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  • Nader shakes up Western enviros

    Green Party candidate Ralph Nader has split Western environmentalists, who are torn between supporting a man many admire as a hero, and voting for Democratic candidate Al Gore, who also has environmental credentials and perhaps a chance at winning.

  • Washington's Steel Magnolia

    Washington state Democrat Maria Cantwell, who is running against longtime Republican Sen. Slade Gorton, is backed by tribes and environmentalists.

  • 'A choice between bad and worse is not good enough'

    HCN's Michelle Nijhuis interviews Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader on Western environmental issues and the upcoming election.

  • Stalking Slade

    An unprecedented, informal coalition of angry Indian tribes, environmentalists and Democrats are going after Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton's seat in November, and Gorton's opponent - Democrat Maria Cantwell - may have a chance for victory.

  • Democrats kick back

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

  • On the Trail

    Bush and Gore fight for New Mexico; Sierra Club goes after Bush in Spanish in N.M.; in Utah, Jim Matheson, D, leads Derek Smith, R; in Montana, Dems rally Indians; Friends of the Earth rebut Washington Republicans.

  • Third-party votes count for plenty

    The writer defends the history of third parties and the reasons to vote for them.

  • In presidential politics, the West has a bad hand

    A longtime political observer explains how it is that a huge region like the West has a rather minimal influence on national presidential elections.

  • On the trail

    VP candidate Cheney decries solar-power tax relief; Pat Buchanan calls protesters at Denver's Columbus Day parade "neo-fascists"; Wash. voters split over antitrapping initiatives; Ariz.'s Prop. 102 would hamper wildlife; in Ariz., a vote on development.

  • Democrats see the light in Montana

    November's elections may be a political watershed for Montana, with a possible power shift to moderate yet progressive-minded Democrats in Congress and the governor's office.

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