Montana Legislature 2011



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A Real Gem

Interesting development in Idaho this week. A Republican state Representative was busted for lying about his criminal record and had his concealed weapons permit revoked. But he says he’s the victim – of a sheriff out for revenge after the legislator inquired about the sheriff’s office expenditures….


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Former GOP Lawmaker Unloads: It’s the Right-Wing Extremism, Stupid

Evangelizing to the far-right rather than actually representing constituents is “eroding the effectiveness of some of our elected state representatives,” says a Republican and former Montana state legislator. Following yet another embarrassing legislative session,  a panel of lawmakers have been tasked with finding “ways to…


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Look Who’s Back

[This spoof article about former state legislator Tom Burnett’s new 2013 “study” called “Deceptions in the Hunger Crusade,” in which he purports to prove that no one should help hungry children get something to eat is making the rounds via email. While the quotes appear to…


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TEA Partiers Convene in Kalispell Next Week to Plan Constitutional Amendments

Tim and Chuck Baldwin are hosting a convention in Kalispell next Sunday in Kalispell to discuss their latest plan to fight the “tyranny” of the federal government.

They’re featuring former Montana conservative activist Rob Natelson who will discuss the Baldwins’ goal of nullifying federal laws. The Baldwins admittedly do not recognize the supremacy clause of the US Constitution. They say it is a tool of “socialist and nationalist ideologues” designed to bring “state annihilation.”


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Pastor Who Called for Death Penalty for Gays Convicted, Could Face 30 Years for Fraud

When religious-right lobbyist Harris Himes stood before the legislature in 2009 and said “I stand before you a potential prison inmate,” it was perhaps the truest statement he ever made.

The anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-minority pastor from Ravalli County was convicted last week of defrauding a member of his congregation out of his life savings and could face up to 30 years in prison.



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Much Ado About Nothing

by Cowgirl A terrible thing will soon happen in Montana. It is a nightmare: as reported in the Helena IR today, there will soon be a website which will advertise low-cost health insurance plans, affordable to people who cannot presently afford to buy insurance. These…




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Sports-minded and Fun

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was forced to come out yesterday and plead with fellow Republicans to be more “circumspect” when they talk about guns. “It’s not helpful” for GOP lawmakers to be speaking publicly about some of their ideas right now, he said.  Boehner’s pleading…