Quick Takes: Daines Doesn’t Listen, PSC District 5 Race, New Eastern MT Blog, Augare

There’s nothing more frustrating than a politician getting credit for “listening” to constituents when he’s actually just holding another roundtable in the echo chamber of right wing talking points. Today, Representative Steve Daines attended a roundtable discussion in Helena to “discuss negative impacts” of the Affordable Care Act.  That Daines is uninterested in the experiences of thousands of Montanans who’ve been able to get, keep, and afford health care coverage is unsurprisingly, but I have to give MTPR reporter Dan Boyce a ton of credit for calling Daines out on it.

Derek Skees is back—and running for office again. Despite the fact that Mr. Skees holds some of the most insane views of any Montana Republican (yikes), James Conner at the Flathead Memo suggests the seat will be difficult for Democrats to win while the Cowgirl blog reminds us that Mr. Skees should not be elected to any office outside of the Confederacy.

I happened to come across a new blog called East of Billings by Alexis Bonogofsky “dedicated to the amazing people and places in the eastern part of the great state of Montana.” Well worth a visit.

Shannon Augare announced today that he will not seek re-election for public office in 2014, writing in part, “ I have been a public official for many years. I am proud of the job I’ve done and the results delivered. But none of us are irreplaceable. None of us are indispensible. Those who think otherwise are dangerous.”

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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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