A Friday afternoon roundup from local blogs and alternative newspapers from across the country.
Are you a friend of the Indy on Facebook? If so, you've already seen a link to this excellent editorial from the Great Falls Tribune about a Missoula judge, Denny Rehberg's boat crash and justice. (And if you're not a friend of ours on Facebook, what's up? We're not as good to you as that long-lost high school friend you only looked up because you wanted to see if she/he was still hot? Come on, friend the Indy.)
Joe Nickell writes a story about big concerts skipping Missoula, and days later we hear Ray LaMontagne is playing at Big Sky Brewery and Iron & Wine is coming to the Wilma. Granted, Joe was writing about shows at the Adams Center, but still. Maybe he should write about massive overhauls in Helena next.
Speaking of which, you can find coverage of the crazy ongoing legislative session almost anywhere these days, but here are a few suggested reads:
- Intelligent Discontent writes about HB 456 ("Another Terrible Idea" that makes a mess of sex education) and takes a few daily papers to task for falling for GOP lingo.
- Montana Cowgirl says armed Tea Party supporters will rally at the Capitol March 4.
- Rob Kailey at Left in the West points out that HB 516 isn't just an attack on Missoula's LGBT community, as some have framed it, but an attack on the entire state. "Bozeman's fair policies are only collateral damage to the hippy punching of putting Missoula in it's 'proper place'," he writes.
- Ron Natelson weighs in on Amendment Conventions at Electric City Weblog.
- Montana Watchdog reports on Missoula Rep. Champ Edmunds' bill that authorizes a "health care compact" and essentially creates an alternative to President Obama's health care reform.
Finally, here are three stories from other alternative newspapers across the country:
1. The Montana Leg ain't got nothin' on Wisconsin. Madison's Isthmus is located about a stone's throw from the Capitol, and the paper's covering everything from Gov. Scott Walker getting punked to reactions from state teachers to The Daily Show's "fucking camel." Yes, a real camel.
2. That lawsuit by an NFL owner against the D.C. City Paper just won't die. But City Paper appears to have the people behind it. In an open letter from the publisher:
"More than 600 supporters have given checks, most of them for just $20, to ring up more than $28,000 to a legal defense fund we set up to help us fight the suit."
You can learn more — and donate to the fund — by clicking here.
3. The Stranger's Ciena Madrid visited Christian pregnancy centers that lure women in with false promises of medical care. Learn what they told her about abortions, breast cancer, shame, and death.