The Best Reason to Elect Steve Bullock: Krayton Kerns and the Legislature

There are a number of reasons to prefer Steve Bullock to his Republican opponentbullock Rick Hill. A few of them include:

Independently, each of those provides an excellent reason to prefer the outstanding Attorney General to the  failed Congressman, but overshadowing all of these arguments is a more significant threat: Krayton Kerns and the Montana Legislature. While I believe that Democrats will certainly make gains in the House and the Senate this session, it remains possible, if not likely, that Republicans will control both houses.

And that means the first three months of 2013 will be as dangerous for Montana’s prospects as 2011 was. Once again, the Legislature will be passing bills that nullify federal law, gut public schools, call for a withdrawal from the United Nations, end stream access for recreation, and allow cyanide leach mining in our rivers. All that before mentioning their radical social agenda.

They’ll turn Montana into Idaho, which seems to be a state Rick Hill loves more than this one.

Rick Hill will not only fail to stop these terrible bills; he’ll champion them. And Montana simply cannot afford that.

Without Brian Schweitzer’s willingness to stand up to the worst Legislature in a century, what would Montana look like today? Does anyone reasonably believe that the Rick Hill will resist their irresponsible crackpot schemes? Montana’s environment? Her reputation as a destination location?

On their respective qualifications and experience, Steve Bullock is a better choice than Rick Hill to be Montana’s next governor. It’s even more clear when you consider the likely composition of Montana’s next Legislature. Having Rick Hill decide to sign or veto the radical agenda promoted by Montana’s Republican Legislature is a risk we simply cannot take.

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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 watched the debate last night, and one thing is patently clear…. Rick Hill actually believes he is above the law, and will continue thinking that as he strips Montanans of the state rights. Constitutional Law and our version of EPA laws. The man has no content of character, a bought and sold Lobbyist even today.

    Chances are though he will be removed from office, because he isn’t following state Finance law right now. The state already has the other case law on the books, that proves you can’t take more than the law allows, without consequences.

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