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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

Articles by Valerie Richardson

Colo. Dems expedite illegals tuition bill

A proposal to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants passed out of a Colorado state Senate committee this week after Democrats moved up a vote on the bill to coincide with a Republican opponent's absence from the state on a family emergency. Published April 2, 2009

ACLU takes walk-on role in 'Rent' flap

A Southern California high school that briefly canceled the gay-themed musical "Rent" has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for sanctioning a "sexist and homophobic" atmosphere on campus. Published March 29, 2009

Diocese wins ruling in property dispute

A Colorado judge ruled Tuesday that a breakaway Episcopal congregation in Colorado Springs must return its church building to the diocese, marking the latest chapter in the ongoing national exodus from the Episcopal Church. Published March 25, 2009

Pestered Prop 8 donors file suit

After giving $10,000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign last year, Charles LiMandri began receiving some unexpected correspondence. Published March 23, 2009

Ex-professor blames firing on smears

Former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill went to court Tuesday in a bid to get his job back, contending that he never committed plagiarism and was instead jettisoned for likening Sept. 11 victims to Nazi bureaucrats when blaming what he called unjust U.S. policy for the terrorist attacks. Published March 11, 2009

Dobson resigns as Focus chairman

James Dobson, one of the nation's most powerful evangelicals, has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family, the conservative Christian organization he founded 32 years ago. Published February 28, 2009

Dobson steps down as FOF chairman

Evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family, the conservative Christian organization he founded 32 years ago. Published February 27, 2009

Colorado's oldest newspaper closes

The Rocky Mountain News, the oldest newspaper in Colorado, will publish its last edition Friday after owners failed to secure a buyer for the financially strapped daily, making it the latest casualty in an increasingly shaky newspaper industry. Published February 27, 2009

Lawsuits challenge sanctuary policies

UPDATED: Margaret Rains and Haley Tepe were sitting down to enjoy ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins in Aurora, Colo., when a sport utility vehicle driven by an illegal immigrant sent two cars plowing into the shop, leaving three dead and the two women injured. Published February 25, 2009

Bill calls human embryo 'person'

The North Dakota Legislature is taking center stage in the abortion debate as it moves to define a fertilized human egg as a person — an effort viewed largely as a vehicle to challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 decision legalizing abortion. Published February 24, 2009

Calif. budget dumps furniture

The California Legislature ended its three-month budget impasse Thursday, but not before axing state Controller John Chiang's plans for new office furniture. Published February 20, 2009

Fake-rifle student returning to school

A Colorado high school student expelled for having fake drill-team rifles in her car was cleared Friday to return to school. Published February 14, 2009

Student in hot water for mock rifles

Marie Morrow, an honors student and drill-team commander in the Young Marines, isn't the kind of student who normally gets expelled. Published February 13, 2009

Comptroller blasted for 'plush' office

California State Controller John Chiang may be preaching fiscal restraint in the face of the state's budget crisis, but he's practicing something else, according to one Republican legislator. Published February 5, 2009

Shooting death fuels debate over guns

Sean Kennedy, a 22-year-old golf pro, drunkenly banged on the door, yelled obscenities and smashed a window as he tried to enter what he thought was his house. Published February 2, 2009

Inaugural poet fits right in with Obama choices

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, not a politician, but there's a symmetry between her selection as inaugural poet and that of the president-elect's choices for his inner circle of advisers. Published January 19, 2009