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  • Daines, Gillan stake out leads in Montana's U.S. House primary races

    06/05/2012 11:23:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Missoulan ^ | June 5, 2012 | Mike Dennison
    Bozeman business executive Steve Daines won the Republican primary Tuesday night in the race for Montana’s open U.S. House seat, while state Sen. Kim Gillan of Billings staked out a solid lead in the seven-person field in the Democratic primary. With more than half the precincts partially reporting, Daines led the three-way Republican primary with 71.5 percent of the vote, beating out Eric Brosten of Helena, who had 18 percent, and Vincent Melkus of Hardin, who had 10 percent. Gillan led the Democratic primary with 31 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, followed by state Rep. Franke Wilmer...
  • Media Trackers Uncovers Massive Ballot Irregularities in Montana

    05/20/2012 8:45:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    RedState ^ | 05/17/2012 | Sean Davis
    In at least two counties in Montana, the home of a competitive U.S. Senate race that could tip the balance of power in the upper chamber, massive mail-in absentee ballot irregularities have been uncovered by Media Trackers Montana, a non-partisan investigative research organization with operations in five states across the country.  In Broadwater county alone, where Sen. Jon Tester received only 35 percent of the vote in the 2006 general election, up to 600 erroneous mail-in ballots have been reported. Over a dozen Billings-area voters have complained that they received incorrect ballots.  Yellowstone county officials have also reported numerous complaints...
  • 'Existential threat' to Western U.S. states (FedGov wants water rights)

    05/15/2012 7:45:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 14, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The Obama administration has launched a new battle over water rights that threatens not only the the economies of arid Western states, which largely voted against him in the 2008 election, but their very existence. WND reported last month that the federal government was creating obstacles for Tombstone, Ariz., to restore its water supplies following last year’s forest fire and monsoon-triggered floods in the nearby mountains. The federal government said crews could not use machinery to rebuild pipelines and spring-water collection systems. Now, a letter contradicting longstanding federal practice asserts a claim to water in arid Western states, such as...
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 53%, Tester (D) 43%

    05/03/2012 4:05:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 3, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg holds his largest lead yet over Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montana’s U.S. Senate race. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Rehberg ahead of Tester 53% to 43%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and another two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on Senate

    05/01/2012 2:33:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/01/12 | Alexander Bolton
    GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on SenateBy Alexander Bolton - 05/01/12 05:00 AM ET Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds. The disparity in advertising firepower threatens Democratic control of the Senate and could have an impact on the presidential race as well. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a first-term Democrat from Ohio, has been the primary target of outside groups, which have outspent his allies by a ratio of 10-1 this election cycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS and 60Plus Association have funded the bulk of...
  • Tester leads MT-Sen, GOP ahead in House race

    05/01/2012 4:52:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    PPP's first three polls on the Montana Senate race found the same thing every time: a 2 point lead for Denny Rehberg. Over the last six months though there's been a shift and Jon Tester now leads Rehberg by a 48-43 margin. Tester's moved into the lead because of shifts with Democrats and independents. What was an 86-10 lead with Democrats is now 90-7. He's been able to consolidate his base some. And although he already led independents by a 46-41 margin he's pushed that advantage up further to 48-36. Montanans are closely divided in their feelings about Tester with...
  • Morning Joe Lets Schweitzer Skate on Polygamy Swipe At Romney

    04/26/2012 6:35:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There could be only one good reason to have Dem Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on Morning Joe: to grill him on his ugly anti-Mormon swipe at Mitt Romney. Schweitzer recently said that Romney would have trouble attracting women voters because "his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico." So naturally I waited for Mika Brzezinksi, Mark Halperin, Cokie Roberts--anyone!--to raise the question of Schweitzer's slur. And waited. It never came. View the video here.
  • Tester’s Bounty - Montana Dem tops in K Street Cash

    04/13/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    The lobbying industry’s favorite senator has turned Big Bank protections into a flood of campaign cash. Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) received nearly $300,000 from lobbyists in 2012, making him the top recipient of K Street dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Tester has denied the fact on multiple occasions, saying it is “not true.” But a Washington Free Beacon review of campaign contributions reveals that Tester leads all Senators in lobbying cash. He is also flush in contributions from Wall Street firms and big banks, ranking second in the Senate for commercial bank donations, third for credit...
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 47%, Tester (D) 44%

