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  • A Gun Activist Takes Aim at U.S. Regulatory Power

    07/14/2011 4:41:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 14 July, 2011 | JESS BRAVIN
    MISSOULA, Mont.—With a homemade .22-caliber rifle he calls the Montana Buckaroo, Gary Marbut dreams of taking down the federal regulatory state. He's not planning to fire his gun. Instead, he wants to sell it, free from federal laws requiring him to record transactions, pay license fees and open his business to government inspectors. For years, Mr. Marbut argued that a wide range of federal laws, not just gun regulations, should be invalid because they were based on an erroneous interpretation of Congress's constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce. In his corner were a handful of conservative lawyers and academics. Now,...
  • Feds won't give assurance on medical pot

    07/01/2011 4:11:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    AP ^ | July 01, 2011 | BETH DeFALCO
    The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws... Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution. Starting in February, 10 U.S. attorney's offices have asserted they have the authority to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws. Prosecutors, the states complained, are not even willing to declare that state employees who implement such laws are immune from prosecution.
  • Elk Foundation makes move in wolf legal case

    06/26/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KPAX News ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | Mark Holyoak
    MISSOULA- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a note it plans to appeal any decision that adversely affects a state's right to manage fully recovered wolf populations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is expected to decide whether Congress acted within Constitutional bounds when it delisted wolves in parts of the West. "We are protecting our right to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any decision that results in another setback for conservation and science-based wildlife management," said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. An unfavorable ruling may stop wolf hunts planned for this fall in both Montana...
  • Montana wheat crops hit with fungal diseases

    06/20/2011 4:56:13 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | Saturday, June 18, 2011 6:30 pm
    HAVRE — Wet weather has left wheat crops in north-central Montana vulnerable to fungal diseases, officials say. Hill County Extension Agent Joe Broesder said the main battle is with stripe rust fungal infection, but tan spot and powdery mildew are also prevalent. "If the weather would straighten out, it would help with the others," Broesder said told the Havre Daily News. Arleen Rice of Taylor Aviation said the company has had to bring in more planes for aerial spraying. "You can walk out in the fields right now and the bottom of your boots turn red," she said. "We have...
  • Montana Supreme Court denies climate-change lawsuit

    06/16/2011 5:41:32 PM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies ^ | June 16, 2011 | Matthew Brown
    BILLINGS - The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a petition filed by attorneys seeking state regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Siding with Attorney General Steve Bullock, justices wrote in their order that the case raised too many questions about Montana's contribution to a global problem. "The court is ill-equipped to resolve the factual assertions presented by the petitioners," justices wrote
  • Armed and extremely dangerous' ex-militia leader hunted after Mont. Shootout

    06/14/2011 1:43:04 PM PDT · by Teotwawki · 134 replies ^ | June 14, 2011 | Associated Press, Reuters, NBC News and staff
    Federal and state agents are searching a 30-square-mile swath of rugged Montana forest for a former militia leader following a shootout with sheriff's deputies, authorities said.
  • Undersheriff: Montana Manhunt Target a Survivalist

    06/14/2011 5:57:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 75 replies
    MISSOULA, Mont. – Authorities searching a 30-square-mile swath of rugged Montana forest for a former militia leader and survivalist say the man was prepared for his shootout with sheriff's deputies and left several caches of food in the area.
  • Wolves Kill Prized Quarter Horse in Darby, Montana

    06/03/2011 8:41:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Black Bear Blog ^ | May 30, 2011 | Tom Remington
    What began nearly 20 years ago as denial of the many bad things that would happen in the Greater Yellowstone area if gray wolves were brought in from Canada, continues to this day. It was predicted that the wolves would kill off their prey base and that is happening. Information was presented to Ed Bangs, USFWS head of wolf reintroduction that wolves carry more than 30 different infectious diseases, some harmful and/or deadly to humans, and that was ignored. Disease is now becoming a common occurrence across the Northern Rockies where wolves are prolific. The same deaf, dumb and blind...
  • Schweitzer continues veto spree with 15 more(MT,Constitutional Carry)

