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A white supremacy group leader who has called for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing” that would clear parts of North America for only white people was profiled on the Rachel Maddow show this week.
Here’s the clip:
The Human Rights Network has done some research on this group, which calls itself the National Policy Institute.
In 2011, they held an event at the National Press Club to release its report called “Majority Strategy: Why the GOP Must Win White America.” The report urged the Republican Party to “reach in” to its base of white voters instead of “reaching out” to minorities. The report told the GOP to embrace immigration restrictions, end civil rights laws, and stop all forms of affirmative action.
The group’s leader, Richard Spencer, recently moved the group from Georgia to Whitefish. He says: “It is perfectly feasible for a white state to be established on the North American continent,” adding, “I have a dream.”
Is up at the Flathead Memo, where James Conner writes about Rep. Steve Lavin’s property owners voting rights act. A sample:
Lavin’s bill does not require the property owners to be white Christian men, but amendments to that effect are always possible, given potential unconstitutionality is not that credible a deterrent to Republican excesses.
Rep. Scott Reichner, R-Bigfork, has introduced a bill to change our election laws so that libertarians can no longer gum up the works for the GOP. This is an effort that we all presumed would be made this session, given the humiliation suffered by Denny Rehberg when a full seven percent of right wing voters walked way from him and voted Libertarian.
James Conner at the Flathead Memo has already written a couple ofgood posts on this that you’ll also want to read.
And so Reichner has now been assigned by his party to propose that we replace our current primary election with a “Top Two” primary system. Continue reading →
A Flathead County official is claiming that citizens who want to see the public documents related to Dennis Rehberg’s boat crash must pay a photocopying fee of $82.50–even if no copies are made.
Flathead area blogger James Conner contacted the county requesting that a PDF of the Rehberg boat crash documents be made available electronically. He was told that the hefty photocopying fee must be paid even if no photocopies were produced. You can see the exchange for yourself at the Flathead Memo.
People of the Flathead, this is your county government in action. If it costs them $82.50 to push the send button on an email, I’d hate to see what they charge for answering their own phones.
Have you been eagerly awaiting news of what’s next for the crackerjack slate of GOP-ers who failed to win their party’s nomination for Governor?
In an email presumably addressed to the one “Gentleman” who must have inquired along these lines, the former running mate of international prostitute guide-book author Neil Livingstone has provided an answer to that question.
As James Conner at the Flathead Memo reports, former state Senator Ryan Zinke (R-Whitefish) has begun raising money for a super-PAC. The PAC is called “SOFA,” though it is not meant to intentionally invoke the couch-potato-ish manner in which Livingstone and Zinke attempted to fund their own unsuccessful campaign for Governor and Lt. Gov of Montana. Instead, Zinke will be raising money for this super-PAC via the no-fail method of selling water bottles online. Stylish men’s sleeveless t-shirts like this one are also on offer, which you’ll want to order now before the TEA Partiers buy them all up.
Zinke’s entire email is pasted below:
I am pleased to announce the stand-up of Special Operations for America (SOFA) and the soforamerica.org website. SOFA is a super Political Action Committee (PAC) with a simple mission: Defeat the Obama train wreck by leveraging various Special Operations organizations and military members in the key battleground states. As you know, the military is not politically monolithic and it is critical that all active and prior serviceman are both informed and energized. SOFA will be the voice of the Special Operations community by providing well researched and documented media presentations that expose the truth about the state of our military and related National Security interests. We are all in this fight together and with your help, we shall prevail. Please pass the website to all. An electronic copy of the SOFA organization and specific objectives is available upon request.
The Flathead Memo is reporting on a crackpot TEA Party end-of-the world pledge that has actually been signed by four candidates running for statewide office of the Republican ticket.
Signers include Derek Skees, Republican for State Auditor who proudly wore a Confederate flag emblazoned on his jacket during the Whitefish Memorial Day parade. Skees is running against the current office holder Monica Lindeen (D), who is seeking a second term. Drew Turiano, Republican for Secretary of State also signed. Turiano is the guy who sent out a mailer advocating that the U.S. turn away all immigrants, whether they had legal documents or no. Turiano is running against current Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D).
Among other things, the Republicans pledged to “defend state sovereignty” and to ”oppose, or modify to eliminate, or negate, every Federal law, regulation, or bureaucracy.” Presumably this means every Federal law that, as hopeful state elected officials, they oppose and claim was wrongfully enacted. Probably the Civil Rights Act is on the list.