    04/03/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 3, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg still maintains a very narrow advantage over Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montana’s closely contested U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Montana Voters shows Rehberg with 47% support to Tester’s 44%. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and three percent are undecided.
  • A look at defense law in Montana

    03/29/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    ktvq.com ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Drew Trafton
    BILLINGS- Even in Montana, more than 2,000 miles away from Florida, the controversial shooting death of 17-year- old Trayvon Martin is sparking debate via social media. Much of the debate is centered around the self defense law, popularly known as Castle Doctrine-- which allows a resident to protect their self and property, which is being touted as a justification for the shooting. Clearly, many of the details which will tell the full story of that tragic event have yet to be released. But as the debate rages on closer to home, it raises the question of what defense law states...
  • Obama’s Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms – Killing Farm Life

    03/21/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies
    gateway ^ | March 21, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm – an American tradition. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor. The Obama Administration’s rules are so strict they would...
  • Senate transportation bill funds more federal government land grabs

    03/19/2012 5:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    NetRightDaily.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 — quite a jump from the $323 million it...
  • Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco

    03/18/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as “tobacco manufacturers,” imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the...
  • Right To Bear Arms week observed in Montana

    03/10/2012 8:06:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    kxlh.com ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Evan Weborg
    The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and this week has been set aside to observe the Treasure State's second amendment rights. Helena Trap Club president Steve Noland says the second amendment is one of the foundations the state of Montana was built on. Noland says it is very important for people to stay active and to join organizations like the National Rifle Association as well as support their activities so that second amendment rights are preserved. Noland noted, "If you look at the history of the wars that we have been involved...
  • Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score

    03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers – which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a –2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state...
  • Northern Lights thrill Montanans

    03/07/2012 6:56:47 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    kxlh.com ^ | 7 Mar 2012 | David Sherman
    The Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - made an appearance in some parts of Montana on Tuesday night.Vikki Higginbotham shared these pictures that were taken about 20 miles north of Great Falls toward Fort Benton (scroll down for larger views).We also received reports of people seeing the Northern Lights in Babb, Browning, Harlem, and Hingham.Vikki also shared a link to SoftServeNews.com, which provides information about more viewing opportunities: SoftServeNews.com/Aurora.htmBe sure to look skyward on Wednesday night, as there is a pretty good chance that they will be visible again. The Geophysical Institute of the Universty of...
  • Northern Rockies wolf population rose in 2011

    03/07/2012 6:33:32 PM PST · by Domandred · 7 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/7/2012 | Matt Volz
    HELENA, MONT. — The wolf population in the Northern Rockies rose in 2011 despite the removal of federal protections and hunts held in Montana and Idaho, federal wildlife officials said Wednesday. The animal's numbers rose by more than 7 percent to 1,774 wolves, as state officials look for more ways to reduce the population under pressure from hunters and ranchers who blame the predators for livestock and big-game losses. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/03/07/2025566/northern-rockies-wolf-population.html#storylink=cpy
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 47%, Tester (D) 44%

    03/01/2012 3:34:34 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 23, 2012
    Democratic incumbent Jon Tester runs slightly behind his leading Republican challenger in his bid for reelection in Montana’s U.S. Senate race. A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg earning 47% support to Tester’s 44% in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at this contest. Four percent (4%) prefers some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.
  • Richard Cebull Says He Sent Racist Obama Email

    02/29/2012 7:44:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 55 replies · 7+ views
    Billing Gazette ^ | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Clair Johnson
    Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull apologized Wednesday for sending a racist email about President Obama from his office to a few friends. "To say it's inappropriate and stupid is an extreme understatement," Cebull said Wednesday afternoon in his courthouse chambers in Billings. "There is no doubt it's racist. It wasn't forwarded for that purpose," Cebull said. "If anything, it was political." The judge admitted he forwarded the racially charged email he received to seven friends, including his brother, on Feb. 20 from his office computer. The email eventually was forwarded to the Great Falls Tribune, which published it Wednesday....
  • Saudi student accused of rape has fled the U.S.