    05/11/2011 4:53:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 10 May, 2011 | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) Gov. Brian Schweitzer has vetoed a gun-rights bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit in Montana cities.
  • Bills on the Governor’s desk(MT Constitutional Carry)

    04/30/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MSSA ^ | 30 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    There are three MSSA bills on Governor Brian Schweitzer’s desk. The Governor needs messages asking him to sign these bills. You can phone messages to the Governor’s office at 444-3111, or you can email the Governor at: I doubt that the Governor’s staff are actually reading the text of emails, so be sure to put what you want in the Subject line, such as “Please sign HB XX.” Here are the bills. HB 159, to prevent FWP from regulating ammunition. We asked for this bill because of FWP’s ill-conceived proposal last year to ban lead shot for upland game...
  • Missouri elk are being reintroduced in the wrong part of the state, MU anthropologist says (& more)

    04/28/2011 1:12:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies
    University of Missouri-Columbia ^ | April 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Conservationists should consult prehistoric record to help make best decisions for animals and environmentAccording to prehistoric records, elk roamed the northwestern part of Missouri until 1865. Now, the Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to reintroduce elk, but this time in the southeast part of the state. While a University of Missouri anthropologist believes the reintroduction is good for elk, tourism and the economy, he said the effort may have unintended negative consequences that are difficult to predict. R. Lee Lyman, the chair of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Science, has studied the history of mammals, conservation biology...
  • Montana judge rejects gay couple rights suit

    04/21/2011 7:43:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2011 | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of the gay couples, arguing that the guarantees in the Montana Constitution of equal protection, privacy and dignity should require the state to afford the legal rights to the gay couples. The ACLU said it...
  • Acting As Tea Party Members, Democrats Post Racists Fliers Around Butte County

    04/16/2011 10:02:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 55 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/16/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Acting as if they are Tea Party members of Butte County, Democrats have been going around posting fliers with racists images on them.  It seems that those who are comfortable with national unemployment at double digits, Chico unemployment at 12.3%, unemployment for 18 & 19-year old's above 25%, inflation nearing double digit annually, and $5 gasoline prices that have made most families cancel summer vacation plans, are so afraid of the Tea Party that they want to disrupt it's rally being held in Chico's Downtown Plaza on Monday April 18th. It's the same old tactics being used by the...
  • The House GOP Reunites [with knives out for Michele Bachmann]

    04/15/2011 4:38:14 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 44 replies
    NRO ^ | April 15, 2011 | NRO
    April 15, 2011 6:00 P.M. The House GOP Reunites After a contentious week, Republicans band together to pass the Ryan budget. Republicans finished out a rough week with a critical display of party unity on Friday afternoon. House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal — to cut $5.8 trillion from the deficit over the next decade and boldly reform Medicare and Medicaid — was passed with near conference-wide support. The final tally was 253–193 in favor of adoption, with every Democrat in opposition, but only four Republicans: Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Texas), Denny Rehberg (Mont.), and freshman...
  • Budget bill includes delisting of wolves (ID & MT)

    04/10/2011 10:25:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | April 9, 2011 | Matthew Brown AP
    Gray wolves in Montana and Idaho would be taken off the endangered list under the budget bill pending before Congress, two Western lawmakers said. Inclusion of the language to lift protections for wolves was confirmed by the offices of Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson on Saturday. "It's high time for a predictable, practical law that finally delists Montana's wolves and returns their management to our state — for the sake of our wildlife, our livestock, and for the jobs that rely on them," Tester said in a statement.
  • Coming Up: A Senate Vote On Obamacare

