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by jhwygirl Earlier this month, Governor Schweitzer held a VETO branding party on the back lawn of the Capitol and with a bevvy of cameras and reporters even Justin Beiber might be jealous of, announced the following before putting the hot iron to 7 bills in front of a roaring crowd: “These bills are either […]

Open Letter to Governor Schweitzer regarding SB423, Medical Marijuana Policy Courtesy of a Keystone Cop Process A guest post by Kate Cholewa of Dear Governor Schweitzer, I know you have many issues on your plate and a record number of idiotic bills coming to your desk. I hope you have a moment to consider the process […]

by lizard There is a very interesting feature piece in this week’s Missoula Independent about the cautious return of medical marijuana businesses. The article looks at the new players, describes the court injunction against the more absurd parts of SB 423, and includes some cautionary concern from an old player, Chris Lindsey, who is still […]

by lizard While Israel was doing this: The UN has been dragged unwillingly into the war between Israel and Hamas after six of its schools were hit in two weeks and weapons caches found in three, violating the organisation’s neutrality. The attacks on UN schools sheltering people fleeing bombardment have reverberated around the world, with […]

by lizard Cherrie Brady, Laura Lee and Susan Smith have some important things to say about Obama’s reckless marijuana comments, but first they want you to know how effective their crusade was in Montana against medical cannabis: Safe Community Safe Kids was formed by a group of parents out of concern for the unbridled spread […]

by lizard Brian Schweitzer has good populist instincts for a politician, something on full display in a recent interview with Slate’s David Weigel, an interview where Brian Schweitzer says he doesn’t trust politicians. Agreed, Brian. If it wasn’t for the distrust, I’d say there’s some good stuff in this interview. There’s also some tells about […]

by lizard 932,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force in October. That is the third highest increase in people falling out of the labor force in US history. In a totally unrelated story, New York’s Fed Chief stated that big banks apparently have no respect for law: The head of the Federal Reserve Bank […]

by lizard When it comes to zombies, we apparently can’t get enough. But it’s more than that. I like this snippet from a Missoula Indy review of World War Z, by Molly Laich: The scholarship on our fixation with zombies has been done: It’s a comment on rabid consumerism or our apocalyptic anxieties in light […]

by lizard Advocates for free markets and limited government seem to turn politically schizophrenic when it comes to cannabis prohibition in Montana. A majority of Montanans appeared to let fear and ignorance motivate their vote for I-124, which keeps in place the stupid, reactionary legislative disaster known as SB 423 from last years legislative session. […]

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by lizard In a discussion from my Case Against Blind Support for Israel post, The Polish Wolf makes some comments that deserve some closer inspection. I’ll include his first comment in full, since it starts out with some praise that is appreciated, especially from someone I’ve had a few passionate disagreements with. One of your […]

by lizard from wikipedia: Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[2]. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President […]

by jhwygirl Let me clarify that I mean Missoulians and Bozemanites are slacking, but not for lack of signature gatherers. People – you need to stop and sign these petitions (the eminent domain one too) when you see them! Just about every b’birder here took the legislature to task on SB423 this past session – […]

by jhwygirl Dear Montana Legislators that voted for SB423: You should be utterly embarassed by the court’s assessment of your ability to grasp the very documents you were sworn to uphold when you swore your oath of office. I’m talking about the U.S. Constitution and the Montana Constitution. Frankly – this bodes quite well for […]

by problembear thanks judge.  that third branch of government finally brings some sense into the moronic marijuana wars in this state by smacking down several key provisions of the poorly written law passed by idiots in our last legislature. judge reynolds recognizes the reality of providing for those patients suffering from the effects of chemotherapy […]

by jhwygirl ‘Cause I’d find that real funny. Especially given that they titled the thing “An Act Establishing the Montana Marijuana Act” when it established nothing and instead destroyed the 2004 citizen’s initiative that brought medical marijuana to Montana. Medical marijuana advocates have sued the state, challenging the new law as unconstitutional and without merit […]

By CFS Since the Republicans showed their true communist colors and adopted the slogan “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” with the passage of SB 423 ridding the fledgling medical marijuana industry of the profit motive patients will inevitably suffer and the black market will invariably fill the void […]

by problembear @Kpaxnews just tweeted this…Gov. Schweitzer saying he’ll let the medical marijuana bill become law without his signature. Hear what he says next at 530 on KPAX in an obvious move which is designed to get the GOP in trouble for the 2012 election cycle, brian has decided to allow SB 423 to become […]

By CFS In the current edition of the Missoula Independent the local paper takes aim at Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier over his Social Host Ordinance  and many of the policy positions he has taken in his six years in office.  Three times in the article – once in the headline, once in a quote, and […]

by lizard The will of the voter? So 7 years ago, they say, as SB423 sputters tonight, leaving repeal the only actionable option left. So after NO action in 2005, 2007, and 2009, the fear-mongering reactionaries in Helena are going to try to kill the will of the voters, spit in the faces of patients […]

by lizard In my earlier post about how the sun never sets on our ability to fuck shit up, I looked at the embarrassment of the diplomat CIA agent Raymond Davis getting arrested for killing two motorcyclists in Lahore, Pakistan. As Davis’ case moves forward, another name has been thrown into the mix: Aafia Siddiqui. […]

by jhwygirl On behalf of all b’birders, I want to thank everyone that took the time to vote 4&20 blackbirds Best Local Blog in the Missoula Independent’s 16th annual Best of Missoula. Left in the West got the silver, with NewWest bringing in the bronze. That’s some pretty impressive company. Speaking for me, at least, […]

Senator Tester then: ‘take “too big to fail” out of the equation’ Senator Tester now: “Nay” on Brown-Kaufman “too big to fail” amendment By JC Well, it was only a matter of time before our junior senator got all caught up in his double-speak. Despite being sent to Washington as a populist alternative to the […]

by Pete Talbot Hey! Since corporations can now give unlimited amounts to federal campaigns, why not allow political parties the same latitude? At least that’s the Republican Party’s take on the recent Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Special interests don’t have enough influence in national elections and policy, the GOP’s thinking goes. Now, […]

by jhwygirl Actually, the money arrived at the end of November, but I’ve been waiting to see if there would be any discussion on what the county was going to do with it. Apparently, the County Commissioners have stashed it away without much adieu. PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) payments from the Department of […]

by problembear thank a vet. it’s because of the dedication of these guys that we can freely argue our politics, win and lose elections and enjoy our freedoms.

by jhwygirl A landmark decision brings hope that Montana’s last surviving prehistoric fish, cut off by the receding of the glaciers, may survive. A most excellent piece of journalism from the Flathead Beacon. Make sure to check out that picture. The Missoula Humane Society is sponsoring its first annual “Missoula Dog Style” show beginning at […]

by Jason Wiener Public policy geeks across the city of Missoula thrilled to the news that Module One of the Missoula Zoning & Subdivision Update was released today. (Accompanying maps are available on the same site — — which serves as a clearinghouse for information about the overall effort.) Module One is the first […]

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