Archive for July 13th, 2008

by jhwygirl

I’ve put in some new additions over there on the right….

Under Mountain Blogs –
West Fork Blues
Montana Peaks & Politics
Savage Mama

Under Political Blogs –
The Oil Drum
Life After the Oil Crash
Grasping Reality With Both Hands: Economist Brian DeLong
Professor Bainbridge’s Punditry
Smirking Chimp
NYTimes’ The Caucus

Under Various & Sundry –
The Pew Research Center
The Project for Excellence in Journalism
The Thicket: A Bipartisan Blog for Legislative Junkies
Harper’s Magazine

And finally, under Citizen’s Info –
Fire Restrictions & Closures Which contains fire restriction and closure information for the Region I Northern Rockies Coordination Group – along with definitions of just what Stage I and Stage II restrictions mean.

Check ’em out.

Under Citizen’s Info –
Sunlight Foundation

by jhwygirl

Jay’s been doing some worthy yet untrumpeted grunt work on some of the battleground state house races over at Left in the West. Time to start trumpeting his hard work.. while I must admit I’ve been slacking, big time.

A very modest goal, he’s set up an ActBlue page to raise $250 by next Sunday. You can pick each individual candidate you want to throw some cash at.

With such a modest goal, folks, 5 bucks can go a long way. Donating is easy, really. Click here – go ahead, don’t be shy – and give it a try.

He’s laid out some background in this first piece, then this one and then finally, this one. He’s set his sights on ridding us of gravel pit loving Bill Nooney (HD-100) with his support of Gary Brown and he’s also got the back of one of my favorites, Jill Cohenour (HD-78), who isn’t afraid to chastise her colleagues for slacking or playing politics when it comes to her work on the state’s Water Policy Interim Committee. (You can, incidentally, listen to her in action here.) The goal is to also help some Democratic incumbents: Gallatin County’s JP Pomnichowski (HD-63); Custer County’s Bill McChesney (HD-40); and Cascade County’s Steve Bolstad (HD-24), and Deb Kottel (HD-20).

Also on his list is some newcomers and even some names you might recognize: alternative energy analyst Ross Keogh is running in HD-60 against some California carpetbagger; local business owner and executive board member of MSU-Billings Paul Beck is running in HD-59 against Scott Boggio; Doc Woerner is running in HD-58, Yellowstone County on a platform of ensuring public access and health car reform. He’s also got Del Dinstel in HD-43; Dennis Getz, who is a board member of the Northern Resource Council, is running in HD-38; Nick Ethridge in HD-19; Jim Elliot, a termed-out Senator in Sanders County and strong supporter of Senator John Tester during his run is seeking HD-13; Cheryl Steenson (who has her dyed-in-the-wool Republican grandfather as her treasurer) is running up in Flathead’s HD-8; and, finally, former legislator Eileen Carney in HD-1.

It’s gotta be tough running a campaign – and even harder to do it in Montana, in the summer – and even harder with a recession bearing down. Take some of those stimulus checks and stimulize some of those candidates above by hitting the Left in the West Act Blue page.

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