A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Mike Dunleavy Steps In It


Idaho has a lot of cattle. Almost certainly too many. So many that you have to be careful where you step when you’re outside of a town, or you’ll get something on your boot you probably don’t want. There aren’t many cattle in Alaska, but Governor Dunleavy has stepped in something and gotten stuff all…

Greater Sage Grouse, Bennett Mountains, Idaho

BLM Sells Out the Sage Grouse


Greater Sage Grouse populations have suffered catastrophic declines in recent years. It easily qualifies for classification as an endangered species. But in 2015, after years of painful negotiation and compromise, the stakeholders in the struggle to protect the iconic symbol of the Sagebrush Sea reached an agreement that avoided the painful consequences of classification as…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

A Trump Lexicon: Sixth Edition


Our president uses language in unusual ways, a mix of babble, Orwell’s NewSpeak and nonsense. His recent bad weeks spawned a stream of new and unusual terms. Newer terms and phrases are towards the top. It’s tempting to wait and see what new phrases appear from Vietnam, but WC will go with the half-dozen new…

The Government Shutdown Explained


WC will undertake to explain the nation’s longest, stupidest government shutdown in words that possibly even Donald Trump can understand. There is no emergency at the border. It’s clear that illegal immigration is down and has been down for a while now. If there was truly an emergency, Congress would have addressed it when the…