    02/25/2012 5:40:01 PM PST · by notatard? · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Feb. 24, 2012 | Gwen Florio
    A man accused of raping one University of Montana student and assaulting another earlier this month was contacted repeatedly by UM Dean of Students Charles Couture before fleeing the country. After Couture informed the man – who was accompanied by his lawyer – that he was being accused of sexual assault under the university’s Student Code of Conduct, the man left the area, UM President Royce Engstrom said Friday. In fact, the man – a Saudi national studying at UM – has left the country, Missoula Mayor John Engen said police told him earlier Friday.
  • Montana's Democratic governor slams ‘jackasses’ in DC for Keystone delay

    02/24/2012 10:40:42 AM PST · by epithermal · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2012 | Ben Geman
    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is expressing frustration with the debate in Washington over the Keystone XL pipeline, which he strongly supports. “Ninety per cent of these jackasses that are complaining about the Keystone pipeline in Washington, D.C., one year ago wouldn't have even known where the Keystone was. While we were doing the heavy lifting here in Montana and in South Dakota and in Kansas and Oklahoma ... in Washington, D.C. ... all these great defenders had never heard of Keystone before,” Schweitzer said in an interview published Thursday.
  • Forest Service Fees Found Faulty by Courts

    02/21/2012 10:53:00 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    KREX News ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Matt Kroschel
    In a ruling that is binding in nine western states and sets a nationwide legal precedent; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously last week that the U.S. Forest Service's recreation fee programs must allow citizens to park at trail-heads and go for a hike without paying a fee. The case (Adams v. U. S. Forest Service) was brought in 2008 by four hikers who visit the Coronado National Forest around Mt. Lemmon, near Tucson. The San Francisco Appeals Court found the U. S. Forest Service at fault for charging parking fees to people who go for a hike...
  • High court blocks Mont. campaign money ruling

    02/17/2012 4:28:35 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012 6:58 PM EST | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court on Friday blocked a Montana court ruling upholding limits on corporate campaign spending. The state court ruling appears to be at odds with the high court's 2010 decision striking down a federal ban on those campaign expenditures. The justices put the Montana ruling on hold while they consider an appeal from corporations seeking to be free of spending limits. The state argues, and the Montana Supreme Court agreed, that political corruption gave rise to the century-old ban on corporate campaign spending. In the 2010 Citizens United case, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that independent spending by...
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • DEA inquiries into medical marijuana industry include legislators ( Montana )

    02/06/2012 10:34:15 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Missoulian ^ | January 30, 2012 | MICHAEL MOORE
    Diane Sands is used to having her name taken in vain. That's just part of being a liberal from Missoula in the Montana Legislature. But her name surfaced recently in a way that offended and troubled her at a profound level. A possible witness in a federal drug investigation was asked whether Sands might be part of a conspiracy to sell medical marijuana. The questions came from Drug Enforcement Administration agents from Billings who were investigating medical marijuana businesses, and Sands learned about the inquiry from the witness' attorney. "So now, if you're a state legislator who has been working...
  • Firearms Industry Booms In Montana

    01/17/2012 7:20:07 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 16 Jan 2012 | Katrin Frye
    Firearms manufacturers looking for a favorable, pro-gun political climate are moving to Montana. The Flathead Valley in the northwest corner of the state has had a steady gun manufacturing industry for decades, and it's now looking to expand. Despite 10 percent unemployment in the area, gun industry jobs have increased during the economic downturn. Manufacturers now say they can't find enough trained machinists for all the jobs they have to offer. From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. The firearms industry is booming in Montana. Throughout the economic downturn, the state's gun manufacturers have added jobs....
  • Farmers Sue (Democrat) Jon Corzine Over Missing Millions (Obama supporter and campaign financier)