    04/09/2011 9:43:39 AM PDT · by Confab · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/9/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the more intriguing parts of the budget deal announced late last night was a commitment from Harry Reid to allow two floor votes on Republican legislative priorities, both of which would never have otherwise seen in the Senate chamber before 2013. The first is the effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a rider that got stripped out of last night’s final compromise, which would have an uncertain future in the Senate anyway. The second, though, holds a great deal more promise, and a great deal of political risk for Democrats: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed to remove the...
  • Update from Helenaf(MT)

    04/01/2011 7:59:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got back from Helena. I appeared before the House Taxations Committee this morning at 8 AM in support of SB 371, MSSA’s bill to encourage the production of powder, primers and brass in Montana. I asked the Committee to restore two of the three incentives stripped out by the Senate Taxation Committee, the tax breaks and the liability protection. I’m betting that the Committee WILL restore these needed incentives, and that the House will approve SB 371 in that form. Then the trick will be to get the Senate to go along with House amendments. I’ll let you...
  • Montana Rep. Says DUI Laws Are 'Destroying a Way of Life'

    There are victims of drunken driving. And, according to one Montana legislator, there are victims of drunken driving laws. While speaking out against a proposed bill that would make DUI laws more strict for repeat offenders, state Rep. Alan Hale, R–Basin, said drunken driving regulations hurt local businesses and are "destroying a way of life."
  • Montana, where real America still lives

    03/27/2011 8:30:55 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 25 replies ^ | March 27, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    Montana, America’s last best place, is looking to legislate three very common sense initiatives that point the entire country in the right direction. With its Democratic Governor and two Democratic U.S. Senators, Montana’s Republican legislature plans to introduce a broad state nullification act that will block any federal law considered by Montanans to be unconstitutional. House Bill No. 382 sponsored by Rep. Derek Skees is titled “An act prohibiting infringement of the state of Montana’s constitutional right to nullification of any federal statute, mandate, or executive order considered unconstitutional by the state.” The bill even provides for a retroactive date...
  • Tester in Trouble in 2012 Senate Race

    03/22/2011 8:31:15 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 2 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/22/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Despite the next election being over a year away, new polling has come out that should give Tester some pause. Coming off of last year's wave, the Democratic Party has seen its luck go south in the state. Against current Congressman Denny Rehberg, Tester is in trouble. Tester (D): 46% Rehberg (R): 45% Other/und: 9% Tester comes below the important 50% threshold for incumbents. Rehberg is the state's only representative and is relatively popular. Add to that the fact that Montanans don't like government interference or profligate spending, and we're likely to have an interesting 2012.
  • Firebomb Thrown at Elderly Woman at Pro-Life Prayer Event

    03/20/2011 7:37:32 PM PDT · by julieee · 23 replies ^ | march 20, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Firebomb Thrown at Elderly Woman at Pro-Life Prayer Event Kalispell, MT -- A homemade incendiary device was thrown at one of the participants of the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer vigil at an abortion business in Kalispell, Montana on Thursday night.
  • Firebomb Thrown at Elderly Woman at Pro-Life Prayer Event

    03/20/2011 7:37:19 PM PDT · by julieee · 7 replies · 6+ views ^ | march 20, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Firebomb Thrown at Elderly Woman at Pro-Life Prayer Event Kalispell, MT -- A homemade incendiary device was thrown at one of the participants of the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer vigil at an abortion business in Kalispell, Montana on Thursday night.
  • Ecumenical: Prayers for safety of people attending 40 for Life

    03/20/2011 5:58:45 PM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    Events reported by LifeSiteNews - Firebombing in Montana | 20-March-2011
    There is a need to pray for the safety of those attending the 40 Days for Life. These vigils have grown such that they are no longer here in the United States, but Canada as well. The 40 Days for Life campaign now spans as least 3 continents -- North and Central America, Europe, and Australia. On Day 12, there are reports of 101 babies saved. The forces of evil does not like this. So it is not surprising that there was a firebomb thrown at an elderly person in Montana at a 40 Days for Life location. There is...
  • Breaking: Firebomb thrown at elderly pro-life activist at 40 Days vigil

