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Exhibit A: Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five of their followers, charged in the armed takeover of a federally owned Oregon wildlife sanctuary in January, were acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges. The verdict brings to a close a case that gripped the nation earlier this year with its public debate about government […]

Western Water

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On June 21, 2016

I know the law job market is horrible, but I always felt that going into water law in the West was a pretty much limitless market, given the brutal battles between states and between the U.S. and Mexi

Bundyism in Action

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On June 6, 2016

What would happen if the dreams of Cliven Bundy and his clan came true and the federal government sold off all its public lands in the West to the highest bidder? We can have a pretty good idea of thi

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Cowboy Socialism

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On February 1, 2016
While the Bundy boys and their band of idiots are mostly in jail or have left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, there are still a few diehards holed up in there. I do worry about these people committing acts of violence, on their own and leadership and desperate. Hopefully this gets resolved very soon. But […]

Water Politics

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On January 13, 2016

This is a really outstanding investigation into how California and thus federal water politics work. That agribusiness would create a Latino front group with the message that not delivering more water

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Dam Removal

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On December 5, 2015
I realize that most LGM readers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about western natural resource politics. But these issues are central to understanding the politics of the West, particularly within the Republican Party. Western Republicans carry most of the greed, fear-mongering, and racism of the national Republican Party. But these Republicans also have […]

Rain Barrels

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On June 15, 2015

That collecting rainwater on your own property in barrels remains illegal in Colorado is a great entry point into the complex and extraordinarily contentious water politics of the West, where every dr

The Civil War in the West

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On May 16, 2015
Adam Arenson and Virginia Scharff, who was my dissertation advisor, on the end of the Civil War in the West: But looking at the war from the West is an important perspective. From the West, the Civil War appeared as merely the greatest in a series of conflicts that shaped the United States in the […]
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