High Country News October 29, 2012
One of the most conservative states in the nation has built one of the healthiest economies not with purely laissez-faire policies, but with a dose of federal dollars and central planning.
As Nevada sinks deeper into decline, party politics give way to pragmatism.
Red-blue swings in presidential elections since 1960 show the region’s political landscape has always been dynamic.
If Democrats succeed in an improbable coup -- winning a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, and making the state competitive for Obama -- they’ll have Latino voters to thank.
Races for seats on state commissions that oversee utilities are among the most important elections you’ve never heard of. They could decide the future of renewable energy in Montana and Arizona this year.
The Republican senator got booted from office in the 2010 Tea Party surge, after supporting wilderness legislation. HCN interviewed him about the prospects for public lands bills in the next Congress.
It’s not easy doing environmental policy work and politicking in Wyoming.
Important and intriguing measures on the ballot this year across the West.
Many congressional races are up for grabs in California, thanks to a depoliticized redistricting process and less partisan primary system.
Though environmental issues won't be decisive at the ballot box, candidates' green records could still matter -- if environmental super PACs have their way.
The West is built on many cooperative and collectivist agreements; Utah's booming economy, boosted by Mormon politics, illustrates how these work.
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It took the author 18 minutes to evacuate her cabin when the fire came. When she returned, she built a fire wall.