The Top Five House Seats That Could Signal a Democratic Majority in 2016 | –”But if Democrats were going to take this seat for the first time in 20 years, a wave election with an unpopular Republican nominee would be it. They have a candidate they’re excited about in state Education Superintendent Denise Juneau, who in 2008 became first Native American woman in the country elected to statewide office, and she’s aiming to be the first Native American woman in Congress as well. Emily’s List has already endorsed her, but it will need some help to overcome Zinke’s $1 million in the bank and the lean of the state.
Gov. Bullock Unveils Public Lands Agenda | – “Today was a good day for Montana. Montana Governor Steve Bullock today unveiled a pro-public lands agenda that not only doubles down on rejecting the transfer of federal lands to the state, but also creates opportunities to expand conservation and recreation on our public lands. “This is an issue that transcends party politics in Montana,” he said at a public lands event held at Riverfront Park in Billings. “It isn’t about what Democrats or Republicans or Independents want. It’s about doing what’s right for Montanans.”” Montana Wilderness Association
Why Did Terry Nelson’s performance last night made me curious? – “On Election Night, both Mike Dennison and I were struck by the vote totals obtained by Terry Nelson, who was running for the Republican nomination for Governor, and Eric Mills, who was running for the nonpartisan Supreme Court. Nelson obtained 24 percent of the vote, and Mills received 20 percent of the vote. Neither ran a campaign of any note, nor did they spend any money. Nelson had raised $1,300 but spent none of it. Mills had $300. Why did they do so well without spending any money? It was curious. “ Big Sky Political Analysis
If Republicans voted for Trump, they probably voted for Gianforte – “And if they didn’t vote for Trump, they probably didn’t vote for Gianforte. Although the GOP’s de facto nominee, Trump won only 73.7 percent of the votes cast in Montana’s GOP presidential primary. And despite having only token opposition, Gianforte won only 76.4 percent of the votes cast in the GOP gubernatorial primary.” Flathead Memo
New Analysis: Outside of Utah, Efforts to Seize American Public Lands Stall as Politicians Pay a Price – – “It has been another difficult year for politicians and interest groups fighting to seize control of America’s public lands. Legislators in state capitols across the West are rebuffing bills to force the United States to dispose of American public lands into state and private hands. At the same time, elected officials backing public land seizure efforts are now paying a political price for their actions.” Center for Western Priorities
The Gianforte – “The Gianforte: this disgusting, caustic, distasteful shot costs $100,000 each, and is marketed in the style of the ignominious gubernatorial candidate as being “pure unadulterated, 6,000 year old Montana hooch”, it’s age being related to the time he believes the planet has existed. If you’re fool enough to try one, and we hope many are not, that’s fine, but be aware that all that’s in it is water from Flint Michigan.” Bourbon & Frost
The Twenty Percent Factoid – “Over the long haul since 2002, the economy has grown faster than state spending, rather than the other way around. There’s no “massive” growth going on here. Nothing is out of control. There was a time, during the Great Recession, when state spending grew rapidly while the economy was contracting. That was because the state spent a bunch of federal Recovery Act dollars. And that was not a problem: On the contrary, without that infusion of Federal money, the recession would have been a lot worse.” Barrett for SD 45
A Tribal Reaction to Greg Gianforte & Lesley Robinson – “Bullock understands that tribal governments are sovereign nations and bison are an important part of our heritage. I joined many tribal communities in thanking Governor Bullock for his veto of this bill. However while I thought the fight was over, I recently learned I was very wrong. The lead proponent of this harmful bill, Lesley Robinson, recently joined Greg Gianforte as his running mate to be Governor of Montana. I was shocked to hear this. The leader of the fight to take bison rights away from the tribal communities was now positioning herself to have more power in state government.” Indian Country Today