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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.