News about Western U.S. legislatures, elections, policy and politcal issues.
Years of losses have left Democrats at historic lows in state legislatures. But now they’re seeking to wrest control of as many as a dozen chambers from Republicans, a key step in gaining more influence in redistricting. The battle for statehouse control is playing out in more than half the states with tens of millions […]
U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, a federal watchdog agency said. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General disclosed Wednesday that it recently presented evidence to prosecutors that the unnamed employee may have violated […]
Already dealing with parched conditions, the U.S. Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed. Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, but scientists said future megadroughts would be hotter and […]
A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet […]
The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a dispute between Delaware and 23 states over more than $150 million in uncashed money orders. The justices on Monday stepped into the dispute involving uncashed money orders from Dallas-based MoneyGram, which has been submitting unclaimed money to Delaware. The other states say the MoneyGram checks should be […]