Political Quick Hits

Quote of the Day

The Billings Gazette ran an article today announcing the Democratic candidates running for office this year.  One man who had been through the 2011 session got right to the point.

“We don’t need to waste our time talking about whether we should or should not secede from the United States,” said Rep. Bill McChesney, D-Miles City. “I’m not here to do that. I’m here to ensure that my kids and their kids have an opportunity for a good education, a good job and a solid future in the state of Montana.”




Here is an interesting item from Congressional candidate Diane Smith. It is kind of a strange way to announce yourself, but maybe standing out gets you noticed. See for yourself.


Leadership Troubles

The top Republican legislator in the GOP House of Representatives says he’s waiting “to see whether another Republican candidate surfaces” before deciding to run again himself.  Speaker of the House Mike Milburn (R-Cascade) is termed out of the House but is eligible to run for the Senate seat that encompasses his house district.  That seat is currently held by Democrat Brad Hammlett.

“I’ve thought about running for the Senate against Democrat Brad Hammett, but haven’t decided yet,” Milburn said. “I’ll wait and see whether another Republican candidate surfaces and then decide.”

All things being equal it is unusual that the top Republican legislator would be so fearful of opposition from within his own camp.   It suggests that Republicans are not as unaware of the disastrous nature of the 2011 Legislative Session as they publicly pretend to be.


18 Comments on "Political Quick Hits"

  1. This country was built on a sacred compact between the states and the federal government. When those solemn promises are broken on one end, how long must the states endure before they take back their God given Freedoms! The Consitution allows, nay mandates these options for all who would remain free.

  2. “Sacred Compact”… “God given Freedoms”… Not another religious fanatic slobbering to “Save Montana for Jesus”. Didn’t we have enough of that last year? When are you idiots going to learn that your “God Pandering” is done.. over.. finit..

    The very constitution you all seem to sleep with but never read is suppose to protect us from you. Look up the term “Theocracy” and then move to one. Those of us that have actually read the Constitution know that this country was not built on God, it was built on Law and it is those very laws that are suppose to guarentee Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    • You are aware Sir that your fiat currency says “IN GOD WE TRUST” yet you have no problem using it. Or maybe you are a bartering hippie of Occupy Wall Street. This country is one nation under God as those of us who pledge allegiance to it know.

      • And you, Sir, are aware that it didn’t always say that? Nor was the Pledge of Allegiance even a twinkle in the eye when the Constitution was written. These things were the work of people who, ignoring the constitution, attempted to put their own little spin on what the US is. Thankfully, you and your kind will never be able to turn this country into a Theocracy as long as the actual Constitution exists. Contrary to your opinion, America is NOT a “Christian Nation” – it is a nation of Law, and as long as it remains that way, everyone will be free to think for themselves.

      • if, sir, what you say is true “one nation under god”…
        how is it that the scammers in CONgress and around washing-down have so easily split the “one nation” into two, or, including the pee party, two and an eighth?

      • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | January 14, 2012 7:18 AM at 7:18 AM |

        To PROUD PATRIOT, Listen bud you have the constitution all wrong! The Original states and our forefathers got together and made the federal Government supreme law of the land, and those laws were not to be challenged by states, not the other way around! Whatever laws states made for their citizen could not overturn the greater good of all the citizens of the country Federal Laws! The Constitution is pretty darn simple and your party hasn’t spoke to real History for a long time Cuz they are to busy rewriting it!

        Oh and our American currency bud… The idea of putting the phrase on U.S. coinage( Pennys and Nickels first) was conceived by Salmon P. Chase, the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln. the Phrase didn’t appear on paper money till 1954 and it didn’t become one of the countries Mottos till 1956! So stop thinking the Forefathers of this country had anything to do about it!

        The True first American Motto was and still is: “E pluribus unum”, which means: Out of Many One! along with Annuit cœptis and Novus ordo seclorum ( “The Eye over it [the pyramid] and the motto Annuit Cœptis allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favor of the American cause.”), and adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782! Otherwise known as, May America grant favor from the ever watchful eye!”

        You see, the forefathers had fought for religious freedom of all kinds because they were not all christian! Evangelicals,pushed for a non religious government first and it was the Evangelicals and Baptists who wanted to practice their religion openly because under the King of England, they were not allowed too… Factiod: they were jailed or driven from towns and countrysides,even killed! Unwelcome to America were the first Quakers, Baptists, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, Amish, Methodist Church,Catholics, Muslims, and Jews!

        For a hundred years before Americans revolted in America( That’s right goofy the Mayflower hit the beaches in the 1600’s, they could only practice the ENGLISH Kings religion which was Protestant Reformation! Many Americans even before the Tea party died trying to practice the religion of their God openly! So what you do to other religions in this country now, is a slap in the face of all the evangelicals Christians forefathers of America who fought for religious freedom… and came before you in this great country! So you must not be even a real American Christian!

        Do yourself a favor for the rest of this country, and spend some time learning true American History…. cause no one on FOX knows about America when they only Parrot their Corporate Owner…. who comes from Australia!

      • Rep. Skees, is that you? If not your writing looks mysteriously close to Mr.Skees.

        • Field Marshal Skees could never write something so succinct. It would have taken Skees at least 5000 words to say the same thing.

  3. This video is pretty bad. It seems it would be more natural to have an actual introductory video first, if one was going to go this route. It’s like if you met some one for the first time and instead of introducing themselves, they instead launched into an explanation like this.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 13, 2012 7:29 AM at 7:29 AM |

      I LOVE that video! Why? Why would I luv such a corny, sappy video? Well, for one reason and one reason only. It didn’t go all JAYSUS ON STERIODS! How refreshing. A simple Christmas story withOUT JAYSUS on steriods! They seem like nice people. And I get SO tired of the wacko fundiwackmentalists out there who are jaysus on steriods 24/7!

      Only problem with it that I can see is that I THINK I can deduce who wears the pants in THAT family! Next time, give the old man a speaking part! Or get him a hen to peck on him while Diane speaks, kinda like the daughter with the cat!

      (I apologize in advance to Diane. I can’t help myself sometimes. I say whatever comes to mind, but I shouldn’t do that to nice people.)

  4. @RasmussenPoll: South Carolina Primary: #Romney 28%, #Gingrich 21%, #Santorum 16%, #Paul 16%. Ron Paul weakest against Obama.

  5. As one of Bill McChesney’s constituents, I am glad to see him making such intelligent statements. Not everyone in the legislature is crazy.

  6. I had not heard of Rep. McChesney before, but if this kind of statement is typical of his beliefs, he’s my kinda’ guy.

    • He likes Coal, so I think this site would eat him alive over his moderate record. Oh wait, he not running against Pam Bucy, so maybe we can like him.

  7. Rep. Bill McChesney is a very smart man and a very good legislator, I know the guy personally. And everything he said is spot on. Also Ive met Sen. Brad Hamlet and he is a good guy as well. Now for what I think, I think that given the nuttness of the 2011 legislature that Republicans especially tea party Republicans will have a tough time justifing their re election, I’ll pick on one Wendy Warburton of Havre, now Havre tradidtionally is a railroad union blue collar town, surrounded by farmlands of the hi line of Montana. Ok how can Wendy go justify her milita bill to her constituancy? Or Bob Wanger how can he justify the gold standard bill that turned into a comedy fest? Or how can they justify spear hunting? And this is just the beginning.

  8. I don’t know much about him-but I liked what he has to say here.

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