Moderate GOP Breaks Away from Loons on Dark Money

Right wing blaming anonymous blogs for GOP’s problems

by Cowgirl

Kudos to GOP senators President Jim Peterson and Senator Bruce Tutvedt, for thumbing their noses at their neanderthal GOP compatriots in the Senate and supporting (and actually carrying) Steve Bullock’s bill, SB 375, to reform campaign finance.  Peterson and Tutdvedt  held leadership posts once in the GOP, but were bounced by the new ruling right-wing junta.

Bullock’s bill imposes a very simple requirement, something you would think everybody could agree on: it requires campaign funding sources to be disclosed.  If there is an ad on TV or radio, or a glossy mailer that arrives at a voters house, or a yard sign or leaflet, Montana law has always required that the voter be able to inquire as to who, exactly, is paying for the mass-produced item.

But the Supreme Court struck aspects of our law down (in Citizens United) and so Bullock and Peterson are trying to rewrite the statute to meet with the Supreme Court’s idiotic conclusion of law.  At another time, Bullock was actually arguing the case in the Supreme Court.

Art Wittich, Jason Priest and others are leading the right-wing charge against the bill.

Hilariously, one of the GOP’s main arguments against this bill is….ready for this…..that Democrats are winning elections because of anonymous blogs, and this bill does nothing to regulate them. From the Helena IR today, reporting on Priest’s floor testimony on the bill:

State Sen. Jason Priest of Red Lodge warned fellow Republicans that the measure won’t affect anonymous blogs, a venue he argued where Democrats hold an advantage.

Priest went on to say that the democratic party uses blogs to “motivate voters,” presumably in a way that the GOP blogs fail to do.  “Vote for this bill, and keep on losing elections,” Priest warned his fellow party members.

This same point is being made today, in a series of tweets, by party operative and former state GOP communications director Chris Shipp.

The bigger conflict, as we all know, is between conservative and moderate Republicans.  Moderates are furious that right-wing groups, acting as a conservative Mujahideen, took it upon themselves to enforce conservative purity in recent elections.  In 2010 and 2012 they spent big money to oust GOP moderate candidates in state legislative primaries. This division is a giant disaster for the GOP and has fractured the party possibly beyond repair.  So it makes sense that they are blaming their problems on an anonymous blog. That’s what the GOP does best–blame someone else when it fucks up.

For the record, this blog is my own free speech, done on my uncompensated free time, and with the help of many tipsters who let me know about juicy stuff taking place in Montana politics.  Mostly it is about googling, emailing and writing, things that many Republicans seem to struggle with as if these tasks require some advanced degree in science.

I get a few thousand readers on a good day (although I did get 14,000 on a single day last month!).  It is true that this blog has become influential, but only because it prints facts and opinion that state newspapers, and in some cases democrats in general, choose not to bother putting out there.  And don’t forget other blogs such as Flathead Memo, From Eternity to HereIntelligent Discontent and the many of the blogs listed on the right of your screen on this page, who also do the same, important type of work.

More to the point, Jason Priest and other Tea Partiers should try to take this occasion to become more introverted and ponder an important question: why are typical Republican thinkers and writers in Montana incapable of producing a blog worth reading?

Posted: March 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

This post was written by Cowgirl

26 thoughts on “Moderate GOP Breaks Away from Loons on Dark Money

    1. MTnativeEyes

      Um. That’s actually a good question given that most state agencies are managed according to cutting-edge guesswork and long-discarded, industrial age thinking.

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

    The blogs! The blogs are coming! One if by land, two if by sea,
    Oh WHY can’t we nutjobs do the same with black money?!

    bwhahahaahahhaahahhahahahaahhaaa!

    I LUV the sound of nazi whining in the morning! And in particular, I really, really, REALLY luv the sound of Sen. Fart Fetish whining about the fact that the ReePubes are TOO FRICKIN’ STOOPID to write a blog that anyone would read!

    Keep it up, boys. You see, unfortunately for you dufi, the Big Kockh does NOT make the world go round! Sit on THAT and rotate for awhile! Maybe you’ll figure it out eventually, but I seriously DOUBT it!

    bwhahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaa!

    Hope this helps.

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

    http://www.flatheadmemo.com/archives_2013/jan_march_2013/2013-03-26_raw_milk_is_dangerous.html

    And James, I guaran-frickin’-TEE you that NONE of these assholes who voted for this bill have EVER been sick from drinking raw milk! I have, and buddy let me tell ya that I was SO sick that I wanted to die! And prolly nearly did! That experience alone pretty much cured my instincts toward
    FREEEEEEDUMB!…and raw milk.

    These assholes are truly amazing in their ignorance.

