Tagged: John Brenden

Posted: January 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Cowgirl Blog’s Top Nutjobs of 2013

It’s been another wacky year if TEA Party nutjob antics. From voting to keep prison sentences for being gay to a slew of racist remarks and terrible ideas, Montana elected officials, TEA Party activists, and candidates brought the crackpot craziness to mainstream politics in an embarrassing way.

Here’s a look back at some of the most outrageous comments, craziest conspiracy theories, and just plain bad ideas proposed by our witless leaders in 2013, Continue reading

Posted: November 13, 2013 at 6:31 am

Vermin and Heathens

With all the focus on the Affordable Care Act changes coming January 1, other policy changes we could see next year have gone largely unnoticed.

Early next year, the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and Department of Livestock will decide whether bison could be roaming free year-round on more than as 400,000 acres next to Yellowstone. They could also decide that nothing will change, and small existing bison zones will remain in place.

Either option is sure to upset Montana state Senator John Brenden, who demonstrated the GOP’s amazing grasp of culture, race, and science on April 11th, 2013, during his SB 143 hearing before the House Ag. Committee, when he compared wild bison in Montana to heathens, and domesticated bison to Christians:

“They are maintaining that bison from Yellowstone National Park are wildlife. There’s been bills and discussions put in, that once they are in captivity, they become domesticated, or they’re livestock. If I knew the exact transition, the moment that you go from being a heathen into a Christian, I don’t know that answer. It’s a very difficult one.”

Brenden’s comments invoke the views of white colonizers toward American Indians, who–along with the bison–were often targeted for extermination. He also said of the only genetically pure bison left (those not bred with cattle):

 

“Why do you want to spread this creeping cancer, these woolly tanks, around the state of Montana?” he asked. “Trying to bring back the buffalo in big herds across Montana is like bringing back dinosaurs. And who wants dinosaurs in Montana? I certainly don’t.”

Brendon’s bill, which basically classified bison “vermin . . . in need of extermination” was one of 14 anti-bison bills brought to the floor this past legislative session.

 

Posted: March 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Here’s How Montana Legislators Marked International Women’s Day

by Cowgirl

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Montana legislators voted down a measure to increase the penalty for domestic violence. Meanwhile, they offered strong support for bills to increase the penalty for trespassing.

Under current law, a first domestic violence offense is punishable with a $100 fine and a night in jail. But last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary committee killed a bill by Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy that would have increased the minimum penatlies for domestic abuse from to $250 and the jail time to 72 hours for the first offense. (SB 362) Continue reading

Posted: February 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

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Posted: February 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Ten Montana Senators Vote to Keep Prison Time for Gay People

by Cowgirl

On Tuesday, the Montana Senate voted, finally, to erase our “anti-sodomy law” which makes it an imprisonable crime to be gay.  Although invalidated by our state supreme court in 1997, the law has remained on our books because Republicans have always refused to go along with efforts to scrap it.

But yesterday, SB 107, a measure to strike the offensive language from our statutes finally passed the senate.  That said, the vote was far from unanimous.  Ten Republicans voted no.  They are:

Nutwatch is keeping an eye on Dave Lewis.
Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena (sponsor of bill to withdraw U.S. from the UN)
Scott Sales R-Bozeman
Sen. Scott Sales R-Bozeman
Yep, this is the Obama bullet ridden outhouse guy.
Sen. Scott Boulanger R-Darby (with infamous bullet-ridden Obama outhouse.)
Sen. Dee Brown R-Hungry Horse
Sen. Dee Brown R-Hungry Horse (Pictured rallying to ‘save’ a plastic statue of Jesus.)
Verdell Jackson is from Kalispell
Sen. Verdell Jackson R-Kalispell (Says keeping this law on the books “protects him from getting propositioned on the street.”

 

 

Yikes
Sen. Rick Ripley R-Wolf Creek
Senator John Brenden's got federal cash, poor people should F*** off.
Sen. John Brenden R-Scobey (yep, he’s the legislature’s largest recipient of federal farm subsidies, but opposes Medicaid expansion for poor.)

 

Matthew Rosendale wants gay people imprisoned.
Sen. Matthew Rosendale R-Glendive
Bigotry doesn't become him.
Sen. Fred Thomas R-Stevensville, Bitterrooter
He's the dog killer.
Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings (This guy was convicted of beating and shooting his neighbors’s pets Katie and Alli, both black labs.)

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: October 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

The Foul 57

Republican candidates across the county have tried to distance themselves from Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who believes that rape victims should be forced to give birth and said that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

That’s been much more difficult for GOPers in Montana.

A whopping 57 candidates for the Montana legislature actually voted for an amendment to the Montana Constitution to ban abortion, under all circumstances, with no exception for rape or incest.  Sen. Debby Barrett (R-Dillon) was one of them, as democratic challenger Richard Turner of Dillan smartly points out in a mail piece (pictured).

The forced birth for rape victims amendment  cleared the house and the senate with 96 votes. All Republicans voted for it except Lila Evans.  However, because it takes a 2/3 vote of 150 legislators to amend the constitution,  the amendment failed by only four votes.

Below the fold is the list of current legislative candidates who voted in favor of forced births for victims of rape and incest.  Check it out to see if your legislator is on it–I’ve alphabetized the list by town.

Shamefully, Jonathan Windy Boy and Gene Vuckovich also made the list. To be sure, there are many more GOP candidates for legislature who share these beliefs but weren’t in the 2011 session–like Scott Sales. There are also many more Republican legislators who voted for this but aren’t up for re-election this year.

 Rick Hill, Steve Daines, and Tim Fox all support Akin’s position.  Rehberg was an early major donor to Akin.

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Posted: March 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Republican Who Took $495,000 in Federal Subsidies Wants to Cut Education, Food Assistance

Senator John Brenden's got federal cash, poor people should suck it up and go without.Welfare queen Montana state Senator  John Brenden (R-Scobey), who in recent times has lined his pockets with half a million smackeroos from US taxpayers for doing nothing, tried Friday to burnish his tea party credentials by lecturing David Ewer, Schweitzer’s budget director, at a committee hearing.  Brenden believes that even though the state has $300 million surplus, we should be cutting education and core social services for the neediest.

As Ewer got heated criticism from the GOP for trying to protect funding for essential services and education, Brenden cautioned him:

“I’m 69 years old,” Brenden said. “I think these times globally and in the United States and Montana are probably some of the scariest times that I’ve gone through. … I just think we really have to watch our P’s and Q’s when we watch our dollars.  When the economy is bad, we tighten to tighten our belt,” he said. “I think by tightening our belt and watching our spending and being conservative with our dollars is not a hard thing to look at, it’s a realistic thing.”

Brenden is helping in the general effort by the GOP to have the State of Montana cease taking any federal money.  In other words, now that Brenden has his own personal stash, why would Montana need federal funds?