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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

Rep. Lamar Smith and other Republicans claim that the EPA's objectivity in assessing Alaska's Pebble Mine was suspect at best. (Associated Press)

EPA email trail reveals Alaska Pebble Mine plot

It didn't take long for Thursday's House committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's role in blocking the Pebble Mine to start sounding less like a congressional probe and more like the plot of a Michael Crichton thriller. Published November 5, 2015

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's race is one of the marquee contests in what is otherwise a slow off-year Election Day. He lost his re-election bid. (Associated Press)

San Francisco's sanctuary city sheriff sent packing on election night

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his re-election bid late Tuesday to challenger former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy after an uproar over his sanctuary city policy, which was blamed for the death of a woman in July at the hands of an illegal immigrant. Published November 4, 2015

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. (Associated Press)

Houston 'bathroom bill' rejected by voters

Conservatives cheered Tuesday after Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected a transgender-rights ordinance, while supporters of the so-called "bathroom bill" vowed to keep fighting. Published November 3, 2015

Moderators (from left) John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla take the stage for the CNBC Republican presidential debate Wednesday at the University of Colorado in Boulder. (Associated Press)

CNBC debate fires up Republican base over media bias

Republicans stoked the backlash Thursday against CNBC's chaotic presidential primary debate even as it became clear that the hostile forum had inadvertently provided the party with one of its best nights of the campaign to date. Published October 29, 2015

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, argue a point during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado on Wednesday in Boulder, Colo. (Associated Press)

Candidates sharpen attacks, blast media in third Republican debate

Desperate to stand out as time begins to run short, the Republican presidential candidates lashed out at one another Wednesday in their third presidential debate, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking aim at the new generation of anti-establishment Republicans who have eclipsed them in the polls. Published October 28, 2015