Chicken Steve Daines Won’t Talk to Montana Voters

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Given the caterwauling from Montana Republicans about thehappy-chicken need for competitive primary races in Senate campaigns, it’s certainly been surprising to see them give a free pass to Steve Daines, who’s just “too busy” to attend a candidate forum sponsored by the Great Falls Tribune in May. The Tribune reports, that despite commitments from the three Democrats and Republican Champ Edmunds “Daines declined to participate and newcomer Cundiff did not respond to an invitation.”

It makes sense that Daines doesn’t want to attend an event without a pre-screened audience there to toss him softballs he can hit with the platitude bat he carries around. After all, he’s alienated conservatives by voting to end the government shutdown after voting for the government shutdown and failing to vote to abolish Obamacare for the 455th time. His primary opponent Champ Edmunds had this to say:

“I am disappointed that we didn’t get to hear why Daines voted for (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and allowed spying on Americans. I’d like to hear why he voted four times to raise debt ceiling before he voted against. I’d love to talk about why he voted to fund Obamacare, even though he says he’s against it.”

At the same, Daines has upset moderate and liberal Montanans by voting to line his own pockets at the expense of college students, the working poor, and the elderly.

With a record like that, I wouldn’t want to show up for a chance to speak to real Montanans either. Someone might ask him why he wants the IRS to investigate those who have been sexually assaulted, for instance.

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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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Gosh Don, what did you call Walsh when he blew off the Yellowstone Dem dinner where Bohlinger and Adams participated? http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bohlinger-adams-speak-with-democrats-walsh-a-no-show/article_3a545fc2-658b-599a-8841-0c7080afda3f.html ===QUOTE About the only thing U.S. Senate candidates Dirk Adams and John Bohlinger agreed on Tuesday night was that fellow Democrat John Walsh was a no-show for their Billings forum. All three were in Billings on Tuesday. Former Montana Lt Gov. Bohlinger and current Lt. Gov. Walsh arrived in the Gazette newsroom with near carpool-like synchronization late in the afternoon. Three hours later, with roughly 60 Democrats seated at the Elks Club to hear from the candidates, Walsh wasn’t… Read more »

Greg Strandberg
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If you’re raising so much money from outside interests, out-of-state millionaires, and other folks that don’t care about us at all, then you simply don’t need to attend these silly little democratic functions.

No, Daines and his team will simply blitz the electorate with lies, force a boatload of fear down their gullets, and inundate them with negative, wall-to-wall TV advertising.

It’s the American way.

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Norma Duffy

I dont think anyone cares about Walsh right now he has a job to do as senator. Dirk Adams and John Bolinger have brought nothing but whining to every dinner they came too. No New Ideas, no Job Programs just bullshit about john Walsh pitiful really. they are acting just like republicans at theses dinners. Oh yeah I forgot, they were republicans! They aren’t fooling anyone democratically. I brought two people to the Dillon Dem dinner who had never been to a function such as these. They were upset, supposed Dems Adams and Bolinger, had nothing else to say,,, but… Read more »

Publius II
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Publius II

Daines won’t go to debate, but oh boy, he wants to be seen in Great Falls ‘pumping’ for the veterans, military on Memorial Day!

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Maybe lil’ gianfart, stevey daines, might be asked an uncomfortable question about his scientific knowledge! But no problem. The Giantfarts have THEIR reputable scientists too! Just look at THIS dude!

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/18/creationist-carl-kerby-insists-dinosaurs-were-on-noahs-ark-they-took-the-younger-ones/

Creationism just NEEDS to be taught alongside evilution to provide the necessary balance and choice!