    03/18/2011 2:39:54 PM PDT · by topher · 64 replies
    Breaking: Firebomb thrown at elderly pro-life activist at 40 Days vigil by John Jalsevac Fri Mar 18 3:43 PM EST March 18, 2011 ( - A homemade “bomb” akin to a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an elderly pro-life activist during a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil yesterday, March 17. The attack took place at around 6:15 p.m., near the All Family Health Care abortion center in Kalispell, Montana, according to the Thomas More Society (TMS) According to Karen Trierweiler, coordinator of the 40 Days prayer vigils in Kalispell, the device was thrown at one of the vigil...
  • Deal reached to lift wolf protections in 2 states

    03/18/2011 12:49:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | March 18, 2011 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Facing mounting pressure from Congress, wildlife advocates and the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday reached an agreement to lift gray wolf protections in Montana and Idaho and allow hunting of the predators to resume. The settlement agreement - opposed by some environmentalists - is intended to resolve years of litigation that have shielded wolves in the Northern Rockies from hunting, even as the predator's population has sharply expanded.
  • Montana House Wrestles Control Of Greenhouse Gas Regulation Away From EPA

    02/28/2011 5:53:13 PM PST · by shield · 50 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center--South Texas ^ | 2/2011 | Steve Baysinger
    The Montana House of Representatives is taking control of greenhouse gas regulation from the federal government. By a vote of 67-33, Rep. Joe Read’s (R-Ronan) Bill-550, “An Act Prohibiting The State From Implementing Any Federal Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Program…,” passed the Montana House and is on its way to the Senate. The text of HB-550 follows:62nd Legislature HB0550.01 HOUSE BILL NO. 550 INTRODUCED BY J. READ A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: “AN ACT PROHIBITING THE STATE FROM IMPLEMENTING ANY FEDERAL GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATORY PROGRAM; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.” WHEREAS, the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the...
  • Anderson Cooper and the ‘Big Bad Birthers’

    02/27/2011 7:16:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Inter Lake ^ | February 27, 2011 | Frank Miele
    CNN’s Anderson Cooper may actually think he is a fair-minded journalist. But probably someone in a mental institution somewhere thinks he is Anderson Cooper. Which just goes to prove that thinking something, doesn’t make it so. The problem, however, isn’t what Anderson Cooper thinks about himself, but that other people actually take him seriously as a journalist and opinion maker, too. I know, it’s hard to believe. After all, Cooper is the guy who popularized calling Tea Party protesters “Teabaggers” even though he knew it was a derogatory term that referred to a sex act popular among homosexuals. He had...
  • Former Montana sheriff Dick Britzman,believes Tea Party members are sex offenders

    02/27/2011 2:06:01 AM PST · by Hypo2 · 27 replies
    "Like I said- the only ones that thrive from this radical right extremist/gun law extremist/skinhead-neonazi extremist legislation is the criminals-- which in MT looks to be the sex offenders ( I always wondered about those skinheads that form the radical core of the new MT Teabagger movement-- AC/DC or multi pronged)" Notice this guy's www link "Dick has retired from being the Sheriff of Valley County and devotes his time to the ranch"
  • Communists Backing Wisconsin Solidarity Protests

    02/23/2011 4:23:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    New Zeal ^ | February 23, 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    The Communist Party USA is promoting widespread protests across the United States in support of leftist and labor protesters in Wisconsin. Reports Ohio Communist Party leader Rick Nagin reported from Columbus; Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the state AFL-CIO and its affiliates have called for a massive turnout for a rally Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbus to protest a Republican bill to repeal collective bargaining for public employees. In robocalls and emails sent throughout the state, Strickland said "the fate of Ohio's middle class is on the line" and urged people "to join with the thousands who will gather...
  • Montana's governor encourages ranchers to kill wolves

