Magazine
Lynch-Mob Politics

October 25, 2010

It's not the Old West, it's our guide to this year's Western elections -- tracking how the rising anger threatens to overcome many voters' moderate streak.

Feature

Lynch-mob politics
Lynch-mob politics
It's not the Old West -- it's our guide to this year's Western elections.
Arizona: Obama's curse?
Arizona: Obama's curse?
When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.
California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams
California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams
California flashes back to the 1970s with campaigns to legalize marijuana and re-elect Jerry Brown as governor, while other key races are also sizzling hot.
Colorado: The West's true swing state
Colorado: The West's true swing state
Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.
Idaho: How a Democrat wins in the Northern Rockies
Pro-business, semi-green Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick has a good chance of keeping his seat, while Idaho's Republican Party fractures over a loyalty oath.
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.
Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry
Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries gun-play in his battle with Sharron Angle, and former poli-sci prof Dina Titus tries to keep her Nevada House seat out of Joe Heck's reach.
New Mexico: Wolves, wilderness, drilling and Latinos
Ultra-conservative anti-wolf Steve Pearce wants his old House seat back from Democratic oilman Harry Teague, and the next governor of New Mexico will be a woman.
Oregon: Tea Party limbo
Oregon: Tea Party limbo
John Kitzhaber, champion of land-use planning, is running for governor again -- and the Tea Party has failed to draw much attention.
Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.
Utah: A Sagebrush Rebel headed for D.C.
Right-wingers ousted wilderness-dealmaker Sen. Bob Bennett in the Republican primary, and now anti-wilderness Mike Lee will probably take his place in the Senate.
Washington: Tea Party limbo #2
A Tea Party loss ironically helps Republican Dino Rossi's effort to unseat Sen. Patty Murray, while conflicting ballot measures seek to raise taxes on wealthy people or choke off all potential tax hikes.
Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious
Wyoming: A popular governor gets mysterious
Wyoming's popular Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal is carefully staying out of the race between his wannabe successors, Leslie Petersen and Matt Mead.
How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned
How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned
A first-hand account by a longtime Arizona investigative reporter, John Dougherty, about his surprising Senate campaign.

Editor's Note

Stringing up the Western sheriff
Stringing up the Western sheriff
The West has known extremist politics before, but we usually seem to end up tacking pretty close to the center.

Current

Taming the River Wild
Taming the River Wild
Proposals to make dangerous rapids safer rouse controversy among avid river-users.
Solar spree
Solar spree
New solar energy projects are coming to California and Nevada.
Fields of dreams
Fields of dreams
"Farmworker Reality Tours" teach citizens about the lives of California's migrant farmworkers.

Uncommon Westerners

'The last word is action'
'The last word is action'
Colorado clean-energy activist Leslie Glustrom sees the eventual decline of coal production as a possible ally.

Essays

Us and them vs. all the rest
Us and them vs. all the rest
During the labor struggles of the early 20th century, rough-and-tumble Butte, Mont., survived as a community because of -- rather than despite -- its ethnic diversity.

Book Reviews

A raw-edged memoir
In her second memoir, Raw Edges, Phyllis Barber leaves her marriage and tries to find herself.
Writing in tradition
In her first short story collection, From the Hilltop, Toni Jensen relies on her Metis heritage to explore American Indian life off the reservation.

Writers on the Range

A house like a buffalo
A house like a buffalo
A lover of old Western architecture spends his days dismantling and recycling tumbledown buildings.

Dear Friends

Hello, and goodbye
High Country News welcomes new assistant editor Cally Carswell and says goodbye to business employee Jessica Spencer; Sen. Michael Bennet visits; Paonia "hippie reunion"; visitors.

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