Firefighters. What an exceptional effort from the dedicated men and women who risk their lives fighting fires to protect all of us. There are still some fires ongoing and it’s going to be a long, difficult fire season, but we’re all better off because of their efforts. Let’s hope they make it through another week without some Montana politician insulting or suing them.
The Helena Independent Record might have adopted an incredibly short-sighted paywall model at the behest of their incompetent corporate masters, but it’s certainly to the paper’s credit that they briefly took the paywall down to allow local residents to keep track of fire news.
Corporate-funded candidates got a huge boost when the Supreme Court reaffirmed its paradoxical position that neither inmates in Guantanamo nor illegal aliens are human beings, but that Exxon is. It’s certainly good news for candidates like Rick Hill and Dennis Rehberg, who are getting pasted in early fundraising.
It’s been another rough week for Dennis Rehberg, perhaps best exemplified by the fact that even the Wall Street Journal called him out for his dishonesty. The takeaway line from their stinging editorial? When the Journal called Rehberg “another wildebeest in the herd that has created trillion-dollar deficits.”
Derek Skees and Brad Johnson are two of worst major party candidates Republicans have fielded in statewide races in a generation, if not more, and even the very Republican Montana Chamber of Commerce recognized that when it refused to endorse either candidate, choosing competence (Monica Lindeen and Linda McCullough) over ideology. You absolutely *must* read Skees’ justification for losing the Chamber endorsement.
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.
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