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  • Stringing up the Western sheriff

    Stringing up the Western sheriff

    The West has known extremist politics before, but we usually seem to end up tacking pretty close to the center.

  • Arizona: Obama's curse?

    Arizona: Obama's curse?

    When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.

  • California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams

    California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams

    California flashes back to the 1970s with campaigns to legalize marijuana and re-elect Jerry Brown as governor, while other key races are also sizzling hot.

  • Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.

  • Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries gun-play in his battle with Sharron Angle, and former poli-sci prof Dina Titus tries to keep her Nevada House seat out of Joe Heck's reach.

  • Washington: Tea Party limbo #2

    A Tea Party loss ironically helps Republican Dino Rossi's effort to unseat Sen. Patty Murray, while conflicting ballot measures seek to raise taxes on wealthy people or choke off all potential tax hikes.

  • How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    A first-hand account by a longtime Arizona investigative reporter, John Dougherty, about his surprising Senate campaign.

  • Lynch-mob politics

    Lynch-mob politics

    It's not the Old West -- it's our guide to this year's Western elections.

  • Idaho: How a Democrat wins in the Northern Rockies

    Pro-business, semi-green Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick has a good chance of keeping his seat, while Idaho's Republican Party fractures over a loyalty oath.

  • Montana: Utility regs and clean energy up for grabs

    A Montana populist, Ken Toole, tries to keep his seat on the Public Service Commission, while other key races involve wealthy hunters and the state Supreme Court.

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