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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

A pair of FBI agents work outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Paul Pelosi, was attacked and severely beaten by an assailant with a hammer who broke into their San Francisco home early Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Republicans push back as Democrats seek to blame Pelosi attack on GOP

Democrats were quick to blame the GOP for the vicious attack on Paul Pelosi without mentioning the rising tide of violence this year against conservative targets, prompting Republicans to jog the memories of their colleagues across the aisle. Published October 30, 2022

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during an event at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Thursday, March 24, 2022. The Democratic governor has vetoed a Republican measure to ban transgender athletes from girls' and women's sports and a GOP measure aimed at making it easier for parents to try to remove materials from public school classrooms and libraries. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Drag-show uproar does a number in Kansas governor’s race

Gov. Laura Kelly has determinedly portrayed herself as a moderate Democrat in her tight reelection bid in deep-red Kansas, but a late-breaking flap over state support for drag shows is threatening to drown out her campaign messaging. Published October 25, 2022