    02/16/2011 9:13:32 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 103 replies
    LaLa Times ^ | Feb 6, 2011 | Staff
    BILLINGS, Mont. — Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock -- even in areas where that is not currently allowed -- and said the state would start shooting packs that hurt elk herds.Schweitzer told the Associated Press he no longer would wait for federal officials to resolve the tangle of lawsuits over wolves, which has kept the animals on the endangered species list for a decade since recovery goals were first met."We will take action in Montana on our own," he said. "We've had it...
  • Schweitzer says Montana will defy feds, kill wolves that prey on elk, livestock

    02/17/2011 2:41:35 PM PST · by roamer_1 · 48 replies ^ | February 17, 2011 | MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    BILLINGS - Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock - even in areas where that is not currently allowed - and said the state will start shooting packs that hurt elk herds. Schweitzer said he no longer would wait for federal officials to resolve the tangle of lawsuits over wolves, which has kept the animals on the endangered species list for a decade since recovery goals were first met. "We will take action in Montana on our own," he said. "We've had it with Washington,...
  • Threat in Montana forces evacuation of Amtrak train bound for Oregon

    02/16/2011 9:33:29 AM PST · by epithermal · 34 replies
    Oregonian ^ | February 15, 2011 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. -- An unruly passenger who was removed from an Amtrak train later made a threat that led to the train’s evacuation, an Amtrak official said Tuesday. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Hussein Abdi Hassan, 24, was removed from the train in Browning shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday. While being interviewed by authorities, the Minnesota man “somehow threatened the safety of the train," he said. Nothing dangerous was found. The train was stopped between Browning and East Glacier. Passengers were taken to a middle school in Browning, where they were set up with sleeping bags and air mattresses.
  • Montana legislator proposes well regulated militia; CSGV shrieks 'Insurrection!'

    02/10/2011 3:47:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    St Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 February, 2011 | Kurt Hoffman
    The forcible citizen disarmament lobby has, for the last couple decades, argued that the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment is a "collective" right, rather than a right of individuals. The argument goes something like, "Because the text of the Second Amendment begins with a statement of the necessity of a well regulated militia, 'right of the people' doesn't really mean . . . 'right of the people,'" or something like that. That, anyway, is how the argument goes when they don't decide to simply edit the "of the people" part entirely out of the amendment. That interpretation was discredited...
  • 2 more glaciers gone from Glacier National Park

    04/07/2010 4:44:21 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 73 replies · 1,351+ views
    Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, a government researcher said Wednesday. Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre said, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He warned many of the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade. "It's continual," Fagre said. "When we're measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home the glacier is already smaller than what...
  • Republican Daines now running for soon-to-be open House seat

    02/03/2011 4:09:59 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 14 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | February 3, 2011 | Charles S. Johnson
    HELENA — Bozeman business executive and Republican Steve Daines, seeking to avoid a divisive U.S. Senate primary against U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg next year, left that race Thursday and said he'll run instead for the House being vacated by Rehberg in 2012. Daines' decision clears the way for an uncontested primary for Rehberg, a six-term congressman, in the 2012 Senate race for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. Republican sources have said Rehberg plans to announce Saturday night his bid against Tester, who has said already that he's running for a second term. "By me running for...
  • Proposed bill calls presidential birth records into question (Montana)

    02/02/2011 8:03:21 PM PST · by pissant · 23 replies · 1+ views
    KBZK ^ | 2/2/11 | staff
    Montana could be one of a handful of states to join in a movement calling for presidential candidates to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship. MT State Representative Bob Wagner (R-Harrison) is carrying a bill that would require presidential candidates and congressional candidates to file copies of their birth certificates with the Montana Secretary of State. The issue has been in the spotlight in recent years as controversy has swirled around the birth certificate of President Obama. Wagner says his bill protects and defends the Constitution of the United States. "I don't know if the document exists or not. I...
  • McConnell's Repeal Vote Rallies the Base

