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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Valerie Richardson

CPAC attendance raises gay issue

Some of the biggest names in social conservatism are opting out of the upcoming high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference in response to what they see as the growing marginalization of social issues, culminating in the participation of GOProud, a gay-rights Republican group. Published December 29, 2010

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona lawmaker set to ramp up fight against illegals

Arizona took a public-relations punch to the gut after passing the nation's toughest anti-illegal-immigration law earlier this year, but anyone who thinks (or hopes) the state Legislature will lower its profile on the border-security issue in 2011 likely will be disappointed. Published December 28, 2010

Western states win people power in census

Americans continued to heed Horace Greeley's advice and go West, as states in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions emerged as the big gainers in the 2010 U.S. Census report. Published December 22, 2010

Obama adopts U.N. manifesto on rights of indigenous peoples

President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would reverse the position of the Bush administration and become the last nation to drop its opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Published December 16, 2010

Anti-illegals activist to target voter fraud

Outside of Kansas, Kris Kobach is best known as an expert on immigration issues. He's the author of Arizona's anti-illegal-immigration law, a longtime counsel to the Immigration Law Reform Institute and a hero within the border-security movement. Published December 15, 2010

Appeals court hears pros, cons of gay marriage for California

The fight over California's same-sex marriage ban unfolded Monday before television audiences as attorneys began arguing the validity of Proposition 8 before a federal appeals court in proceedings broadcast live and watched by those anxious about the outcome and possible national implications of the case. Published December 6, 2010

Churchill loses appeal of university firing

Former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill won't be returning to the classroom anytime soon after losing his appeal Wednesday to get his job back. Published November 24, 2010

Court backs in-state tuition rates for illegals

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants attending state universities can continue to pay the cheaper, in-state tuition rates instead of the pricier rates charged to U.S. legal residents and citizens who live outside the state. Published November 15, 2010

3rd-party bid buffed Tancredo viability

Technically, he's no longer a Republican, but Tom Tancredo's decision to run for governor as a third-party candidate may have made him the most electable conservative in Colorado. Published November 10, 2010

Colo. group scores court win in free-speech case

A group of Colorado neighbors who ran afoul of the state's complex campaign-finance rules scored a victory Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the law imposed an unreasonable restriction on free-speech rights. Published November 9, 2010

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Rocky Mountains slowed Republican wave

The Republican juggernaut lost a bit of its steam once it hit the Rocky Mountains, with Democrats and Republicans largely splitting the key contested races for governor and Senate, and Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet pulling out a win in a race that was only called late Wednesday. Published November 3, 2010

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., embraces family members after defeating Sharron Angle to win re-election at the Nevada State Democratic election night party , Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Reid overcomes Angle to keep Nev. Senate seat

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was projected as the winner early Wednesday in the hard-fought Nevada Senate race, beating back a formidable challenge from Republican Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle and overcoming his own high negatives with the voters. Published November 2, 2010

Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, walks with his three daughters to his polling place for early voting on Friday. From left are Caroline, 10; Anne, 5; and Halina, 9. (Associated Press)

In Colorado race, it's economy vs. abortion

The pivotal Senate race in Colorado is locked in a dead heat as Republican Ken Buck struggles to keep the message on taxes and spending, while Democrat Michael Bennet pounds his opponent on social issues. Published October 27, 2010

LeAlan Jones (Associated Press)

3rd-party candidates could tip tight races

Even political junkies might not be able to identify LeAlan Jones, Shawn Moody, Scott Ashjian and Ceci Iglesias, but all four could have a major effect on the political balance of power after Election Day. Published October 24, 2010