2017 MT Legislature



There’s No Vaccine for Stupid: Anti-Vaxxers Take Up Raw Milk

  Does everyone remember when the anti-vaxxers got all riled up on behalf of preserving archaic illnesses other countries eradicated 50 years ago? These bunker-dwelling Montanans did not prevail, but are back in force with a new plan to preserve their freedom to expose your children to diseases…

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Updated: Kelly McCarthy Fights for Statewide Equality

Update: Join Montanans in Support of LGBTQ Equality at the LGBTQ Lobby Day on Monday, February 20th in Helena at the Capitol McCarthy introduced a statewide non-discrimination bill to prevent discrimination against the LGBTQ community in renting, employment, and public accommodation. The bill is HB…

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Nutjob Bills in the 2017 Legislature

Here are some of the ridiculous pieces of legislation that have been put forward in 2017 by some of the crackpot Republicans who control the Montana legislature. This is not a joke. These are real bills, and they are currently taking priority in the Montana legislature over anything legitimate that would create jobs or help people afford healthcare.

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Unions Set To Merge?

By Montana Cowtales This page appeared on Facebook this week: https://www.facebook.com/MontanaUnified/ , signaling the public face of merger discussions between the Montana Public Employees Association and the MEA-MFT. The MEA-MFT is largely a teachers’ union with a mix of pink- and white-collar public employees while…

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Greg Gianforte and Richard Spencer

Please pray for Republicans and Greg Gianforte. A battle for the soul of the Republican Party is being waged. Will Gianforte and Co side with Richard Spencer and Steve Bannon(remember Bannon tutored Spencer) who have taken over the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and…

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Schooled by a Schoolgirl

Cross-posted from State Senator Dick Barrett’s blog: Barrett for SD 45 By Dick Barrett and Isabelle Earl Last week, when I presented a bill to the Judiciary Committee providing for primary enforcement of the state’s seat belt law, Isabelle Earl, who’s 15, showed up to…

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AFP/Koch Brothers Threaten Montana Elected Officials

  An ultimatum has been issued. Either Montana legislators do as the Koch Brothers’ minions demand or they will be punished. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports AFP staffer David Herbst threatened legislators while testifying on a proposed minimum wage increase. Herbst told legislators that if…

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Fred Thomas

GUEST POST: Fred Thomas is back as Senate Majority Leader: what could possibly go wrong?

By Bitterrooter

The Republican leadership in the Montana Legislature has just announced that Fred Thomas has been named Majority Leader of the state Senate.

When Senator Thomas announced his intended candidacy for returning to the State Senate way back in 2011, he was quoted as saying, “My campaign platform is simple… Let’s learn from recent mistakes. As they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Bitterroot Star, 11/30/2011). 

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Tuesday Quicktakes

On the TPP, whether Austin Knudsen has released his dress code for the 2017 legislature yet, the legislature’s use of private emails for official state business, and Standing Rock.

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GUEST POST: Let’s move forward together

by Mary Ann Dunwell

Finding the inner strength, resilience and forgiveness to move forward together as Montanans, Americans and communities of good will, may seem insurmountable after Tuesday’s Presidential election. I ask for your resolve to do just that.

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