Montana Blog Roundup 26 March 2011

In a week that highlights the struggle for even our elite political leaders to recall important details about their lives, I thought I’d throw together a quick look at some of the best blogs posts around the state you might have missed in the past week.


  • This post by Pete Talbot over at 4and20 blackbirds is a collection of interesting views about newspapers, medical marijuana, the state of the budget, Champ Edmunds, and more. I’ve always liked these kinds of sharply written posts that provide quick insight on a number of topics, and Pete is one of the best.
  • D. Gregory Smith wrote a couple of great posts about HB 516: one about the anti-gay attitudes of many Republicans at the Legislature and another about the line between righteous, necessary anger and intimidation. Both are certainly worth a read.
  • The Button Valley Bugle tackled SB 306, reminding us, that along with economic benefits, environmental damage is a huge part of mining’s legacy. Once again, mining interests are trying to overturn the will of the voters, and this post makes it clear that we cannot afford to let that happen.
  • MT Cowgirl captured the naked cynical politics that underlie the radical right’s agenda. Representative Warburton can talk all she wants about abortion being the most important issue to her, but it’s fascinating to see her admit that she really cares because abortion initiatives will bring out conservative voters.
  • Over at the Montanafesto blog, we get another look at the shady practices of the Safe Community, Safe Kids group trying to block medical marijuana.

Other than the patients who desperately need marijuana, there sure aren’t too many people to root for in this story, are there?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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