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Washington GOP Chair Cites “War on Women” in Her Own Equal Pay Complaint
The new chair of the Washington state Republican Party cited the war on women when she decried the fact that the she was being paid $20k less to do the same job as her male predecessor.
The Seattle Times reported last week that Susan Hutchison, new chair of the WA GOP, had angered local Republicans by bringing up the war on women–one source still insisted that the war on women didn’t exist, the paper reported.
TEA Partier Larry Klayman launched his “second American Revolution” today. As Right Wing Watchreports, he is so sure it will be a complete success “that he has already planned a second Continental Congress to organize a new system of government.”
For some reason, the millions Klayman predicted did not show up. Photos from the revolution indicate a presence of only about 70 TEA baggers who showed up to overthrow the U.S. government. To be sure, this is much better turnout than a Montana woman got who organized a previous attempt to oust the president. That event was attended by only three people, two of whom were some kind of park security asking if birther and anti-tribal activist Kate Vandemoer had a permit.
Anyway, Klayman and company led a rally this morning in front of the White House.
Photos from the event show people wearing confederate flag hats, so perhaps there was some disagreement about whether it was a second Revolutionary War or a second Civil War they plan to wage. However, there were also those present holding signs declaring that they are not racists, lest for some reason we think otherwise.
Let me start by saying I didn’t have a burning desire to run for reelection.
So with some reluctance I made the decision to run for another term.
To be sure, Ellison also says “I hope it doesn’t come across as egotistical to suggest that some people think that I have some skills that can be applied to an advantage for the community serving as a city commissioner.”
“Some people” may indeed think so, but it just doesn’t sound like Ellison’s own heart is really in it. With three candidates running for two seats, this probably makes the choice an easier one for many.
Also running is Andres Haladay, who’s already on the doors, and is the current chair of the Helena Citizens Commission. He’s got a website up haladayforhelena.com. Haladay is endorsed by several popular Helena progressives including current city commissioner Katherine Haque-Hausrath, state Senator Christine Kaufman, and Rep. Jenny Eck.
The third candidate is David Nielsen who was formerly the Helena City Attorney. He also has a website nielsenforhelena.com.
Go read the whole piece at the Helena Vigilante. One surprising revelation–not a single candidate discusses perhaps Helena’s most pressing issue–the near total lack of snow plowing in Helena throughout the winter months.
It seems that when Tim Fox, the Attorney General, got the request from reporter to see the list of concealed weapon holders, he responded not to the reporter but instead to every county sheriff in the state, all 56 of them, informing them that he had received the request from the press regarding the weapons holders, and was hereby denying it. Fox also made sure to reveal the identity of the reporter who had submitted the request. Continue reading →
A Great Falls resident is raising questions about the financial relationship between the city government and an organization that has ties to several city council members.
In a letter to the mayor and Commissioners, Linda Metzger asks why a cat room she donated $10,000 to help build never materialized. She also asks for and explanations and financial transactions the city has made with an organization called the Great Falls Animal Foundation. Several city officers and employees have been or are Animal Foundation leaders or board members, one board officer is city attorney.
This is the same bunch that local dog trainer Susan Overfield was assaulted over when she tried to point out a conflict of interest between and among them and the city of Great Falls.
Not two years ago, the city paid a cool half million dollar settlement to the local woman who, a judge ruled, was assaulted, beaten, falsely imprisoned–and deprived of all her Constitutional rights to liberty, speech, and participation in government–all because she made some comments that were critical of the city over what she saw as a conflict of interest and shady handling of the animal shelter contract which was awarded to the Animal Foundation. Continue reading →
Theinfighting and ideological dysfunction plaguing the Republican Party in Montana has gotten so bad that the national party is staging an intervention, the Associated Pressis reporting this week.
The conflicts on the Republican side highlight the tug of war over the GOP’s future as national leaders working to improve the party’s brand. At the same time, the Republican dysfunction raises questions about the GOP’s ability to coordinate political activities in battleground states ahead of next year’s midterm congressional elections.
In an attempt to cauterize party infighting, the Republican National Committee announced this week that it has hired a dozen new state directors to intervene with the most troubled state parties, Montana among them. The list also includes California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
In some states, the problems include lack of leadership and forays into ideological outer space on social issues. In other states, the problem is TEA Party dominance. Party in-fighting and high-profile court cases are also causing trouble.
Montana’s Republican Party suffers from all of these problems. We’ll see if a heavier hand from the national party makes any difference.
A growing national women’s group founded and based in Montana has put up a spot-on parody ad targeting the makers of Glade “air fresheners,” SC Johnson and Company. The ad mocks the company for refusing to disclose the toxic chemicals in their products even as they tout their supposed commitment to ingredient disclosure.
Here’s the spoof by Women’s Voices for the Earth and SumofUs.org . (Note that the cast features Nate McConnell, an attorney in Missoula, Sara Close and Cassidy Randall, along with some super cute local MT children.)
Basically, people are outraged at the cleaning product giant after independent test results commissioned by Women’s Voices for the Earth revealed Glade air fresheners contain chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive harm in baby boys, increased risk of breast cancer, and allergic reactions.
Meanwhile, SC Johnson’s own advertising statements tout the company’s supposed commitment to honesty and transparency:
“We know you value transparency, and we’re committed to sharing what’s inside our products,”…“Today’s families want to know what’s in the household cleaning and air freshening products they use in their homes,”“That’s why we disclose all ingredients… So you know what you’re bringing into your home.”
That might be true in the European Union, where disclosure rules are stricter, but the corporation has chosen to leave U.S. consumers in the dark. Which is ridiculous – since Glade products already have labels about their ingredients there, the company could easily do it here too.
Along with the ad, the groups delivered a letter to SC Johnson–with 55,000 signatures–demanding that they disclose the ingredients in their fragrances.
What do you know, a Vice President at SC Johnson called Cassidy Randall of Women’s Voices for the Earth the the next day so it will be interesting to see if the company means business or is simply full of hot, toxic chemical-laden air.