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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 23, 2017

Today in New West news: Montana GOP chairman sounds alarm on all-mail ballot proposal, Senator Tester proposes expanding Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Utah oil and gas regulation bill “gutted,” and Boulder-based software startup raises $6.7M.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 22, 2016

Today in New West news: Utah delegates reluctantly back Trump, Mark Fiege to assume MSU’s Wallace Stegner Chair, Colstrip agrees to stop pooling toxic coal ash sludge, and the potential cost of solar in Utah.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 19, 2016

Today in New West news: Utah delegates lead thwarted roll call vote at Republican National Convention over Donald Trump, Colorado delegates walk out in protest, and U.S. Rep Ryan Zinke (R-MT) speaks at RNC.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 18, 2016

National Bison Range

Today in New West news: an update on the National Bison Range, Montana’s House Rep race, rare Audubon prints donated to University of Utah, and StatusPage moving to San Francisco.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 23, 2015

bison

Today in New West news: MT Gov. Steve Bullock sanctions bison moving between state and Yellowstone National Park, the marijuana industry’s thirst for (electrical) power, and whether the Utah Legislature is allowed to have “closed caucuses.”

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GOP Closed Primary Threatens Voters’ Freedom and Privacy

As an Idaho voter, you need to know that there’s a battle going on right now inside the GOP that would take away your right to privacy. It’s happening right here in Idaho and it effects one of the most sacred places of government – the voting booth – where you make your choices behind a curtain of secrecy. There’s a reason the secret ballot is treated with such care and reverence when you appear at your election poll. Our founding fathers had the wisdom to realize that only a secret ballot would render a true picture of the public will. If individuals had to show their marked ballot to the public, powerful politicians might use retribution or intimidation to change the outcome. It’s hard to believe, but that’s exactly the kind of thing that’s happening in Idaho today as the right wing of the Republican Party seeks to close its primary elections by requiring party registration.

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On Mitt Romney’s Chances in 2008

By all accounts, Mitt Romney is a whip-smart man of integrity with unique skills and qualities that would seem a perfect fit for the presidency. He is well liked and respected on both sides of the aisle and is widely considered a good man, but his potential bid for the presidency in 2008 just might force the GOP to deal with some major underlying tension between its devoted Mormon and evangelical bases.

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