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FUN FACTS ABOUT MARYLAND (AND MONTANA POLITICS)!!!

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This is a map of Maryland. It is on East Coast of the United States of America and is near Virginia and our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Annapolis is its capital and the city houses the U.S. Naval Academy.

This is Maryland Matt. Though he has lived in Montana for awhile, Mr. Rosendale continues to have a distinct Maryland accent that he has decided to soften since he is running for the Montana senate. He also is trying to bolster his national security bona fides by calling himself the “son and brother of U.S. Marines.” But veterans know that isn’t quite the same thing as having actually served. Good luck, Matt!

This is the Maryland flag. The colors and emblems represent the founders of the state and the motto comes from one of them, the Calverts: “Fatti Maschii Parole Femine.” Yes, it is (fittingly for Maryland Matt) a sexist motto. The English translation is: “Manly deeds, womanly words.”

This is Russ Fagg. Despite running one of the most racist and vulgar primary campaigns in recent memory, he could not beat Maryland Matt. Rosedale will now have to slide into the muck to hold onto the extreme elements of the Montana Republican who can make or break his chances. Tough break, Matt!

This is milk. Milk is the official state drink of Maryland. We drink milk that comes from cows that live on farms and ranches. More fun facts: a single cow can produce up to 350,000 glasses of milk a year. That sure is a lot of work.

This is Milquetoast the Cockroach. His name comes from a phrase meaning “someone who is timid or submissive.” Maryland Matt is trying to avoid this characterization by pretending to be a rancher when he really just used his “skills” as a real estate agent to move land around or have people do his work for him. Montanans know better. Nice try, Matt!

This is “Natty Boh.” He is an icon created as a shorthand from the beer once brewed in Baltimore, which is Maryland’s most populated city. While still popular in the iconic Charm City, the beer is now brewed by a larger corporation in Wisconsin.

This is a compound bow. Many Montanans use it to hunt the state’s plentiful game but access is getting more difficult. One of the reasons Republicans wanted Maryland Matt on the State Land Board was to help make access to public lands limited to their billionaire donors. Coincidently, some of those same donors have stakes in Wisconsin breweries that now monopolize the market. Nice work, Matt!

This is a blue crab. In addition to be amazingly tasty and the official Maryland state crustacean, they swim exceedingly well because of a fifth pair of legs shaped like paddles. I bet those pinchers must hurt too!

This is a blue wave. Maryland Matt has to work against this collective force to try to win in Montana. He has a lot to do and the green of his money cannot overcome the blue of our unity. Don’t be sad, Matt!

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About the author

Josh Manning

Josh Manning is a combat veteran who lives in Helena. His writing has appeared in Newsweek and Foreign Policy and he has appeared on MSNBC and CNN. He was a primary researcher to the recently published New York Times bestseller "The Plot to Destroy Democracy" by MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance. He is part of a growing movement of progressive military veterans working to affect political change You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23

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