    01/10/2012 4:26:11 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 2+ views
    abc ^ | 1/9/2012 | CINDY GALLI
    Montana farmers have filed a class action suit against former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, charging that the failed financial firm run by Corzine stole millions from their accounts to pay off its spiraling debts, and that Corzine's "single-minded obsession" with making MF Global a big player on Wall Street led to the firm's collapse. MF Global's clients included 38,000 wheat farmers, cattle ranchers and others who "hedged" their crop prices by placing millions in MF Global accounts. Those accounts were supposed to be "segregated and secure," according to the federal suit, meaning MF Global could not draw on those...
  • Court restores ban on corporate political money

    12/30/2011 6:07:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/30/11 | MATT GOURAS, Associated Press
    Helena, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Supreme Court is setting up a possible challenge to aspects of the high profile U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted political speech rights to corporations. The state court decided Friday to restore Montana's century-old ban on direct spending by corporations . . .
  • Gun owners pay top dollar for Polson woodworker's custom creations(MT)

    12/19/2011 4:43:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    billingsgazette.com ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Missoulian
    POLSON — It’s a highly specialized business, carving rifle and shotgun stocks out of blocks of walnut and maple and then custom-fitting them to each gun and gun owner. Kelly Clairmont said there are maybe 100 people in the United States who do it for a living. “And four of them are right here in Polson,” he said. And all four of them got their starts with Bob James, a longtime custom stock maker in Polson. The others eventually formed their own company, S&S Plus, while Clairmont in 2009 bought out James’ business, which is now called Montana Custom Guns,...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • OK it's time for some WW II trivia...

    12/07/2011 10:01:31 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 17 replies · 1+ views
    07 Dec 2011 | US Navy Vet
    Who was the ONLY Member of the US House of Reps to vote NO on WW I and II? And Why?
  • Gingrich leads GOP Presidential hopefuls in Montana (Newt-37, Paul-12, Romney-11)

    12/01/2011 6:48:54 AM PST · by TBBT · 3 replies
    ktvq ^ | 11/30/2011 | Jay Kohn
    BILLINGS - Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich holds a substantial lead in Montana according to a new poll of likely voters. The poll shows the former House Speaker leading Mitt Romney by over 25 points in Montana. The new survey from Public Policy Polling out of North Carolina, shows Gingrich favored by 37-percent of the likely voters surveyed in Montana. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is second with 12-percent, while Romney stands at just 11-percent. Michelle Bachmann is tied with Herman Cain with 10-percent, while RIck Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum all polled only single digits. Public Policy Polling says...
  • Aging sagebrush rebel keeps up fight against feds

    11/27/2011 10:26:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/27/11 | JOHN MILLER, Associated Press
    A 75-year-old lawyer who fought private property rights battles alongside Idaho U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth and her Nevada rancher husband Wayne Hage in the 1990s is still cultivating the Sagebrush Rebellion's roots. Fred Kelly Grant has been slowed by age and heart surgery, but he's in demand from counties — and tea partyers who attend his $150-per-person seminars — as conservative elements in the West's continue to clash with the federal government. California's Siskiyou County is paying Grant $10,000 to help block removal of four Klamath River dams. Montana and Idaho counties have enlisted him to trim hated wolf populations...
  • Montana Senate Race on Track to Be Among Cycle’s Most Expensive

    11/25/2011 7:04:09 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 24, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    Sen. Jon Tester (D) and his Republican opponent, Rep. Denny Rehberg, have been inundated with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of TV ads, including several just in the past month. The spending is emblematic of the state’s relatively inexpensive media markets and the race’s competitiveness and potential to swing the Senate majority. It also puts the Montana race on track to be among this cycle’s most expensive in terms of spending by outside interest groups. Sources in the state disagree on exactly how much has been spent against each candidate. According to a Republican-compiled breakdown of spending that was...
  • Rehberg Urges Obama Administration & Allies to Abandon Anti-Hunter Policies

    11/21/2011 6:33:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    The U.S. House of Representatives ^ | November 18, 2011 | Congressman Denny Rehberg
      Congressman Denny Rehberg meets with Montana State Bureau of Land Management Director Jamie Connell in his office to express his concerns about the draft policy.  Click herefor full-res image.  Image approved for re-printing or broadcast.  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management Secretary Bob Abbey asking them to revise a draft policy that empowers federal land managers to prohibit “recreational shooting” on public lands.  Yesterday, Rehberg voiced his concerns with this policy at a meeting with Jamie Connell, Montana State Director for the Bureau...
  • NRA endorsement up for grabs in Montana's Senate race

