Don’t Believe Ryan Zinke is Worried? Then Explain This Ad

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I’ve seen some terrible political ads, I’ve seen some dishonest political ads, and I’ve seen some desperate political ads. I’m not sure, though, that I have run across many that hit the trifecta of terrible, dishonest, and desperate quite as powerfully as the latest campaign ad from Ryan Zinke. Apparently fresh out of stock footage of commendations won by other members of the military, Zinke has released an ad attacking Superintendent Juneau, suggesting that she was somehow responsible for a small number of bus drivers hired by local districts having arrest records.

The ad is total garbage. As anyone from Montana knows, local school districts hire bus drivers, not the state, not the Superintendent’s office. Only someone who thinks OPI has 1000 employees would be ignorant enough to believe that local hiring decisions are managed by the state. And only someone worried that losing an election will threaten his opportunity to enrich himself would use schoolchildren to scare parents into believing that their school buses weren’t safe, and that drivers were not being screened.

Because if you read the story the Zinke ad flashes on the screen, Superintendent Juneau responded to the audit by recommending that the Board of Public Education mandate background checks:

The OPI will recommend to the Board of Public Education that it amend its administrative rules to require districts to perform criminal history background checks for school bus drivers.”

Those of us from Montana know that it’s the Board of Public Education who sets these policies. Those of us from Montana know that Superintendent Juneau has worked tirelessly to promote the academic development of Montana children and protect their physical and emotional well-being.

It’s quite clear that Congressman Zinke doesn’t have the interest of anyone in mind other than himself, and this latest ad makes it clear he’ll do and say anything to win an election—other than treat his constituents with respect and concern for their interests.

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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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Bob Williams

Truth don’t much matter to a federali type fascist with his hand on a media megaphone.

Bill
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Bill

Seems like a lot of findings for the Office of Public Instruction on how to improve? They are suppose to know their system and improve it. Shouldn’t they periodically see what other states are doing and compare rather than glad-handing at lunches all the time. Juneau in Washington DC?

Performance audits conducted by the Legislative Audit Division
are designed to assess state government operations. From the
audit work, a determination is made as to whether agencies and
programs are accomplishing their purposes, and whether they
can do so with greater efficiency and economy.

HighPoint
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HighPoint

I am optimistic that Juneau will win. I’m looking forward to casting my historic vote for her on November 8.

Pete Talbot
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Sleaziest spot I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot.

Publius II
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Publius II

Bottom line, the LOCAL school districts call the hiring shots, and after all, isn’t that what GOP ALWAYS scream about, LOCAL control but NOT responsibility?

Bill
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Bill

We need to send Juneau to Washington so her K – 12 Task Force can find the missing Clinton emails she destroyed after being served.

Sry… that was a bit tacky.

Bill
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Tyler
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Tyler

I may be missing something, but that sure seems to violate federal law that requires a candidate to appear on an ad and orally disclose that it was paid for by his campaign committee. See http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2014/janqtr/11cfr110.11.htm

Pete Talbot
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I agree, Tyler, certainly seems like a FEC violation to me.

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LK

Well, what has really caused more felons to enter the bus driving job is that they (whomever that means) have made it harder than hell for your average old fart to pass the CDL test any more. Yep. I recently lost my CDL too, along with many other fine drivers I know. Why? Why do they keep making it harder all the time to pass the dammm physical? Our very own legislature had a really brilliant idea (not) a few years back. What it was was this. It seems that since there were a few school bus accidents involving kids,… Read more »

LK
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p.s. Guess I’m with the Deplorables on this one. Let people WORK if they want to work. This is a micro example of what many Deplorables are saying. Get the dammm gummint out of our lives! They do NOT have to overregulate things. That simply makes work for more gummint employees! Allow folks who want to work to work. It’s that simple. Hell, it worked for two hundred years of our history. And that’s the title of my next book. It’s French. Les Deplorables, about a guy barely getting by who loses his bus driving job and has to steal… Read more »

Gracene Long
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Gracene Long

Really Ryan?? Most of us know hiring school bus drivers is a school board decision. .this must be an embarrassing ad for you to have sent out as most if us are not that gullible. Really Ryan??

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