Tuesday Quicktakes

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders
The Washington Post has the story.


From Mother Jones: This gorgeous short film takes us to the heart of the Dakota Access Pipeline standoff

If you have a couple of minutes, watch Mni Wiconi: The Standing at Standing Rock, and read about it at Mother Jones.


Has Austin Knudsen Released His Dress Code Rules for the Montana Press, Legislators in 2017 yet?

Because they love freedom and personal liberty, Knudsen and his GOP colleague issued a formal mandatory dress code in 2015 for anyone who seeks to be allowed into the House floor, the first of its kind.  Besides demanding “business formal” dress, the decree called on women to mind their necklines and skirt lengths.   House GOP leadership are empowered to police the new edict.

Oh, and remember how this important policy was written in all capital letters? What else would you expect from such world-class leaders.  Read the 2015 code here.


Legislators’ Private Email Use Rampant

As Mike Jopek points out on Twitter,

5 out of 6 of the all-male 2017 GOP leadership team used private email during and after the last Legislature.

These emails have not been released to the public.




18 Comments on "Tuesday Quicktakes"

  1. Regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership…

    My former boss and mentor, Lori Wallach, had this excellent piece on the TPP and Donald Turmp over at the Huff Post the day after the election: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-wallach/latest-tpp-peril-presiden_b_12883024.html

    Regarding the beautiful film on the #NoDAPL effort…

    Is anyone aware of any statements of support or concern from the Montana Democratic Party or any statewide elected Montana Democrat? Is Gov Bullock still sending our Montana Highway Patrol officers to the front lines to pepper spray water protectors in the face?

    • I don’t know about statewide but the Missoula County Democratic Party Central Committee last month passed a resolution in solidarity with the indigenous people and environmental activists at Standing Rock. It was delivered by members of the committee who traveled to Standing Rock (along with supplies) and was well-received.

      Yesterday, at our monthly meeting, it was unanimously approved to send a letter to Governor Bullock urging that no more Montana law enforcement officers be sent to Standing Rock. I’m drafting it today.

      In a news story, it said Bullock was consulting with Montana tribes about the situation there, so I imagine he won’t be sending any more troopers to North Dakota, at least not for this particular action. We figured a letter from the county that gave him more votes than any other in the state might also help dissuade him.

  2. Please provide a source or other evidence that the Governor sent MHP “to pepper spray water protectors in the face” or retract this scurrilous accusation. One may legitimately question whether MHP troopers should have been dispatched pursuant to an interstate compact(along with law enforcement from other states), it is another thing altogether to accuse Montana officers of assaulting people. Back it up with facts or back down on the inaccurate and unfair rhetoric.

  3. i agree- everyone knows that Tim Fox in the AGs office is in charge of the highway patrol- montana and north dakota has a mutual assistance/aid agreement from last year- that the signed for general purposes- ND invoked the aid request “standing order” and so Tim Fox Sent troops- the governor then learned it had been used for this and shut it down

  4. have-not has. excuse the typo

  5. Someone needs to start an investigation on the MT Republican email scandal….Where are the emails? What’s in the emails? Where are all the erased emails? What are the crooked Republicans hiding from the public?

  6. Sorry Freon, the Helenair has the story on Bullock’s deployment of the MHP:


    “After North Dakota’s request for assistance was approved by the Montana governor’s office, the Attorney General’s office authorized the use of 10 Montana Highway Patrol troopers.

    Their deployment began Oct. 29 and was scheduled to last 14 days, the news release [from the MT Dept. of Justice] stated.”

  7. Not saying MHP troopers were not sent. I want proof they were sent by the Governor “to pepper spray water protectors in the face” or proof they in fact did it. If such proof exists, I’ll jump in my car and drive to the offices of the AG and Governor and let them know it is unacceptable. Objecting to sending officers based upon the interstate compact is different than objecting to the reason why they were sent or their conduct while there. I am more concerned about the latter. After the election, I am simply tired of rhetoric that is designed to incite instead of arguments based upon facts. Mr. Koehler, put up or shut up.

    • Jeez, “Freon.” This Cowgirl blog is first and foremost about “POLITICAL GOSSIP, SATIRE” according to the masthead. And if you are “simply tired of rhetoric that is designed to incite” then perhaps the Cowgirl blog isn’t for you, as that seems to be a very common thread in most posts.

      While it’s an obvious fact to anyone looking at all the footage that law enforcement officials have “pepper sprayed water protectors in the face” I have no knowledge about what specific law enforcement officials are responsible for that United Nation’s has called the “inhuman” treatment of Native American water protectors.

      However, I feel as if my question posted above “Is Gov Bullock still sending our Montana Highway Patrol officers to the front lines to pepper spray water protectors in the face?” is well covered under the Cowgirl blog’s proud claim of “satire”…which is defined as “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.” Thanks bud.

    • Okay Koehler lied the MHP was sent to standing Rock to serve lattes to the protestors. It was just criminal – to much foam!!!

  8. I am not in favor of dispatching MHP to NoDak, but Mr. Koehler you are to satire what President Trump is to truthiness.

  9. In drafting the Dress Code 2017, the Republicans could take inspiration from First Lady Melania Trump.

  10. FWIW: According to today’s Missoula Indy (http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/etc/Content?oid=3239922):

    “The sting of knowing that her mother—a former tribal college vice president and member of the Montana Board of Regents—had been arrested only sharpened when Old Elk Stewart learned last week that Montana Highway Patrol troopers had been dispatched to assist local law enforcement in North Dakota.

    The ten MHP troopers left Oct. 29 to spend two weeks at Standing Rock in accordance with a longstanding interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

    Outcry against the move, which didn’t become public knowledge until after the Nov. 8 election, prompted Gov. Steve Bullock to issue a statement saying he would consult the tribes before approving any future requests. Old Elk Stewart calls Bullock’s promise a “good step,” but adds that “it’s upsetting that (the troopers) were sent in the first place.”

    As it turns out, the MHP troopers didn’t just stand around at Standing Rock. They were embedded in a 47-person mobile field team under the direction of the Ohio State Patrol, Department of Justice spokesman Eric Sell says. The troopers made direct contact with demonstrators once: to arrest four people who “would not disperse an unlawful gathering,” Sell says.”

  11. Prepared by Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camps

    The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council responded to a mass casualty incident that began at 6pm yesterday [Sunday] evening. Approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by our physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by police over the course of 10 hours. At least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance to 3 area hospitals.

    Police continuously assaulted demonstrators with up to three water cannons for the first 7 hours of this incident in subfreezing temperatures dipping to 22F (C) causing hypothermia in the majority of patients treated. Chemical weapons in the form of pepper spray and tear gas were also used extensively, requiring chemical decontamination for nearly all patients treated and severe reactions in many. Projectiles in the form of tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades led to numerous blunt force traumas including head wounds, lacerations, serious orthopedic injuries, eye trauma, and internal bleeding.

    Every emergency medical unit from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation responded to the incident and additional ambulances were sent from Cheyenne River Sioux tribe (South Dakota), Kidder County, and Morton County. 3 seriously injured patients were transported directly by ambulance from the scene and another 23 patients were transported by ambulance after initial assessment and treatment in camp

    FULL RELEASE AT: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Aail5LREUaOwVCEMgOiQQAgeT8nF0Je1VZZO5Fkg8A/preview

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