Happy New Year! Here are more highlights from Montana’s political blog scene this past year. There are many well-read viewers and commenters to this site. If you see something I missed, please post it in the comments for everyone to enjoy.
interested party is a great source of regional news from Montana and the Dakotas. It specializes in holding the media accountable, conservation reporting, and in following an often neglected branch of government in the Montana blogosphere: the courts. larry kurtz’s piece reminding us that Montana’s AG doesn’t have the choice and is forced to defend bad laws passed by the legislature is a great example.
It was hard to pick just one thing here, online privacy and Facebook, equality, and national civil liberties news. The post about what the epic failure of the abortion ban ballot initiative in Mississippi and what that means for Montana is news that you can’t find anywhere else.
There is some great blogging from the Bitterroot on women’s rights, right wing activity, and religious extremism. This post about the new requirement that insurance plans will cover birth control without a deductible or co-pay is a great example.
Helena blogger Hamm on Wry takes Dennis Rehberg to task for yet another of Rehberg’s idiotic proposals. Here’s a snippet from one of my favorites:
For a sitting legislator to have a fundamental misunderstanding of not just how our government works, but his actual position in that government, is unbelievable.
Denny, you may not like what the Federal government is spending money on, but guess what? You’re in the job of determining exactly that. Don’t slough your work onto the states just because you can’t get a law passed even though you have a majority in both houses of congress. The fact that you can’t get laws passed, can’t effect real change, and have to come up with absolutely ridiculous bills to make it seem like you’re doing something is sending a message to everyone.
Read the rest of Return to Sender here.
The Montana blog i like woods is perhaps most well known for it’s dedicated Twitter followers that include a large list of reporters, elected officials, and political staff–larger than the list of followers of any Montana politician I’m aware of. Do yourself a favor and follow i like woods for just the right amount of timely and pertinent political news from Montana and around the U.S.