As Montana’s bridges, roads, and mental health facilities overflow beyond capacity or crumble and deteriorate, there is a mounting sense of urgency over a plaster Jesus statue paid for by the anti-choice fraternal order of the Knights of Kolumbus and a confederate fountain in Helena paid for by…
by Lash, a long-time Cowgirl contributor Once again, tipsters have come to Cowgirl to point out what former reporters would have seen through. It’s a sad state of affairs when the people of your state are more willing to turn to yours truly to get…
The Center for Western Priorities released a new report this week exposing the many connections between anti-government extremist groups and beliefs and state lawmakers who support a takeover of Montana’s public lands. It’s apparent given last week’s arrival of armed, camouflaged “constitutional advocates” in Lincoln and the armed standoff at Cliven…
by Rob Kailey
Roger Koopman is the District 3 representative to the Montana Public Service Commission. As a Montana legislator, he was known as a provocateur, an eccentric, but remained at least nominally constrained by his own party leaders. As a member of the PSC, he is somewhat more able to engage in behavior that hurts Montana. At my own website I have a pet name for Mr.Roger Koopman, one I am certainly not afraid to share here. Just as a monkey flings it own poo to establish intimidation and dominance, Koopman flings lies. Hence he is, to me,
It turns out that the angry Helena Justice of the Peace who claimed the main reason for the Civil War was not slavery but banks (and that’s not all) has a history of making off color and racially charged remarks.
A look at the public Facebook page of Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley, who “Lashed Out at City Commissioners Over the Confederate Monument Debate” reveal the following:
By Nathan Kosted, a community organizer with www.LoveLivesHereFlathead.org
Last night the Kalispell School Board continued its important and brave work by moving along an update to their non-discrimination policy that would include protections for LGBT students. While a large majority of those in attendance wore light blue shirts and were supportive of the policy change a few voices decided to take the opportunity to spread hate. One would hope this type of behavior would be limited to extremists, however some elected officials in our state continue to take part.
Upset over a discussion of a confederate fountain in Helena, a local Justice of the Peace has written an angry screed to city commissioners saying that the main reason the Civil War was fought was not slavery but rather “banks.”
Swingley, who is pictured here, also decrees that…
On the eve of the Helena City Commission’s consideration of a modest proposal to add some additional educational signage at Helena’s Confederate Fountain, Mayor Jim Smith sent out an epistle to fellow commissioners outlining his arguments in opposition to the idea. Two Helena city commissioners, Katherine…
As the rest of the nation is taking down its confederate flags, statues, and monuments, two members of the Helena City Commission say its time to do something about Helena’s monument honoring the confederacy’s legacy of racism. But not every commissioner is on board.
UPDATE: This post now includes links to the Flathead Memo and Intelligent Discontent who also have posts up on this.
How an Anti-Abortion Vandal Hurt Susan Cahill…and Many, Many Others by Maggie Moran, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana This week an anti-choice vandal was sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay restitution after destroying the only clinic in the Flathead Valley to provide abortion services. …
Greg Gianforte and his wife have set up a foundation which has been bankrolling a plethera of organizations found to have been involved in deceptive practices, pushing junk science, and peddling plain, old-fashioned bad information.
A review of the stuff Gianforte is abetting includes some things we’ve all known about – and a few surprises, as a peek at the publicly-available 990s the Gianforte Family Foundation filed in 2013 show. Let’s take a look.
The gubernatorial campaign that doesn’t technically exist suffered a major setback today. Greg Gianforte, the ultra-religious Bozeman magnate, told an audience that the entire notion of retirement is fictional. As reported in the Huffington Post, Gianforte said that the bible makes no mention of “people sitting around cashing social security checks.”
“How old,” Gianforte asked, “was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”
Guest Speaker Claims “Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians” Because: Porn, Bloggers, and Access to Information
The Montana Shrugged TEA Party may have tried to rebrand itself as the Montana Center Right Coalition, but it’s still up to the old craziness. The group is sending out emails urging members to attend an event where anti-internet conspiracy theorist Josh McDowell will be speaking in Magic City at the end of June. The event is advertised at shedding some light on how “social media, the internet, and porn have converged to create the perfect storm” of problems “in our courts, schools, and even our churches.”
There is a group known as American Lands Council, which consists of a man named Ken Ivory and his wife, who travel the West and offer their services to county governments for a fee, anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
What services? They promise to help the counties fight to takeover federal public lands (known as TPL). Place like national forests and national parks, and as depicted by the group’s own map on their own website, apparently Indian Reservations and treaty lands.