennsylvania's 400 yard freestyle relay team from left Margot Kaczorowski, Hannah Kannan and Lia Thomas, right, celebrate after winning the race at the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Bans on biological males competing in girls’ sports now sweeping the nation

The most recent law makes Wyoming the 19th state to approve legislation preventing biological males from playing female sports based on gender identity, an issue that has gained steam as male-born athletes like former collegiate swimmer Lia Thomas win women's sports titles. Published March 25, 2023

U.S. District Judge Kyle Duncan spoke on free speech at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government on Friday, March 24, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government)

Judge delivers lecture on free speech at Notre Dame after Stanford shutdown

Judge Kyle Duncan of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a lecture Friday at the University of Notre Dame about free speech and legal education without being heckled or shouted down, a dramatic departure from his experience two weeks earlier at Stanford Law School. Published March 24, 2023

People gather at a rally protesting lawmakers gathering to override Gov. Eric Holcomb's veto of HB 1041, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Wyoming bans biological males in girls’ sports

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has allowed a bill barring biological males from female scholastic sports to become law without his signature, but he isn't happy about it. Published March 19, 2023

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon gives the State of the State address to the Wyoming Legislature on March 2, 2021, inside the state Capitol in Cheyenne, Wy. Late Friday, March 17, 2023, Gordon signed a bill prohibiting abortion pills in the state and also allowed a separate measure restricting abortion to become law without his signature. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, File)

Wyoming becomes first state to outlaw abortion pills

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon signed a bill making it illegal to prescribe or dispense abortion pills, making his state the first to place an outright ban on what has become the nation's most common method of pregnancy termination. Published March 18, 2023