Never miss a post. Subscribe today.

   

Why The Gazette Got It Wrong This Time

Shares

Last Friday, the Billings Gazette penned one of the more absurd editorials I’ve ever read, which is disappointing given their other recent editorials, including lambasting the Billings City Council for voting against the passage of a non-discrimination ordinance.

On Friday, the Gazette wrote “an open letter to Montana’s Democrats.” The “letter” was riddled with thin analysis.

The meat of the editorial was this: “How much have they done to promote the next generation of political leaders? With all due respect to Pat and Carol Williams, John Bohlinger and Brian Schweitzer, these are the Democrats of yesterday.”

Really?  Let’s talk about the next generation.

John Lewis and Amanda Curtis are both in their thirties.

For over a year, John Lewis has been running for Congress.  Lewis is a young father in his thirties.  And on Saturday, Montana Democrats nominated Amanda Curtis to replace Senator Walsh on the November ballot.  Curtis is also in her thirties.  Compare these two young politicians to the Republican ticket (Zinke and Daines).

Jesse Laslovich with State Auditor Monica Lindeen. Laslovich is 33.

Let’s take a look at the Democratic bench, too.  Representative Byrce Bennett (29) and Jesse Laslovich (33) are both rumored to be weighing statewide runs in 2016.  And if Amanda Curtis doesn’t win in November, she’s a top pick for the Office of Public Instruction.   Once again, compare those individuals to the GOP’s bench.

Even compare Democrat Governor Steve Bullock to the candidate the GOP nominated in 2012, Rick Hill.

And if you want to talk about the “next generation of political leaders,” let’s also talk

Amanda Curtis. Young and a woman.

about women.  In January, 67 Democratic women filed as candidates for the Montana Legislature compared to 28 Republican women.  In 2012, four Democratic women ran for statewide office, one Republican woman ran for statewide office.

Additionally, 11 American Indians filed as Democrats, 3 as Republicans.

It’s laughable that the Gazette would call out Democrats when the GOP’s “Young Guns Program” in Montana is made up of grandparents and senior citizens.

Young Guns

Montana Democrats are also on the right side of history when it comes to issues that are important to the next generation, like equal marriage.  On the other hand, Tom Hanel, the mayor of Billings, rumored GOP gubernatorial candidate, and gray hair voted against equality (see how I did that?  Brought it full circle…).

C’mon, Gazette.  You can do better.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we\'d certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Calamity Jan

10 Comments

Click here to post a comment

  
Please enter an e-mail address

  • Don,
    You left your young dem legislator list a little bare.
    Current Legislators Elected in their 30’s or younger:
    Ellie Hill- Missoula elected in 2010
    Jenny Eck- Helena elected in 2012
    Ryan Lynch- Butte, Elected in 2012
    Kim Duddik-Missoula, Elected in 2012
    Kendal VanDike- finished last term in 2013
    Anders Blewitt- Great Falls elected in 2008 decided not to run again in 2013.
    Pat Noonan- Butte Elected in 2008 running for 4th term in the House

    I’m pretty sure everybody on this list is still in their 30’s even the legislators elected in 2008 serving their sixth year.

    There are more, the above are just what I could think of without any research.

  • It’s probably also worth noting that the GOP is so desperate for candidates that it has to keep running Brad Johnson for office. I’d love to see a piece from the Gazette about how he represents the youth movement in the GOP.

    • Not to mention all the Homeless people they had to wrangle in as republican candidacies . Truth be told I forgot to mention the two they also still have running cases against with the PPC that might disqualify them for office down the road. Art Wittich and Mike Miller. Gonna be a doozy of an election.

  • Welcome Jan!

    I didn’t realize it was not Don, did not understand why he didn’t link that editorial until I got to the comments. There were some good pieces of that editorial, but it definitely this list-generated by this post in their comments.

    Amanda Curtis
    Beyce Bennett
    Jesse Laslovich
    Casey Shriner
    Current Legislators Elected in their 30’s or younger:
    Ellie Hill- Missoula elected in 2010
    Jenny Eck- Helena elected in 2012
    Ryan Lynch- Butte, Elected in 2012
    Kim Duddik-Missoula, Elected in 2012
    Kendal VanDike- finished last term in 2013
    Anders Blewitt- Great Falls elected in 2008 decided not to run again in 2013.
    Pat Noonan- Butte Elected in 2008 running for 4th term in the House

    That’s ten legislators and Jesse who has been racking up quite a reputation!

    Good on you, more please.

0 /* ]]> */