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This kind of thing definitely calls a judge’s impartiality into question, so it seems Bozeman city officials made the right decision not to re-appoint Monforton. You can draw your own conclusions regarding what this says about the kind of people Rick Hill chooses to hire.
Fox is trying to hide behind the hundreds of thousands of dollars that his corporate bosses– including the Koch brothers, the insurance industry and the cigarette companies–are bankrolling him with.
He can run from his record, but he can’t really hide from it because this new site will give you the chance to meet the real enchilada. You’ll learn, for example, thatTim Fox has profited from wealthy out-of-state landowners, including Huey Lewis, that want to cut Montanans off from public waterways.
The level of stupid among TEA Party Republican candidates running for office this cycle is certainly astounding. We have seen this before in legislative races, but for some reason the GOP primary for the Governor has attracted some of the absolute stupidest human beings that have ever lived. Every now and then, one of them miraculously gets an article in the local newspaper.
This is the case of Bob Fanning and Chuck Baldwin, who recently took legal action that will appeal to a certain key GOP voting bloc: bigoted conspiracy theory morons, or, as they are called in TEA Party circles “states’ rights advocates.”
The TEA Party Republicans are suing to change the way census figures are used to draw congressional districts. They say by following the Constitutional mandate to include undocumented workers in the count, a black person who some call President Barack Obama is “rigging the census.” It’s a “monstrous” conspiracy to dilute the political power of citizens who live in districts with lots of white people, such as Montana.
“This rigging will keep Montana from having a second congressional representative,” Baldwin said. “If the illegals in California, Texas and Florida are not included, then Montana will receive two congressional seats and four electoral votes. Under Obama’s rigging plan, Montana will continue to have only one congressional seat and three electoral votes.”
If Fanning and Baldwin are successful, undocumented workers won’t be counted when Congressional delegations are counted, meaning they would be paying taxes without being represented within their state.
Perhaps Fanning and Baldwin were home-schooled, otherwise they would surely be aware of a certain fight over this involving events known as the Boston TEA Party and the Revolutionary War.
Himes and another right-wing pastor who conspired with him in the scam lured the victim to an abandoned building in Mexico that they had claimed was the site of their “investment” and then left him. This looks pretty bad. Presumably when you steal money from a gringo and leave him in the middle of Mexico, you’re hoping he doesn’t make it back state-side to turn you in.
The scam was shut down by Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen.
‘I went to the edge, but I didn’t fall over the edge.’
The Indiana state Rep, Republican Phillip Hinkle, also says he doesn’t know why he set up the meeting, but in emails released from the exchange with the teen Hinkle writes:
‘I am an in shape married professional, 5’8″, fit 170 lbs, and love getting and staying naked.’
Hinkle was the sponsor of the state’s “In God We Trust” license plates, and has voted against marriage equality.
In an unrelated instance, photos of another married, anti-gay Republican legislator, this time from Puerto Rico, surfaced on the gay hook-up site Grindr this week. The Republican says he can’t remember if he took the pictures of himself or not, but offered an excuse in case they turn out to be pictures of him:
‘You know I’ve been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I’ve been taking pictures.’
One of Tim Ravndal’s “friends” on Facebook is Tom Burnett, candidate for the Montana Legislature in Bozeman. Burnett keeps a really unique blog, and below is one of his posts, almost as awful as Ravndal’s comments.
We always watch Hawk TV, the student produced TV program that airs Friday mornings for about 8 minutes. We are frequently subjected to promotions for gay and lesbian group meetings. This day there was an advertisement for a new support (dating facilitation?) group. Previously the only one was the Gay-Straight Alliance that meets Fridays at 3:45 at the Bridger Alternative School. Now there is a second such group. It is called the Queer Youth Support Group and it meets, (recruits?) at Bridger Clinic, weekly. This group is sponsored by a group called the Bozeman Gay Lesbian Bi-sexual Transgender Intersexed and Questioning Resource Center. (Is it only amatter of time before the umbrella covers pedophiles, necrophiles, and zoophiles? When will the high school advertise a group called Beastiality Acceptance Alliance, BAA?) The TV spot claimed that 10% of Bozeman’s population is homosexual. This could be liberty with numbers.
Then there’s the fact that Ravndal and Burnett are more than just Facebook friends, it appears they’ve organized events together while Ravndal was Tea Party president. Burnett is identified as one of the organizers of the event in this story.