by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread.

A new study shows that the death penalty costs $300 million per person.

The main drug used in lethal injection is no longer in production in the U.S. That means that no state can obtain the drug legally. (with a hat tip to Steve Dogiakos)

If you haven’t read this piece, you should. From Time Magazine’s political blog Swampland, it’s an indepth look at Montana’s Tea Party. The piece is recent – June 17th.

So yeah…more national attention on Montana.

Has anyone read Sarah Palin’s InBox yet?

Public Policy Polling has all kinds of polling out on Montana 2012 races. With both a Senate and a Governor’s seat open, there’s lots of national interest.

Must read from The Nation on reimaging our economic future. There’s lot’s to it – a series of articles – but well worthy of bookmarking.

Pogie reports on this weekend’s gathering of the John Birch Society with featured guest Derek Skees. It’s a must read. And do remember – that’s straight-up serious stuff he’s talking about.

Button Valley recently threw down on the economic realities of Arch Coal, one of Montana’s newest raider of taxpayer-owned natural resources. Poor Arch Coal. Thank Goddess the Montana taxpayers were able to subsidize their bid for the state’s schoolchildren’s coal. Corporate coal welfare – what would the industry do without it.

Which reminds me – Steve Bullock for Attorney General. Only.

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  1. ladybug

    School trust assets belong to all Montanans, not just taxpayers and schoolchildren. Land Board members serve as trustees. One would think at least part of the revenue received from exported coal should be used to teach Montana schoolchildren to write and speak a little Chinese.

  2. mr benson

    Steve Bullock for nothing.

    • I’m good with him as AG – he’s done a fine job, and worth a second vote imo.

      If he seeks any other office for 2012, it represents to me someone more interested in climbing a ladder than focusing on public service. We don’t have room in politics for that right now.

      Exemplifying public service is State Superintendent Denise Juneau. She has moved Montana forward in K-12 – and stood up to the Obama Administration on parts of No Child Left Behind that don’t work in rural schools (like all of Montana).

      Juneau will make a fine governor or U.S. representative in 2016 – for now, I’m quite fine with her staying put for another 4 years and maxing out her term before moving on.

  3. mr benson

    A bit of local government/state government wonkishness:

    How’s the Governor’s line item veto of TSEP projects going? First he tried to just steal the money, now he’s grinding his personal prejudices; what are DOC and the lawyers saying about all that? I can just see him, jerkin on his daisy, “they love me, they love me not” as he goes thru the items line by line.

    And why isn’t there any coverage of this issue, main stream or blog?

  4. mick

    “Pot bust,Dirty Coal give away, Medicine Cabinet PSA,Bollock” is no better than a Chelada.




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