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TEA Party Lawmaker Says Animal Shelter Workers are Terrorist Threat

A Montana TEA Party legislator yesterday said during a speech on the floor of the House of Theresa ManzellaRepresentatives yesterday that animal shelter workers were a terrorist threat.

TEA Party Rep. Theresa Manzella (R-Ravalli) is sponsoring a bill would eliminate the ability of law enforcement to use animal shelter staff to assist in the rescue and sheltering of animals in cases of alleged animal cruelty and abuse.  (HB 179) Apparently she believes one reason the bill is needed is that animal shelter workers are likely terrorists.

“During the past several years special interest extremism as characterized Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front has emerged as a serious terrorist threat.

The FBI estimates that these organizations have committed at least 600 criminal acts in the United states since 1996.  resulting in damages in excess of $42 million.  Today, those people who have been convicted of their crimes, of the damages in estimation of
$42 million, they work for the Humane Society of the United States.

One in particular, his goal is the total abolition of animal agriculture. I ‘d like you to keep that in mind.”

You can hear her speech, delivered on the floor of the Montana House of Representatives on February 16, 2015, on Youtube here:

This ludicrous conspiracy mongering is a disservice to Montanans.  It is beneath us, and does not belong in Montana’s lawmaking process.

Meanwhile Republicans in the Montana state senators managed to vote down a good bill by Sen. Tom Facey (D-Missoula) last week that would have required animal abusers to pay a bond for the animals’ care  after they have been removed by law enforcement.  They managed to kill the common sense measure without calling anyone terrorists.   That bill was SB 115.


Waging War on the Poor

Steve DainesRepublicans will tell you they don’t hate the poor–its the “deficit” they hate.  But the deficit reduction crowd is for reducing the deficit only in the screeching that passes for their rhetoric. In reality, Republican Steve Daines is pushing deep cuts to the food-stamp program or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) as it is now known.  He’s combined these cuts new with wacky new restrictions.  All of this arose from long-standing hatred within the Republican Party toward poor people and minorities, as Elizabeth Drew brilliantly writes in a recent edition of Rolling Stone. 

TEA Party effigy Ronald Reagan fabricated one of Republicans’ favorite fairy tales, Drew explains.  That of the

“welfare queen” driving around in a Cadillac and the “strapping young bucks” said to be dining on T-bone steaks purchased with food stamps touched a racist nerve that is more prevalent in this country than we care to admit.

Of course, besides the racial element, among the True Believers, hurting poor people is also thought to be an effective hex against TEA Party primary challengers.

RepTomBurnettOfficialCowgirlBlogHeadshotProving once and for all  that the snake on a yellow background is the perfect symbol for the TEA Party is Tom Burnett, a former state legislator who has become obsessed with preventing poor people from getting enough to eat. For a peek into the serpents’ nest of irrationality that is this guy’s brain, look no further than the Bozeman Chronicle, which has published the latest round of Burnett’s lies, unsubstantiated anecdotes, and incoherent wackiness.  (I’m not linking to it. Reading his nonsense would mean taking 2 minutes of your life you could never get back.)

Burnett says the world’s richest nation shouldn’t help poor with a small amount of food each month because this help costs roughly $78 billion annually. Food stamps are far from an extravagant benefit–$1.40 per person per meal.  One chicken breast will cost you about $2.50.

What neither Daines nor Burnett is  telling you is that food stamps only account for 2 percent of the federal budget. Meanwhile, $154 billionin special corporate welfare went out to corporations courtesy of the GOP as part of the 2012 fiscal cliff debacle.

Burnett also wants you to believe that helping poor children get something to eat costs you thousands. Another lie. In 2012, the average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid just $36 towards the food stamps program. Meanwhile, the average American family pays a staggering $6,000 a year in corporate welfare to big corporations.

Congress is basically an army of incoherent Tom Burnett and Steve Daines clones who make policy by conspiracy theory or astroturfed anecdotes rather than facts.  Both seem enraptured by the fantasy that hordes of freeloaders are getting benefits they don’t “deserve” or have decided to become dependent on food stamps rather than get a job. As Rolling Stone reports this is typical of the TEA Party GOP these days.  But the facts show otherwise.

