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  • For Western politicians, roots matter

    In the rural West, how deep a candidate's family roots go -- how long they've lived in the area -- sometimes matters more than his or her experience or political opinions.

  •  Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in

    Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in

    Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.

  • Western Climate Initiative moves forward, smaller than imagined

    Western Climate Initiative moves forward, smaller than imagined

    Cap and trade is dead in Washington, D.C., but a few states are hoping to limit emissions through the Western Climate Initiative.

  • How outsiders shape the West

    How outsiders shape the West

    Oklahoma isn't part of the West, but its two Republican senators have an enormous influence on the region.

  • Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma vs. the West

    Oklahoma Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe have a way of riding roughshod over the West's environmental politics.

  • Lynch-mob politics

    Lynch-mob politics

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

  • 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.

  • Tractor politicking

    High Country News talks to Dennis McDonald, the Montana rancher who also leads the state’s Democratic Party.

  • The West: A New Center of Power

    The West gains traction as a center of power in 2006, and nine more indicators from the midterm elections.

  • Republicans face an uncertain battle for governor

    Republicans face an uncertain battle for governor

    Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's decision to run for governor of Colorado may throw a spanner into Republican plans to re-take the West.

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