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Dem legislators join in war protest at Capitol

Associated Press January 28, 2007
A handful of Democratic state lawmakers joined dozens of anti-war activists Saturday on the steps of the state Capitol to protest President Bush's plan to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. Escalation of the war is "a Hail Mary pass, not a real strategy," Sen.

Anti-war protesters march in Helena

Montana's News Station January 27, 2007 Watch the Video
Nearly 50 lawmakers, and anti-war activists, staged a protest on Saturday outside of the State Capitol in Helena. The group is protesting the President's new Iraq war plan.

Guest Opinion: Payday lending affects our security here at home

By Steve Doherty and Dan Geldon Wednesday January 24, 2007 Billings Gazette The Pentagon has a lot on its hands these days - keeping the peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, destroying al-Qaida and other terrorist infrastructure, and so on. But last year, it found itself preoccupied by another problem.

Election Day Registration

One of the biggest challenges in raising voter turnout is address the rate of voter registration. The vast majority of states have registration deadlines weeks before Election Day. The schedule poses problems for busy Americans who simply forget to register or re-register and find themselves unable to vote on Election Day. During the 2000 Presidential election alone, nearly 3 million voters were disenfranchised due to registration problems. Luckily, a simple solution is available: Election Day Registration (EDR).

The Youth Vote

The Millenials are with us. America's youth -- the biggest generation since the Baby Boom -- are voting more frequently than Generation X and are voting far more progressively than the Reagan-raised generation that proceeded them. You have probably already heard one of the most impressive stats: young voters went for Democrats by a margin of 60%-38% according to exit polls and 2 million more turned out to the polls than in 2002 -- the last mid-term election.

Cleaning up Election Day Disasters

Even with the good news that came last Tuesday, all too much evidence exists that the basic machinery of democracy in America is broken. Election Day is like Groundhog Day and the first stories of problems with voting machines, long lines, or voter intimidation hit the wires in the early A.M. Fortunately, with progressives in control in more states than ever before, we have an opportunity to get the machinery working, so that the engine of democracy starts humming again.

What is Happening in Montana?

This is unreal. It's three days after the election and we don't really know which party controls either chamber in the Montana legislature. In 2005, Democrats won a clear 27-23 majority in the Senate, while the House ended up being a 50-50 dead tie after a recount and court ruling.

One Eye on the Ballot

It's a big year for ballot issues. Mid-term elections, when no President is being elected, typically see less activity on the ballot issue front than Presidential years, but 2006 is proving to be an exception. Eighteen states will consider 76 ballot issues this fall, as high as its been since 1914 for a non-Presidential year.

Voters in Oregon No Longer Fooled by Measure 37

Two years ago, Oregon voters were sold Measure 37 as a property rights issue. The measure, they were told, would close loopholes governments used to regulate homeowners and prevent unnecessary regulation. Backers downplayed other ramifications that are now coming to light, ramifications that other states will face if voters in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, or Washington approve initiatives modeled after Measure 37.

MT: TABOR Kicked Off the Ballot...Again

One Montana judge ruled last week that along with two other Howard Rich-backed initiatives, the "Stop OverSpending" measure based on Colorado's disastrous TABOR Amendment had been qualified for the ballot through illegal signature gathering.