In 1996 Congress passed severe new restrictions on the SNAP program that meant adults without kids could only receive food stamps for three months within a three-year period–unless they were working at least 20 hours a week or participating in a job-training program.

This grim rule applied no matter how hard they tried to find a job and even if they hadn’t been able to get a slot in a training program… The average income of these people is about $2,500 a year, or 22 percent of the poverty level.

But if Tom Burnett is the prince of the policy by garbage anecdote ploy, Steve Daines is the king. Like Burnett Steve Daines’ attempt to justify the cuts to needy families is based on the myth that the program is full of “fraud and abuse.”  As the data shows:

SNAP error rates declined by 57% since 2000, from 9% in FY to a record low of less than 4% in 2011.

The accuracy rate of 96% (2011) is considerably higher than other major benefit programs, for example Medicare fee-for-service (91%) or Medicare Advantage Part C (89%). ” [Source]

What’s more –“two-thirds of all SNAP payment errors are a result of caseworker error.  Nearly one-fifth are underpayments,” people getting less then they need and are eligible to receive. [Source]

You’re heard the “turn around shop in town” ads that explain how $1 dollar spent in a local store is turned over and re-spent many times to help the local economy?  Works the same for food stamps. Department of Agriculture data shows that for every $5 spent on food stamps, up to $9 is generated in economic activity for local communities. Even George W. Bush understood the efficiencies, economic benefits and positive economic impact of food stamps.  As FactCheck.org points out, 14.7 million Americans were added to the food stamp rolls by Bush.

Of 126,000 people statewide that get a small amount of help paying for food each month in Montana, nearly half are children 55,000 of those are children. Nine thousand are seniors. That’s a lot of people who will be impacted by Steve Daines’ most recent cuts.


When Hate is not Just a ‘Virtue,’ It Makes You a Viable Candidate

The man that may become the nation’s most wackjob candidate for U.S. Senate is also the darling of Montana right-wingers.

Texas pastor and nutjob radio host David Barton, dubbed “Ted Cruz 2.0″ by Politico, when the news magazine reported this week that he was being recruited to run against TX Sen. John Cornyn, who has fallen out of favor with the TEA Party crew. Barton was brought to Montana this year as the keynote speaker for the so-called 2013 Montana “Governor’s” Prayer Breakfast. (The event is not affiliated with the state government in any way, in spite of what Judy Martz may have wished).

In case you haven’t heard of Barton, he claims that the slaughter of American Indians was justified as “a defensive war against tribes who ‘declared war on all the white guys.’ ‘We had to go in and we had to destroy Indian tribes all over until they said ‘Oh, got the point,’ Barton said, claiming that the tactics were only necessary because Indians were resisting missionaries who were trying to ‘civilize’ them.”

He also believes that demons control parts of the U.S. capitol, that schools turn kids gay, and that the Bible opposes minimum wage. He holds a slew of other hateful and wackjob things, its definitely worth reading this whole list.

So this was no mainstream event–in fact the organizers of the “Governor’s Prayer Breakfast” made a point of refusing to read a letter from Montana Governor Steve Bullock [click here for the PDF] because he said that providing health care to poor people was consistent with biblical teachings. Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich has made a similar argument for the Medicaid expansion.

Not this guy’s Bible apparently. Barton says “tolerance is a bad thing and hate is a good thing.” “We’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff. We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate.” Barton said climate change is caused not by fossil fuels, but by a curse we brought on ourselves by permitting abortion rights. Yes, because the U.S. supports allowing women to choose whether and when to have a child we “‘opened the door to the curse,’ which includes floods, tornadoes, murder and pedophilia.”

Tim Fox, now Montana’s Attorney General, served as co-chair of the event to bring Barton to Montana. Scott Mendenhall, a Republican who represented House District 77 in Jefferson County for four terms, was the events chair. The Helena IR covered the event, and controversy, at the time, but for some reason neglected to report some of Barton’s most infamous beliefs and statements.


Reforming Gun Laws, Montana Republican Style

by Cowgirl

It might surprise you to hear this, but right-wing Republicans actually agree with President Obama that America needs a radical change in our gun laws.  It’s just that they have a different idea of what those changes should be.

In the Montana Legislature this month, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy and a scourge of national gun violence, Montana Republicans have moved quickly to introduce a series of bills to deal with what they believe is society’s most pressing gun problem: it’s not easy enough to shoot someone.

