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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

Articles by Valerie Richardson

**FILE** Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican (Associated Press)

Bill aims to ease federal-state clash over marijuana laws

A House lawmaker Friday introduced a bill to end the conflict between the federal government and the states over legalized pot, five months after Colorado and Washington voters approved the first statewide ballot measures decriminalizing marijuana use for adults. Published April 12, 2013

Dr. Kermit Gosnel

House pro-lifers: Abortion trial ignored

Reflecting mounting frustration over the lack of press coverage of inner-city Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell's murder trial, a group of pro-life House members took to the floor to denounce what they call a "national media cover-up" of the sensational case. Published April 11, 2013

Obama faces Colo. sheriffs' gun bill protest

President Obama received a chilly reception at a stop here Wednesday to promote federal gun control legislation from Colorado sheriffs still fuming over the state's recently approved restrictions on firearms. Published April 3, 2013

**FILE** Aurora, Colo., theater shooting suspect James Holmes and defense attorney Tamara Brady sit in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (Associated Press/Denver Post)

Holmes faces death penalty in theater shooting

Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty for James Eagan Holmes, the accused shooter in the deadly Aurora, Colo. theater massacre last summer. Published April 1, 2013

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pauses at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver on March 20, 2013, as he talks about the shooting death of Tom Clements, the state corrections chief. Clements was shot at his home in Monument, Colo., the previous night. (Associated Press)

Colorado governor irks gun-rights backers for publicizing prayer

Colorado gun-rights advocates who met with Gov. John Hickenlooper after a protest rally Saturday may have prayed for him, but that doesn't mean they support his stance on firearms or that they appreciate his making that fact public. Published March 25, 2013