    02/01/2011 12:59:30 PM PST · by thesearethetimes... · 62 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb.1 2011 | Chris Good
    Mitch McConnell has struck while the iron is hot. One day after federal District Judge Rodger Vinson ruled that the entire Democratic health care law is unconstitutional, McConnell told his GOP colleagues that he will force a vote on repealing it, bringing it up as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill
  • Missoula Children’s Theater: Inserting line was unprofessional ( liberals attacking Sarah Palin )

    01/28/2011 4:37:04 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    Missoulian ^ | January 28, 2011 | Rory Page
    "The Mikado" ... comments made in such a cavalier and oh-so-humorous way were uncalled for. Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because "no one would miss her" but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this "uncivil tone" about another human being. We are in the midst of a crisis that took place in Tucson ...and we have to hear...
  • Montana Bill to Require Candidates for Federal Office to Submit Birth Certificate

    01/24/2011 5:19:00 PM PST · by Qbert · 46 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | 1/12/2011 | Richard Winger, Editor
    Montana State Representative Bob Wagner (R-Madison County) has introduced HB 205. It requires candidates for President and Congress to submit a birth certificate or other proof of birth, when they file paperwork to appear on either a primary ballot, or a general election ballot, or even to file as a declared write-in candidate. The only loophole in the bill, for presidential candidates, is that someone who didn’t run in a presidential primary in Montana, but who is nominated by a ballot-qualified party, need not file the documents to appear on the ballot in November. Members of Congress need not have...
  • Local Swiss bank probed [Cayman Islands]

    09/20/2009 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 613+ views
    Cayman Net News ^ | September 18, 2009 | Kerry Harvey
    A Swiss bank that used its Cayman Islands’ branch to engage in what a US federal judge has branded “predatory lending practices” is being investigated by the US authorities. Senior officials of Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, are facing claims that they pocketed millions of dollars by dishing out loans that were impossible to repay. On Tuesday, 15 September, 31 of the bank’s officials received subpoenas demanding that they hand over internal documents that explain why they loaned $375 million to the now bankrupt Yellowstone Club in 2005. The Yellowstone Club, founded by American tycoon Tim Blixseth, was once...
  • new proposal would hit feds with charges

    01/13/2011 9:35:56 AM PST · by Cowman · 20 replies
    WND ^ | January 12, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    A new legislative proposal would declare that the state's local county sheriffs are the pre-eminent law enforcement authority in their jurisdictions, and federal agents such as those working for the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and others, would be required to get permission from them before they could take any action. The proposal, Senate Bill 114, is called "An act regulating arrests, searches, and seizures by federal employees; providing that federal employees must obtain the county sheriff's permission to arrest, search, and seize; providing exceptions; providing for...
  • Montana GOP lawmakers target Obamacare (bill would require AG to join Florida lawsuit)

    01/10/2011 8:40:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    KTVQ ^ | 1/07/11 | Marnee Banks
    Montana GOP lawmakers target Obamacareby Marnee Banks Updated: Jan 7, 2011 9:37 PM HELENA - Republicans are wasting little time in trying to get rid of the federal health reform bill. This upcoming week, Republican Senator Jason Priest of Red Lodge is bringing forth a bill which would force Montana to challenge the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His bill would require Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock to join a Florida lawsuit stating that federal health reform is unconstitutional. **SNIP** Senator Priest says the cost of joining the lawsuit would be at maximum $1,200. He says...
  • Montana secretary of state [hand-picked by Soros' SoS Project] pushes for mail ballots

    01/06/2011 4:01:51 PM PST · by matt1234 · 16 replies ^ | January 5, 2011 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON
    HELENA - Montana lawmakers will be asked to approve a bill with bipartisan support that would set up vote-by-mail elections for all federal, state and local elections in Montana in 2012, Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said Wednesday. "Vote-by-mail elections increase voter participation, enhance voter protection and save taxpayer money," said McCulloch, a Democrat and the state's chief election officer. --SNIP-- Besides McCulloch, others on the working group were representatives of the Montana League of Rural Voters, Montana Disability Rights, Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders, Forward Montana, Montana Women Vote and Montana's sovereign Indian nations. Election...
  • Lawmakers seek cash during key votes