There are dozens of proposals, each one stupider and sillier and more childish than the next. Here are few of my favorites:

First is a bill to change our concealed weapons laws. In Montana, concealed weapons may not be carried in churches, schools, banks, bars, colleges, hospitals and a few other specified areas.  Republicans have proposed a bill to eliminate these restrictions completely.

The author of the bill, House Bill 304, is none other than the state chair of the House Judiciary Committee.  A police officer showed up to a hearing to testify against it, saying he’d “never seen a bar fight that ended well with a concealed weapon.” The Republicans were unfazed by this testimony and are moving forward with the legislation. There’s also a companion bill, House Bill 384, that specifically addresses the injustice suffered by high school students who are denied the right to bring rifles and shotguns onto school grounds. The bill would forbid school officials from punishing such students.

Keep in mind that these are the same lawmakers who proposed Senate Bill 279 which was a bill to allow legislators to carry guns–both concealed and open–in the state capitol building last session.  Apparently they think that this will make the capitol a safer place.  I’m sure the many government employees who work in the Capitol will feel secure in knowing that a few crusty old Republican men–who start drinking at 10 am and spend the rest of the day snoozing at hearings or ogling high school pages–will serve as a security force in the event the building is attacked.

And if you think Republicans do not believe in guaranteed access to healthcare, think again.  A few GOP legislators have just introduced House Bill 459, a bill to guarantee the provision of medical care–to anyone who is armed.  The bill makes it a felony to deny someone health care if the denial is based in any way on the fact that the person is in possession of a weapon, and refuses to answer the doctor’s question about said possession.  Said another way, this bill ensures that you can bring a weapon to your doctors office, and the doctor may not ask you to leave the premises if you refuse to answer the doctor when you are asked “is that bulge under you clothing a concealed weapon?” It also forbids pediatricians from asking other questions about guns that they routinely ask, about whether the parent owns weapons and, if so, whether the parent is safely storing them in the house, out of reach of the child.

These legislators should themselves seek out a pediatrician, because they are overgrown children who somehow became legislators.

There are many more such bills, including:

HB 302 by Rep. Krayton Kerns would prohibit state enforcement of any federal ban on semi-auto firearms/magazines

 HB 215 by Rep. Edward Greef declares the Winchester rifle “The gun that won the west.”

HJ 5 by Rep. Jerry O’Neil amends the U.S. Constitution to prevent President from entering into any arms treaties that infringe on gun rights.

LC1639 by Rep. Scott Reichner would prevent local governments from restricting firearms.

HB 27 by Rep. Ted Washburn would allow the use of silencers when hunting “large predators,” while

HB 205 by Krayton Kerns would eliminate the prohibition on firearm sound reduction devices in the field altogether.

HB 240 by Rep. Cary Smith seeks to allow guns on college campuses.

HB 468 by Rep. Alan Doane would encourage manufacture of ammunition in Montana to ensure availability.

HJ 3 by Rep. Jerry O’Neil calls for an amendment to the US Constitution which “gives the states the right to make whatever guns they want so long as [firearms] stay inside the[sic] own borders.”

SB 304 by Rep. Roger Webb would establish a “firearm protection act.”

HB 292 by Rep. Randy Brodehl would revise laws related to pawn shop stolen gun procedures


Standing by their Man

Rick Hill's record is no laughing matter.While the rest of the Republican party was busy putting as much distance as possible between themselves Todd Akin, the Missouri GOP candidate that said if women were  not making up the rape their bodies would “shut down” the pregnancy, Montana Republicans lined up to express their support for his views.

Former Congressman Rick Hill was the first to stand with Todd Akin.  Hill, who clearly has a woman problem, came out  yesterday in support of Akin’s position on forcing rape victims to carry their rapists’ pregnancies to term.  Hill supports it.

As Julianna Crowley, the political leader of the pro-choice movement in Montana, pointed out,  Congressman Rick Hill has a frightening record.

“Former Congressman Rick Hill’s extreme anti-choice record shows just how serious a threat it would be for the women of Montana if he was elected Governor,” Crowley said.

