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    These legislative riders sit low in the saddle

    Republicans have attached a barrage of anti-environmental riders to unrelated legislation coming before the Congress, and Democrats seem unsure how to respond.

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    New Mexico Greens here to stay

    In New Mexico, an energetic Green Party is siphoning votes from the Democratic Party and seeks to give the Republicans a run for their money.

  • Book Reviews

    Pat Schroeder: Tougher than Teflon

    Recently retired Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., has written a memoir titled "24 Years of House Work... And the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics."

  • Related Stories

    Democrats struggle to regain a foothold

    Retired Democratic congressman Teno Roncalio says the Democratic party needs to redefine itself in Wyoming if it's going to regain any of its historic influence in the state.

  • Feature

    Riding the Wyoming 'brand'

    Wyoming's brand of insider politics is keeping the state in thrall to extractive industries and out of step with the rest of the West.

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    Thirty days left for politics, petulance

    In the waning days of Congress, it begins to look as if the controversial Quincy Library Bill will fall victim to a mixture of "politics and petulance."

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    'Meltdown' continues at state agency

    The Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality is in turmoil as employees complain and quit the agency, citing "lousy management" and manipulation that favors industry.

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    The Land and Water Fund waits to be tapped

    Although the money in the Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund is usually taken for other purposes, this year Congress has agreed to spend the conservation trust fund for land and water conservation.

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    The scandal culture reaches Bruce Babbitt

    Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's tangle with Republicans in Congress who want to have him investigated by a special prosecutor for denying an Indian casino in Wis., is simply another example of the new "culture of scandal" in action.

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    A "liberal' court gets some breathing room

    Western conservatives in U.S. Senate, trying to destroy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because of its "liberalism,' compromise on creating a commission to study the appeals court system.

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    Montana congressman sweetens a buyout

    In complicated congressional wheeling and dealing, a bill to save Yellowstone from mining is held up until some pork is provided for Montana Republican Rick Hill to take home.

  • News

    A deal is no longer a deal in Washington

    In Washington, D.C., Republicans try to resuscitate bills environmentalists thought they had killed.

  • Essays

    The Mountain West: A Republican Fabrication

    The Republican Party controls the West because historically it has created and exploited the mythology of the Interior West to the party's advantage.

  • News

    Republican riders toppled

    Republicans in Congress give up on extra riders - including some anti-environmental riders - that were bogging down the flood-relief bill.

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    Politics here consists of hating the East

    As the world's great powers meet in Denver and history happens in their countries' capitals, American politicians seem to think of nothing but sex.

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