Let’s look at the history, who is the fiscally responsible party in Montana?
Brian Schweitzer scraped together every penny and cut every wasteful program in the state when he was fighting the recession of 2007-08.
Steve Bullock followed suit and made the rainy day fund his Rubicon with Republicans as they attempt to drain the state coffers again and again to make wasteful decisions in the name of politics.
And again we see it in the 2017 legislative session as Republicans look to play politics with Montana taxpayer dollars. This time the issue is simple. The special election will be an unexpected cost to Montana counties so to alleviate costs to the state and counties an all mail-in ballot election was proposed. Everyone liked the idea. A $750,000 savings is not a small amount of money and everyone agreed, that is until the Essman Letter.
In the beginning there was the Essmann Letter.
Emergency Chairman’s Report on the Long-term negative impact on the Montana Republican Party and Republican candidates due to Mail Ballot Elections. TL;DR – More people voting is bad for Republicans.
Then the heavens opened: Governor Bullock Headlines Maddow, Stuffs GOP Chair
TL;DR – Governor Bullock proves that saving Montanans Money and Election Integrity go hand in hand. Essmann looks the fool.
A voice from our past and a beloved figure in Montana politics provides her commentary in: Conduct to be Condemned not Con-Doaned
TL;DR – Former State Senator Mary Sheehy Moe calls out Chairman of the Kill Committee, Alan Doane for reckless and abusive behavior during hearing for SB 305. Doane yells at nice old lady testifying and has her forcibly removed from hearing.
And then a devious green smoke poured into the hearing room and Secretary of State Stapleton appeared with his henchmen in: Secretary “Reefer Madness” Stapleton Brings Henchman to Intimidate Fitzpatrick at SB305 Hearing
TL;DR – How was this guy(Stapleton) elected to statewide office? He represents no one. He lies, he’s ignorant and he uses a bodyguard to try and intimidate fiscally responsible Republicans like Steve Fitzpatrick who want to save Montana taxpayers money. Also, marijauna has something to do with mail-in ballots?
A reasonable voice cuts through the din with their expertise and intelligence as an: OFFICIAL RESPONSE: Montana Clerk and Recorders Respond to Stapleton on SB305
TL;DR When these ladies talk you listen and you enact the policy they recommend that helps them uphold our election integrity.
And Finally, the kill committee kills the bill and Republicans Prove they are the Party of Voter Suppression and Wasting Montanans’ Money
TL;DR Vote the BUMS out.
The fight isn’t over yet though, a new hope may emerge…Call 406-444-4800 and tell your legislators to support a blast motion for SB 305. Call today, right now!