Politics

How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
A fight over wolf management in Alaska shows how lawmakers can undermine citizen-led initiatives.
With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
As demand shrinks and the industry retracts, counties and the state are in an untenable situation.
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The close of public comments is marked by familiar dividing lines and surprising feedback from an EPA official.
A senator for the New West in the race of his life
Democrat Harry Reid brings a reputation for integrity, a record of environmentalism, and the toughness he kept from his hardscrabble Western upbringing into a challenging race for a third term as a U.S. Senator from Nevada.
On The Trail: Election 1998
Democrat John Vinich will run against Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer; Utah hunters create an initiative, Proposition Five, to prevent future anti-hunting laws; in Oregon, Measure 64 would ban clear-cutting on both public and private land.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A deal is no longer a deal in Washington
In Washington, D.C., Republicans try to resuscitate bills environmentalists thought they had killed.
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.
Republican riders toppled
Republicans in Congress give up on extra riders - including some anti-environmental riders - that were bogging down the flood-relief bill.
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.
A Republican wins it
Republican Bill Redmond beats out Democrat Eric Serna and Green Party candidate Carol Miller to represent northern New Mexcio as Bill Richardson leaves to be ambassador to the UN.
Flood bill awash with anti-environmental riders
A flood-relief bill in Congress is infested by riders that could cause tremendous environmental damage if passed.
The Craig bill: Calm down, everybody
The furor over Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's national forest-reforming bill is really much ado about nothing in the rather tame 105th Congress.
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