“He has cast 57 votes on reproductive rights while in Congress receiving a zero percent voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice America in1998, 1999 and 2000 and a 3% in 1997. Hill co-sponsored the “Right to Life Act” of 1997 and 1999, both of which gave personhood status to a fetus, defining life at the moment of fertilization and, if passed and enacted into law, would have ended legal abortion and ban several of the most common forms of birth control.

Montanans have rejected to qualify a similar personhood measure for our ballot three years in a row. The Hill ticket is too dangerous for Montana women’s health and too extreme to represent this state.”

In a press release, the NARAL Pro-Choice Montana Director points out that Hill’s anti-choice record also includes these gems:

  • Repeatedly voting to deny women in the military – who defend our freedom overseas – and dependents the right to use their own, private funds for abortion care at military hospitals.
  • Repeatedly voting against international family-planning programs.
  • Publicly stating that he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

Hill’s anti-woman views don’t end with his shocking NARAL voting record.  Hill has publicly stated that he supports repealing Montana’s law prohibiting insurance company discrimination against women.  In Montana, insurance plans must cover  women’s health care needs like birth control, mammograms, and maternity care–just like they cover men’s.  If Hill had his way, insurance rates for women will dramatically increase.  (Hill has made no objection to the fact that insurance companies routinely cover Viagra and male pattern baldness drugs.)

Even Congressman Dennis Rehberg who totally  missed the point of why Rep. Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape,” were repulsive, at least made a futile attempt to address the controversy.

Republican Attorney General Candidate Tim Fox on the other hand has spent his political career dodging the issue altogether.

In a Yellowstone Public Radio interview from 2008, Fox was asked by a caller whether he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. In one of the most remarkable acts of dodging a question ever, Fox said that it was important for candidate to be clear on their stances on issues such as this, right before avoiding the question.


Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

Host: Carl’s on the line and I understand he wants to talk about abortion. Hello, Carl?

CALLER: Hello, Mr. Fox, I heard you say that you are 100% pro-life. Does that mean that you are opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest?

Tim Fox: You know I have made it clear on the campaign trail that I am…ah…pro-life and I believe that life begins at conception and I think it’s important for candidates to be clear on their stances on those kind of issues of the day. But I also think it’s important to know and understand that the Attorney General doesn’t make law, the Attorney General enforces law. And certainly whenever the legislature for instance enacts a new law whether it leans one way or the other on, say, the abortion issue the Attorney General is charged with the responsibility of enforcing that law and defending that law and I would do that as Attorney General, irrespective of my values or political philosophies.

So, I, think this is an important issue to Montanans, and that’s why I’ve made sure that people know where I stand ad certainly we need to make sure that the dialogue continues in Montana on this issue and I would certainly be a part of that.

The GOP’s cowardly lion, Steve Daines, is taking the extreme position but seems to be hoping to hide it.  His spokesman told Montanans that Daines  “disagreed” with the remarks.  At the same time Daines reinforced his agreement with the policy, saying he “opposed to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is at risk.” In other words, he is in support of making rape victims keep the rape-induced pregnancy.  Daines is still accepting cash from groups that are standing with Akin.

Also of note, today the Republican National Committee’s platform committee firmly stated their support of Rep. Akin when they tentatively put in their platform language against abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.


Political Quick Hits

Janna Taylor is going to make Montana famous. Just not for the reasons she thinks.Taylor on the Ropes

A Flathead area property owner is taking on Republican Rep. Janna Taylor for paying less than 20 bucks in property tax for lakeshore property and raking in over a million dollars in federal farm subsidies. In fact, the TEA Partier is the number one recipient of government farm subsidy cash in the Montana Legislature.

Anne Marie Semsak, in a well-written letter in the Missoulian this week writes:

It is a matter of public record that Rep. Janna Taylor owns 15 acres, including 660 feet of Flathead lakeshore property, near Rollins, for which she pays $19 annual property tax, plus a little over $2,000 for the improvements on the land – house, dock and outbuildings. Her taxable value is $400,031.

We own 4.87 acres with 180 feet of lakeshore with two older houses and a mobile home. Our taxable value is $1,064,136.

Taylor is a state legislator, entrusted to fairly serve her district. She lists “rancher” on her biographical information, but their ranch is in central Montana, far from this legislative district. I have not seen “cherry farmer” on any of her information. One could conclude that she is taking advantage of the agricultural exemption, and I find this disturbing.

