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Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Weekend




History
“Independence Day, or July 4, honors the birthday of the United States of America. On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted at the Second Continental Congress. Today, Americans celebrate our nation’s independence with parades, fireworks, patriotic songs, and readings of the Declaration of Independence.”-USCIS  

Independence Day- For Kids


In Montana

Celebrate 4th of July Weekend with a Host of Programs At Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park -July 2 to 5
(Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) celebrates the 4th of July weekend with a host of programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park on July 2nd to 5th.

Fireworks Viewing At Lone Pine State Park -Saturday, July 4, 2015, from 9pm to 11:30pm
(Kalispell, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host a Fireworks Viewing at Lone Pine State Park on Saturday, July 4 from 9pm to 11:30pm.

117th Arlee Esyapqeyni
“It's always a good feeling to reach this part of the year when we celebrate to follow the footprints of our elders. This is what it's all about! A time to celebrate! As we come into another year we as Native People always look forward to our ceremonial and traditional gatherings. And, the celebration is just one part of that important cycles of our lives. Our ancestors paved this cultural path for us and we continue paving this path for our future, leaving our faith and trust in the Great Spirit to guide us -- Johnny Arlee”


Monday, June 29, 2015

Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan/ Arizona Redistricting/ Power Plant Mercury


Missoulian: Justices uphold Arizona's system for redistricting
Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm’n
“The people of Arizona turned to the initiative to curb the practice of gerrymandering and, thereby, to ensure that Members of Congress would have “an habitual recollection of their dependence on the people.” The Federalist No. 57, at 350 (J. Madison). In so acting, Arizona voters sought to restore “the core principle of republican government,” namely, “that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.” Berman, Managing Gerrymandering, 83 Texas L. Rev. 781 (2005). The Elections Clause does not hinder that endeavor.”


Missoulian: Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
Michigan v. EPA
“Appropriate and necessary” is a capacious phrase. Read naturally against the backdrop of established administrative law, this phrase plainly encompasses cost. It is not rational, never mind “appropriate,” to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.”

Friday, June 26, 2015

Adopting Sexual Assault Policy/ Same-Sex Marriage Legal/ Payment in Lieu of Taxes/ Career Criminal Law


Missoulian: Supreme Court ruling affirms gay marriage in Montana
Obergefell v. Hodges
“The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs. See, e.g., Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U. S. 438, 453; Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U. S. 479, 484–486. Courts must exercise reasoned judgment in identifying interests of the person so fundamental that the State must accord them its respect. History and tradition guide and discipline the inquiry but do not set its outer boundaries. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed. Applying these tenets, the Court has long held the right to marry is protected by the Constitution.”



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Montana Audit/ Confederate Statutes/ Supreme Court Health Care Decision




Missoulian: The Latest: Roberts again votes to uphold health overhaul
 King v. Burwell
“Petitioners are four individuals who live in Virginia, which has a Federal Exchange. They do not wish to purchase health insurance. In their view, Virginia’s Exchange does not qualify as “an Exchange established by the State under [42 U. S. C. §18031],” so they should not receive any tax credits. That would make the cost of buying insurance more than eight percent of petitioners’ income, exempting them from the Act’s coverage requirement. As a result of the IRS Rule, however, petitioners would receive tax credits. That would make the cost of buying insurance less than eight percent of their income, which would subject them to the Act’s coverage requirement.”