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  • New Mexico Greens lose steam

    The recent decline in support for the New Mexico Green Party seems to have no effect on the hopes of its candidates or the anxiety of the state's Democratic party, which sees the Greens as spoilers.

  • Around the West, the hot races to watch

    HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.

  • Democrats kick back

    An introduction to the special election issue says that voting should be less predictable in the West this year.

  • Conservation vote groups optimistic

    Ed Zuckerman of the Federation of State Voter Conservation Leagues says environmentalists should not despair over the recent elections, because grassroots conservation groups did very well at the local level

  • Campaign finance reform may boost grass roots

    The campaign finance reform bill sponsored by John McCain and Russell Feingold won't solve everything, but it may give grassroots environmental groups a bit of an edge in future political battles.

  • A crossed heritage in the modern West

    How did the Republican Party cease being the party of conservation, and why do Westerners continue to give it their support?

  • How political extremism and primary reforms limit choices for Western voters

    How political extremism and primary reforms limit choices for Western voters

    'Top-two' primary systems banish third parties from the ballot.

  • Takings campaigns around the West

    A detailed graph sums up the status of the current "takings’ initiative campaigns in six Western states

  • The green Republican: back from the dead?

    Worried about falling poll numbers, some Republicans, led by Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, are resisting some of the Bush administration’s more far-reaching attacks on environmental protection

  • Anti-government attack has many fronts

    Across the West, anti-government activists from out of state are funding ballot measures that attack government spending and the judiciary as well as land-use planning

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