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Montana Blog Roundup February 19, 2011


In a week during which the Montana Legislature took its unique brandof governing by conspiracy theory to the national media, you may have missed some excellent posts on subjects other than President Obama’s place of birth. Here are a few of the most interesting.

  • If you’re not reading D Gregory Smith’s From Eternity to Here, you certainly should be. His statement on HB 516 and HB 514 is an absolute must-read.
  • It’s hard to point out a single post from 4and20blackbirds excellent coverage of the Legislature this week, but I most appreciated jhwygirl’s post asking why Governor Schweitzer decided this was an ideal time to announce he plans to ignore federal law about wolves. Seems like an odd time to join the nullification caucus.
  • The Montanafesto blog continues its assault on the betrayal of conservative values by the Montana GOP at the Legislature, focusing on the “Code of the West” and the governance of ideologues.
  • MT Cowgirl offered the most entertaining look at Representative McGillvray’s effort to legislate marriage and divorce.
  • Conservative Jack the Blogger at the Western Word summarized Republican embarrassment about the national coverage of the birther bill and the folks at Montana’s preeminent conservative blog still don’t have a single word to say about in defense of this legislative session. Something about attempting to defend the indefensible comes to mind.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • It is a sad state of affairs right now. I've never been the slightest bit liberal but I do lean libertarian on social issues- not because I lack the "moral" values of the GOP, but because I truly desire a small government. I don't believe revoking a patient's right to self-medicate with a safe alternative to narcotics is moral but primarily I am concerned about overturning the will of our citizens. The GOP appears not only arrogant, but LAZY.

    If the GOP wants us to live by the Cowboy Code, I suggest that instead of wasting resources legislating the code of Montana, they set a fine example by adhering to the code themselves. For one, if is isn't true, don't say it. Their lie and fear-based propaganda is really atrocious.

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