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Montana Organizing Project is hosting a series of open forums and screenings of The Dream is Now, a documentary by Academy-Award winning director Davis Guggenheim, across the state to educate and discuss this complex issue.
The documentary will be free and open to the public Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Speakers will include Democratic National Delegate Jorge Quintana, Immigration Attorney Shahid Haque-Hausrath and Pastor Tyler Amundson.
Its worth noting that more than half of all immigrants to this county are women.
It’s also worth telling our Senators to remove a provision by Orrin Hatch, who is famous for screwing middle class Americans for the benefit of large Fortune 500 corporations. Hatch led the charge to amend the bill to more than double the number of outsourcing Visa’s (H-1Bs) allowed under the law– and Oracle’s lobbying team was right there with him, prodding him. Amending the H-1B law makes it easier to import workers, to help multinational companies import many more of them, and to lower the burden of proof (regarding shortages in the domestic workforce) that companies must meet to be granted the right to import a foreign worker. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois and champion of workers, railed against the entire H-1B scheme as nothing more than a scheme which allows the largest companies in America to circumvent the normal immigration rules–and the U.S. market wages.
Texas has the highest share of uninsured people in the U.S. — about 24 percent of its adult population — and confronts billions of dollars worth of uncompensated hospital care every year. Montana also comes in high – more than 20 percent of our population is uninsured. Montana sees hundreds of millions in uncompensated care costs.
Incumbent GOP Chair Will Deschamps says he has a bold vision that will lift his party like “a phoenix rising from the ashes.” But conspicuously absent from Deschamps’ win goals are the the U.S. senate race and a Daines’ re-election campaign.
The ad features Claire Kelly, a gun owner and grandmother from Stevensville, who is one of the of 23,000 gun owners supporting sensible gun reform at GunOwnersForReform.com
Lawmakers in the Senate have said background checks would come up for another vote this year, U.S. News’s Rebecca Metzler reports. After the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s full-page newspaper ads ran in 20 papers across Montana this past week, the NRA announced a newspaper ad last Thursday specifically attacking the citizen’s group and defending Baucus. As Greg Sargent at the Washington Post writes, this ad “suggests the NRA may still believe Baucus is gettable as a vote for Manchin-Toomey.”
Here’s the transcript of the ad:
I’m a grandmother, a hunter and a gun owner.
I’ve been the victim of a home invasion.
I hid my girls in a closet, called for help, aimed my handgun at the door and waited.
Guns can protect us but we’re less safe with guns in the wrong hands.
79% of Montana voters support background checks.
So why did Senator Max Baucus vote against us?
Senator Baucus, now that you’re retiring, please put Montana first.
A coalition of immigration reform advocates from across Montana is urging Congress to pass a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the US Senate. These folks are holding a rally in Bozeman on May 1–joining immigration advocates across the U.S. for a nationwide day of action to advance an immigration fix.
The ”Keeping Families Together” rally will feature a broad group speakers from various faiths, including people directly impacted by current immigration laws as well as American Indians, business leaders, labor leaders, and representatives of many other groups and interests.
Current policy make it nearly impossible for someone to enter the US and remain here legally on a path to citizenship. There simply is no “line” to join. Meanwhile, smart immigration policies would increase the GDP by $1.5 trillion over ten years, whereas the wrong kind of deportation procedures will cost $2.6 trillion a year.
March: Begins in Lindley Park at 1pm
Rally: Begins at 2 pm at the Bozeman Public Library where speakers will share their stories and their reasons for supporting these reforms
WHEN: Wednesday May 1, 2013
WHERE: 1 pm Lindley Park, 2 pm Bozeman Public Library
The coalition is sponsored by: Montana Organizing Project, MT AFL-CIO, SEIU, MT Immigrant Justice Alliance, MT Human Rights Network, and Salud y Comunidad: Latinos en Montana in partnership with the Gallatin Valley Human Rights Task Force.
I hate to throw water on it, but my take has always been that such a matchup will never occur. Baucus will either run uncontested with Schweitzer moving on to another career; or, if Schweitzer does decide to jump in, Baucus will jump out. A third scenario is that Baucus jumps out even without Schweitzer running, to take a job as a judge or ambassador. Any of these three scenarios are plausible. That being said, the fourth scenario, an all out war, would be great news for bloggers if nothing else.
Corey Stapleton, former state senator from Billings, has thrown his hat into the ring for US Senate, for the right to challenge Max Baucus in the race. Stapleton turned in a fair effort for Governor in 2012, but ran out of steam in the end. In his gubernatorial campaign, Stapleton informed us that he served in the Navy and once was a wrestler. The question is what, specifically, he will propose as a candidate or will criticize Baucus for. His first day on the hustings produced bland, empty charges of “big deficits in Washington” and the like. Generally speaking, the GOP field is shaping up to be seven dwarfs with no Snow White. Champ Edmunds, Scott Reichner, Stapleton–all are state legislators with little to recommend them beyond their service in the legislature. And as usual with Republican primaries in Montana, the field will likely consist of all, or nearly all, men. Continue reading →
Gearing up for the 2014 election, Max Baucus has announced that he wants to overturn the Citizens’ United decision of the Supreme Court, the ruling that blew the door open for corporations to spend unlimited money in elections. Baucus has put forth a constitutional amendment that would have the effect of reversing the ruling.
Baucus, however, has an enormous burden of proof to meet if he wants to be taken seriously on this issue. For starters, he voted for the confirmation of John Roberts, the Supreme Court chief justice who engineered the Citizens United decision. Continue reading →