  3. Publius II

    SB375 has some good positions, but it allows too great of an increase from $160 per ind. donor to $FIVE HUNDRED bucks, which would allow GOP to shake out Texas ‘frackers’ Wilkes Brothers who MAXED out donations from themselves, their wives, and extended families CIRCUMVENTING any worthy caps to keep money from further corrupting legislative elections. Also, there’s too little limits on PACs here, and wasn’t that the whole idea to keep tabs on PACs also? Montana house races should not turn into a ‘arms race’ where GOP millionaires would shake out their ‘pocket change’ to forever hold the House of Representatives and Senate.

    1. Bill LaCroix

      I agree with Publius that $500 is an outrage. We have a situation in Ravalli Co. where developers are buying local pols even with the $160 cap. They and their wives/husbands/cronies (and their wives/husbands/cronies) just chip in the max, which means each entity can actually give $320 cuz under current statute you can max out on the primary and then max out on the general. In most MT counties $4000 or so buys a commissioner, and at least two of our tea-soaked commissioners got over 25% of that UNDER CURRENT STATUTE. If you allow $500 for the primary/general election cycle. That becomes $2000 for each and every developer, who usually has at least three other wives/husbands/cronies who will gladly do the same for the spangly returns that a bought politician in a small community affords them. We all know how this works, and it sucks. Our demand has to be: public financing of elections to the greatest extent possible and shorter election cycles. Period. Otherwise you get bought-and paid-for developer shills in office. The local level’s where they get the biggest bang for their buck and, since they can ALWAYS outspend us, a $500 “limit” is a big bang in most counties. Who of us all have $2000 per family to chip in to one local candidate, let alone 5 or 6? We won’t get money completely out of politics, but we should damn well work towards that ideal. I think, anyways.

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

      Y viva los blogistas!

      Y viva a los Teatardistas!, for they are an endless source of humor! Right, Sen. Fart Fetish? You dudes are serious funny, and you aren’t even TRYING to be! But it is appreciated!

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

    JIM CARREY, MAY YOU ROT IN HELL! To criticize OUR president, Charles Heston, is beneath contempt! As a redneck, gun owner, country music fan, AND one who STILL clings to God, guns, and gays, I am DEEPLY offended by your pathetic ATTEMPT at humor! I think that FAUX news is right ON on this one! This type of so-called humor is about as low as it GETS, and thusly, on the outrage meter, this one is off the charts! And it’s ALL O’bama’s fault as they point out. If more folks would simply cling to God, guns, and gays, this would be the America of old we once knew! Cling to a gay, and pray! Do it for our late dearly beloved president, Charlie H.!, a truly great man!

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/scarce/fox-freaks-jim-carrey-has-killed-more-peopl

    p.s. I hope that Turd Nugget and Tubby Keith, two great patridiots, write songs countering this! NEITHER of these two great patridiots ever actually SERVED in the military, but they encouraged OTHERS to do so! And they wear cammo!

  5. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

    Huzzah Huzzah Cowgirl, In a Country were woman are now allowed by law to fight side by with Males in War ( Even though we have given selflessly and sometimes without pay, or name, since the first fight of freedom)…. No one has the right to stop tell us to be quiet even anonymously and go away.

  6. Mother Jones

    hi, cowgirl. like your blog, but i do get tired of trying to read badly-spelled, and poorly-written entries that so go on to a slippery slope of absurdity. my point is, as long as repubs, no, tea partiers, walmart, TV; and i could continue…just ignorance, rules this population, than we will not progress as a country, or a community. guns…i am a certified tree-hugging liberal, but i own 8 guns and our best friend & neighbor is a gunsmith. property rights? we, two neighbors, & i and my husband, were forced to spend $30,000 in a lawsuit to “protect” our sole access to our houses because he didn’t like our neighbor’s small business (the gunshop, patronized by local law enforcement, i might add) which had been there for 30 years, long before this “neighbor” moved in. school choice? you have the right to send your kids to any school you choose…i am childless, but i’ve never NOT chosen to vote my tax money to support local public schools. i am so very tired of rants…what about a poll? ask them. how many of these people spend time & money in their communities trying to make life better? or is it all about them and their limited world view? one could say that my point of view is limited, but daily, i work with people of opposite political positions, age, circumstances…a couple best- loved friends are republicans (and i say that only to make a point), but they spend their time, the people i see every day, working to improve their communities. get over it, dudes – this is not a theocracy – this is a republic with free speech – and for you guys with gun in hand? matt dillon is long gone. i will say this – old white men haven’t a clue about women’s health. nor do you, men. why don’t you go through an unplanned pregnancy, or, oh, let’s actually make you pay for the baby you helped create? huh? guess you’ve never heard that, have you? of course, the force of law doesn’t exist for you, huh? as the mother of your child must register for benefits to feed that baby, you don’t have to do the same. sorry, cowgirl, now i am ranting. do what you want with this. an example of posts, by the way, is below

    “…MARCH 26, 2013 – 7:54 PM
    Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.
    The blogs! The blogs are coming! One if by land, two if by sea,
    Oh WHY can’t we nutjobs do the same with black money?!

    bwhahahaahahhaahahhahahahaahhaaa!

