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  • Feature

    The politics of growth

    Almost every major election in Arizona is up for grabs this year, along with a rash of ballot initiatives, and some observers hope the state can pull out of its headlong rush into uncontrolled growth and development.

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    Around the West, the hot races to watch

    HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.

  • Dear Friends

    Lassoing the West's polital winds

    Tim Egan speaks at HCN Seattle board meeting; Ed Marston steps aside; correction; Betsy Offermann obituary

  • Feature

    Democrats kick back

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

  • Essays

    A crossed heritage in the modern West

    How did the Republican Party cease being the party of conservation, and why do Westerners continue to give it their support?

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    New Mexico Greens lose steam

    The recent decline in support for the New Mexico Green Party seems to have no effect on the hopes of its candidates or the anxiety of the state's Democratic party, which sees the Greens as spoilers.

  • News

    Presidential hopeful plays with fire

    Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is in hot water over his attempt to appeal-proof a controversial thinning project in his home state, but the situation is more complicated than his gleeful Republican opponents admit.

  • Writers on the Range

    Montana's governor is a poor choice to lead theWest

    The Western Governors Association made a serious mistake when it selected as its leader Montana Gov. Judy Martz, R, the least qualified member in terms of experience, personality and results.

  • News

    Congress goes barmy over the Army

    Congress spends little time examining military requests before giving the OK, even when it comes to training in areas that affect wildlife or destroy ecosystems.

  • News

    New monuments: Planning by numbers

    The Interior Department's decision to go ahead and manage the new monuments established by Clinton raises cautious optimism among the environmental fraternity - the caution due to Norton's emphasis on local involvement: miners, grazers and motorheads, for

  • News

    Campaign finance reform may boost grass roots

    The campaign finance reform bill sponsored by John McCain and Russell Feingold won't solve everything, but it may give grassroots environmental groups a bit of an edge in future political battles.

  • Book Reviews

    Bush administration wall hanging

    Earthjustice's free 2002 calendar, "(Dis)Appointments: Bush Officials and the Administration's Environmental Record," offers discouraging words about, and unflattering photos of, the Bush administration's appointees.

  • Essays

    Greens join 'Let's derail a judge' game

    Environmentalists adopt the conservative strategy of working to derail the nomination of federal judges whom they fear could harm their cause.

  • News

    Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

  • News

    No game plan for the public lands

    Both environmental critics and Bush supporters complain that the Republican administration is neglecting, even ignoring, the West.

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