Week in Review: Elections, booze and Ted Binion

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Do you have any idea what a circus tomorrow is going to be in downtown Missoula? Enough of one to prompt a local bartender to use a different word than "circus" to describe what she thinks tomorrow will be like. Her description sounded like "sit show."

The days starts with a home Griz football game, Halloween and daylight savings. That means tailgaters should be gulping down their first Bloody Marys around 8 a.m., and then partying — in full costume — all night, with an extra bonus hour before bar break. Good times.

Speaking of good times, remember to vote. Ballots are due by Tuesday, Nov. 3.

In other news, the Barkus case continues to move about as quickly as a beached motorboat. Side note: What a photo of Barkus by Kurt Wilson in Tuesday's Missoulian.

Left in the West continues to provide excellent daily coverage of the health care debate.

4&20 picked up on Sen. Max Baucus' “serious reservations” over a modest effort to cut carbon emissions over the next decade.

And we meant to link earlier to Rob Natleson's recent blog post about local journalism (specifically the dailies) and the Republican Party. The post ends with this: "But politically, most of the Montana daily press is not your friend."

We heard from CBS News this week, and they're doing a story on former Missoula contractor Rick Tabish and the Ted Binion murder case. We did a story in 2000 about it and, of course, Lifetime debuted a made-for-TV film about the case earlier this year. We'll let you know if we learn more about CBS's plans.

From the world of alt-weeklies:
1. San Diego City Beat points out that independent booksellers are about to take another hit, this time from Wal-Mart's insanely low prices on new hardcovers.
2. LA Weekly covers the creation of Girls and Corpses magazine. Really.
3. Connecticut Republicans got caught by Twitter — who gets caught by Twitter? — creating 33 fake accounts. "The Republican scheme was to send out posts under the Democrats' names mocking the liberal tax-and-spend bastards."

Be safe out there tomorrow.

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