Archive for April 6th, 2007


Shane writes a great tribute to Big Hole National Park, which is not only beautiful, but a crucial part of our nation’s history.

Jon’s support of the Iraqi supplemental bill with withdrawal timetables has not cost him politically in Montana. That’s a good sign for ending the war, opines Terrence Samuel.

The Good Guv rakes in the dough.

Cece pens up her efforts in lobbying the Senate over the reform of constituency accounts. Well done!

Why is Northwestern lobbying against Senate efforts to buy Montana’s utilities?

So much for free trade democratizing China. Turns out big corporations like the ability to suppress workers’ rights. Surprise.

Climate change driving American Southwest to a permanent drought.

Is Nancy Pelosi violating federal law prohibiting Congressional representatives from making treaties with foreign power? Not so, says the WaPo: “Foreign policy experts generally agree that Pelosi’s dealings with Middle East leaders have not strayed far, if at all, from those typical for a congressional trip.”

SCOTUS ducks the rights of Gitmo detainees to habeas corpus out of cynical, purely political grounds.

The casualty of the prosecutor purge: trust in our legal system. Which is exactly why this is a big deal.

Bill O’Reilly loses it.

Grist hosts a Q&A with Montana writer, environmentalist, Christian, and fly-fisherman, David James Duncan.

by Jay Stevens

Michael Lange is at it again:

We’ve been nice for weeks,” said House Majority Michael Lange, R-Billings. “Now, we’re not going to be so nice.”

Ed Kemmick:

What does that mean? Is he going to escalate from “hand guns” to using both arms to simulate a Tommy gun? His threat, basically, was that unless the Democratic legislators and Gov. Schweizter follow the Republicans’ lead on tax cuts and education funding, the Republicans will restrict funding increases for all state agencies.

Also yesterday, Lange waxed violent yet again, commenting on the sex-offender bill: “The only place there ought to be reform is at the end of a rope. If that sounds harsh, I don’t care.”

Colby Natale:

I don’t need to point out the specific instances of rancor spouting up in our state government over the past few months, so the notion that such battles have been the ‘nice’ Republicans’ really makes me worry about what the not-so-nice variety looks like.

I don’t know what to add here. Lange and his fellow Montana Republicans came into this legislative session intending to obstruct and bicker. At least, that’s what Scott Sales promised us when he declared war on the Democrats even before the session has started. They’ve delivered on their promise. Now they want to amp up the rancor?

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