Montana

Long-Running Conspiracist Fears Still Fuel Anti-Wolf Sentiments In Mountain States
Sentiment against the big canine predators in places like Idaho and Montana, especially among cattlemen, often borders on sheer rage. Read more...
Right-Wing Extremists In Montana File For Legislative Races As Democrats
Democratic primary voters in some Montana legislative districts will see new and unfamiliar names on the ballot this year. That’s because at least eight Democratic candidates are actually far-right “constitutionalists” and Tea Party activists. Read more...
Suspect In Montana Clinic Vandalism May Be Linked To Controversial ‘Crisis Pregnancy’ Center
A man arrested for seriously vandalizing a medical clinic this week in Kalispell, Mont., that performs abortions is reportedly the son of a board member of a local anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy” clinic. Read more...
Can Getting Medicaid On State Ballots Save The Senate For Dems?
Medicaid expansion -- if singled out, as it would be on a ballot initiative -- could be a net winner in getting liberal voters to head to the polls. Read more...
Gun-Toting, Life-Promoting Montana Republican Jailed For Child Abuse
Montana State Senator Jason Priest is charged with felony assault for throwing his 4-year old daughter. Read more...

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A Phillips 66 pipeline that broke twice in 1997 spilled at least 25,000 gallons of gasoline on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana this week. Read more...
The 501(c)4 social welfare group, A Better America Now, told the IRS it did not spend any money on "direct or indirect political campaign activities ," yet at the same time told the Federal Election Commission it had spent about $65,000 urging people to "vote against" Pete Gallego, a Texas candidate for Congress. Read more...
I have been bemused for many years by the peculiar mindset represented by DC centrism. I have written about it a number of times over the years, in my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Revolution-Best-America-Came/dp/0470395117">The Progressive Revolution: How The Best In America Came To Be</a></em>, and in many of my blog posts. DC Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it. For example, cutting Social Security, something 80% of Americans oppose, is a classic example of DC centrism. Another example is focusing obsessively about the deficit while ignoring new measures to create jobs, which is the reverse of what voters want the government to focus on. Bailing out, and now subsidizing, the Too Big To Fail banks is yet another example. And these 3 examples really just scratch the surface- there are so many ways that DC Centrism is different from what the centrist position of real voters is. Read more...
Chris Hayes gave a little send-off to Sen. Max Baucus on the news of his upcoming retirement from the United States Senate. After running down a list of why the only people who are really going to miss him are the lobbyists who will likely see their salaries go down once he leaves, Hayes reminded his viewers of what it really means when we hear pundits talk about so-called "centrists" in Washington. Read more...
Max Baucus plans to retire in 2014 rather than run for office again. Is his rather sudden about-face related to a cushy pharma lobbying job or backlash from his gun bill vote? Read more...