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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said a $1 billion, no-bid lottery deal with a political associate was important to keep 1,110 state jobs. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo roiled by outcry over lottery deal

Rhode Islanders appreciate high rollers -- gaming is the state's third-largest industry -- but Republicans worry that Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has stacked the deck in favor of a political associate with a $1 billion, no-bid lottery deal. Published July 31, 2019

In this file photo from Wednesday, June 12, 2019, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, Trump this weekend vilified Cummings' majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Cities ravaged by social and economic ills run by Dems for decades

Democrats condemned Monday as racist President Trump's broadside at "rodent infested" Baltimore, but the blast also came as a reminder that most troubled major U.S. cities have been dominated for decades by one party, and it isn't the GOP. Published July 29, 2019