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A Montana state senator and professor of economics is calling foul on GOP Attorney General Tim Fox for obscuring the facts about an initiative that would cost the state billions and eliminate health care for 100,000 of the state’s poorest children.
The state lawmaker and PhD economist called Fox’s official explanation of the cost of a ballot measure to nullify the Affordable Care Act “entirely inadequate” and says it “grossly misstates the principal findings of the fiscal note on which it is based.” Continue reading →
As you all know, Montana Republicans are a nativist and xenophobic crew, who hurl “out-of-state” as a nasty insult and love to tout the number of generations back that their lineage has lived in Montana. Many a pale chest is thumped mightily as if these men had a role in choosing the location of their births.
So we should assume that the GOP power brokers are currently holding an emergency meeting in a smoke-filled room somewhere, urgently trying to decide how to handle a shocking development within the party: Continue reading →
Small Businessman and Former State Manager Files for Lewis & Clark County Commission
If you’ve been following what’s going on in Ravalli and Lincoln Counties lately I don’t have to tell you how important it is to vote for responsible, intelligent and competent county leaders instead of angry ideologues.
So it’s good news that longtime resident, community activist and former State Fund manager Dennis Small is running for Lewis & Clark County Commission. Small, a democrat, is running to improve the level of communications between county agencies and residents. He says he’ll also make responsible growth planning and wise use water policy priorities.
On his first day on the job, U.S. Senator John Walsh (D-MT) got right to work.
Among his first acts was to announce his plans to co-sponsor the Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, the Center for Public Integrity reports, which will make campaign finance reports more transparent, more quickly.
The bill requires senators and Senate candidates to electronically file their campaign finance disclosures with the Federal Election Commission. Its main sponsor is fellow Montanan Jon Tester, who Montanans sent to Washington after becoming fed up with the corruption and pay-to-play games of Conrad Burns.
The officers of the Lewis & Clark County Republican Central Committee are not immune to the internal bickering between hard right Republicans and establishment members that has plagued the state and the nation. They’ve enacted an interesting new rule recently which Continue reading →
—GOP legislative candidate Matthew Monforton. Since Monforton wrote a letter to the editor in the Bozeman Chronicle this week denigrating the elected body he himself is seeking to join as a “parliament of whores,” he is clearly is this week’s winner.
If the GOP-TEA controlled legislature is full of people he calls “whores,” why does Monforton want to be part of it?
Monforton waxes apoplectic against the “whores” elected by the Montana Republican Party in this letter, yet has he accepted the Republican Party’s cash Continue reading →