    11/21/2011 11:05:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 20 November, 2011 | Peter Sullivan
    The endorsement of a powerful gun-rights group is up for grabs in a key Senate race. The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) decision on whether to endorse Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) or Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (Mont.) could be the deciding factor in what is expected to be a close contest. Political analysts say that the winner of this election could determine which party will control the Senate in January of 2013. Tester and Rehberg have strong gun rights voting records. The NRA gives Tester an A grade and Rehberg an A+. A Montana State University-Billings poll released earlier...
  • NRA endorsement up for grabs in Montana's Senate race

    11/20/2011 3:47:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2011 | By Peter Sullivan
    The endorsement of a powerful gun-rights group is up for grabs in a key Senate race. The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) decision on whether to endorse Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) or Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (Mont.) could be the deciding factor in what is expected to be a close contest. Political analysts say that the winner of this election could determine which party will control the Senate in January of 2013.
  • Missoula day care owner loses bid for reclassification as low-risk sex offender

    11/15/2011 7:01:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 5 replies
    Missoulan ^ | 11/3/2011 | Gwen Florio
    A 72-year-old day care owner convicted of repeatedly assaulting a toddler in his care has lost his bid to be classified as a low-risk sex offender. The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from Albert Gaub, who with his wife formerly ran the Cuddles and More daycare center from their home in Missoula. Gaub pleaded guilty in 2010 to assaulting the girl, who was not quite 2 when the attacks began, over a period of 18 months. He was sentenced in January to 30 years in prison with 15 suspended, and later classified as a Level 2...
  • Brokaw Preaches Virtues Of Simple Life . . . For Others

    11/01/2011 8:16:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "We need to re-evaluate what is required in our lives, so that we have a sense of satisfaction. What really counts? One friend of mine has reduced it to this: you should get up in the morning and ask 'what do I need,' not just "what do I want?'" -- Tom Brokaw, Morning Joe 11-1-11. "Of course, one of the reasons I bought it was to be able to get away from the frantic life I lead and to have some privacy." -- Tom Brokaw, explaining his purchase of an interest in a 4,000-acre mountain retreat in Montana. Tom Brokaw:...
  • APNewsBreak: US northern border checks scaled back

    10/29/2011 2:39:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    ap ^ | Oct 29, 2011 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE- The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the U.S. interior, preventing agents from using what had long been an effective tool for tracking down people here illegally. ... The situation is similar in upstate New York... instead of checking buses or trains, agents have spent shifts sitting in their vehicles gazing out at Lake Erie and Lake Ontario..."They're already bored," the agent said. "You grab the paper every day and you go do the crossword."
  • Ski-slope Jesus to tumble?

    10/28/2011 7:30:51 AM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 28th, 2011 | Ellen Makkai
    Skiers and boarders beware: Ski areas are opening but the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) hopes to tumble one symbolic guardian from your sport's terrain. Anti-religionists aim to remove a statue of Jesus from near the top of Chair 2 at Montana's Whitefish Mountain Resort. Local Knights of Columbus erected the figure in the 1950s. Many members were World War II veterans wanting to replicate sculptures they saw while fighting in the European mountains. The U.S. Forest Service, cowed by false assertions that religious displays on public land are illegal, wants Jesus gone. And the FFRF intelligensia waves its misleading...
  • 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators in 2012

    10/24/2011 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Source: thewesternworld.com (http://is.gd/6hLSXp)
    1. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. 2. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. 3. Jon Tester, D-Mont. 4. Scott Brown, R-Mass. 5. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah 6. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. 7. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio 8. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. 9. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine 10. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
  • Drunk (unconscious & hurling) 11-Year-Old At Occupy Missoula, Adult Arrested

