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What does a “Sportsmen’s Act” have to do with hunters and anglers?

ENVIRONMENT — Can we expect a “Sportsmen's Act” introduced in Congress to actually be in the best interest of hunters and anglers?

A Missoulian opinion columnist is skeptical in this column.

“Those who watch Congress have surely noticed an alarming trend of putting misleading titles on bills and policies that actually do the opposite of what they say,” writes George Ochenski.

President Bush’s “Healthy Forests Initiative” provided ways to clearcut national forests without environmental review or public oversight. Likewise, Bush’s “Clean Skies” legislation made it easier for corporations to pollute. The USA PATRIOT Act has nothing to do with patriots and everything to do with spying on citizens. And now we have H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 that, in reality, would undercut the 1964 Wilderness Act and destroy what remains of the nation’s once-great natural heritage.

House approves Sportsmen’s Heritage Act; not all sportsmen approve

HUNTING/FISHING — Safari Club International and the NRA are praising the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, advancing the controversial legislation to the Senate.

The legislation has good parts on which most sportsmen can agree.  But it also has divisive components that warrant sending it back to the drawing board.  Sportsmen really don't need any more divisiveness. We see how little gets done in Congress under those conditions. Why not learn from that?

Read on for details about the act and why reasonable sportsmen should contact their senators to kill it.

Gabrielle Giffords Back For Debt Vote

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise. (AP Photo/House Television)

DFO: Simply amazing!

Simpson ejects ‘birther’ for outburst

Idaho's Rep. Mike Simpson was holding the gavel today while part of the U.S. Constitution was being read on the floor of the House of Representatives, and he was quick to bring it down on someone shouting out a challenge to President Barack Obama's citizenship.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading from Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, the part that says who can be president, and got to “No person, except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President…” when a cry came from the gallery.

“Except Obama! Except Obama!” a woman shouted.

Simpson banged the gavel, reminded everyone present of the need for following the rules of the House, and ordered the sergeant of arms to eject the woman.

The Hill: McMorris Rodgers to move up?

The Hill, a Washington, D.C., newspaper that focuses on Congress and politics, speculates today that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would move up in GOP leadership next year.

It assumes a couple of things, including that Rep. Mike Pence, the person above her in the Republican leadership, would step down, and of course that McMorris Rodgers will win re-election next Tuesday. (One is probably much more likely than the other.)

But it’s interesting for those who love that inside the Beltway, behind the curtains kind of stuff. It can be found here.

Demos Concede: U.S. House In Play

But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Sunday was more explicit, telling “Meet the Press” host David Gregory there was “no doubt” that Republicans were within striking distance of taking over either the House or Senate, if not both.  “I think Democrats are beginning to say publicly what they’ve said privately, which is that the House is in play,” said David Wasserman, a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report/The Hill. More here.

Question: Are you surprised by this development?