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As you all know, Montana Republicans are a nativist and xenophobic crew, who hurl “out-of-state” as a nasty insult and love to tout the number of generations back that their lineage has lived in Montana. Many a pale chest is thumped mightily as if these men had a role in choosing the location of their births.
So we should assume that the GOP power brokers are currently holding an emergency meeting in a smoke-filled room somewhere, urgently trying to decide how to handle a shocking development within the party: Continue reading →
Here we have a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), which he introduced in 2011. It was called the “Making Public Lands Public Access Act of 2011″ and uses funding from the Land and Water Conservation fund acquire lands around existing public lands that would also to improve access for hunters and anglers access to those existing public lands.
Here are the answers to the questions that the GOP is asking right now about the process for the senate appointment.
They are very easy.
First, the answer is yes, the process is very transparent. The governor is going to select from the group of people who are running for the Senate seat. If someone hasn’t already made the decision to campaign for it, then that’s probably not a person who should be appointed. A person must want to serve badly enough to make the long slog, shake hands, talk to the voters, and make the case.
TEA party congressman Steve Daines is the target of a new, yearlong campaign to expose the influence the TEA Party has over Members of Congress.
As on opening salvo, Americans United for Change will release an extensive report tomorrow that looks at the voting records of members of congress from swing districts entitled ‘TEA Stained’, which you, dear readers, can check out now here: www.TeaPartyScorecard.com
‘TEA Stained’ analyzes the 2013 voting records of 47 politically vulnerable House Republicans, including Montana’s sole representative in Congress, Daines, to find out just how gangrenous their TEA Party loyalty has become.
When they looked at all the votes nationally, Americans United for Change found that swing district Republicans vote with the TEA Party on average 81 percent of the time. Yet Daines went above and beyond the call of TEA Party duty, voting for their counterproductive garbage 88 percent of the time.
We’re talking about votes on issues of top priority to groups like Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks–votes to slash food assistance, to shut down the government, to block hurricane relief for Sandy victims, and to privatize Medicare.
Now that this is out there, its going to be a lot easier to explain to your sister-in-law that Steve Daines votes with the TEA Party 88% of the time. This startling fact is likely to become part of the national dialogue, especially with the help of paid ads/polling/grassroots activity from Montanans holding Daines accountable for putting a handful of ideological extremists, imbeciles, and exploitive out-of-state billionaires ahead of our economy and the middle class.
Daines and crew gutted help for the unemployed, obstructed efforts to raise the minimum wage, and standing in the way of comprehensive immigration reform. But given the mountain of national and in-district polling showing the percentage of people identifying themselves as TEA Party consistently falls in the high teens to low twenties at best, and that voters disapproval of the TEA Party consistently ranges from the high forties to near sixties, his votes are going to have some consequences. His approval rating will take a hot when people find out what this crackpot has been up to.
Anyway, this project got started in the wake of the two-week, TEA Party orchestrated government shutdown, Americans United for Change President Brad Woodhouse explained. Republicans realized at that point started to realize how unpopular the TEA Party’s crazy agenda really was, and they started trying to pretend they weren’t part of it. That’s become Daines’ specialty: remaining on the down low.
Says Woodhouse, “Voters deserve better. Whether they embrace the Tea Party ideology or despise it or fall anywhere in between, they have a right to know where their elected representatives fall on the TEA Party spectrum – not where they say they fall, but how they actually vote. That is what the TEA Party Scorecard provides. What it proves, unfortunately for non-extremists who are represented by Republicans, is that there is no longer a meaningful distinction between the Tea Party and the Republican Party in American politics today.”
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 →
When the federal government was shuttered two months ago, a few states pooled together some dough to help their national parks stay open. They paid money to the US Department of the Interior, for daily operations of these parks.
Now Congress is debating whether to pay those states back. There is a bill moving forward that would reimburse them.
Understand the irony of this: he voted to shut down the government so as to (supposedly) save taxpayers some money, but he is now admitting that it was okay to simply take a loan out while the government was shut down, and pay it back once the government reopened.
It’s the classic case of somebody trying to be a Tea Partier, and then sheepishly attempting to crawl away from the Tea Party when nobody is looking.
Montana, by the way, correctly refused to spend money out of state coffers to keep Glacier and Yellowstone open. We had now way of knowing whether we’d ever see the money again, and Governor Bullock told Steve Daines and his gang of shutdown artists, very directly, that he was not going to ding state taxpayers for a mess that was of Daines’s own making.
This is the second time Daines has tried to have his cake and eat it. Recall that after voting to close down the government as a way to prevent Obamacare from going into law, Daines then voted, several weeks later when the state of Montana had lost jobs and economic growth, to reopen it. And he bragged about how he had “done the right thing.”
Steve Daines is a first rate jackass, and both John Bohlinger and John Walsh should not hesitate to inform the taxpayers about his reckless behavior and his shameful attempts to cover his tracks.