    10/21/2011 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NBC Montana ^ | 10/20/11 | Kevin Maki
    Drunk 11-Year-Old At Occupy Missoula, Adult ArrestedMISSOULA COUNTY By Kevin Maki UPDATED: 6:59 pm MDT October 20, 2011 MISSOULA, Mont. -- Missoula police say an 11-year-old boy turned up drunk on the courthouse lawn, from the Occupy Missoula encampment early Thursday morning. That's the group protesting corporate greed. Police say one of the camp's occupants bought the youngster alcohol. Twenty-seven year old John Skinner was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The police report said Skinner encountered the boy and a friend outside a downtown Missoula bar. Police say the friend asked Skinner to buy them alcohol. They...
  • UPDATE 1-Statoil to build US shale crude shipping capacity

    10/18/2011 9:13:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 17, 2011 | Selam Gebrekidan
    Norway's Statoil will build more crude shipping capacity in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana as part of its $4.4 billion bid for Austin-based Brigham Exploration a company executive said on Monday. The Norwegian state oil company said it would build more shipping capacity, with a focus on pipelines, but did not commit itself to any specific pipeline project. Analysts said that because of the deal's steep cost, the oil major will have to invest in infrastructure projects to recover some of its investment as it ramps up production. Statoil is looking to enter the Bakken and Three...
  • Tester takes Iran-linked company cash

    10/14/2011 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 14, 2011 | Conn Carroll
    Yesterday, at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., attacked U.S. companies that do business with Iran, singling out Koch Industries, despite the fact that Tester has taken money from companies that also did business with Iran. "Recently I heard that one of America's largest companies, Koch Industries, was in the business of supporting Iran through energy development. Um ... if they are doing there are probably others that are doing it," Tester said yesterday. Koch Industries issued the following statement in response to Tester's statement: Koch Industries voluntarily decided several years ago to stop sales to Iran,...
  • IER Identifies Coal Fired Power Plants Likely to Close as Result of EPA RegulationsCoal

    10/08/2011 3:45:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them… – Barack Obama speaking to San Francisco Chronicle, January 2008 The United States has the world’s largest coal resources. In fact we have 50 percent more coal than Russia, the country with the next largest reserves. But coal use in the United States is under assault. Before becoming President, Barak Obama promised to bankrupt coal companies. As President, he has tried various strategies to force Americans to use less coal. After failing to pass a national energy tax (cap-and-trade), the President vowed...
  • Hundreds of plants, animals in line for federal endangered species protection

    09/29/2011 8:43:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    ap ^ | September 29, 2011
    The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah's Ark - from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. ... With a Friday deadline to act on more than 700 pending cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has issued decisions advancing more than 500 species toward potential new protections under the Endangered Species Act... Patrick Parenteau, an environmental lawprofessor at the University of Vermont. "They are moving through this large...
  • Michigan Man Killed By Grizzly In Yellowstone

    08/29/2011 11:09:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 94 replies
    npr.org ^ | 29 August, 2011 | AP
    A grizzly bear killed a Michigan man whose body was found by hikers last week in Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday. The victim was identified Monday as John Wallace of Chassell, Mich.
  • Green Ideology Trumps Flood Control

    08/27/2011 2:57:21 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2011 | Joe Herring
    As late as April of 2011, the Water Management Chief for the Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, expressed an opinion in an e-mail to a concerned citizen that the mountain snow melt this year would "be nothing to write home about." This internal e-mail, among many others recently released through a Freedom of Information Act request by Gannett's Washington Bureau, exposes that assertion as a gross misstatement of known facts. The e-mails reveal that a cadre of hydrologists, engineers, and National Weather Service (NWS) officials had repeatedly warned the chief, Ms. Jody Farhat, beginning in January about the danger posed...
  • We'd Be Crazy To Turn Backs On Oil Sands

    08/27/2011 4:17:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 26, 2011 | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    When it comes to energy, America is lucky to be next to Canada, whose proven oil reserves are estimated by Oil and Gas Journal at 175 billion barrels. This ranks just behind Saudi Arabia (260 billion) and Venezuela (211 billion) and ahead of Iran (137 billion) and Iraq (115 billion). True, about 97% of Canada's reserves consist of Alberta's controversial oil sands, but new technologies and high oil prices have made them economically viable. Expanded production can provide the U.S. market with a source of secure oil for decades. We would be crazy to turn our back on this. In...