Montana Post Endorsements Incoming

Endorsements are fraught with danger. They can upset allies, lead to angry phone calls, and even divide people who agree on 97.4% of the issues against one another.

Endorsements, though, serve a purpose. In the current media climate where coverage is compromised by shrinking newsrooms and the demands of COVID-19, informed opinion about races might help voters make difficult choices between candidates. To ensure that our endorsements were as thoroughly researched and as fair as possible, we interviewed every candidate we could this year. In those 25-45 minute sessions, we learned a lot about the passion and intellect of the people running in the Democratic primaries.

We’re impressed with the crop of candidates in these races. We discussed their merits and weighed our options carefully, deciding this year that we would only endorse if all four of our staff writers agreed on a candidate in a race. We wanted to ensure that our endorsements reflected our unanimous support for a candidate.

It shouldn’t have to be said, but our endorsements this year are not intended to be slights to those candidates we did not endorse. In every case, we will happily support and vote for the candidates who did not receive our endorsement if they win their primary races.

We’re still going to publish articles in support of the candidates we endorsed and those we didn’t.  We’re still in the business of promoting progressive politics and candidates in the state of Montana and covering the news that doesn’t always make the mainstream press.

We hope you’ll take these endorsements as we intend them: as statements of preference, not orthodoxy, as arguments of degree, not kind.

And we hope you’ll feel free to have some excellent debates about the merits of our choices over the next few days.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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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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  • Endorsements also contribute to the electoral process in ways that might not be expected. When someone with views that reflect everything you find abhorrent endorses a candidate, it provides information that clarifies your own picture of the field. In more colloquial terms:

    “If they’re fer it, I’m agin it!”

      • Don – Of course not, but one of the valuable contributions of your open comment forum (and your tolerance of some pretty egregious INtolerance) is to shine some light on some very dark views.

        I, for one, wouldn’t have been aware of the pernicious depravity of Jordan Hall if you hadn’t allowed a comment to link to his posted truckload of stable sweepings. That’s a public service.

  • Some fodder for the Secretary of State endorsement:

    http://www.belgrade-news.com/news/business/three-forks-chamber-candidate-argue-over-political-sign-on-billboard/article_5ea9f986-955a-11ea-bef9-37d428ca7ffa.html

    As we all know, Scott is a ‘commonsense conservative’ though that common sense doesn’t seem to apply to tacky sign locations or knowing where the money for that big screen tv came from, but hey I talked to a cashier once so I understand people…

    • And Sales wants to be next Montana Secretary of State, head of the department that administers our state’s elections. Looks like he’s competing with current SOS Corey Stapleton (who is running for the U.S. House) as to which one can be the sleaziest.

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