A collection of some of the best reads from, about, and near Montana.
From the editor: Steve, gavel this–For Daines to play any part of this scheme is shameful, un-American and needs to be condemned. But I don't condemn his actions solely as an editor — a person vehemently and ardently opposed to anything that would look like a curtailing of free speech. I am simply doing as Coretta Scott King herself urged me years ago: I am fighting injustice in my own community. The Billings Gazette
Go West Betsy DeVos, Go West–How does Arntzen plan to bring Devos up to speed about education in Montana when she truly doesn’t know? Perhaps that’s really a rhetorical question since it insinuates that DeVos knows something about education as well. Maybe together using DeVos’ twitter pencil they can figure out the three “R’s” of education.
The First Three Ways Trump is Stiffing Montana Supporters(Guest Post)–And so it goes. As of January 26 the Trump administration was one week old. Something on the order of 200 more weeks can be expected. Who knows, in those weeks, how many other ways Trump will find to hang Montanans out to dry. I think it was Samuel Johnson who said “marry in haste, repent at leisure.” I don’t know why that comes to mind. mtcowgirl.com
Fecal Matter–It's clear that Representative Nancy Balance, the bill sponsor, and many of her colleagues intend to vote YES to legalize the sale of raw milk. As they push that green button, why not ask them to drink a glass of raw milk containing a portion of “cow poop” that Ms. Rosenau claims is safe? www.logicosity.com
Have national Democrats already written off Montana’s special congressional election?–Montana will be a heavy lift. National Democrats have written off our House seat ever since Nancy Keenan lost to Denny Rehberg in 2000. But that’s no reason for abandoning Montana in a special election. There should be plenty of money available if the national party decides it’s in keeping with the party’s current priorities and principles to bother with a House seat in a white rural state where not that many have college degrees, and where those that have degrees are clustered in towns instead of on the farms and ranches. www.flatheadmemo.com
Montana senate prohibits courts from applying sharia law – Combat!–Either that or it’s stunt legislation that rallies bigotry to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. I guess it would depend on whether any Montana court had ever tried to apply sharia law, or if anyone in Montana had ever called for sharia law to be enforced, or if Montana were, as of 2012, the least Muslim state in America. Update: Only the last of these three conditions is true, and Regier’s bill is definitely an unnecessary public performance of Islamophobia. Combat!
Why Moms AND Dads Need Paid Leave | Montana Budget and Policy Center–But it’s not just new mothers who need paid leave. When fathers are able to take even just two weeks paternity leave, they are more active caregivers – feeding, changing diapers, and rocking the baby to sleep in the middle of the night, even well after he has gone back to work. The more engaged fathers are with their children, the better developmental outcomes are for the kids, from improved cognitive ability to fewer behavioral problems. www.montanabudget.org
As outdoor companies take a stand, pressure grows for Utah politicians to make a U-turn on public lands–Patagonia and Arc’teryx pulled out of the show entirely this week, and by Friday morning the trickle turned into a flood, with Polartec and Peak Design joining the exodus, and Ibex announcing a scaled-back presence, sending its savings to public lands defense. REI, while still planning to attend Outdoor Retailer, says it strongly supports moving the show “if Utah persists in attacking our public lands — the sooner the better.” medium.com