The person who was somehow elected as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November with little or no name recognition, knowledge of the position, or support from really anyone has decided to eliminate an immensely successful program from the OPI website and has disappeared it in talking points as well.
Graduation matters was a program that our beloved Denise Juneau started in 2009 and raised the graduation rate of Montana high schools from 80% to 86% in just 6 short years. So, obviously in this bizarre Donald Trump is President world we live in this program was cut? Nothing seems to make sense anymore. Up is down, left is right, the Russians are good. Who knows.
How did this happen?
While Greg Gianforte flooded the airwaves with his ads about airplane costs in New Jersey or whatever his campaign was about, there were actual campaigns for the other four statewide elected offices that ran completely under the radar. OPI is one of those four. Auditor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State being the three others. Republicans swept these offices mostly due to the fact that Gianforte self-funded his own race so the state Republican party could funnel all of its dark money to these other four races spending over a million dollars in mailers for the candidates for these offices.
The cover that Gianforte provided was very effective for these races and the main reason they won. The Montana media is overwhelmed and underfunded. The sexy race was Gianforte’s shit-show that no one could take their eyes off. Everyone wanted to see what the magical number was for buying the Governor’s seat in Montana. Well, Montanans proved, they are not for sale.
Sadly what Greg “Money Bags” Gianforte did purchase was some down-ballot races for candidates that I wouldn’t hire to clean a truck stop along I-90 during chili dog awareness month.
Elsie Arntzen may be the worst, but it’s really hard to say when Matt Rosendale was elected. Matt Rosendale ran for the office of Auditor with the slogan, ‘I’m not Barack Obama.’ As if his frighteningly pale complexion or amazingly confusing accent didn’t prove that his policies of guns, god and no gays probably did.
This post is really just a pressure valve post-election, its rambling, incoherent nature mimics the reality we are currently living in; absurd. May god(or whoever you prefer) have mercy on our souls…Don’t even get me started on Corey Stapleton or Tim Fox.