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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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On the eve of the third GOP debate, about two dozen Hispanic leaders emerged Tuesday from a closed-door meeting in Colorado with a stark warning for Republicans: They can kiss the Hispanic vote, and their chances of winning the White House, goodbye if Donald Trump is nominated. (Associated Press)

Republicans move into hostile political territory with Boulder debate

If Republican presidential candidates were seeking to exit their comfort zone, they could hardly have done better than to hold the third primary debate at the deeply blue University of Colorado in Boulder. As expected, the campus was awash with progressive activism the day before Wednesday's debate as left-wing groups from the Center for American Progress to People for the American Way mobilized for press events, roundtables and a #KochParty. Published October 27, 2015

President Obama is promoting a platform of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America's transition to cleaner sources of energy. Republicans, however, say his plan will ultimately bring Americans higher power costs. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Business groups join fight to combat Clean Power Plan

The battle over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan heated up Monday as pro-business groups staked out their case against the newly published rule that mandates a massive reduction in carbon emissions in the next 15 years, arguing that it will jack up energy costs and slash jobs without making a dent in greenhouse gases. Published October 26, 2015

Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo., on Aug. 14, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA mine spill was preventable, not inevitable, report says

The Environmental Protection Agency botched the cleanup effort at the Gold King Mine by rushing to complete the job instead of taking precautions that would have prevented the disastrous toxic spill into the Animas River. Published October 22, 2015

Dimitry Lazar fires his 9mm pistol at targets at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

'Ammo control' picks up steam among Democrats aiming to limit gun access

With 300 million firearms in circulation and calls for more restrictions hitting a wall, Democrats and gun control advocates from California to Virginia are increasingly turning to other proposals such as restricting ammunition and magazine rounds and narrowing the ability to wield weapons. Published October 15, 2015

Rep. Trey Gowdy heads up the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trey Gowdy denies ex-staffer's allegations of Benghazi committee bias

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Sunday that a former staffer accusing the panel of bias against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton never mentioned her before being fired "deficient performance," including mishandling classified information. Published October 11, 2015