Montana, already defying Washington DC on Real ID and Medical Marijuana. Montana, first state to pass a firearms freedom act, now considering a new version to add fines and jail time for federal agents. Montana, standing up to the feds once again. This time, the issues is wolves – a very contentious one in the Northwest.
Yesterday, from Governor Brian Schweitzer:
“We will take action in Montana on our own,” he said. “We’ve had it with Washington, D.C., with Congress just yipping about it, with (the Department of) Interior just vacillating about it.”
from the AP report:
Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock – even in areas where that is not currently allowed – and said the state will start shooting packs that hurt elk herds.
Schweitzer said he no longer would wait for federal officials to resolve the tangle of lawsuits over wolves, which has kept the animals on the endangered species list for a decade since recovery goals were first met.
It was just a few years ago that the same Governor Schweitzer had this to say about pressure from the Bush administration to comply on Real ID:
we found that it’s best to just tell them to go to hell and run the state the way you want to run your state.
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