Archive for June 6th, 2008

by Pete Talbot

One woman showed up sporting a newly inked Obama tattoo on her arm. She was one of many folks running for a delegate slot at the Missoula County Democratic Convention on Thursday night. Those who were elected at the county convention will be in Helena on Sunday to decide delegates for the national convention in Denver.

It used to be that Missoula couldn’t field enough delegates to go to the state convention. The local party could muster maybe nine or ten out of the twenty or so positions allocated to the county. Last night, roughly forty people battled for twenty spots to represent Barack Obama in Helena.

Hillary Clinton supporters were there, too. Ten delegates from Missoula will represent Clinton at the state convention.

Seventeen seats are up for grabs at the convention in Helena. (Montana will be sending a total of 25 delegates to Denver but eight are super delegates — folks like Schweitzer, Baucus, Melcher, etc.).

There wasn’t any media there last night that I noticed, which is too bad because it was a raucous caucus. All kinds of people were there pitching themselves for a chance to go to Helena and then, maybe, Denver.

I haven’t seen this kind of energy in the Montana Democratic Party in the nearly 20 years that I’ve been active in this state’s political scene.

by jhwygirl

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) is having its annual really cool yard sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 629 Phillips.

Don’t miss it. Who knows what treasures you’ll find.

MUD, headed up by Lou Ann Crowley, is a wonderful nonprofit focused on community involvement and sustainability. They’ve got a great lending library for tools – and I’m pretty sure they recently added a truck. It’s a great resource for all kinds of stuff, and the people there are fabulous.

Their website is in a funk…so if that link doesn’t work now, maybe it will later.

by Pete Talbot

It is sad to see the Missoulian, and other Lee newspapers in Montana and Wyoming, lose Washington, D.C. correspondent Noelle Straub.

I read about her downsizing on the Billings Outpost site, which linked to a Billings Gazette story. It wasn’t in the Missoulian.

It took me a while to warm to Noelle’s stories but she learned about Montana issues and politics, and as of late, was writing important pieces.

This is a huge journalistic mistake. Who’s going to keep an eye on our elected D.C. folks? I appreciate Lee’s efforts in Helena’s Capital Bureau but we need info from the nation’s capital, too. This does not bode well for the newspaper reading public.

And the mainstream media wonder why we go to the Internet for our news.

(CORRECTION: In the comments section, Matthew Koehler states that the Missoulian DID run the Noelle Straub story. I couldn’t find it when I searched the paper’s online archives but I trust Koehler on this. My apologies.)

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