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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 →
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:
A Darby Republican legislative candidate says he believes that a conspiracy is afoot to paint obscene drawings on some of his campaign yard signs. Someone also opened his gate to let his horses out, he alleges.
Naturally, while these scary things were going on, Republican Scott Boulanger did the only thing he could do: tell people he is the victim of “one of those ecoterrorist groups.”
Boulanger is one of six conservative candidates to file in House District 87, according to the Secretary of State website. He will be going up against fellow Republican and incumbent Rep. Pat Connell in the June 5 primary as well as another Republican challenger, Ron Burrows. Two Libertarians Dan Cox and Karen Fischer has also filed for the seat.
The evidence of terrorism, says Boulanger, is that nobody responded to his $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perps. Also, Boulanger says “If it was a local kid, someone would have been talking about it at a bar or school or somewhere.”
Boulanger doesn’t appear to consider the fact that all his opposition for the seat comes from the right, nor the fact that perhaps there is somebody out there who has nothing to do with politics who just doesn’t like him.
The irony of a Republican legislative candidate seeking to scare people with phrases like “ecoterrorist” as a way to denounce an agenda as radical is rich–especially given what happened last legislative session where Republicans sought to secede from the union, abandon U.S. currency, and other wackiness.