Montana Politics Winners and Losers of the Week 14 May 2012

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Winner: Cell Phone Carriers AND TRADITIONAL PHONE COMPANIES

It was a big week for phone companies in Montana as both the Bucy and Miller campaigns violated state law with a series of robocalls across the state. The Miller approach was far more egregious, as the candidate called 100,000 numbers across the state, including reporters, liberal bloggers, and the Commissioner of Political Practices.

Miller’s move was desperate, something fit for a candidate with little chance of winning.

WINNER: SATIRICAL TWITTER ACCOUNTS

Dustin Hurst’s unusual take on reporting did inspire at least two Twitter accounts worth following, @DirtybagDustin and @TheTruthHurst.

LOSER: NEIL LIVINSTONE

He promised bold leadership to grow Montana’s economy…at the same pace it has been growing for months…and his running mate decried his nonsensical, offensive war rhetoric. Just another week in the life of super spy Neil Livingstone.

WINNER: JON TESTER

Senator Tester may not have gone as far as I would prefer when it comes to marriage equality, but his position supporting civil unions is a step in the right direction. While similar to the position taken by Steve Bullock last week, Tester was more explicit about his support for equality.

LOSER: WHAT’s LEFT OF THE CREDIBILITY OF THE MONTANA GOP

While I have to credit Republican Party  executive director Bowen Greenwood for his honesty, it’s hard to be terribly excited about someone mounting a write-in campaign for Clerk of the Supreme Court for purely political reasons. In his announcement e-mail, Greenwood said he was running because “Republicans should care about this effort. As a voter is marking his or her ballot, the tendency is to keep voting the same party all the way down the ticket, unless something breaks the chain.”

The truth is that Ed Smith, the long-serving Supreme Court Clerk, is eminently qualified and should keep his position Greenwood has no experience relevant for the position—and his nakedly partisan reasons for running are a clear indication that his write-in campaign shouldn’t be taken seriously.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Here’s hoping that if Pam Bucy wins that you’ll be able to cheer her on. Pretty great candidate for AG. I sense an antagonism towards her that I don’t understand. Don–hopefully you’ve met her , and then ruled her out. She’s eminently qualified for the job.

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The Bucy campaign did not conduct illegal robocalls. According to MCA, calls introduced by a live person that obtain the permission to transmit a recorded message, in this case from Public Service Commissioner Gail Gutsche, of the dialed party are legal. These are the only calls that were conducted by the campaign. I hope this puts this matter to rest. Bucy is a fine candidate and public servant.

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I suspect Stapleton is also in the loser category. Even with Ken Miller’s implosion and increasingly desperate behavior, I suspect he will still beat Stapleton in Yellowstone County, with both losing to Hill.

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