    I LUV the sound of nazi whining in the morning! And in particular, I really, really, REALLY luv the sound of Sen. Fart Fetish whining about the fact that the ReePubes are TOO FRICKIN’ STOOPID to write a blog that anyone would read!

    Keep it up, boys. You see, unfortunately for you dufi, the Big Kockh does NOT make the world go round! Sit on THAT and rotate for awhile! Maybe you’ll figure it out eventually, but I seriously DOUBT it!

    bwhahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaa!

    Hope this helps.”

    i am glad spring is here. not much time left to try to mine real “news” and i’d rather, quite frankly, spend time with my chickens and striped chipmunks.

    1. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

      Looking for the opportunity this summer Larry of of drowning worms, or wet-flys with you Larry. or even just a cold beer

      1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

        By God I’d love to do that, Norma. If you get up this way, please let me know. And unfortunately, this is the beginning of the really busy work season for me. But sometimes I do get down Dillon way. My car broke down there one time, and we had to wait a week to get parts. It was GREAT! We camped in the KOA, and I fished the Beaverhead in the morning and hiked all day. I climbed that ol’ Snake Hill about a hundred times I guess

        . And as luck would have it, another bohunk from Seattle was camped next to us. He was there to float and fish, but in the evenings, he introduced me to micro brewery beer. I had never heard of it. But boy did we have a great time!

        I love Dillon. My shirt tail cousins pretty much settled that country. They’re ALL bohunks! Good folks.

    2. Ed Kemmick

      Is this entry someone’s idea of a joke? Someone complains about badly written posts and then posts a huge paragraph with no capital letters, random punctuation and senseless run-on sentences? My eyes still hurt.

    3. Ben Tully

      I believe by posts, Mother Jones may be referring to the comments, which can at times be off-putting when they are focused on puff-ball grudge matches launched by Mark Tokarski on others for no reason other than to troll. I myself have been put out by these comments. He is currently using the name of Pundet. Truly it is irritating if you don’t stick to the topic at hand.

      1. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

        Thats what Mark Tolarski does… He muddies the conversations to include everything but the kitchen sink.

      2. Mother Jones

        Thank you, Ben Tully. I am quite capable of writing English in full sentences with punctuation. By the way, I did say I wrote a rant. And you are right; the posts are fine. The comments frustrate me. Those are why I don’t usually respond to these “comments”, but sometimes I cannot abide the “slippery slope” arguments. I might mention “ad hominem” attacks; both terms come from formal arguments of logic which many of the commentators may not have read. Ed Kemmick, my eyes hurt after I read a “comment” like this (which I quoted):

        “…MARCH 26, 2013 – 7:54 PM
        Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.
        The blogs! The blogs are coming! One if by land, two if by sea,
        Oh WHY can’t we nutjobs do the same with black money?!

        bwhahahaahahhaahahhahahahaahhaaa!

        I LUV the sound of nazi whining in the morning! And in particular, I really, really, REALLY luv the sound of Sen. Fart Fetish whining about the fact that the ReePubes are TOO FRICKIN’ STOOPID to write a blog that anyone would read!

        Keep it up, boys. You see, unfortunately for you dufi, the Big Kockh does NOT make the world go round! Sit on THAT and rotate for awhile! Maybe you’ll figure it out eventually, but I seriously DOUBT it!

        bwhahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaa!

        Now, what did that say to advance any argument?

          1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers.

            Ahhh. Isn’t that cute. I made a friend in mother jones. And really, next time I’ll really, really, REALLY try to “advance an argument”!

            But seriously, if mother jones is to be taken seriously, SHOULDN’T he/she/it be advising the nutjobs with THEIR blog? For you see, mother, THIS blog is doing just fine in readership! It’s the Big Kockhs and all their LITTLE kockhs who can’t write a blog that anyone reads! Why is that? Is it really that hard to make fascism interesting to readers???

            I’m quite sure that the nuts like jason peeps and his poodle, sen. fart fetish, would just LUV some of your advice on how to “advance an argument”!

            bwahhahahahahahahahahahahhaaa! Too funny.

            You’re really quite a silly little person, mother.

  7. Trust No One

    I’ll bet Tutvedt did vote against it. He donated money to American Tradition Partnership only to have them campaign against him via one of ATP’s other PACs. I’d pay top dollar american money to know how many PACs ATP controls.

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