Taylor made waves in the Montana legislature for her hypocrisy in government spending and her statement that the death penalty is needed to address prisoner spitballs.  Taylor is running for the Montana Senate against incumbent Sen. Carmine Mowbray (R-Polson) in the June 5 primary elections.


Tim Baldwin (R-Crackpot) Running in Derek Skees’ footsteps for Whitefish House Seat

Whitefish residents thrilled to find TEA Party Republican Derek Skees aiming for statewide office and abandoning his legislative seat are re-thinking their good cheer.  That’s because TEA Party Republican Tim Baldwin, son of Chuck Baldwin, is running in his place.  Baldwin is basically Skees with a law degree + uber-religious conservative + has dad with ties to the white supremacy movement–a truly scary thing.

In the video below, Baldwin discusses his theory on why true Christians don’t need to follow the law if they decide they don’t like the evil government:



Elizabeth Best Campaign Ad Up

Montana candidate for Supreme Court Elizabeth Best has a campaign ad up.  Here it is:

Speaker of the House, Scrambling for Relevance

Mike Milburn, Speaker of the House, is taking aim at Brian Schweitzer’s idea for health clinics for state employees in locations across Montana.

As described recently in the news, employee clinics would save taxpayers millions per year by reducing the cost of the health care plan for the state workforce.  Doctors at the clinic would be on salary and would make decisions in the interest of their patients, rather than being motivated by profit and running up the tab by performing unnecessary tests and and procedures, which currently all get billed to taxpayers.

As reported in Fortune Magazine (an article that Milburn might consider reading), such clinics are increasingly becoming a feature of large, successful corporations, such as Boeing, Google and Intel.

Nearly a quarter of the 588 large companies surveyed by Towers Watson this year already have on-site medical clinics for both factory and office workers, and [in 2012] another 12% of those corporations will open new clinics for employees.

Thus has Schweitzer attempted to bring a private sector strategy into government.  And so Milburn, in trying to block this effort,  has inexplicably and suddenly abandoned the GOP mantra that government ought to be run like a business.

Then again, it is understandable that Milburn is looking for a fight to pick.  These are his last months as Speaker; he decided not seek a new term in the legislature, and so he has only seven and a half months left to try to rescue his legacy. As it now stands, he will be forever remembered as the author of the infamous 2011 legislative session, which resembled a four-month-long prison riot, a total humiliation for Milburn and the GOP.

And Milburn appears to be working the phones now, calling members of the Tea Party faction to whip up support for a special session, laughably for the stated purpose of trying to impeach Schweitzer over bison management as well as healthcare.

A GOP wing-nut special session during an election year, a la 2011? That would prove, definitively, that God is a Democrat.

New World Order Conspiracy Theorist Files for Bozeman Senate Seat

Republican Mike Comstock Official Facebook Photo

It was revealed today to the Cowgirl blog tip line that Republicans have filed a “one-world government” conspiracy theorist for state senate in the Bozeman/Belgrade area.

But there is a twist:  Mike Comstock  (pictured) is actually running in the Democratic senate primary.

This is the GOP’s response to the news that firefighter Kurt Bushnell–a pro-union Republican moderate–recently jumped into the Republican primary in this same race, to challenge Scott Sales for the GOP nomination.  Sales, the former Montana Speaker of the House who left the legislature and now wants back in, is under fire because his wife could be going to the slammer for embezzlement.

Thus Bushnell stands a chance to win the GOP nomination in a district where the GOP nominee always wins the general election.  The GOP, however, believes that Bushnell is an impostor, a Democrat, simply because he is pro-labor.

And so the GOP has come up with an answer: get a right-wing lunatic to run in the Democratic primary, and hope that Democratic voters never figure out that he is a Trojan horse.

Comstock actually won a Republican primary in 2010, in another legislative district, but lost to Democrat Larry Jent in the general election. He is a big name in Gallatin County Republican Party (his Republican campaign was featured on the Gallatin County GOP website (here’s a screenshot for when they take it down).  His candidate website contains a list of Republican issues with broken links.

