Updated: April 24, 2014, 10:25 AM
Once it was the Internal Revenue Service, then it was the National Parks Service. Now, quickly, the Bureau of Land Management is becoming the agency of the federal government conservatives love to hate as a sign of federal overreach into local affairs.
The spark was a showdown between Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials and cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in Nevada but, more recently, Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, has taken an adversarial stance against the agency as well. On Tuesday Abbott sent a letter to the head of the BLM with a list of questions about a possible land acquisition near the Red River in Texas.
"As Attorney General of Texas, I am deeply troubled by reports from BLM field hearings that the federal government may claim — for the first time — that 90,000 acres of territory along the Red River now belong to the federal government," Abbott wrote.
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