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Wow. Not to be missed. Pastor Chucky cheesey Bulbdim in ALL his glory! Riling up Kockhsy’s Army to overthrow the secular gummint! Good Pubbies all!

http://www.westernjournalism.com/hear-sermon-inspired-bundy-protestors/#rZT7vYa2ocVyy2vv.99

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

craigy? Are you till out there, bud? I’m still waiting for the Dem equivalent. I KNOW you have one! Where is the Dem Pastor Bulbdim? The Dem Kockhsy’s Army? The Dem standoff? The Dem inbreds?????? The Dem traitors? The Dem kristyeean fundiwackmentalists?? The Dem white supremnits? The Dem racists? The Dem crazed killers who walk up and kill folks they think are Jews???

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

BTW, interesting to note that some might conclude that Pastor Bulbdim could very well be guilty under the RICO act for promoting terrorism! I mean, what ELSE would the good pastor call it? Helping a lawbreaker violate the law? While encouraging those with guns to shoot federal law enforcement employees? And actually POINTING guns at them?! A violation of the law! Yep. Seems to me that the good pastor should be startin’ his prison ministry by now……FROM THE INSIDE!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Is P-ass-tor Bulbdim a traitor and domestic terrorist? Well of COURSE he is! But don’t take my word. Read what lil’ lord georgie bush had to say! And really, what the heck. P-ass-tor Bulbdim, in addition to his prison ministry, can also work on un-gaying all them GAYS in prison! You see, Cliven Scumby’s Army of the First Inbred Irregulars were just SOOO brave! If they weren’t volunteering all the women folk to be human shields and the first to get shot in order to make a statement, they were HIDING behind a bridge with the Feds in their gunsights,… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Would someone mind re-posting this over at cowgirl’s site where I’m banned? Thanks. HERE’S the problem that I have with a sh*tbag like Clivecum ted Bundy, the Mormon moron MOOCHER! You see, MY ancestors did it the hard way. The RIGHT way! Un LIKE Clivescum’s ancestors! MY ancestors did NOT murder in cold blood ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY completely innocent people trying to get to California for a better life! That was Clivescum’s ancestors that did that! You see, MY ancestors have been in this part of the country as LONG as Clivescum’s, but we have yet to murder innocent… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Your turn, craigy. Or skinner. Elucidate for us YOUR pioneer incestors! This otter be good! Oh, did I mention that Clivescum is ALSO a poly PIG a mist????? Great folks the inbreds wanna die for!!

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Here’s one for ol’ Cliven Scumby, the moronic mormom MOOCHER! Livin’ LARGE offn’ Unca Sugartit! And NOT payin’ his share! Enjoy, Cliven Scumby, you moocher!

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

STILL don’t understand what the Big Kockhs want? Well, allow me! From the Big Kockhs themselves. The Kockh agenda. Enjoy. Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980: •”We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.” •”We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.” •”We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.” •”We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.” •”We favor the repeal of the… Read more »

CrazyJoe
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CrazyJoe

What a bunch of crap. You want to criticize members of our CODEL for not showing up to talk to people? How about Max Sieben Baucus, who boycotted citizen interaction for a full two years? Daines has been everywhere, meeting with people he agrees with and people he disagrees with. I assure you he isn’t afraid to go to a candidate forum or debate against Walsh. Walsh cannot even put together a coherent sentence, he knows less than nothing about any area of policy (including defense, his supposed area of expertise) and he is generally a klutz in public. This… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

CJ, lil’ Giantfart, stevey daines, is a walking talking TALKING point!, just as all the Pubbies are. And even though Walsh is NOT a masterful speaker as you point out, he doesn’t have to be! All Walsh needs to do is to knock lil’ Giantfart OFF his talking points if he can! Hell, I’ve heard stevey debate. He debates like he has a STICK up his arse. He’s simply as boring as Walsh is, only he keep repeating his little Pube talking points that mean nothing! No, lil’ Giantfart is pleading the Fifth here, Joey. He will not debate in… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Lil’ Giantfart stevey’s peeps! And ya know, when you think about it, were the Nazis really all that bad? Or is it simply a question of perception?! After all, they TOO were job creators!

http://unknownjournal.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/?-report-the-kochs-their-nazi-past-american-oil-the-foundation-of-republican-ideology/

Very, very good read!

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