Comstock’s main focus is his concern about a possible takeover by “a one-world UN controlled government,” the Bozeman Chronicle has reported.  In his campaign literature and on Facebook, he says he is worried about the impending collapse of civilization.  He proudly calls himself “a TEA Party extremist” and believes  the muppets have “sold out to socialism and bad behavior.”   He is also in a band he named “Comstock Load” (gross).

On his website he makes comments like “Obamacare exemption for Muslims,” anyone?) and “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”   He puts forward an enthusiastic opinion of the pack of Republicans running for Governer (“I think out of the eight, there are…at least six that I’m really excited about.)

What’s hilarious about the whole business is that Comstock’s stealth candidacy will produce no result at all for the Republican Party.  The district in which Comstock, Bushnell and Sales are running is a heavily Republican district. Anyone, even a right-wing nut, with a D next to his name is doomed.


Happy Roe v. Wade Anniversary Montana

Today is the 39th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. It’s a good time to look at the state of the GOP’s War on Women.

We used to think that it was only guys on street corners with a brown paper bag and a megaphone who really believed that God talked directly to them. Now, we find that these poor fellows have moved into leadership roles in the Republican Party.

Republicans seem to think that they don’t need to know facts and science because they are championing the issues of the Lord: keeping gays from getting jobs, letting cancer victims die with pain and indignity, and forcing women to bear children conceived by rape or incest.

Contrast this with the priorities of voters, who say the economy is the most important issue facing the nation–with social issues trailing way, way behind.  What’s more, recent polls show more people consider themselves pro-choice than pro-life.  Most reasonable people can agree that it should be women, not the government, who makes these decisions-whatever your views on abortion.  Yet the zealots refuse to give up.

Recently, they are obsessed with passing sweeping abortion and birth control bans. So-called “personhood measures,” absolute bans on abortion and birth control, are designed to directly challenge the Roe v. Wade ruling.  Thus far, the ridiculous personhood movement is 0 for 3, losing referendums in Colorado in 2008 and 2010 and in Mississippi last November.

The movement has consistently failed to garner enough signatures to get on the ballot here in Montana.  For one thing, the initiative’s movement was plagued by problems, such as when their leader was caught in a Medicaid fraud probe. The signature gathering was found out to be pushed largely by out-of state interests, and that the proposal was so extreme that even Montana’s in-state nut-jobs urged their followers not to sign or refused to get involved.  Mostly, reason the initiative didn’t qualify for the ballot is because Montanans simply don’t want this garbage in our Constitution.

The nutjobs in the TEA Party Republican legislature disregarded all of this and placed an unconstitutional parental notification measure on the ballot for a vote this fall.  The referendum would require young women seeking an abortion under the age of 16 to notify a parent or appear before a judge in order to have the procedure. Parental Notification laws were already declared unconstitutional by the Montana Court system.

UPDATED: Rawjinos Give a Hand to Dems, to Get Construction Bill Through State House

A RAWNJINO, (pronounced rawn-JEE-no) is a Right Wing Nutjob In Name Only. This is a Republican who froths and foams and rants and raves 24/7 about the evils of government spending, but then quietly finds a way to steer some government funds toward his or her friends.  Like all those right-wing nuts who say Obama is a socialist, while at the same time they are pocketing massive amounts of government welfare in the form of farm subsidies.

Today, the Rawnjinos saved the day.  The House considered a much needed construction bill, knows as the “bonding bill” to fund a series of new public buildings in Missoula, Havre and a few other places.

In a bizarre development, a handful of  right-wing nuts stood up on the floor of the House to declare that this bill, which would incur a large debt to the state which would be paid off through long term bonding, is a good bill because it “would put people to work”.  Whence these Rawnjinos?

The explanation, of course, is that the interest groups and lobbyists who tell GOP members how to vote happen also to profit from building the buildings that this building bill will build–including the Montana contractors Association and the Montana builders association–put heavy pressure on these right-wing phonies so that they’d get some state business out of it.

So these Rawnjinos have become progressives for a day.  And, the bonding bill looks good to become law, a good result.

UPDATE: Though the bill had advanced on a preliminary second reading vote yesterday, Republicans killed the bill on a final third reading vote today.  The bill needed 2/3 of the legislature to allow the bill to pass. The bonding bill is not looking good to become law at this point–so much for jobs.