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  • A fractured party

    The Grand Old Party will either find a new life – or court self-destruction – in the West today, where moderates and hard-liners are battling over conservation issues.

  • An Obama-Huntsman ticket would get my vote

    An Obama-Huntsman ticket would get my vote

    It might be a radical pairing, but if Huntsman ran as Obama's vice president, he'd get this writer's vote.

  • Democrats rise again in the Rockies

    Democrats rise again in the Rockies

    Rob Saldin looks at the reasons why the Democrats finally succeeded in breaking the Republican chokehold on the West.

  • Duke City dustup

    The nation may be intrigued by the contest between incumbent Republican Rep. Heather Wilson and New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid, but the New Mexicans who will actually vote in the election seem fairly disinterested.

  • Fractures on the right

    National pundits say the nation’s political parties are moving toward the extremes, but in the West, Republicans – unhappy with some far-right politicians – seem to be heading back to the middle.

  • Go West, Democrats, in the path of Harry Reid

    New Senate minority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., brings to Capitol Hill the lessons learned from a hardscrabble Nevada childhood

  • In politics, it's not about who you want to drink a beer with

    The so-called "character issue" in politics – often defined as voting for the person you’d most like to have a beer with – is absurd for many reasons...

  • It's time for a ceasefire on guns

    Hal Herring believes that Democrats should give up on gun control, not just for the sake of politics but because it’s the right thing to do.

  • Light rail moves inland from the 'Left Coast'

    Light rail has become unexpectedly popular in deeply conservative Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Lynch-mob politics

    Lynch-mob politics

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

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