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One of These Paragraphs Is Not Like the Other; Bob Fanning Offers a “Realistic Plan”

I loved the Great Falls Tribune profile of gubernatorial candidates Bob Fanning in its entirety, but these two paragraphs were clearly the best:

"I am the only candidate who has a realistic, workable plan which will lead Montana to rapid economic progress and independence from the federal funds which have put Montana out of business."

Fanning said he wants to "shut down" the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and Department of Justice law enforcement agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The terrifying thing is that Fanning isn’t out of step with the rest of Republican candidates, many of whom have been using rhetoric like “going to war” with the federal government during their campaign.

One other note from the piece. I think it’s very good for Fanning, given his views, that he cleared up one part of his personal life:

Fanning, who said he has not put an intoxicating substance into his body in decades…

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • I just LUV these nutjobs who MOVE to Montana and are gonna secede, and take with them ALL the federal land that belongs to ALL Americans!

    “I support state sovereignty and state independence and the property and freedom that it brings by being separate from the federal government”

    I guess that when one makes enough money, one can become a complete asshole of one’s self with impunity! Fanning, one of the Seven Mental Pubbie Dwarfs running for guv! He’s Wolfy!

    The Seven Pubbie Mental Dwarfs

    Horny=lil ricky
    Cheesey=the dude no one remembers!

    This is the most pathetic Pubbie guv field that I can remember. Hell, they make Ratco look like FDR! They even make judy mars look intelligent, and THAT’S a damn miracle!

  • You’re right – he could use a drink, or LSD – some mind-altering substance.

    There is no economic case based on the world as it exists that government spending or regulation impedes economic growth in any way. Quite the opposite. But we are in Bill Maher’s bubble, where rational thought is not welcome, and irrational thinking creates applause lines.

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