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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.

  • Go take it off the mountain

    Go take it off the mountain

    The life-size statue of Jesus on Montana's Whitefish Mountain Resort may be loved by many, but it does not belong on public land.

  • Living with wolves takes some practice

    Living with wolves takes some practice

    An Alaskan wilderness ranger believes humans can co-exist with wolves, despite anti-wolf hysteria in the Northern Rockies.

  • 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.

  • Races where the environment matters. Sort of.

    Races where the environment matters. Sort of.

    Though environmental issues won't be decisive at the ballot box, candidates' green records could still matter -- if environmental super PACs have their way.

  • Rehberg and Tester: Policy differences

    Rehberg and Tester: Policy differences

    A list of some of Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg's major policy differences with incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

  • Selling what's priceless is the nuttiest idea of all

    Selling what's priceless is the nuttiest idea of all

    Some Western legislators want to sell off our public lands -- an idea that is not only impractical, but contrary to the desires of most Westerners.

  • The politics of public health

    The politics of public health

    Environmental regulations are a favorite target in the runup to this year's election.

  • Who is Denny Rehberg, really?

    Who is Denny Rehberg, really?

    Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg has exploited his family's long Montana history to get where he is today, but his current campaign for Democrat Jon Tester's Senate seat is raising questions about his record and that history.

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