    12/26/2010 2:39:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2010 | Carol D. Leonning , T.W. Farnam
    Numerous times this year, members of Congress have held fundraisers and collected big checks while they are taking critical steps to write new laws, despite warnings that such actions could create ethics problems. The campaign donations often came from contributors with major stakes riding on the lawmakers' actions. ....Earlier this month, the chairman of the Senate committee overseeing tax policy, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), gave himself a birthday-party fundraiser - on the same day that the chamber took its first vote on an $858 billion tax package that would provide breaks to wealthy citizens and business interests. ....Over the course...
  • Poll of eight states: Romney trails other major presidential contenders among conservatives

    12/20/2010 5:50:43 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 49 replies · 8+ views
    We’ve polled eight states, not including Massachusetts, since the 2010 election ended. Romney has the lowest favorability rating of the Republican top 4 with conservatives in every single one of those states except Michigan, where he probably benefits from his dad having been the Governor. And it’s not like Romney is just slightly less well liked than the others with conservatives- it’s a large gap, particularly when you compare him with Palin or Huckabee. Romney’s average favorability is 58%. Gingrich is next worst at 64%, followed by Huckabee at 73%, and Palin does best at 77%… And because conservatives make...
  • Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’

    12/20/2010 11:45:22 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | Gwen Florio
    A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week. Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt. They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel. No,...
  • Rehberg Takes Aim At New ATF Firearm Sales Reporting Rules

    12/17/2010 3:05:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies ^ | December 17, 2010 | Rep. Denny Rehberg
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement critical of a proposed “emergency rule” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to require federally licensed firearms retailers to report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles. The proposed rule was included in today’s Federal Register and specifically calls for firearm retailers to report multiple sales, or other dispositions, of two or more .22 caliber or larger semi-automatic rifles that are capable of accepting a detachable magazine and are purchased by the same individual within five consecutive business days. “While we’ve managed to stop gun control...
  • Montana Honor Student Faces Expulsion for Leaving Hunting Rifle in Car While at School

    12/10/2010 12:37:12 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 54 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 9, 2010
    On the morning of Dec. 1, Demari DeReu drove to Columbia Falls High School in Montana. The honor roll student, class treasurer, and varsity cheerleader walked in to school, forgetting entirely about the UNLOADED hunting rifle LOCKED IN THE TRUNK of her car. Later that day, there was an announcement telling students contraband sniffing dogs were scouting the parking lot, sparking her memory. She immediately told administrators that she'd forgotten to remove her hunting rifle from the trunk following a Thanksgiving family hunting excursion. She was suspended from school for violating federal and state gun laws. The school board will...
  • Daines campaigns for Senate in Havre (Montana)

    12/12/2010 10:07:12 AM PST · by Baynative · 17 replies
    Havre Daily News ^ | 12/10/10 | Tim Leeds
    Daines, a vice president and general manager of the Bozeman computer software company RightNow Technologies, said Montana’s Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are not representing the state...~snip~ “I will stand with the people of Montana. I will not stand with Obama. ” Daines said.  The nation is dealing with a deficit, a debt, that is a hole that has to be plugged, he said.  “That’s why I’m in this race. I’m not a career politician …, ” he said. “It’s time we sent people back to Washington who really understand math and budgets. …  He...
  • Honor Student Faces Expulsion

    12/10/2010 8:23:37 PM PST · by sixfire · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | dec 9th | Jana Winter
    "On the morning of Dec.1, Demari DeReu drove to Columbia Falls High School in Montana and parked her blue-green Honda Accord in the lot, just as she does every morning. The 16-year-old honor roll student, class treasurer and varsity cheerleader walked in to school, forgetting entirely about the unloaded hunting rifle locked in the trunk of her car." Read more: