Guest opinion: Why Montanans should support 28th amendment–Federal court decisions have stripped the states of traditional powers to regulate corporations; expanded the power of the wealthy to control politicians and policy; and hamstrung the ability of Americans to participate, serve, and be represented equally in our government. We can fix this but it will take a constitutional amendment. Only an amendment can correct a Supreme Court that will not correct itself. Indeed, eight of our 27 amendments have reversed Supreme Court missteps. The Billings Gazette
Falls woman says Bullock is her choice for governor–I have a long history of supporting Republicans like Tim Fox, Ed Buttrey, Joe Briggs and others.But this year for governor the choice is pretty clear. I’m voting for Steve Bullock.I want a governor who is from our state, understands our state, and gets things done for our state. Steve Bullock has proven to be all three. Time and time again on issues like fiscal responsibility, job creation and protecting our public land, Bullock has put party affiliation behind him and got results for our state. Great Falls Tribune
Opinion: Wyoming’s ‘clean coal’ plans stir false hopes–Even if someone were to figure out a practical solution for reducing emissions from coal-fired electricity generation plants to acceptable levels—the stated goal of the research project in Wyoming—the Powder River Basin coal industry will remain hobbled by a host of other crippling environmental hazards that are inherent in transporting coal over long distances. Last Best News
Tribes are award-winning stewards of natural resources–Tribal rangelands, and many other public lands, involve challenges that neither Jarecki nor the National Bison Range experience. The Tribes’ rangelands are subject to multiple uses: grazing; public recreation; commercial wood products; hunting; firewood; berry picking; and native plant gathering. As part of our reservation, those rangelands are here for the tribes’ membership to make a living and provide for their families. In contrast, the tribes’ draft legislation to restore the National Bison Range would require the tribes to continue to manage the range solely for bison, wildlife and other natural resources, while maintaining public access. Missoulian
Former Americans for Prosperity Staffer Gets $375 Fine, No Jail Time in Frat House Rape Case–The Bozeman Chronicle reported this morning on the sentencing of Evan Koch, a former AFP staffer, who was originally charged with raping a woman at a Bozeman frat house (a felony). Koch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, will get no jail time, and a $375 dollar fine.Go read this story and see what you make of it. The case is troubling not just for the light sentence, which smacks of the biblical punishment for rape – a payment of 50 pieces of silver to the dad or husband of the victim (but only if she’s a virgin). MT Cowgirl
Follow the Leader–Behind the scenes, wannabe legislative leaders are jockeying for position for 2017.
It's a delicate crane dance, but one that is perceptible nonetheless. Term limits have eroded the nuances about how to campaign for the offices without appearing to campaign.
The most overt act in this cycle has been chatter on the respective listserves of each caucus. Due to the Sicilian-like strife between the R factions, there are several listserves, the more exclusive of which may be accessed only after pledging a blood oath not to forward privileged information. Logicosity
Green Party trying to put Jill Stein on Montana ballot–Green Party members in Montana are collecting signatures to put Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on the ballot in November. According to the GP’s ballot access page for Montana, the signature gatherers have until 17 August to collect 5,000 signatures of registered voters. Flathead Memo
Fair, Transparent, and Accessible Elections–Claims that the ad is defamatory to Mr. Gianforte are dubious at best but, why not take a shot? What I found most telling about the letter was not the content, but the sender. The letter was sent out by the counsel to the Gianforte for Montana campaign James Bopp of Terre Haute, Indiana. Yes, this is the same James Bopp that was the brains behind the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that removed all limits on campaign donations for rich folks and corporations. Bopp was also instrumental in nearly destroying campaign finance oversight in Montana. buttonvalley.wordpress.com