[Note: This is a guest post by independent political blogger Moorcat, who has written some recent popular posts on Cowgirl about the Affordable Care Act.]
This evening, my wife received an email from Steve Daines – our lone House of Representatives Congressman. In this email, he states he is taking a “survey” of the reactions of Montanans to the Federal ACA insurance exchange. Everything you ever wanted to know about how Steve Daines’s position on the ACA can be found in that email. For brevity, I will simply provide a link to this message posted on his official Legislative website. Continue reading
Evangelizing to the far-right rather than actually representing constituents is “eroding the effectiveness of some of our elected state representatives,” says a Republican and former Montana state legislator.
Following yet another embarrassing legislative session, a panel of lawmakers have been tasked with finding “ways to restore trust, respect, faith and confidence in the legislative branch.” The panel discussed ways to keep the legislature in Helena more often (the worst nightmare of anyone who is not a sitting legislator.) Continue reading
A public opinion poll was released today showing that Congressman Steve Daines has an abysmal 39% job approval rating. The poll is conducted annually by Montana State University professors and students, in Billings. Steve Bullock has a strong rating at 53%. Baucus and Tester are in the 40s, Tester having perhaps been unavoidably dragged down by what’s going on in Washington, and by Obama whose numbers in Montana are very poor (29%).
If we are to believe this poll, it means that Daines is the most unpopular Montana elected official since Judy Martz.
[This spoof article about former state legislator Tom Burnett's new 2013 "study" called "Deceptions in the Hunger Crusade," in which he purports to prove that no one should help hungry children get something to eat is making the rounds via email. While the quotes appear to be satirical, these are the same arguments Burnett actually makes in his new study. The credo is Burnett's exact wording.]
Former state legislator Tom Burnett (R-TEA Bozeman), Montana’s leading crusader for barring hungry kids from receiving food, reached out to food banks today claiming he has new groundbreaking research to prove there is no such thing as childhood hunger.
Writing from an undisclosed bunker in Gallatin County, Burnett said “I embarked on this crusade with a simple goal: to keep basic low-cost food out of the reach of ordinary Montana children who God chose to punish by bringing them up to parents who don’t make a lot of money. And while a battle was lost when voters booted me from office, that dream—that precious, cherished dream—will live on.” Continue reading
Montana’s head elections regulator ruled this week that American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated with a GOP legislative candidate, Dan Kennedy R-Laurel. Now, Montana’s top election regulator says he’s launching an investigation into other candidates ATP may have coordinated with.
ATP is the right-wing political attack group that was instrumental in bringing us the nation’s most bat-crap crazy state legislatures in 2011 and 2013. Kennedy’s primary opponent was but one of several GOP candidates who complained about ATPs activities to elect hard right-wingers over more moderate republicans.
As KUFM’s Dan Boyce reports, an investigation into illegal campaign activity
“is now expanding to include Continue reading
[Thanks to Larry Campbell of Darby for this quest post, which also appeared in the Ravalli Republic ]
Trying to rationalize her vote against Bitterrooters relying on Title X low-income health care (Valley Viewpoint, 10/10/13) Commissioner Foss sets up a flimsy straw man to argue with and then loses the argument. She claims, “Morality has been the heartbeat of this wondrous and unique nation…Those who first (sic) stepped upon our shore did so seeking religious freedom.” Setting aside who got here first and the morality of seizing Indian land by force, the fact is morality is not the same as religion. Religion is a membership institution. Many religious people lack morality; many moral people do not sign up for a religion. Continue reading
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. You already know. But this time, Ravalli County Commissioner Suzy Foss has outdone herself.
Commissioner Foss has used the local paper to unleash a dizzying mix of factual inaccuracies, scientific distortions, banal TEA party platitudes, and embarrassing misunderstanding of basic facts to justify making Ravalli County the only county in Montana to refuse public health funding for local men and women. Continue reading
Tim and Chuck Baldwin are hosting a convention in Kalispell next Sunday in Kalispell to discuss their latest plan to fight the “tyranny” of the federal government.
They’re featuring former Montana conservative activist Rob Natelson who will discuss the Baldwins’ goal of nullifying federal laws. The Baldwins admittedly do not recognize the supremacy clause of the US Constitution. They say it is a tool of “socialist and nationalist ideologues” designed to bring “state annihilation.” Continue reading